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FHN Health News: Personalized approach needed to battle cancer

Cancer death has decreased 20-30 percent over the last three decades for some of the most common cancers. In fact, the United States has one of the highest five-year survival rates for the most common 18 cancers, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

During the most recent four years for which there are data, the rate of new cancer diagnoses decreased by 3.1 percent per year in men and stayed about the same in women. It is also true that overall cancer survival has barely changed over the past decade. In other words, from a macro perspective we have seen great progress in cancer survival, but from a micro perspective, our progress in terms of survival rates has been minimal.

According to a recent study in JAMA, 72 cancer therapies were approved by the FDA from 2002 to 2014, which gave patients only 2.1 more months of life than older drugs. As I ponder these statistics, I can’t help but realize that our cancer outcomes in the short term are no longer an issue of resources. There are plenty of drugs, technology and facilities.

Perhaps we have reached an inflection point and now need to change our strategy.

The good news is there are several new technologies in the pipeline that will create a paradigm shift in the way we approach cancer. Cancer is complex, heterogeneous and multi-factorial. As a specialty, we are realizing that a more personalized approach is needed to battle this disease.

The best way to understand where oncology is heading in the future is to track where investment money is moving. At a recent investor meeting in Silicon Valley, I noted three recurring themes: Genomics, data analytics and artificial intelligence.

• Genomics: We now have the capability to take a throat swab, analyze the genetic profile of that patient, and predict if certain chemotherapy agents or radiation doses will be as effective or toxic. As these tests become more widely adopted into the marketplace, I believe we will see a tangible impact on treatment efficacy and treatment related side effects.

• Data analytics: Most research in healthcare is in clinical trials, yet 96 percent of patients do not participate. We are investing in drugs and technologies based on results of a small fraction of the treated population. Information is captured on the other 96 percent, but it is typically trapped in electronic medical records and doctors’ notes. Companies like Flatiron Health are attempting to aggregate the data, organize it and make it usable by physicians, patients and stakeholders.

The implications are enormous as real world oncology data can be used to track the journeys of cancer patients, and it will be immediately obvious if a particular treatment isn’t actually working. This is great news for patients, but may be a harsh reality for some pharmaceutical or medical device companies.

The moonshot is that the extraction and actionable integration of data from electronic health records can be utilized by improving the care of patients in the present while providing a valuable resource for those attempting to develop more effective therapies in the future.

• AI: Pay attention to your Amazon Alexa. It may save your life one day. As machine learning continues to improve, technologies like Alexa and other products will be able to communicate, track, and assist with real time clinical action. Are you having nausea after a chemotherapy session? Tell Alexa and she will let your doctor know in real time. We are closer to this reality than you may realize.

The future of cancer care is hopeful. The marriage of technology and medicine will improve our ability to diagnose, treat and assess at faster speeds than ever before, resulting in improvements in efficacy. It’s an exciting time to observe the transformative changes.

Bobby N. Koneru, MD, CEO at Paramount Oncology Group, is the lead radiation oncologist at the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital.

Article source: https://www.rrstar.com/news/20190319/fhn-health-news-personalized-approach-needed-to-battle-cancer

Addiction Medicine Lures A New Generation Of Idealistic Doctors : Shots – Health News

Dr. Hillary Tamar, who’s in the second year of her family medicine residency in Phoenix, is part of a new generation of doctors who are committed to treating addiction.

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The U.S. surgeon general’s office estimates that more than 20 million people have a substance-use disorder. Meanwhile, the nation’s drug overdose crisis shows no sign of slowing.

Yet, by all accounts, there aren’t nearly enough physicians who specialize in treating addiction — doctors with extensive clinical training who are board certified in addiction medicine.

The opioid epidemic has made this doctor deficit painfully apparent. And it’s spurring medical institutions across the United States to create fellowships for aspiring doctors who want to treat substance-use disorders with the same precision and science as other diseases.

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Now numbering more than 60, these fellowship programs offer physicians a year or two of postgraduate training in clinics and hospitals where they learn evidence-based approaches for treating addiction.

Such programs are drawing a new talented generation of idealistic doctors — idealists like Dr. Hillary Tamar.

