Very little had changed in Joe Taccino’s routine, so when he experienced a sudden spike in his weight, swelling in his arms and legs, abnormal fatigue and shortness of breath, the 84-year-old widower wasted no time getting in to see his doctor.
For children, the elderly and people with known heart disease the risk is particularly high, but even the most active winter sports enthusiast can quickly slip into hypothermia or even have a heart attack if he or she isn’t careful.
It’s the time of year dedicated to spreading awareness about heart disease (which kills more women than all forms of cancer combined) and highlighting the warning signs you or a woman you love may be having a heart attack.
It may not be as romantic as the traditional Valentine’s Day celebration, but managing your weight and choosing heart healthy foods are two ways you can celebrate Heart Health Month and fight heart disease!
Every year, thousands of hours are devoted to programs designed to help Frederick County residents lower their risk of premature death from stroke and heart attack through education and behavior modification.
“Although improving fitness and losing fatness is ideally the best combination, our study also shows that as long as individuals maintain their fitness and fatness levels, which is less challenging, they are not likely to be at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease risk factors,” Lee said.
Last summer, Daniel Havens was chronically exhausted, constantly short of breath and frequently in pain. In early September of 2012, he collapsed. Tests revealed that he had congestive heart failure.
A recent study out of the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health has good news for those who keep up with exercise, even if you don’t lose all of the extra pounds.
We all know we need to remember our pleases and thank yous – particularly during the holiday season – but researchers from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business suggest our desire to be polite can backfire.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Be honest — does it have to do with losing weight?
Chances of surviving lung cancer longer increase when treatment is personalized based on the genetics of the cancer, German researchers report.
When you’re working out, it’s your body’s way of making you shift back a gear or two. But what if you’re short of breath most or all of the time?
¾ of all lung cancer patients are past or current smokers. But that leaves ¼ who never picked up a cigarette facing the same diagnosis.
Researchers have found a startling number of smokers are still lighting up behind the wheel with their children in the car.
At FMH, all positive screens or abnormal CT scans are reviewed by an expert team of radiologists, pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons, with results and recommendations reported to the patient and their primary care physician.
When a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer or is told he or she has a suspicious mammogram, life changes in an instant. Various doctors’ appointments, tests and procedures must be scheduled. In many communities, this is the start of a game of “patient pong”, where the patient runs from office to office and facility to facility, trying to get the necessary care.
Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. It’s a disease feared by many and understood by few. While no one is ever prepared to receive a cancer diagnosis, knowledge is power. Medical oncologist Michael McCormack, M.D., of TriState Physician Associates, reveals the fact and fiction behind cancer.
If you’re a woman over the age of 40, you know the importance of an annual mammogram. The mammogram is part of your due diligence on wellness. But let’s be honest, getting a mammogram scheduled on your calendar means overcoming the fear of the unknown (do I have breast cancer?) and the anticipation of a slightly unpleasant appointment.
The Designer Cup Challenge is a bra art competition where people decorate a bra completely, with each design serving as a tribute to women’s wellness and women who have been a source of inspiration and support for breast cancer awareness, screening, and treatment.
Which is why we want to spread the word about the Make a Difference Breast Cancer Screening Program. I sat down with Carrie Starkey, program coordinator, at their free screening last Saturday to find out more about the program.
Its breast cancer awareness month and pink ribbons are as common as pumpkins on doorsteps. Pink ribbons were first handed out in New York City in the early ’90s to build awareness of breast cancer and early detection. Today, the movement includes organized walks, foundations and NFL games played in pink.
There’s no right or wrong way to feel, but at FMH we want you to know you’re not alone. The hospital’s Survivors Offering Support (SOS) program pairs newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients with women who’ve been there and done that.
A new diabetes drug may one day perform double duty for patients, controlling both their blood sugar levels and helping them lose weight, researchers report.
The questions in this assessment ask about risk factors, conditions that may put you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Weight training is associated with a wide variety of health benefits, from increased strength and stamina to joint flexibility and higher bone density. Now a large, long-term study suggests it can significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
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Using a specially designed chamber, an international research team has transplanted islet cells into a patient with type 1 diabetes.
A wound that just doesn’t heal can be uncomfortable, painful or even embarrassing. It may interfere with everyday mobility, a person’s ability to work and enjoy leisure time– and sometimes, it’s just plain frightening.
Although diet soda contains 15% fewer calories than regular soda, it poses a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke, cancer and neurological disorders.
At one time, an overweight child was more the exception than the rule. Unfortunately, the number of obese children in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate.
The Chronic Disease in Maryland report (released in March 2011) reveals diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the state.
For the first time ever, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued guidelines for the management of Type 2 diabetes. Until now type 2 diabetes has been considered an adult onset disease, but pediatricians are seeing more and more children either pre-diabetic or fully engaged in Type 2. Many physicians believe that the increase in type 2 diabetes is directly related to the rise in childhood obesity.
Type 1diabetes is a chronic condition that is also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes. It is often a genetic disease or can be caused by certain viruses. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It is not curable but can be managed.
Type 2 diabetes is much more common and is rising rapidly among children and teens. It now accounts for up to one in three new cases between the ages of 10 and 18.
Why has the AAP decided guidelines are now needed? Because type 2 diabetes was once considered an adult disease- not a childhood disease.
"Few providers have been trained in managing type 2 diabetes in children and, to date, few medications have been evaluated for safety and [effectiveness] in children," says co-author Janet Silverstein, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida and chief of endocrinology at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
"This is a real issue in the pediatric population. It's something that many of us as pediatricians didn't grow up with because we just didn't see it very often," she says.
Proper diagnosis is paramount to the recommended guidelines. Type 1 or type 2 diabetes diagnoses are not always clear-cut and can take time for an accurate diagnosis.
The guidelines recommend giving insulin to patients if it's not clear whether they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. If type 2 diabetes is confirmed, lifestyle changes along with the medication metformin are recommended. Metformin and insulin are the only two blood sugar-lowering medicati