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Find the latest health news reported by eMaxHealth reporters and keep up with the latest studies and findings about healthcare. Everyday eMaxHealth reporters scan the latest health findings on cancer treatments, diets, mental health, diabetes, autism, health insurance, spiritual health, men's and women's health and report them so our readers may know about the latest treatments and findings on different diseases and conditions. Some of them are breaking health stories and eMaxHealth strives to provide trustworthy health news where all the sources of studies are revealed and linked and various views and voices are provided and heard. Find personal wellness tips as well as the latest news on healthcare advancements and research by reading eMaxHealth's Current Health News section.

Diabetes Epidemic 2018 Expert Interview About FDA Approved Revolutionary Glucose Monitoring System

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The diabetes epidemic is one of the fastest growing epidemics worldwide, affecting over 400 million people. According to statistics, approximately 1 out of every 2 people suffering from diabetes remains undiagnosed and untreated. This is cause for grave concern because diabetes can result in severe health consequences if left untreated. November is National Diabetes Month, and in honor of National Diabetes Day on November 14th, we conducted this expert interview with diabetes educator, Amy Folker, regarding the recently FDA approved revolutionary glucose monitoring system and how it improves treatment for diabetics amidst the diabetes epidemic.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Issues Impairing Employment

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Autistic Spectrum Disorders are a complex pervasive neurodevelopmental condition associated with lifelong difficulties. these difficulties cross social, emotional and behavioral domains. The lastest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) finally put all aspects of autism under one umbrella of autistic spectrum disorder. Since this happened questions have been raised if this has helped by moving toward a broader categorization of the disorder is clinically useful (Montgomery et al, 2016).

Strides Made in Renal Cell Cancer

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Metastatic renal cell carcinomas still are the most lethal in the US. In 2015 alone there were 14,080 deaths attributed to it. Removal of the involved kidney continues to be the mainstay treatment for localized disease. Even with all our advancements in treatment, it continues to have a poor prognosis. Chemotherapy is considered a standard therapy for patients with some renal cell variants. The role in treating clear cell renal cell carcinoma is poorly defined. What exactly causes this resistance is currently undefined. Ideally, doctors should be able to characterize tumors according to DNA. In reality, this method has been largely limited by varying gene expression signatures. For years development of treatment has been largely unsuccessful. Better understanding disease biology and treatment resistance patterns have led to emerging therapies with a better understanding in pathogensis and mechanisms of treatment resistance there are hope treatments will continue to expand (Tsao et al, 2017).

Significant Steps Made In Determining Susceptibility to Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of all gynecological malignancies. This is in part because of the symptomology of the disease until it is at a late stage. Because of the five-year survival rate is only 45% while the actual cause of epithelial cancer of the ovary or fallopian tube is not known, studies have found about 15% are shown to be connected with the inherited genetic factors such as BRCA 1&2 mutations. The standard line of defense is surgery and treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. Unfortunately, recurrence is high with the recurring disease resistant to further chemotherapy. Recently olaparib has shown some promise in treating BRCA 1&2 mutations that have led to ovarian cancer. It is thought this occurs along the DNA repair pathways that make the cancer cells sensitive to olaparib. The validity of the study's data was confirmed by repeated tests across different fields (Fleury et al. 2017).

Two Mistakes That Caused My Weight Gain After Pregnancy and My Biggest Obstacle To Lose Weight

Danielle Smiddy Weight Loss Success

Danielle Smiddy says her biggest obstacle to losing weight was her mind. She is from Jacksonville, Fl and was interviewed by eMaxHealth sharing her amazing weight loss success and how she did. She says you have to change your mind to change your body. I agree with her. This is true for fighting not against the passion of obesity, but against any passion that plagues human life.

Here is why celebrity weight loss stories do not inspire overweight people

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Do "celebrity" weight loss stories inspire you? They do not inspire me. Your stories inspire me more. What about you? By the way, I wrote the word celebrity in quotation marks because for me there is nothing to celebrate about most people who attempt to influence our lives through the screen.

Skepticism of Flu and Other Vaccinations

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Families and societies have faced cycles of deadly diseases, including pandemics, for centuries with profound effects on the perceptions and realities of unseen threats. Since the 16th century, influenza pandemics have occurred at intervals ranging from 10 to 50 years. In the 20th and 21st centuries, three outbreaks of pandemic flu happened. In 1918 it was Spanish Flu with 20% to 40% of worldwide population ill and estimated 50 million people died. In 1957 an influenza virus originated in East Asia that killed between one and two million. Then in 1968, a similar flu virus originated in Hong Kong that resulted in between one and four million deaths. More recently, in the spring of 2009, spreading fast in Mexico and US, the world was rocked with another health crisis; H1N1 (Swine Flu). This study proved that there is limited benefit from flu vaccination given each year but it is better than no help at all (Aylesworth-Spink, 2017).