A drive to connect with patients in need

Tamar, now in the second year of a family medicine residency in Phoenix, wasn’t thinking about addiction medicine when she started medical school in Chicago.

“As a medical student, honestly, you do your ER rotation, people label a patient as ‘pain-seeking’ and it’s bad,” Tamar says. “And that’s all you do about it.”

But in her fourth year of med school, she happened to be assigned to a rotation at a rehab facility in southern Arizona.

“I was able to connect with people in a way that I haven’t been able to connect with them in another specialty,” the 28-year-old recalls.

Working with patients there transformed Tamar’s understanding of addiction, she says, and showed her the potential for doctors to change lives.

“They can go from spending all their time pursuing the acquisition of a substance to being brothers, sisters, daughters [and] fathers making breakfast for their kids again,” she says. “It’s really powerful.”

When Tamar finishes her residency, she’s planning to pursue a fellowship in addiction medicine. She sees addiction medicine, like primary care, as a way to build lasting relationships with patients — and a way to focus on more than a single diagnosis.

“I love when I see addiction patients on my schedule, even if they’re pregnant and on meth,” she says. “More room to do good — it’s exciting.”

Doctors with Tamar’s enthusiasm are sorely needed, says Dr. Anna Lembke, medical director of addiction medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a longtime researcher in the field.

“Even 10 years ago,” Lembke says, “I couldn’t find a medical student or resident interested in learning about addiction medicine if I looked under a rock. They were just not out there.”

But Lembke sees a change in the upcoming generation of doctors who are drawn to the field because they care about social justice.

“I now have medical students and residents knocking on my door, emailing me. They all want to learn more about addiction,” Lembke says.

Historically, the path to addiction medicine was through psychiatry.

But that model started to change in 2015, when the American Board of Medical Specialties — considered the gold standard in physician certification in the U.S. — recognized addiction medicine as a bona fide subspecialty and opened up the training to physicians from many other medical fields.

Until then, Lembke says, there had been no way to get addiction fellowships approved through the nationally recognized Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. And that made recruiting young talent — and securing funding for their fellowships — difficult.

Last year, ACGME began accrediting its first batch of addiction medicine fellowship programs.

“We have got an enormous gap between the need and the doctors available to provide that treatment,” Lembke says.

After An Overdose, Patients Aren't Getting Treatments That Could Prevent The Next One

“At least the medical community has begun to wake up to consider not only their role in triggering this opioid epidemic but also the ways they need to step up to solve the problem,” she says.

Build a program, and they will come

When Dr. Luke Peterson finished his residency in family medicine in Phoenix in 2016, there were no addiction medicine fellowships in Arizona.

So he moved to Seattle to complete a yearlong fellowship at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency. There he learned, among other things, how to treat pregnant women who are in recovery from drug use.

“I really needed to do a fellowship if I was going to make an impact and be able to teach others to make the same impact,” says Peterson, who went on to help found an addiction medicine fellowship program in Arizona. His program is based in Phoenix at the University of Arizona’s medical school, and its teaching hospital run by Banner Health, and the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

Arizona’s two addiction medicine fellowship programs received ACGME accreditation last year — a stamp of approval that made the programs desirable choices for up-and-coming physicians, Peterson says.

Not every doctor who plans to treat substance-use disorders needs to do a fellowship, he says. In fact, his goal is to integrate addiction medicine into primary care settings.

But a specialist can serve as a referral center and resource hub for community doctors.

For example, physicians can learn from a specialist such as Peterson how to provide medication-assisted treatment like buprenorphine.

Public health leaders have been pushing to get more physicians trained in evidence-based treatments like buprenorphine, which has been shown to reduce the risk of death among people who have recovered from an opioid overdose.

“As we provide more education and more support to primary care physicians, they will feel more comfortable screening and treating for addiction,” Peterson says.

Peterson’s own journey into addiction medicine began during a rotation with a family doctor in rural Illinois.

“In moments that most doctors find uncomfortable — maybe a patient comes in to request pain medication and you’re seeing the negative side effects — he did not shy away from that situation,” Peterson says. “He addressed it head-on.”

It was a formative experience for Peterson — one he wants other young doctors to have. And he recognizes the urgency.

