2015-07-11: The Functional Medicine approach to complex symptoms, plus lots of useful medical news

KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn show

Summary: Lipids in cell membranes and change compositions throughout the day and the seasons; Lack of nutrition leads to higher rate of diabetes in their descendants; Review of the importance of vitamin D and the problem of sarcoidosis; Probiotics are activated in the body and it's best to keep them cool for storage; The Functional Medicine approach to dissecting a complex set of symptoms; New insights into the structure of arterial plaque — smooth muscle cells change into immune cells; New techniques to modulate the immune system to reduce inflammation and nerve damage after spinal chord injuries; The drug Protamine can increase nitric oxide that combats chronic sinusitis; Alirocumab is a newly-approved but very expensive drug for lowering LDL cholesterol; The microbiome of the cervix may predict preterm labor by several weeks