How I Went from Antidepressants To 75 lbs Weight Loss Changing My Life

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I was always a healthy weight growing up and into my young 20s. Then, suddenly I suffered from mental health problems and decided to go onto antidepressants. While on antidepressants I gained a whopping extra 75 lbs and became very large and unhealthy. This made me even more depressed. After about a year of having all this extra weight, I decided enough was enough and wanted to try to lose the weight so I came of the medication and got serious about diet and exercise. Within one year and I was able to lose 69 lbs, but I am now at a loss of 74 lbs. Not only have I lost most of the weight, but I am much fitter than I ever was before. It has been very difficult to lose the weight, but it was the best choice I could have done as much I am happier than I have been in a few years.

Pancreatic Cancer: The Silent Killer

Big City Environment Related To Pancreatic Cancer

It is estimated that there are over 338,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer worldwide. in 2012, 331,000 people died from pancreatic cancer. Because the therapies for other cancers have been showing more advancement the researchers feel that pancreatic cancer is liable to become the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, to survive more than a year is only slightly improved due to use of systemic chemotherapy and the combining use of other chemotherapies already available. This trial that adjuvant therapy using gemcitabine is the standard of care based on similar survival to and less toxicity than paired with 5-fluorouracil/folinic acid in patients with resected pancreatic cancer (meaning they have had all or part of the tumor removed surgically). In addition, other trials have shown better survival and tumor response with gemcitabine and capecitabine as opposed to gemcitabine used alone in advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer. The outcome of the study found promise with the use of gemcitabine and capecitabine resulting in an increase in survival times to between two and five years without relapse (Neoptolemos et al, 2017)

Retired Pro Ice Hockey Player Bryan Bickell Shares Tips About Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis

Overcoming multiple sclerosis

Relapsing multiple sclerosis is a disease that forever changes someone’s life. It robs them of independence, mobility, and dignity, but Bryan Bickell, a retired pro ice hockey player, is serving as an inspiration to many as an advocate with a relapsing multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Fortunately, he has found ways to thrive in his life in spite of his diagnosis, and his inspirational positivity and fighting spirit shine brightly as he shares how you can overcome your multiple sclerosis diagnosis too.

Top 10 Myths About the Opioid Epidemic, Drug Addiction, and Relapse Debunked

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The opioid epidemic still rages across our nation in a tragic wildfire of destruction and death. We are talking about an overwhelmingly tragic number of American lives that are being ravaged and families whose hearts are being shattered…somebody’s parent, spouse, or child. There are many common misconceptions and myths about the opioid epidemic, addiction, and relapse in our society, and today we are going to debunk 10 of them including drug addiction myths.

Ovarian Cancer: The Forgotten Killer

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In high-income countries, cancer remains the commonest cause of disease-related death in adolescent and young adults despite survival improvements. With more than one million new diagnoses of cancer in adolescents and young adults annually worldwide, and their number of life-years affected by cancer being greatest of all ages, the global burden of cancer in adolescents and young adults exceeds all other ages. In low- and middle-income countries, where the great majority of the worlds adolescents and young adults reside the needs of those with cancer have been identified and demand attention. Unique to this age group, the psychosocial challenges they face are the utmost across life's spectrum (Brunet et al, 2018)

How To Find the Best Online Counseling Available According to Experts

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There are nearly 10 million Americans living with a severe mental health condition according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This shocking statistic reveals that mental illness is even more common than you may have suspected. In this article, we will take a look at tips from experts on how to find the best online counseling available to suit your individual needs.

Top 10 Pedestrian Safety Tips to Prevent Accidents and Maximize Safety

Pedestrian Safety Tips

Pedestrian accident fatalities are unfortunately on the rise. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian was killed every 1.5 hours in traffic crashes in 2016. Here are the top 10 pedestrian safety tips that you can implement as a pedestrian to minimize the risk of an accident. Fortunately, pedestrian accident attorneys are available to help you fight your battles should the need arise!

Duration of Sleep Apnea Linked to Increased Mortality

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Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. This study reviewed the effects of oral appliance therapy on a broad spectrum of cardiovascular outcomes. The literature search was performed up to December 2016. The resulting data showed significant reductions in daytime systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared to baseline with no significant reductions in heart rate. The study identified both continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and oral airway treatment (OAT). may lead to a reduction in long-term cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. The study is necessary to better address their question (de Vries et al, 2017).

Fast-Track Your Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment with Adcetris

Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment

Cancer is a tragic plague that wracks our world with suffering. Most Americans have been impacted by this horrific disease in a personal or professional way. Hodgkin Lymphoma is a blood cancer that invades the lives of thousands every year, but the tragic fact about this type of cancer is that it usually targets young adults. Hodgkin Lymphoma is not in the spotlight often due in part to its rarity and the fact that treatment for newly diagnosed patients didn’t change for over 40 years. Fortunately, Adcetris offers new hope for Hodgkin Lymphoma treatment.

