Louise Craig

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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.

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.

A Washington Post medical mystery - after being repeatedly diagnosed with migraines, it turned out he needed emergency surgery. Preventing and treating migraines with an inhaler, by jogging, keeping temperature in check, using marijuana, and other methods.

When we are kind to ourselves, and others, we tend to be healthier and promote health in other people. A variety of articles including - what to say to someone who has suffered a loss or illness, organizations to link up with people who have the same type of problem, how rudeness in a medical setting negatively impacts the care provided.

From Time Magazine - the best-kept secret about weight loss is that no single diet, from low carb and paleo to low fat and vegan, will work for everyone.

From Scientific American Mind magazine - research shows a complex picture of how surgery and anesthesia might harm the brain, particularly in the elderly.

Readings from a podiatrists office. These Patient Information Pamphlets from the William L. Goldfarn foundation cover numerous foot related topics including diabetic foot care, heel pain, toenail problems, bunions, and warts.

Insurers want to know if the pain from whiplash is real.  In countries without a "whiplash culture" neck sprains clear up in a much shorter time. A medical mystery from the Washington Post about hip pain. Also five ways to help avoid becoming a medical mystery.

Doctors are finally using nondrug remedies and psychological intervention instead of opioids for chronic pain. Researchers are working on next-generation painkillers that will not cause respiratory depression and other side effects. 

Michael J. Fox explains to AARP Magazine why he is still laughing, working, and defying the odds twenty-six years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Also, research into how singing improves Parkinson's symptoms and quality of life.

Conclusion to the New Yorker magazine article "The Apathetic". In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country. The patients seem to lose the will to live.

In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country. The patients seem to lose the will to live. From The New Yorker magazine.

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