Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Unnecessary heath tests

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Study on Statins...

Originally published September 6, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cancer Patients Turning up in Emergency Departments with Delirium Likely to Die Earlier

According to a new study published in The Oncologist, patients with advanced cancer who are diagnosed with delirium when turning up in emergency departments are more likely to be admitted to hospital and more likely to die earlier than patients without delirium. This shows the importance of accurately diagnosing delirium in advanced cancer patients, says lead author Ahmed Elsayem at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, even though delirium can easily be missed in busy emergency departments.

In patients with advanced cancer, delirium can be caused by various different factors. “Advanced cancer itself is a major cause, and other problems such as medications or infection are triggers that can precipitate the full blown syndrome,” explains Elsayem. Previous studies have shown that delirium is associated with poor survival in advanced cancer patients being treated in intensive care units (ICUs) or receiving palliative care in hospices, but no one had investigated whether the same was true for those reporting to emergency departments.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Studies Reveal How Shingles Vaccine Should Be Used in Arthritis Patients

Kevin L. Winthrop Ann Wouters, Ernest Choy, Koshika Soma, Jennifer Hodge, Chudy Nduaka, Pinaki Biswas, Elie Needle, Sherry Passador, Christopher Mojcik, and William Rigby. Arthritis & Rheumatology; Published Online: August 28, 2017(DOI: 10.1002/art.40187).

New research indicates that the live varicella-zoster vaccine—which is given to protect against shingles—elicits robust immune responses in patients when administered several weeks prior to the start of treatment with the arthritis drug tofacitinib. The Arthritis & Rheumatology findings are encouraging because patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of developing shingles than other adults, and tofacitinib and certain other disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs are thought to further increase this risk. Importantly, however, the virus should not be given to patients who have not had the chicken pox in the past.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Naturopath: Healthcare visit #63

We had another healthcare appointment with Dr. Jenn, hubby's naturopath. The purpose of the meeting was an update on recent tests (Bone scan, CT Scan, PSA, ultrasound), and upcoming anti-androgen intermittent therapy.
He handed her all the reports we had, a hard copy is a good thing.
Since his surgery we've been watching and waiting.
Anti-hormone therapy began Wednesday, with pills. In a couple of weeks we'll go to the doctor, taking the medication we pick up at the pharmacy, and they'll do the deed. This will happen every three months.

(All of this is based on excellent research, by Canadian researchers, who determine the course of action. It would be different if his cancer had progressed, as it often does, to bone cancer. This isn't the case. His cancer cells are limited to his lymph nodes in his groin, near the prostate site.)

We went back to Dr. Jenn, and handed over report after report, she stapled them, taking notes on her laptop.
The good news is, his cholesterol is down, he's reduced his meds for that. 
While the tests showed he has a small gallstone, Dr. Jenn said that probably with crappy diet he'd have pain. 

Side effects of anti-androgens: bone mass? Bone density?
Fatigue, lethargy, bone loss, calcium, anemia, weight gain less common. Hot flashes. Won't preclude activities, fully expect doing these (therapeutic riding volunteer, Meals on Wheels).

July , 2014 first mtg!
Volunteering, lots of standing, no lifting. 79.5 kg.
Non-dairy.vegan diet, with meat, no yeast. She suggested we keep hormone exposure minimal by eating organic meat.
Diet is good. 
Bioenzyme also, liquid calcium, pectosol .
More cofactors for absorption: osteo, cow bones, bigger molecule, boron-free. 
Thursday or Friday, should be here.
Renew mushroom, shiitake , herecium. Mushroom complex, mitigation if side effects. More modulating than stimulating, three times day. 
Made up a chart. 

CT Scan

Crappy photos in the waiting room. It's in a gym!