The Increasing use of Dietary Supplements: Benefits and Dangers

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Aiman Bandali INTRODUCTION Over the last few years, particularly since 2010, there has been an increase in intake of dietary supplements. According to the new market report published by Persistence Market Research, the global dietary supplements market was valued at $109.8 billion and is…

The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet on Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer Risk

By Joanne P. Shelby-klein, BSN, RN Introduction: What is the Mediterranean diet? The Mediterranean Diet is currently thought of as the paradigm for healthy eating. The World Health Organization states that adopting the Mediterranean diet can prevent the onset of disease and improve the standard of living.7 Recent…

Alcohol Use Disorder – A General Overview

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""] Christina Ripp, M.A. Many people may not realize the terms “alcoholism” and “alcoholic” do not represent a specific diagnosis. The current diagnosis for someone who is addicted to alcohol is called Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), formerly known as “Alcohol Dependence” in the previous edition…

Season Affective Disorder, Winter Blues or Something More?

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN All of us have heard the term “winter blues”, in fact many of us have experienced it on exceptionally cold, winter days. For many people however, it’s more than the winter blues, it is actually Seasonal Affective Disorder…

Shingles / Herpes Zoster Virus

By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN The shingles vaccine, sometimes referred to as the ‘shingles shot’ is often seen advertised in pharmacies and Doctors’ offices, leading patients to wonder if they should get the vaccine and what is it for. Shingles is the layman’s term for the Herpes…

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and affects 836,000 to 2.5 Million Americans (Institute of Medicine report) or about 2.8% of adults. These numbers may actually be higher because between 84-91% of the cases…

Body Fat and the Fat Inside your Bones affect Skeletal Health

By Dr. L. Claudia Pop, MD Osteoporosis and obesity represent increasing health burdens worldwide. Bone fragility and increased risk of fracture, resulting from bone loss and microscopic damage of the skeleton, constitute the hallmark of osteoporosis.1 BONE ACCRUAL The major predictor for osteoporosis risk later in life is peak…

Tuberculosis: Age – Old Disease, Modern – Day Threat

By Hamsa Al-Aqaad What is Tuberculosis? Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis [1,2]. It typically affects the lungs, and in this case it is called pulmonary TB. Sometimes, other parts of the body can be infected; these include the brain and…

Osteoporosis Overview

By Wendy Brody, Pharm. D. Osteoporosis is the most common bone disorder affecting humans12. Bone strength is compromised, thus predisposing one to an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine and wrists.1Both men and women can develop osteoporosis, although men usually have a lower risk than women. During…