KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn show

KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn

Summary: An hour of medical questions, answers, debate, dialogue, discussion, & health in the news.

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 2014-08-23: Primers on Ebola, fat metabolism and statin use and side effects plus other topics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

Primer on the Ebola virus, why it is so dangerous and how statins helps treatment; A 13yr old girl identifies a fungus on trees that infects AIDS patients; Infected bite needs to be tested for tick-borne diseases; The relationship of melatonin and rheumatoid arthritis — alternatives to help sleep; Difficulty reaching orgasm is common in males as they age; Punicalagin from pomegranates might be good to help prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases; Treating and testing for H. pylori — food sensitivities are more likely; Listener recommends responsibletechnology.org website for GMO issues; Are toxins on sheep wool contaminating the Vitamin D extracted from it? The physiology of brown fat vs. white fat — attempts to convert white to brown to treat diabetes and lose weight; Caller tells about the Alzheimer's Prevention Registry and research studies that need participants; A thorough discussion of statins and their side effects with long term use; Diagnosing a possible migraine headache — getting a CT is essential; It's very difficult to do good science to test essential oils for relaxation

 2014-08-16: Roundup herbicide problems, Medicare and hospital visits, Screening for prostate cancer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

Research reveals birth defects and other dangers of glyphosphate herbicide; New recommendations suggest that PSA is not a good cancer screening test; Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is a common and fairly safe procedure; A strange story linking increased Roundup use by wheat farmers as a consequence of fracking for oil and gas; The issue of "observation hospital stay" as compared to full admission; More discussion about observation hospital stay and Medicare billing; Alternatives to PSA for prostate cancer screening; Does a healthy 57 year old have to get all the tests my doctor recommends? Hydrocodone use for genuine pain does rarely leads to addiction; What is the significance of low ferritin level? Testing for specific microRNAs offers quicker detection of heart failure

 2014-06-07: The biology, business and politics of good nutrition are central themes this week | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:49

Comments on food issues such as added sugar and dependence on prepared foods; Followup with a listener with skin cancer — monoclonal antibody treatments are in clinical trial; More discussion about nutrition in schools and other food issues; Probiotics, e.g from fermented foods, are important after heavy antibiotic doses; A woman has trouble finding yogurt without added sugar; Comparison of using colonoscopy vs. fecal blood test for colon cancer screening; How to shift ratio of cholesterol to HDL; A person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is not obese should be screened for pancreatic cancer; Urine is not sterile — the prevalence of commensal bacteria all throughout the body; A wide-spectrum light sensor has medical uses and can be printed by your laser printer! Theintentionexperiment.com conducts interesting research in affecting things by group concentration; Possible causes for nerve damage from corticobasal degeneration

 2014-05-34: Wide variety of topics discussed from calls and emails | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:02

Aspirin seems to reduce risks of breast cancer; Treatments for central sleep apnea; Controlling inflammation of hand arthritis with supplement and diet; When to take and calcium, magnesium and vitamins for best absorption for bone health; Risks of contaminating others with oral herpes; Coping with a spouses denial of his wife's terminal illness; Getting off of Metformin for diabetes by diet and supplements; Mysterious pain and irritation on the skin of the back; Health advice to help stay off of methamphetamine; Issues with having a spouse in the room at an office visit; Nutritionals to compensate for the many X-rays received for a pneumothorax

 2014-05-17: Good news for Parkinson's and Hepatitis C patients and much more health news and advice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:49

An important new strategy for treating Parkinson's disease; Poor sleep during pregnancy increases risks of higher weight and diabetes in her children in adulthood; Is weight gain contributing to my symptoms from a leaky heart valve? Chemicals from molds affects dopamine levels which may lead to Parkinson's disease; Physiology and treatments for bursitis and other ailments in the shoulder; New law in Colorado is the first to allow use of drugs not fully-approved by FDA for terminal diseases; Sleep apnea can lead to cardiac, blood pressure and other health problems; Why too much sugar and starch is bad for your brain; Heat wave increased frequency of seizures in my dog; A new excellent, but very expensive, drug therapy for Hepatitis C

