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    Pros and Cons of 10 Fibromyalgia Treatments We Should Know

    Fibromyalgia treatments by Denise Mann Fibromyalgia symptoms include tender points along the body, extreme fatigue, and sleeplessness. For years, people with this chronic pain condition were told their symptoms were not real—but times have changed. There are now three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia, as well as researched behavior and lifestyle changes that can relieve pain, improve sleep, and hopefully lead to a better quality of life. Here are the pros and cons of some of the commonly recommended treatments for fibro. Aerobic exercise Pros: “Aerobic exercise can improve overall function and quality of life for people with fibromyalgia,” says Lesley Arnold MD,…

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    Good news for young patients with a leukemia/Lymphoma subtype associated with a poor prognosis

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study shows that adjusting treatment based on early response to chemotherapy boosts survival of young patients with Philadelphia chromosome-like acute lymphoblastic leukemia St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators found that adjusting treatment based on early response to chemotherapy made a life-saving difference to young patients with an acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) subtype associated with a poor outcome. The study appeared in the September 20 edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The results are good news for children and adolescents with Philadelphia chromosome-like ALL (Ph-like ALL), a subtype that until now was associated with a poor prognosis. Ph-like ALL accounts for as much as 15…

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    5 Important Facts About Kidney Cancer We Should Know

    Source:Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP (National Kidney Foundation spokesperson; Medical director, Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Neb) Each year in the United States, about 51,000 adults will be diagnosed with kidney cancer. As with so many serious diseases, the earlier kidney cancer is found, the better the outcome. Kidney cancer can often be cured if found and treated before it has spread. According to new research published in the National Kidney Foundation’s American Journal of Kidney Disease, the optimal treatment carefully removes cancerous portions of the kidney, as opposed to the entire kidney. This can preserve kidney function and ultimately save lives, but unfortunately many physicians and patients remain unaware of its…

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    9 Common Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia And What To Do If You're Diagnosed

    Today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, which raises awareness for a chronic disorder that impacts an estimated five million adults in the United States, and is characterized by widespread pain and tenderness, often accompanied by fatigue, impaired memory and other physical issues. The condition may occur with other chronic pain conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but researchers believe it could be the result of several factors, including genetics, illness and physical or emotional trauma, which lead to an abnormal processing of pain. In the video above from The Doctors, Maggie says she has suffered from fibromyalgia for over 10 years,…

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    'I want to give hope to everyone with cerebral palsy'

    By James Callow Closest will always be his parents, brothers Scott and Jake, who play for Aston Villa and the Southampton U21s respectively, his wife Kathleen and children Lily and Harvey. But Sinclair is proud to be one of tens of thousands in this country to have cerebral palsy, and knows that as an England CP international preparing for next month’s World Championship at St. George’s Park, he can inspire a new generation. “Scott said to me: ‘I play in the Premier League but I cannot inspire someone like you can. You’re a role model to everyone in that little family,'” Sinclair, 28, said. “That’s what we are – a…

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    From Psychic to Psychotic and Beyond: A True Story About My Bipolar Disorder

    By Kerry Ann Jacobs Reviewed by Corinna Underwood After being admitted to hospital in 2010, following a long period of severe psychosis, Kerry Ann Jacobs was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her book, From Psychic to Psychotic and Beyond, is the compelling story of how her experience with a complex web of psychic and psychotic episodes affected her and those around her. As a sufferer of bipolar disorder myself and the caretaker of a son with the same, I found Jacobs’s account extremely useful. The book is divided into three contrasting sections. The first part is the author’s personal account of her psychic experiments, which developed seamlessly into psychosis without her noticing.…

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    11 Facts About Leukemia/Lymphoma and Other Blood Cancers

    Welcome to cancerfactsheet.org, one of the largest orgs for young people and social change! Approximately every 4 minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. There are 3 main types of blood cancers: Leukemia, cancer that is found in your blood and bone marrow; Lymphoma, blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system; and Myeloma, blood cancer that specifically targets your plasma cells. Over 1 million Americans are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Those with blood disorders are often in need of blood transfusions. Host a zombie-themed blood drive to keep your local blood bank stocked. Sign up for…

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    Let's stop trying to cure cancer, says cancer professor

    Professor Mel Greaves claims that most cancers cannot be cured and experts should look at ways of preventing and managing the disease instead. Most cancers cannot be cured and scientists should give up trying and, instead, look for ways to manage the disease, the director of the Centre for Evolution and Cancer at The Institute of Cancer Research, has claimed. Professor Mel Greaves, an expert in childhood leukaemia, said developing more advanced cures would only lead to cancer cells becoming more resistant to treatment. He believes that scientists should focus on prevention, such as giving aspirin to all over 50s to stop the onset of stomach cancer, and stalling the…

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    Surviving Kidney Cancer IS Possible! Please read Bob Gallner’s inspiring story!!!

    When my father got diagnosed with Clear Cell Renal Carcinoma, I immediately got on Google and researched it. I cannot begin to describe how shocked I was to find out there was a man named, Bob Gallner, who had published a YouTube video to share his battle with the EXACT same cancer that my father had just been diagnosed with. I thought that it was just a coincidence that Bob had the same last name as mine. After talking with my family, I learned he was a cousin of ours. We had just never met! After finding out that we were related, I knew I had to contact him. Bob contacted…

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    Mom story: My daughter has cerebral palsy

    Thirteen years ago, following a great pregnancy, I became a mom via an emergency C-section. I didn’t know this at the time, but my baby girl’s heart rate wasn’t fluctuating during contractions. After spending time in the NICU at a local children’s hospital, visiting several doctors and doing research, it was determined that my beautiful daughter, Lizzy, was going to be delayed. Lizzy was profoundly mentally disabled (PMD). Accepting the truth Lizzy has cerebral palsy (CP), an incurable and permanent condition that affects the brain. Lizzy has seizures and she drools because her brain doesn’t tell her to swallow. For months, I pulled away from everyone. I was mad and…