KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn
Summary: An hour of medical questions, answers, debate, dialogue, discussion, & health in the news.
Perverse incentives cause unnecessary procedures like angioplasty — HCA hospital chain is being investigated; Wheezing and gurgling noise may be from sinusitis, not asthma; Trying to fend off telomere shortening with supplements such as resveratrol, but stopping smoking is most important; Are there supplements for pain and increased blood flow post prostatectomy? Cold laser therapy for arthritis pain probably works similar to acupuncture; Elimination diet is effective against eosinophilic esophagitis; The popular topic of how to evaluate bone fracture risks and treating osteoporosis; How can advertisers of health products during late night infomercials claim "no side effects?" Vitamin K helps reduce bruising in aging skin; A study finds that magnetic field exposure during pregnancy increases risk for obesity in children; The risks and benefits of monoclonal therapy for osteoporosis and arthritis; Swine flu is back in the US Midwest, but not as bad as H1N1 from 2009; New contagion model based on airports — send vaccines to airports at first signs of an epidemic!
People who have allergies have lower risks of brain tumors! Financial advantages of the soon-to-appear Health Insurance Exchanges in California; Continuity of care is a problem for limited services to be offered by in stores such as Walmart, CVS and Target; Pelvic floor physical therapy and acupuncture will hopefully help a woman to avoid a sacroiliac joint fusion operation; How to avoid the tendency to faint when standing for a long time; A correction on a topic on July 7, 2012 about Avodart drug causing insomnia; Appropriate nutrition to gain weight in a thin person with diabetes and pancreatic cancer; Comments on nurse practitioners and physicians assistants; Comments on nurse practitioners and physicians assistants; Turmeric with black pepper is the cheapest way to get curcumin supplement for inflammatory diseases such as Ankylosing Spondylitis; Deep brain stimulation (Transcranial magnetic stimulation) is shown to reduce the perception of pain from fibromyalgia; Acupuncture within 24 hours after knee or hip surgery reduces inflammation and pain; Episodic bouts of fever and chills are acute inflammatory responses that mean your immune system worked as it should! Dr Dawn recommends the book "Pocket Guide to Micronutrients in Health and Disease" for nutritional information; Why pain medications used after surgery don't lead to addiction problems; The difficult situation of refusing more radiation therapy for recurring brain tumors when family wants you to fight more
Adults should get the new Pertussis (Whooping cough) vaccine because this disease is on the rise; We support the ballot initiative to label genetically-modified foods; Prozac is effective against a wide variety of RNA viruses; New device detects very small amounts of DNA; Cold pasteurization can be done with high pressure or gamma irradiation; Natural supplements to help against shingles; Traumatic brain injury may contribute to getting Alzheimer's disease; The unfortunate situation of the uninsured patients that leads to very high emergency room charges; MRI screening after breast cancer is a good idea for a woman with dense breasts; Dealing with congestive heart failure, atrial fibrulation, excess water, diuretics and the Veterans' health system; Detecting proteins patterns specific to cancer cells is helping in early identification and treatment strategies; Court case examines shady patent deals between pharmaceutical companies and generic manufacturers; Advice to support a friend with breast cancer that has metastasized to many other organs; Internet use disorder is a new mental health problem — give your smart phone a rest once in awhile!
Cancer genomics allows individualization of cancer treatments; Exposing mushrooms to sunlight increases their Vitamin D level! Don't let criticisms of hormone replacement therapy stop you from using progesterone cream for hot flashes; The funding of health insurance exchanges through tax credits might have some problems in states that use the federal exchanges; The FDA spies on their own researchers' emails and their recipients in an effort to counter scientists who don't agree with their policies; Parabens are common preservatives in many products, including many progesterone creams — other chemicals are discussed; Protein powder supplements give me painful pimples — try different types of protein sourses; An elder with glaucoma has iron deficiency and possibly thyroid hormone problems; Mammograms don't tell much in a women with dense breasts — alternative breast cancer screening techniques; Balancing total cholesterol and LDL numbers in a post-heart attack male — too low cholesterol is not healthy; Can acid blockers cause weight gain? Hot flashes or thyroid imbalance may explain a woman who is cold during the day but hot at night
CT scans in children raises chances of getting of getting cancer as an adult; Research suggests that acupuncture may work by stimulating a neurotransmitter in skin; Bad effects of anesthesia on Parkinson's patients because of interactions with treatment drugs; How to combat tonsil stones and is there a connection to my kidney stones? CoQ10 and other nutritionals to reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease; A folate supplement can help with depression if you have the MTHFR mutation; Probiotics suggestions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other intestinal disorders; The relatively new diagnosis of microscopic colitis and what to do about it; Alternatives to Sudafed for mucus behind the eardrum; The appropriate use of drugs and natural products to slow growth of the prostate depends on your symptoms; Second injury after a broken wrist needs another X-ray to evaluate additional damage; Is the Bupropion I'm taking for smoking cessation causing a rash all over my body? A mutation identified in Icelanders that protects against Alzheimer's disease; The cause and some advise for reducing the rash from eczema
