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The Increasing use of Dietary Supplements: Benefits and Dangers

 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 expected to grow to about $179.8 billion by 2020.1 Increased use seems to be directly related to greater interest in healthy living.1 Dietary supplements, with their wide availability and different dosage forms, seem to [...]

January 28th, 2017|health and diet, supplements|0 Comments

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

Joanne P. Shelby-klein, BSN, RN Introduction: What is the Mediterranean diet? The Mediterranean Diseases(MD) 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 studies have documented that routine adherence to this diet can potentially delay chronic diseases including, cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.5 It is widely accepted that a true, healthy diet [...]

January 26th, 2017|Cardiovascular Disease, health and diet|Comments Off on The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet on Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer Risk

All you need to know about E-Cigarettes

 By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Electronic Cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or vaping, have been around since the early 2000’s and are advertised to be a safe, tobacco free alternative to cigarettes. E-cigarettes came to the United States about 7 years ago and have expanded into a multi-billion dollar industry that has over 466 brands and 7764 flavors. What exactly is an e-cigarette, how does it work and what are the [...]

November 22nd, 2016|Health, smoking|Comments Off on All you need to know about E-Cigarettes

Alcohol Use Disorder – A General Overview

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 of the DSM. MISCONCEPTIONS One major misconception about people with AUD is that they have to drink alcohol every day. This is simply not true: The individual may drink alcohol every day, or not. [...]

November 9th, 2016|Addiction, Alcoholism, Diseases and Treatment|Comments Off on Alcohol Use Disorder – A General Overview

Season Affective Disorder, Winter Blues or Something More?

 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. There is a difference between the two. Winter blues is a general term for symptoms that usually happen close to the winter holidays or are associated with missing a loved one. Seasonal Affective Disorder is [...]

November 9th, 2016|Antidepressants, health and treatment, light therapy|Comments Off on Season Affective Disorder, Winter Blues or Something More?

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 Zoster Virus and the vaccine is used prevent the shingles from occurring. WHAT IS THE HERPES ZOSTER VIRUS? Herpes Zoster is the same virus that causes chicken pox, the varicella-zoster [...]

October 6th, 2016|health and disease, vaccination|Comments Off on Shingles / Herpes Zoster Virus

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 go unreported or undiagnosed. It is more common in women than men with the average age of diagnosis of 33 years of age. A minimum of 25% of people who have CFS are [...]

October 5th, 2016|Chronic Diseases, health and disease|Comments Off on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Body Fat and the Fat Inside your Bones affect Skeletal Health

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 bone mass achieved during second decade of life. In adolescents and young adults, genes (~75% of an individual’s peak bone mass is genetically pre-determined), hormonal milieu and environmental factors interact [...]

October 5th, 2016|health and disease, obesity, Osteoporosis|Comments Off on Body Fat and the Fat Inside your Bones affect Skeletal Health

Tuberculosis: Age – Old Disease, Modern – Day Threat

 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 nerves, lymph nodes, bones and joints, digestive system, bladder and kidneys, and the reproductive system. Such a case would be known as extrapulmonary TB. Figure 2. Progressive formation of pulmonary cavities and [...]

December 21st, 2015|Diseases, health and disease, third world diseases|Comments Off on Tuberculosis: Age – Old Disease, Modern – Day Threat

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 ones lifetime, old bone is removed (resorption) and new bone is added to the skeleton (formation). During childhood and teenage years, new bone is added faster than old bone [...]

November 9th, 2015|Bone Health, Calcium and supplements, Diseases, minerals|Comments Off on Osteoporosis Overview