 2014-05-10: The problems with medical procedure and drug pricing are center stage in today's show | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:02

The crazy and wasteful system of the pricing of medical care and drugs; The sensation of electrical tingling caused by nerve irritation by an under-wire bra; A vaccine is available for tick-borne encephalitis; Consider malaria, not Lyme disease, for a listener's flu-like symptoms; Suggestions for borderline high blood pressure without the usual drugs and more about medical costs; Caller relates a good experience with a doctor, and even more discussion about problems in the US healthcare system; Other tick-borne diseases are important in addition to Lyme disease; Caller relates a good experience with a doctor, and even more discussion about problems in the US healthcare system; Other tick-borne diseases are important in addition to Lyme disease; The risks and removal of Gadolinium taken for an MRI; Get a second opinion about operating for a bone spur and arthritis; A woman with dry nipples should check for Paget's disease; How do I evaluate a good acupuncturist or chiropractor?

 2014-05-03: Crowd-sourced suggestions for dry mouth, plus medical news and advice to listeners | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

New biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease promise earlier detection; The different varieties of glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support; Various causes and solutions for dry mouth in an elder, with many suggestions from callers; Stress causing HSV genital herpes outbreaks; Occasional sore and swollen knuckles; Supplement and other support for before and after hip replacement surgery; Drugs and other suggestions for erectile dysfunction for someone with HIV; Caller has success with using turmeric plus black pepper to reduce pain and inflammation; How international intellectual property and patent rights affect the ability to produce generic drugs; Dr Dawn discusses the controversial issue of chronic lyme disease, antibiotic therapy; A Chinese herb suggestion for dry mouth and black currant oil for dry eyes

 2014-04-26: News about e-Cigarettes, lung cancer screening and statins plus answers to questions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

FDA finally announces rules to regulate electronic cigarettes; New CT screening technique to detect lung cancer early; Bone physiology of arthritis, but lump on hand may be a ganglion cyst; Could a pH imbalance contribute to chronic yeast infection? Is there a cheaper source for methylated folic acid than the drug Deplin? Detecting and treating carotid artery plaque; Sex and other things that affect the vaginal pH; More about Deplin and genetic testing for MTHFR and other mutations; All about microscopic colitis; A study shows that people on long-term statins eat more! Suggestions for hormonal birth control; Benadryl plus Tagamet is good for hives

 2014-04-19: Problems with plastic mesh in hernia operations is the central theme this week | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

New strategies to develop antibiotics that reduce drug resistance; The problems with the plastic mesh used in inguinal hernia and bladder operations; A caller's symptoms seem to be more than just toenail fungus; Did the mesh used in my surgery cause the subsequent abscess and adhesions? How long is dialysis needed after cardiac bypass surgery with kidney disease? About arteriovenous malformation — cauterizing will not cause adhesions; Hyperactivity of the dartos muscle is not dangerous; Another experience with complications with a mesh for inguinal hernia; The anatomy behind acid reflux and treatments are discussed; The problem of a leaking silicon breast implant

 2014-04-12: Replay of Interview with Jane Wade about the certification processes of organic food | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

History of organic food regulations in the United States; The "links in a chain" of regulations from the origin of the seed through farmers and processors; The "organic system plan" customizes the regulations and inspections for individual organic farmers; Isolation between organic foods and non-organic is monitored at all steps from growing to processing and distribution; Organic products cannot be contain GMO or be irradiated; All ingredients from all over the world have to meet the same standards to be accepted as US organic; California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) covers all of North America and originated by merging standards from many separate organic certifiers; The USDA regulates the organic certifying organizations with yearly audits; The organizational structure of the national standards board and the politics of big agribusiness; The origins of organic farming in the 1970's and the difficult process of setting national standards; Reasons for organic farming, from not eating pesticides to soil health, like all farming was a few generations ago; Traceability of farming details is important for food safety; The US farm bill needs to support small organic farming; Environmental advantages to reducing pesticides and the important issue of loosing bees for pollination; Organic is healthier because plants resist bugs using chemicals defense such as vitamins and antioxidants that are good for us; Explaining why organic food cost more and the advantages of farmers' markets and sourcing locally

