Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2

 Neerja L. Bisht, MD Summary Diabetes or diabetes mellitus (Type I or Type II) is a long-term condition leading to increased blood sugar levels, also called hyperglycemia. The need to control these levels is very important as uncontrolled increase in blood sugar levels can lead to serious damage to…

Gene Therapy to Supercharge the Immune System

[icon name=”user” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]Isharpal Singh, MS A game-changing approach in Immune system research Benjamin franklin once said that only two things are certain in this world death and taxes. As our lives become longer on an average and our ability to treat a whole range of illnesses…

Measles: To Vaccinate or not to Vaccinate

[icon name=”user” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Perry McLimore, MD., JD. Introduction In the news recently is the account of a measles outbreak that apparently started in Disneyland, located in California. Currently, there are almost 100 confirmed cases of measles in California, Arizona, Utah, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Nebraska, and Mexico. It…

Autologous Stem Cell Transplants in ALS: New Hope and Preliminary Findings

 Joanne P. Shelby-Klein, BSN RN Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrigs Disease, named after the famous baseball player who died from the disease. People may also be familiar with this disease from hearing about Steven Hawking, the famous physicist. What exactly is ALS? ALS belongs…

Pancreatic Cancer and Confronting the Diagnosis

[icon name=”user” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Neerja L. Bisht, MD Introduction Receiving the diagnosis of cancer is life-changing for most patients. Some tend to come out of the trauma reasonably intact, others not so. For most, fear remains an important factor. This article is directed towards patients who have been…

Understanding Antibiotic Resistance

[icon name=”user” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Antibiotic resistance is a growing worldwide public health problem that threatens the prevention and treatment of an increasing number of micro-organisms. In fact, each year, more than 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and more…

The New Bourbon Virus: What is it, How was it found?

[icon name=”user” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta discovered a new possible tick-borne virus in 2014 while looking at samples taken from deceased patient from Kansas. They became involved because the patient died from what…

Immunotherapies with PD-1 Inhibitors Review of Recent Studies

[icon name=”user” class=”” unprefixed_class=””]  By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Studies reported in late 2014 and early 2015 show great promise in the use of PD-1 inhibitors as Immunotherapies for Melanoma and Non- Small Cell Lung Cancer. Most people ask what Immunotherapy and what are PD-1…

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