“In 20 or 30 years from now,” Peterson says, “those medical students are going to look back at my current generation of doctors, and we will be judged by how we responded to this epidemic,” in the same way he and his peers now look back at how doctors handled the HIV epidemic.

One of the first steps in stopping the epidemic, he says, is making sure there are enough doctors on the ground who know how to respond.

Many of today’s medical students, people like Michelle Peterson (no relation to Luke), say they feel the calling too.

She’s in her first year at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix and became interested in addiction after working at an outpatient treatment center.

Michelle Peterson, a medical student in Phoenix, says she already knows she wants to be an addiction medicine specialist — and a resource to primary care doctors.

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She says she’s already learning about addiction in her classes, hearing from doctors in the field and seeing other classmates equally engaged.

“It’s definitely not just me,” she says. “There are quite a few people here really interested in addiction.”

It’s a trend she and her mentors hope will continue.

This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with KJZZ and Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/03/19/695690652/aspiring-doctors-seek-advanced-training-in-addiction-medicine

New article focuses on integrative health, value-based medicine, and whole systems research – News

Two decades ago, the popular movement for integrative health practices prompted researchers to advance “whole systems research” (WSR). As dominant medical delivery moves to embrace Triple Aim outcomes, a remarkable convergence is apparent. This convergence is at the center of the philanthropically-funded Special Issue on Multimodal Approaches in Integrative Health: Whole Persons, Whole Practices, Whole Systems published in JACM, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, dedicated to paradigm, practice, and policy advancing integrative health.

This special issue was led by a 12-person international editorial advisory team and was developed in partnership with the global organization of researchers in traditional, complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and health, ISCMR. The convergence theme relative to whole person, health-focused, patient-centered, individualized, team-based outcomes is introduced in “Values Align for Researching Whole Systems: A Reflective Overview of the Special Issue” from Advisory Team members and whole systems research pioneers Heather Boon, PhD, University of Toronto (Canada), Cheryl Ritenbaugh, PhD, University of Arizona (Tucson), and Editor-in-Chief John Weeks.

The body of whole systems research (WSR) is given its first thorough review in the monumental “Whole Systems Research Methods in Health Care: A Scoping Review,” from a team lead by Nadine Ijaz, PhD, University of Toronto (Canada), Jennifer Rioux, PhD, Integral Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy (Chapel Hill, NC), Charles Elder, MD, MPH, Kaiser Northwest Permanente (Portland, OR), and Weeks. The paper examined 41 WSR clinical research exemplars reviewed from across 13 TCIM disciplines to map the range and methodological characteristics of WSR studies. The authors conclude that “WSR has emerged as a maturing scholarly discipline” that is “distinguished by its patient-centered salutogenic focus and engagement with nonbiomedical diagnostic and treatment frameworks.” In a related commentary, a similar team, led by Elder, focused on the convergence theme: “Convergent Points for Conventional Medicine and Whole Systems Research: A User’s Guide.”

This issue drew a diverse set of papers focused on shifting the whole systems of pain treatment toward integrative chronic pain models – in part to combat the US reliance on opioids and pharmacologic approaches. Research teams from multiple organizations contributed papers reporting whole person change models in diverse contexts: University of California San Francisco (primary care safety net clinics), US Veterans Administration (whole system), Oregon Medicaid (federally qualified health centers), University of Vanderbilt (outpatient academic medicine), and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (pediatric hospital). It also includes new exemplars of multimodal, WSR methods from Harvard Medical School (multimodal back pain), Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center (multicenter pragmatic trial), Integral Ayurveda and Yoga (obesity) and from a team associated with US Naval Hospital at Camp Lejune (back pain).

“One key goal was to explore ways whole systems research related to the popular movement for integrative health might both inform and contribute to medicine’s engagement with health and other whole-person-oriented, value-based outcomes,” says JACM Editor-in-Chief John Weeks, johnweeks-integrator.com (Seattle, WA), adding: “Our Special Issue Editorial Advisory Team cast a wide net in our call for papers – and we believe the catch is compelling!”

