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.

After decades of work, determined researchers are close to marketing a treatment that turbocharges the immune system to fight cancer.

The FDA has revamped nutrition labels on packaged food for the first time in more than 20 years. Numerous articles explore what is currently considered a healthy way to eat.

From Scientific American Mind, ideas on how to prevent Alzheimer's through diet, exercise, social engagement and cognitive reserve.

The conclusion to a series of personal essay written by a medical journalist chronicling his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment over a 5 year period. The choice to use active surveillance instead of treatment for prostate cancer. Also a New York Times article about older men being overtested for prostate cancer.

A medical journalist chronicles his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment over a 5 year period. The choice to use active surveillance instead of treatment for prostate cancer.

Technological advances in health and wellness. Looking ahead to edible technologies that work better than antibiotics, to second skins for treating eczema, and brain chips to guide paralyzed limbs

Is sunscreen necessary? If it is, what is the right way to use it?

From Harper's Magazine - the "Compassionate Use" protocol for giving experimental drugs to patients when no other option exists. A social media campaign "Save Josh" forced one company to provide an unapproved drug for compassionate use. Was this ethically sound?

From Harper's Magazine - the "Compassionate Use" protocol for giving experimental drugs to patients when no other option exists.

Articles from various sources looking at the rising number of patients with active Hepatitis-C, and issues surrounding the cost of new and effective Hepatitis-C medications.

Privacy advocate Deborah Peel urges consumers to learn how to protect their electronic medical information from the legal marketplace that buys and sells this private information. From the April 2016 More magazine.

Articles from various sources explore the increase in Lyme Disease, and how the tick habitat is spreading. Information on the correct way to remove a tick. Also personal stories of living with Lyme disease, and the difficulty of diagnosis.

Suggestions for coping with seasonal allergies. Articles come from a variety of sources, and cover such related topics as allergic conjunctivitis, the science of sneezing, what allergy drugs to avoid if you plan on sleeping, and many suggestions on how to cope with allergies and allergy-proof your home.

New findings about schizophrenia open the possibility for better treatment and the consideration of a cure. Conclusion to Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee's article for the New Yorker about schizophrenia, genes and identity through the history of mental illness in his own family. Also a cell phone app to connect patients with schizophrenia to peers and coaches.

New findings about schizophrenia open the possibility for better treatment and the consideration of a cure. Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee writes for the New Yorker about schizophrenia, genes and identity through the history of mental illness in his own family.

The costs of ignoring your dentist, including tooth loss, gingivitis, stroke, heart disease. Consumer Reports provides resources for discounted dental care and dental insurance. Also, some techniques to beat a dentist phobia.

Advice from AARP magazine on how to survive a heart attack, with practical ideas about what to do at home, in the ambulance, and at the hospital to get the best care. Men's Health profiles men who have had heart attacks with personal stories about their symptoms and recovery. Heart palpitations are the subject of a Harvard Health publication.

Sandra G. Boodman writes a monthly column for the Washington Post recounting the diagnosis of a puzzling medical case. In the first medical mystery article a man thinks he has food poisoning. In the second article a man is initially diagnosed with Lewy body dementia

A historical analysis reported on by Smithsonian magazine suggests that an innovative doctor was examining people with Autism before the Civil War. Also, from the New York Times, a personal essay about a man who radically changed after an experimental autism treatment.

Is coffee a wonder drug? Some studies suggest that drinking coffee lowers the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and neurological disease. It keeps us awake and alert, but it can have a downside when taken in large doses. Also, caffeine is now available in many forms, some wearable.

From Time magazine, scientists are working to understand why humans cry. From Business Insider, a neuroscience researchers delves into the 4 thoughts and actions that are proven to make us happy.
 

All predictions point to an aging population in the US, and with that, an increasing number of people living with Alzheimer's disease. From the New York Times a personal story from one family of living with the disease. From Time magazine, a potential new drug to prevent Alzheimer's.

A look at the unsettled science of weight control. The latest research from scientists across the country on nutrition and obesity. Also, are antioxidants good for you, or do they promote cancer? And, the possibility that high fiber diets may protect against breast cancer.

The Zika virus was discovered in 1947 and has generally been a mild virus. Recently it has been possibly been linked to microcephaly which has caused the World Health Organization to declare Zika a public health emergency. Also, what conspiracy theorists are suggesting about the virus.

Research on e-cigarette toxicity and impact on use of combustible cigarettes. Discussion of e-cigarette regulation. Has the decline in smoking contributed to the rise in obesity in the US.
 

Steven Kelman writes a personal essay in The Atlantic magazine about navigating the ups and downs of a life-changing central nervous system lymphoma diagnosis.

How did doctors treat infections without antibiotics? A doctor's perspective on why we're losing the fight against antibiotic resistance. The last unsullied antibiotic, colistin, is beginning to fail because it is being widely used in farm animals.

 

Consumer Report special issue on sleep and insomnia. Review of products and therapies including mattresses, pillows, sleeping pills, blue light glasses, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
 

Diabetes Self-Management magazine February 2016. Articles focusing on weight loss strategies and recipes geared to diabetics.

 

The "Well Flu Quiz" from the New York Times. Articles from the NYT, Scientific American, CNN on influenza, and the efficacy and safety of flu vaccines.

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