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Each week, host Louise Craig shares information to help you manage your overall health and well being. Topics include Migraines & other headaches, Diabetes diagnosis & tips; Dental Health; Mental Health & Aging; Nutrition & exercise; Health Care Proxies and Living Wills.

Your dog can get vaccinated for Lyme disease but you can't.  The safe and effective human vaccine is no longer available, and the patent has expired. Also, how to protect your body and yard from ticks. The symptoms of Lyme disease.

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A special summer 2018 issue of Discover Magazine focuses on medical mysteries. 

A number of articles that highlight the promise of, and concern about immunotherapy for desperate cancer patients. While immunotherapy holds out hope for cures, it is also priced beyond the reach of most people and can have horrible side effects. Also, a lifesaving medical pump for cancer patients is being taken off the market. And, what does the diagnosis “pre-cancerous” mean. 

Wired Magazine looks at a sleep robot, called Somnox, used to subconsciously shift our breathing to  a slow and steady sleep rhythm. Seven good reasons why getting a good 7 hours of sleep is important. Also, an article on how to fall asleep fast, and stay asleep. 

In 2006 science and math writer Julie Rehmeyer was diagnosed by a neurologist with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). It took her four years to discover that her debilitating symptoms were caused by exposure to mold. This June 2017 article from Oprah Magazine describes her journey and the extreme measures she had to take to find relief. 

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Articles from a variety of sources questioning the accepted wisdom that preventive health care is a universally positive trend. Author Barbara Ehrenreich on the quest to control aging, death and disease. Dr. Caroline Poplin writes in an essay for MedPage Today that the best way to improve the health of a population is to look after social determinants of health - good wages, education, decent housing, a safe environment and good social supports.

A recent New York Times article offers a comprehensive look at what you need to know about diet, weight, movement, exercise, art, yoga, meditation, social connection and work in order to age well.

People in the happiest countries feel secure, have a sense of purpose, and enjoy lives that minimize stress and maximize joy. A National Geographic article explores why Denmark, Costa Rica and Singapore are the happiest countries in the world. 

A focus on articles about good sexual health. Topics covered include pain during sex, male contraceptives, endometriosis, and sex after a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

MedPage Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel teamed up for a year-long investigation into physicians who leave behind troubling disciplinary actions in one state to go practice with “clean” licenses in another state. 

The sugar industry has waged a decades long campaign to blame the obesity epidemic on fats, not sugars. The New York Times offers a guide on how to stop eating sugar, to help readers curb the excess sugar consumption that leads to many health problems.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention would like us to learn the signs and symptoms of sepsis, now that estimates for the incidence of sepsis suggest that more than a million Americans develop sepsis every year and a quarter million die from it. Other articles look at the important signs and symptoms of heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, diabetes, and prostate cancer.

A few articles focusing on ways that health care consumers, insurers, and accountable-care organizations are trying to reduce health care costs. UnitedHealthcare reports that it will pass rebates from drug companies on to consumers.

With tens of millions of lives at stake, medical researchers are racing to create a universal influenza vaccine before the next devastating epidemic

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the devastating global influenza outbreak. Smithsonian magazine follows the history of this plague, which killed more people than all the military deaths in World War 1 and World War 2 combined. 

With the rise of drug-resistant bacteria and increases in chronic wounds from diabetes, maggots are once again being used for treatment. Enzymes in maggot saliva clear away dead tissue and infected flesh that otherwise surgeons would scrape away using a scalpel.  To keep things on the squeamish side - an article on why nose-picking is bad and how to stop it, as well as information about boils on the buttocks.

The Personal Genome Project was supposed to revolutionize medicine, but the results reveal how much we still have to learn. The Toronto Globe & Mail looks at the risk of misleading results as DNA testing enters mainstream medicine.

Arthritis Today magazine is published six times a year by the Arthritis Foundation. It delivers current advice on treatments, fitness, nutrition, daily living tips and personal stories.

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:  This New Yorker article looks at the big business of essential oils and asks if they are medicine or just marketing. Delves into the multi-level marketing, limited regulation and lack of evidence-based study. Some distributors continue despite losing money because of the community and social benefits of selling the oils.

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One of the most influential psychiatrists in the world became frustrated with psychiatry's inability to effectively help people suffering from mental illness. Mortality rates for just about every physical illness have gone down, white the rates of suicide and disability due to mental health conditions have not. This led Tom Insel to question some of the basic premises of psychiatry, and make the move to Silicon Valley in search of smartphone based solutions.

One of the most influential psychiatrists in the world became frustrated with psychiatry's inability to effectively help people suffering from mental illness. Mortality rates for just about every physical illness have gone down, white the rates of suicide and disability due to mental health conditions have not. This led Tom Insel to question some of the basic premises of psychiatry, and make the move to Silicon Valley in search of smartphone based solutions.

Routine PSA screening to detect prostate cancer is a controversial subject. Those who encourage it , as well as men who have been treated based on raised prostate specific antigen levels become evangelists for early detection. Others worry that men who undergo PSA testing are more likely to have their lives drastically changed and suffer the effects of treatment (including incontinence and erectile dysfunction) in exchange for a small likelihood that this will save their lives.

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them, and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.

A National Geographic article about the cravings that fuel self-defeating habits, and how science can help us fight them. Outlines why a the definition of addiction should be broadened to include other self-defeating habits such as gambling, over-eating and sexual compulsion.

Thirty percent of people who suffer from depression do not get any relief from anti-depressants. After many decades, a new use of the anesthetic ketamine  will soon get FDA approvalto treat depression, and promises some help for these people.

On May 18, 2017 Pope Francis offered a message of hope and love to patients with Huntington's disease, a rare and incurable genetic brain disorder that causes intense suffering.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drug-resistant bacteria kill 23,000 Americans every year because we are running out of "last-resort" antibiotics. Atlantic Magazine reports on the search for new antibiotics. Also, the side effects of antibiotics.

By relying on the human penchant for mental shortcuts and social influences, scientists find they can tap directly into the mind's tremendous ability to heal the body. But first they have to get the rational brain out of the way.

As many as 1 out 4 people have hypertension, but many people do not know they have high blood pressure. Knowing what the proper benchmarks for blood pressure readings, and the correct method of measuring blood pressure are part of managing this condition.  The latest drug treatments, and suggestions on how to manage stress and hypertension.

In the face of difficult events, some people are more resilient than others. How we cope with life's problems impacts our level of stress, and our general health. Information from the Mayo Clinic Guide to Healthy Living on how to improve resiliency by learning coping strategies.

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