Expert Views

Specific cancer symptoms

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The following are specific symptoms typically associated with certain cancer types:

Digestive/Gastrointestinal

Some common gastrointestinal cancer symptoms include: cramps, bloating, gas pain, changes in bowel/bladder habits, constipation, diarrhea, bloody stools, rectal bleeding, anemia, and/or jaundice. Learn more about symptoms of colorectal cancer.

Gynecologic

Some common gynecologic cancer symptoms include: abnormal vaginal bleeding (after menopause, between periods, following sexual intercourse), pain during intercourse, pelvic/back pain, pain on urination, and/or watery, white or pinkish vaginal discharge. Learn more about symptoms of ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, or cervical cancer. (more…)

Recognizing medical emergencies

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According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency:

– Bleeding that will not stop

– Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)

– Change in mental status (such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing)

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3 Ways to Maintain Your Brain

shutterstock_196438808Many people want to build up some “insurance” against dementia and other memory problems. But there’s no need to invest in pricey brain-training programs. Instead, do-it-yourself lifestyle changes have been shown to help ward off memory loss and dementia, reports the February 2015 Harvard Women’s Health WatchThe following strategies lead the list:

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Heart, a Mind of Its Own

shutterstock_119xThe renowned American writer, John Gregory Dunne died in 2003 of a sudden heart attack minutes after he and his wife, Joan Didion visited their dying daughter in the ICU.

In her best-selling memoir following his death, The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion says, “research to date has shown that, like many other stressors, grief frequently leads to changes in the endocrine, immune, autonomic nervous, and cardiovascular systems.”

When someone feels intense emotions, the body’s stress response kicks in. “Broken-heart syndrome” is a cardiac disorder with psychogenic dimensions that mimics a heart attack. But in this condition, unlike the typical heart attack, the coronary arteries are open.

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Health, skin deep

skin-deepThe skin is the largest organ – about 20 feet long if laid flat – and a very public venue where you willingly and unwillingly express emotions.

Psychological stress can exacerbate skin disorders, including hives, eczema, psoriasis, urticaria (itching), acne and rosacea. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic skin ailments, and one of the most serious is cancer.

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Q&A with Bestselling Nutritional Expert, Joel Fuhrman, MD

With all our cutting-edge technology and powerful drugs, and despite the sharp decline in the death rate, half of all Americans still die of preventable disease, often before reaching age 30. Every year more than a million Americans suffer heart attacks, and almost as many more million suffer strokes—a life-changing, irreversible injury that may result in serious disabilities.

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Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board certified family physician and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He is the author of several books including The New York Times bestsellers Eat to Live; Super Immunity; The End of Dieting; and The End of Diabetes. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and research director of The Nutritional Research Foundation. He is also on the science advisory board of Whole Foods Market.

Question: We’ve been told to stay away from red meat, dairy and cheese—foods high in saturated fats—because saturated fat is bad for the heart. But today some people are arguing that sugar is the real culprit. What is the skinny on fat? (more…)