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Article source: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20190319/New-article-focuses-on-integrative-health-value-based-medicine-and-whole-systems-research.aspx

Study: Lack of affordable housing affects health


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More than half of Texas’ poor children live in families where 50 percent or more of household income goes to housing, leaving little money left for necessities such as healthcare, a new national study shows.

That lack of affordable housing carries a ripple effect that can also lead to a lack of healthy food, an inability to fill prescriptions or seek medical care, transportation problems and it influences where children go to school, which can ultimately determine their success as adults, researchers concluded.


“Where we live matters to our health, ” said Joe Hinton, a researcher with the 2019 County Health Rankings Roadmaps, an annual project that looks at health and demographic indicators at the county level across the United States. “All people don’t have the same opportunities for a long and healthy life.”


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In Harris County, for instance, 23 percent of the county’s children live in poverty — more than triple the rate in Denton County. The overall child poverty rate in Texas is 21 percent.

The study also shows that one in five households in Harris County face “severe housing problems,” which could include high costs, overcrowding or even a lack of plumbing or functional kitchen.

Compare that to nearby Fort Bend County, which reported 14 percent of households experienced such housing problems.

Statewide there is a deep divide when it comes to race and housing. Overall, the 20 percent of black households who face severe housing problems is double that of white households.

The study, released Tuesday, is a collaborative effort between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It uses the most recent available data from a range of sources, much coming from last year.

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While Texas is often thought to be immune from the affordable housing crisis typically associated with California or New York, the data from Texas counties are eye-opening and should be studied further, Hinton said.

A wide range of indicators were broken down county-by-county, including life expectancy, birth weight, number of days with poor physical or mental health, level of education, sleep deprivation, access to healthy food, firearm fatalities and even length of commute.


According to the 2019 ranking, the healthiest county in Texas is Hartley, followed by Denton, Williamson, Collin, and Fort Bend counties. The least healthy county, although not all counties reported, is San Augustine followed by Duval, Morris, Hall and Marion counties.

Harris County is ranked 53rd overall of Texas counties. Montgomery is 11th; Bexar 121st.

“”It’s unacceptable that so many individuals and families face barriers to health because of what they have to spend on housing, “ said Dr. Richard Besser, chief executive of Robert Wood Johnson, in a statement.”We are all healthier and stronger together when everyone has access to safe and affordable housing, regardless of the color of their skin or how much money they make.”


Article source: https://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Study-Lack-of-affordable-housing-affects-health-13697855.php

Culture key to data-driven transformation at Jefferson Health

For most organizations, the key to becoming a data-driven organization is culture change. That has been the case for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, which launched a digital transformation four years ago with the goal of using data to reimagine health, education, and discovery.

Formed by the merger of five independent health systems and two universities over the course of three years, Jefferson Health’s data and analytics capabilities were fragmented and inconsistent. Mouneer Odeh, vice president of enterprise analytics and chief data scientist of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, came on board from Quest Diagnostics four years ago to bring the health system into the data-driven future.

At that moment, Odeh says, healthcare was at an inflexion point. The health system, which Odeh describes as having been “data rich but information poor,” needed a better understanding of its patients and their risks, and the organization’s financial stakes.

“All of these different factors are really driving immense transformation in healthcare,” says Odeh, who previously served as director of health information ventures at Quest Diagnostics. “The business models are changing from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, population health initiatives are really helping to accelerate that transformation, and, ultimately the root of all of that — a key enabler of our success in the future — has to be analytics.”

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Article source: https://www.cio.com/article/3366238/culture-key-to-data-driven-transformation-at-jefferson-health.html

Daily Low-Dose Aspirin No Longer Recommended by Doctors, if You’re Healthy

She emphasized, though, that people who have had heart attacks or have stents should continue with the medication. “They should still take aspirin,” she added.

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Patients should consult their primary care doctor or cardiovascular physician before beginning or stopping the taking of aspirin.

Dr. Michos said she had been telling her patients who do not have cardiovascular disease to stop taking aspirin. “They are receptive to that,” she said.

Instead, the guidelines recommended several behavioral changes to ensure a healthy heart. These include maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, engaging in moderate activity for at least 150 minutes a week and a diet that includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and fish.