New HIV test gives results at home; Nicotine patches are shown to help cognitive function in impaired elders! Red wine's aromatase inhibitor benefits both females and males; Non-pharmaceutical supplements to help getting to sleep; The importance of getting full lipid testing, including LDL particle size; Phytic acid in nuts and seeds such as soybeans can reduce mineral absorption; Will fixing my sleep apnea lower my blood pressure and help me lose weight? The drug Avodart, used to reduce prostate size, may cause insomnia; Are there any problems with getting a knee replacement in someone with Parkinson's disease? Also: cautions about forums on the Internet; A very high speed camera helps identify cancer cells circulating in blood; A synthetic protein can quickly activate the immune system to attack viruses such as colds or flu; Another case of high cholesterol and the need for thorough lipid testing; A professional trainer asks about raising testosterone levels in his clients; Drugs for treatment, risks and the cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Sleep apnea is explained by Dr. Aaron Morse, a pulmonary and sleep specialist in Santa Cruz, CA; The physiological effects of sleep apnea: inflammation leading to cardiovascular effects and hypertension; Obesity is very important risk factor — Who else is at risk for sleep apnea? CPAP and other treatments for sleep apnea; A child with chronic nasal congestion and a discussion of allergies and sleep apnea in children; More discussion about sleep apnea in children and the oral device treatment to open the airway at night; A caller with severe sleep apnea was helped by throat surgery — different surgical treatments are discussed; A woman uses an oral device for her sleep apnea and more about adjusting to the CPAP machine; More discussion of the surgical options for sleep apnea with a caller who doesn't want to use CPAP; A woman talks with about how she adapted and benefits from using CPAP, including weight loss; More questions about the CPAP system from a caller who loves how it's helping her; Upper airway resistance syndrome is a controversial relative of sleep apnea; Did my severe sleep apnea contribute to my cardiac health and eventual heart attack?
Hypnosis is shown to reduce hot flashes in post-menopausal women; A definitive diagnosis of Lyme disease is difficult in a woman with fibromyalgia; Rapid DNA sequence helps reveal the thousands of microorganisms that live on and in our bodies; A caller is probably reacting to mold exposure in her home; A woman has an anaphylactic reaction to a monoclonal antibody used to treat her leukemia; Functional portal vein is produced by growing the recipients stem cells on a collagen scaffold; Who are the best candidates to benefit from daily low dose aspirin for heart attack prevention; Treatment suggestions for shingles outbreak, advice about the vaccine and inflammation as the root of many mental illnesses; Neuropathy as a result of chemotherapy and radiation for an esophageal tumor may not be permanent; Comments on Fosamax and Evista for osteoporosis and problems with how conventional medicine works; Dr. Dawn's approach to treating ADD with minimal drug use; Viruses against bacteria are used in Europe to combat infections; Numbness after removal of a saphenous vein
Supreme court rejects an absurd medical patent; Epigenetic methylation that turns off immune response explains why a mother doesn't reject a fetus as foreign; Dr. Dawn discourages a caller from getting a motorcycle; Is the lump in my esophagus a lipoma? New Alzheimer's vaccine is tested, but is vaccines a good strategy for an inflammatory disease? Drug and diet advice for a post-mastectomy woman just going into menopause; Integrative care suggestions for a man with esophageal cancer; Questions about high protein, low carbohydrate diets — low glycemic carbs are important; Two callers comment on Florence Williams' book about chemical contaminants in breast milk; A listener uses simply ice cubes to prevent herpes cold sore outbreaks; Low dose naltrexone is an anti-inflammatory that is useful for many diseases, including fibromyalgia
Doctor Dawn's history with acupuncture and news from the 2012 American Academy of Medical Acupuncture meeting; Research shows how acupuncture works to treat irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia; Interview with Dr. James Ochi, a pediatric head and neck surgeon who integrates acupuncture into his work; Tonsillectomy still very common for children with snoring/sleep issues — acupuncture reduces inflammation and post-operative pain; Acupuncture reduces the use of antibiotics for treating sinusitis; Dr. Ochi also uses acupuncture to increase mother's milk supply, treat post-concussion headache and vomiting, vertigo and chronic migraine headaches; Self-stimulating an acupuncture point on your chest can reduce allergy symptoms; Using PENS acupuncture for sciatica and disc pain
Study claiming that calcium causes heart attacks has many flaws; Change in recommendation for routine PSA testing causes controversy; Biochemical mechanisms are found for curcumin's benefits for the immune system and other biochemical effects; Vitamin D may reduce risk of certain kinds of stroke; New dietary guidelines for Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Comments on the health care mandate and the problem of sharing medical information among doctors; Ear acupuncture is recommended for Trigeminal Neuralgia, which causes severe facial pain; Can an immune reaction cause burning at the top of ears? Flexible sigmoidoscopy is effective in detecting colon cancers while more expensive colonoscopy doesn't have added benefit; A case of constant severe pain from a collapsed arch; A trip to Europe reveals the difference in European grains vs. US wheat : the gluten problem; Suggested dose of strontium supplement to take for osteoporosis; Hepatitis C can be dormant for many years — risk of transmission is discussed; Do people with trigeminal neuralgia tend to grit their teeth? Research review supports taking zinc to reduce common cold symptoms