 2014-04-05: Personalized medicine by genetic testing and cancer treatments is central theme | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

The Warburg effect — why do cancer cells favor glucose fermentation? Can I take a baby aspirin and ibuprofen at the same time? Certain types of gut bacteria can promote genetic mutations and cancer; Personalized medicine approach using genetic arrays to customize cancer treatments; High dose methylfolate (Deplin) is used to treat depression in those with certain genome variants; Is there any interaction with aspirin and Naproxen? The association of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Celiac disease; Topical use of Metronidazole for rosacea doesn't have the risk of Crohn's disease that the oral version does; Punch biopsy is the best way to remove a tick head left in the skin; Restoring motor neuron disease with stem cells and light therapy; Hemoglobin A1C test and supplements to help prevent diabetes; Antioxidants can counter DNA damaging effects of omega 6 fatty acids; Bioidentical hormones and the risk of breast cancer

 2014-03-29: A wide variety of topics from phone calls, emails and important medical news | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

Low dose Naltrexone and hyperbaric oxygen are used for fibromyalgia and other conditions; How a monoclonal antibody is used to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma; New treatment for post-mastectomy pain syndrome; Family history is important to judge fracture risks with osteoporosis — treatments are discussed; A woman's gut problems stems from a Blastocystis hominis infection; The antibiotic Metronidazole is linked to increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease; Detoxification helps the long term effects of anesthesia; How do I reduce my high Lipoprotein(a) level? Conservative treatment first is recommended for medial epicondylitis; Going off of estrogen therapy and Arimidex, not anesthesia, is causing hot flashes; Try antihistamines to reduce itching side effect of pain meds for arthritis

 2014-03-22: Male hot flashes, thyroid hormones, e-cigarettes and other interesting topics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:58

Unfortunately, electronic cigarettes are available to minors; Suggestions to maximize absorption of vitamin supplements; My husband has hot flashes — get thyroid tests; Boric acid is a safer fire retardant chemical in furniture; The shingles vaccine wears off after about 5 years; Preventative health advice to control health care costs in a self-insured group; The tricky issue of thyroid hormone supplementation and the politics of drug industry regulations; A urologist notes that low testosterone can cause hot flashes in males; More discussion about shingles vaccine; What should I expect with my Medicare physical and what lab tests should I get? Don't be too worried about a borderline high hemoglobin A1c value; Read the fine print when buying long term care insurance; Can I tell my doctor to not put some information in my medical record?

 2014-03-15: Keeping muscle and loosing fat with age and detecting prostate cancer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:49

Retaining muscle mass is very important in staying healthy as you age; Review of the Regenexx procedure using stem cells to repair joint cartilage; Certain lipids may be biomarkers for early detection of Alzheimer's disease; More about the health benefits of retaining muscle mass and disadvantage of belly fat; What are supplements to support liver and gut health? Genes variants that correlate with higher risks of stroke, coronary artery disease and diabetes; A listener developed meat allergy after a tick bite; Discussion of elderly health issues such of lack of mobility and rate of decline; More discussion about the locations of fat accumulation; Detecting prostate cancer — PSA is not as reliable as we'd like; Another doctor describes new techniques to detect and treat prostate cancer

 HIV treatments, stem cells for arthritis, evaluating doctors and tinnitus are featured this week | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:38

Second case of a baby cured of HIV; Genetically-modified T-cells are the latest treatment for HIV AIDS; Stem cells used to regenerate hip cartilage; The difficulty in evaluating doctors from online reviews; Interplay of smoking and alcohol addictions; Acupuncture or chiropractic can help tinnitus; Dr. Dawn's healthy diet recommendations; Resistant starch isn't fully digested and is good for your gut flora; A fracture in the shoulder that is healing slowly may also involve a torn ligament; Formulas with micronized zinc might help to avoid reactions to sunscreen


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