Last year, one study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found no benefits to taking aspirin in low-risk patients. Another found that diabetics with cardiovascular disease could benefit from low-dose aspirin, but there was a risk of major bleeding. The third study found that heavier adults would need larger doses, suggesting that how much a person takes matters. Those findings applied to people with no history of dementia, physical disability, heart attacks or strokes.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/health/aspirin-health.html

To Your Good Health: Prevention is priority for hard-to-treat post-herpetic neuralgia

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ToYourGoodHealth@med.cornell.edu

Article source: https://tucson.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/to-your-good-health-prevention-is-priority-for-hard-to/article_3c00bce9-9bda-52b0-af45-35877599ef39.html

Missing Tulare County man found in ‘good health’ – Visalia Times

An elderly Tulare County went missing over the weekend and sheriff’s detectives went to the public for help to track him down. 

Thanks to the public’s help, detectives later found Leandro Meza two miles away from where he went missing “in good health,” detectives announced on Monday.  

The search for Meza began Sunday afternoon. Deputies were called to a home in Poplar regarding a missing person.

When deputies arrived, the family told deputies that Meza, 76, was missing.

Meza suffers from dementia and was considered “at risk,” detectives said. He was last seen around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Meza also has a history of wandering away confused.

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He was last seen in the 14600 block of Road 191 in Poplar, wearing a blue button-up shirt with white dots, a black and gray sweatshirt, gray pants and a brown hat.

There is no waiting period for reporting a person missing, according to California’s Department of Justice. All police and sheriffs’ departments must accept any report, including a report by telephone, of a missing person without delay. 

Sheyanne Romero covers Tulare County public safety, local government and business for the Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @sheyanne_VTD. Get alerts and keep up on all things Tulare County for as little as $1 a month. Subscribe today.

Article source: https://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/2019/03/18/silver-alert-issued-at-risk-tulare-county-man/3201359002/

The Amazing Superpowers That Dogs Possess

With their superior senses and athletic abilities, sometimes it can seem like dogs are superheroes. And even though they might not always behave, they still have several talents that can help save the world (or at least impress their humans). Here are some of the amazing superpowers that dogs possess.

A marvelous nose

Dogs’ noses play a major role in their superhero abilities. “People spend more time interpreting visual data than olfactory information,” VCA Animal Hospitals says. “Dogs are just the opposite.” In fact, the part of a dog’s brain that analyzes smells is about 40 times larger than the same spot in a human’s brain. And thanks to them having millions more scent receptors (and other anatomical differences), “it’s been estimated that dogs can smell anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 times better than people,” according to VCA Hospitals.

In everyday life, dogs use their marvelous noses to communicate and navigate situations. “By simply smelling, a dog can determine if a new friend is male or female, happy or aggressive, healthy or ill,” VCA Hospitals says. They have strong scent memories and will recognize people and other animals by their smell, even if they haven’t seen them for years. Their noses also can act like a compass and point their way home — or warn them when they’re on another dog’s turf. This ability is especially useful for search-and-rescue, as dogs can pick up on the scent trail of a missing person that a human would have missed.

Incredible hearing

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Dogs’ noses might be their most impressive superpower. But their ears are pretty extraordinary, as well. For some sounds, the sensitivity of dog and human ears is relatively the same. It’s hearing the high-pitched noises that really sets dogs apart. “The average adult human cannot hear sounds above 20,000 Hertz (Hz), although young children can hear higher,” according to the American Kennel Club. “… Dogs, on the other hand, can hear sounds as high as 47,000 to 65,000 Hz.” Plus, dog ears are much more sensitive to softer sounds than human ears, picking up some noises that our ears never would hear.

Canine ears are wired to perceive these high-pitched and soft noises because of their predator ancestors. “Wolves, dogs’ ancestors, prey on small rodents such as mice, so the ability to hear the tiny animals’ squeaks is important for survival,” the AKC says. Nowadays, this ability might help them detect someone coming to your house, even when the car is halfway down the block. And it might explain why many dogs seem to find vacuum cleaners unbearable — as they might be emitting an unpleasant sound that our human ears just can’t hear.

