Monthly Archives: August 2011

Telomere length and Risk of Incident Cancer and Cancer Mortality

New scientific evidence suggests that short telomeres and chromosome instability may contribute to malignant cell transformation. The existing evidence derives from case-control studies and is inconsistent for various types of specific cancers. However, significant inverse correlations were noted between baseline … Continue reading

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Medical Myth Mondays- Are There Medicinal Qualities of Honey, Bourbon and Lemon?

I had “whooping cough” as a child and my mother said it drove her nuts. She couldn’t stop my coughing which kept me up all night, therefore, it kept her up all night. Not good for anyone’ sleep. When it … Continue reading

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Telomeres, Telomerase and Cancer

This is a very interesting area of research that may help us unlock them puzzle of why some people develop cancer and others don’t. Some of my information comes from an article printed in February 1996 in Scientic American.* The authors won … Continue reading

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Medical Myth Mondays- If You Touch Someone With Poison Ivy, You Will Catch It

Everybody thinks this is true. Pity the poor soul that not only has the horrible rash from poison ivy, but everyone treats him or her like a leper. The real story is that the rash is not contagious nor will the … Continue reading

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Medical Myth Mondays- When You Sneeze, Your Heart Stops For A Second

Does your heart really stop for a second when you sneeze? It probably feels like your heart skips a beat but it doesn’t really stop. When you sneeze, the intrathoracic pressure the pressure inside your chest) increases which then decreases … Continue reading

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The Body’s Back Up System For Cells That Run Wild

1.  DNA Repair System- See previous post 2.  Apoptosis- See previous post 3.  Limiting the number of times a cell can divide-This prevents the cell from reproducing over and over again. A counting mechanism involving the DNA segments at the … Continue reading

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Medical Myth Mondays- Sitting On Cold Concrete Causes Hemorrhoids

It’s November in North Carolina and we’re outside on the playground having a great time when our 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Betty Lou Johnson comes tearing outside waving her arms. Had she gone mad? Was she trying to fly? Was a … Continue reading

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Friday’s With Freda

An interesting article appeared in medpageToday. In a survey of over 3200 patients, they found that over 50% of the patients felt that they should get a discounted bill if kept waiting. Some (16%) said that they should get a gift … Continue reading

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The Body’s Back Up System For Cells That Run Wild

1.  See Previous Post- DNA Repair System 2.  Apoptosis- this system prompts a cell to commit suicide if an essential component is damaged or the control system is not functioning. Every day, 50-70 billion cells die. Apoptosis is responsible for … Continue reading

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MEDICAL MYTH MONDAYS- DON’T GO SWIMMING…….

You’re twelve years old and at the beach with your parents for summer vacation. It’s a beautiful hot day and you’ve come inside for lunch. Your mom fixes you a delicious sandwich ( heavy on the mayo, crust trimmed), potato … Continue reading

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