About 0.1% of our DNA varies from person to person and underlies many diseases; Most of the genetic diversity in a human is in the bacteria that inhabit us and are crucial to our health; Nutritional advice for a woman with autoimmune disease; A woman starting menopause early is worried about her bone density scores and osteoporosis risks; A complex mathematical model for obesity helps predict weight loss by considering the dynamic aspects of metabolism; Progress in detecting early Alzheimer's disease — a new drug and inhaled insulin are being researched; A systems approach to interpreting levels of LDL, HDL, etc. and the emergence of diabetes, obesity and heart disease; How to avoid edema in legs and feet in hot weather; The value of physician assistants and a case of avoiding Flomax if there's no real problem; Circumcision lowers the risk of getting prostate cancer, especially aggressive cancer; Fresh healthy food is NOT more expensive than processed foods if measured by cost per weight or portion size; Using visualization or distraction to reduce pain is supported by new research; Baby boomers should get Hepatitis C test because early detection can be cured completely; Changes in health insurance policies in New York dramatically shifts the cost from insurance company to the patient for out of network doctors
High levels of Vitamin D are associated with atrial fibrulation and kidney stones; A chemical in garlic is better than antibiotics in fighting some bacterial infections; A woman tries natural remedies to topically treat her rosacea; Should a 63 year old man get pneumonia and shingles vaccinations? Should a woman with autoimmune problems and fibromyalgia get pneumonia or shingles vaccine? Oat bran, soy protein and fish oil are good for reducing cholesterol; The problem of expensive assisted living for elderly parents — balance problems are common in elders; What to expect with impending menopause symptoms and how to address symptoms; Weekly fish intake lowers risk of dementia; Abdominal pain is often hard to diagnose — try ear acupuncture; Caution to someone urged to get ulnar nerve surgery; Caller notes that 5 percent of people who've had hand surgery get the ulnar nerve pain discussed above; Mysterious chronic upset stomach went away while in the hospital — coffee and alcohol intake are suspicious! Contrary to current wisdom, young obese woman have decreased bone density that is reversible using human growth hormone; Dr. Motyka recommends an all-around supplement for bone health; Topical vitamin D is good for psoriasis, as are liquid formulas of other supplements for someone who doesn't like pills; Ablation surgery is a reasonable solution for chronic atrial fibrulation
A chemical from bee hives helps slow prostate cancer growth; New research supports use of Resveratrol to lower cardiovascular disease risk; Lack of oxygen may induce cancer growth — a biomarker is found the predicts fast growth phase of cancer; Stem cells produced from skin cells can become new muscle cells for treating muscular dystrophy; How a fibromyalgia sufferer can gradually reduce the anti-anxiety drug she's taking that is affecting her memory; Supplementing the diet for a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa; Nutritional advice for someone with broken arm bones; American Cancer Society's recommendations are in line with Dr. Dawn's advice for nutrition for cancer patients on chemotherapy; General discussion about treatments for fibromyalgia — good sleep is very important; More natural anti-inflammatories for knee pain; Phosphodiesterase inhibitors slow lung cancer cell growth in cell culture; The problems of working night shifts, but not on a regular basis; Dealing with residual pain after back surgery to fix sciatica pain; What are best practices when using Glucose monitors for type 1 diabetes? Acupuncture with electrical stimulation is safe for people with pacemakers; UC Santa Cruz is assembling a 10,000 patient database of DNA sequences of 20 types of cancer; Soy protein reduces fat accumulation in those with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
New medical devices in the news, from bionic eyes to glucose sensors to detecting proteins to diagnose depression; Interviews with 2 companies at the Health 2.0 conference on new technologies in managing health care data; New research about Human Papillomavirus and the connection to head and neck cancers; Antioxidants can cause DNA damage, but preferentially in cancer cells; New agents to reduce the weight loss associated with cancer and chemotherapy; New study shows reduction in breast cancer when taking estrogen, contrary to the Women's Health Initiative reports years ago; Epigenetic modifications in blood vessel walls helps explain preeclamsia; Drug screening can now be done using stem cells with specific genetic defects; Bone marrow from an organ donor injected into an organ recipient reduces rejection of the transplanted organ; Brain research supports basis for aromatherapy; New techniques for consumer genome analysis are still in the early stages for practical medical applications; Mutations in mitochondrial DNA are linked to deafness; Human DNA is found in the DNA of the Gonorrhea bacteria; Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is on the rise — research shows that the Mediterranean diet can help; Abdominal fat is associated with lower growth hormone, lower bone density and osteoporosis; Poor research review: Selection bias explains claims that total hip replacement reduces rate or mortality; Generic biologicals, such as monoclonal antibodies, are approved by the FDA