Super speed

Dogs may not be the fastest animal on land. That spot is reserved for the cheetah, which can reach speeds of more than 60 mph. But canines are no slowpokes either. Sleek, long-legged greyhounds are typically the dog breed associated with super speed, clocking in at roughly 45 mph, according to VetStreet. (For reference, the top human speed recorded is about 28 mph.) But plenty of other breeds — including the saluki, whippet, border collie, vizsla and husky — are known for their speed, agility and endurance.

This running prowess has benefited dogs in many ways. Hunting dogs use their sprinting ability to catch speedy prey — including hares, who can reach speeds of about 40 mph themselves. And herding dogs, such as border collies, are “designed to move quickly and make hairpin turns in order to direct large flocks over what are sometimes long distances,” VetStreet says. Or maybe these dogs simply flex their running muscles chasing down a tennis ball in a vigorous game of fetch. Regardless, it’s an ability that leaves many creatures in the dust.

A stormy sense

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Does approaching weather get your dog’s stormy senses tingling, even when the sky is still perfectly blue? There’s a good chance their superpowers are at work. Experts aren’t quite sure what it is about dogs that allows them to forecast weather. According to PetMD, it’s possible dogs can feel changes in barometric pressure and humidity. They also might be able to detect static electricity in the air, which can indicate an oncoming thunderstorm.

One study even seems to support the notion that dogs can predict seismic events, such as earthquakes and avalanches, potentially due to their incredible hearing. The study saw a significant increase in activity and anxiety in dogs the day before an earthquake hit. Interestingly, all but one of the dogs in the study who had hearing impairments did not show any changes (and the one hearing-impaired dog whose behavior did change was living with a dog who could hear). Plus, the dogs with upright ears showed more changes than those with floppy ears. And the dogs with the smallest heads — which structurally improves their high-frequency hearing — were more active and anxious than dogs with the largest heads. Still, this study was just a single event, necessitating further research on the topic.

A radar for villains

There are many cases of dogs alerting humans to serious health issues — both when they’ve been trained to do so and sometimes completely out of the blue. And it’s often a dog’s nose that can act as a radar for these medical villains. In one study, dogs were highly successful in identifying ovarian cancer patients by smelling a specific marker in the blood. And in other research, dogs learned to accurately identify breath samples of lung and breast cancer patients based on their scent.

Dogs also are known to use their superpowers to detect seizures, which can be especially helpful for those with diabetes. “In the case of hypoglycemic seizures, which are triggered by a drop in blood glucose levels in people with Type 1 diabetes, dogs may be able to smell the different chemicals a human emits during a hypoglycemic episode,” according to PetMD. But with epileptic seizures, experts don’t yet know whether there is an associated scent. Instead, they hypothesize that dogs can pick up on elevated stress and behavioral changes that even the person might not realize prior to a seizure. Nevertheless, these villains can’t fool our canine superheroes.

The character of a hero

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Yes, sometimes their antics might drive us crazy. But overall, dogs really do have a bit of a hero complex. Many feel an instinctive urge to protect their families and property from harm (though often that behavior requires some training and management). And they work tirelessly as service and rescue animals — with law enforcement, as therapy dogs, for people with medical conditions, etc.

But perhaps what makes dogs so super in our hearts is their ability to connect with us. “Dogs have evolved to read our feelings because they rely on a close emotional bond with humans to survive,” according to PetMD. They know how to look at our body language and facial expressions to determine our mood — and research has even shown that dogs really do care when we’re distressed and will try to comfort us. It’s all part of their superhero persona.

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Article source: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-amazing-superpowers-that-dogs-possess.html

Healthy Living: Edible Chemotherapy?

We all know someone who’s had chemotherapy.

Many people who have gone through it can tell you getting those IV drips in the hospital is one of the worst parts.

But what if you could take those powerful chemotherapy drugs right in your own home? 

In Healthy Living, Courtney Hunter explains how that’s just one of the benefits of an innovative therapy coming from an unlikely source.

Scientists say getting treated at home is a big plus for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

But researchers are even more excited about what this technique could mean for future treatments.

Very powerful drugs that cannot be used in humans right now could soon be a real option just by attaching them to milk particles.

 


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Article source: https://www.9and10news.com/2019/03/18/healthy-living-edible-chemotherapy/