Insurance Denial for Emergency Room Care: Fallout from Anthem, Inc Policy

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Financial concerns are often cited by doctors as a barrier to administering routinely recommended vaccines to adults. Survey respondents answered questions on payment and profit for various public and private payer types. Over half of respondents reported losing money vaccinating adult Medicaid beneficiaries. Few respondents reported negotiation with manufacturers or insurance plans on vaccine purchase prices or payments for vaccinations. Claim denial is a major reason many adults don't inquire about vaccinations or seek them out with their doctors (Lindley et al, 2018; Potter et al, 2018).

Adolescence cannabis use: Risk for Schizophrenia

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Drug addiction is a serious socioeconomic problem associated with significant mortality and morbidity. this study highlighted the complex relationship between drug-induced neuroadaptations in the brain and addictive behaviors using examples from both human studies and animal models. these neuroadaptations thought to be responsible for the transition to a persistent state of addiction. addiction is a highly integrated process complicated by differing profiles the drug themselves. this, of course, includes the use of cannabis by youngsters. it has been shown to open the adolescents up to not only addiction but mental illnesses as well (Duncan, 2012).

The Biggest Misconception Regarding Your Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

A recent survey conducted by Jazz Pharmaceuticals revealed that 1/3 of patients with a sleep apnea diagnosis also suffered from a medical condition known as Excessive Daytime Sleepiness which caused them to miss out on activities and negatively impacted their quality of life on multiple levels. A common misconception regarding a sleep apnea diagnosis is that a CPAP machine is the final solution, but research shows otherwise.

Artificial Sweeteners: Helpful or Harmful

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Artificial sweeteners were first introduced as a tactic to combat the shortage of sugar. Lately, it has been utilized as a way to help deal with obesity but research has been found that they actually may be making the issue worse. With all the issues noted in studies of the side effects of non-caloric artificial sweeteners, it may be better for a person to stick to a more natural diet (Brown, 2018). Artificial sweeteners are low cost and having a sweetness greater than that of normal table sugar they are commonly used in the baking industry. In spite of their beneficial effects, these sweeteners have documented health issues. In some cases, long-term exposure can lead to enforcer. A careful review of the literature by consumers and health professionals is necessary in an effort to make well-informed decisions about their health (Nisa et al, 2016).

Optimizing Outcomes in Melanoma

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Melanoma is a malignant tumor derived from melanocytes (the cells that give skin its color) and is the deadliest form of skin cancer risk factors for melanoma include family history, sex, age, skin pigmentation, sunburn susceptibility, tanning ability, nevus (moles) count and freckling and psychological health. In addition, socioeconomic features, occupation, access to health, and preventive measures, latitude have been demonstrated to impact the morbidity of melanoma (Helgadottir et al, 2018). Shared success and progress of the pigment cell research community in the understanding of cellular and immunological homeostasis of pigment cells but also clinical challenges and hurdles in the treatment of melanoma and dermatological disorders continue to drive further research activities. Investigators in the pigment cell research community have diverse but complementary backgrounds. The cross-disciplinary nature of the field is unique, unified around the passion of understanding normal pigmentation and benign or malignant pigmentary diseases (Filipp et al, 2018).

Sextortion, Sexting, and Human Trafficking

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The online world can be a dangerous environment especially if we are not aware of its danger. it has become a powerful weapon in the hands of criminals and the technology developments have created an unlimited market for them. Unfortunately, without geographical limits, human trafficking can develop at ease in different, new forms. this makes it harder for perpetrators to be identified and prosecuted. The forms of exploration are more and more diverse and recruitment methods are also subtle and intelligent. Up to now, traffickers use brutal force to recruit their victims. Now this force has changed to manipulation and persuasive tactics advanced marketing and management strategies with superior informatics. The criminals constantly update their methods and so should we. We need to start incorporating the changes in the online world and use them as a basis to protect ourselves and our families. We are the solution if you suspect trafficking don't turn your head get involved (Humelnicu, 2017).

How Health Insurers May Play a Substantial Role in Opioid Crisis

Prescription drug monitoring programs are central to federal and state policy responses to address prescription abuse. They are state run electronic database used to track prescriptions and dispensing of prescribed medications. Unfortunately, even these programs in place there is evidence of limited benefit. This study found that drug monitoring programs have a limited impact on individual level opioid utilization among Medicare beneficiaries. they agree that further studies are needed (Moyo, 2017).

Health Insurers May Play a Substantial Role in Opioid Crisis

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Prescription drug monitoring programs are central to federal and state policy responses to address prescription abuse. They are state run electronic database s of prescription medications. Unfortunately, even with these programs in place, there is evidence of limited benefit. Finds of the study suggest drug monitoring programs have a limited impact on individual level opioid utilization. They agree that further studies are needed (Moyo, 2017).

Issues Women Struggle With When Going Through Menopause

Many women suffer from depression while going through menopause. antidepressants- SSRI or SNRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors) are commonly used as the first line response. Unfortunately the treatment has shown only small improvements with troublesome side effect.

Ever Growing Price of Medications: Reasons Why

It has been reported by the GAO-government accountability office, that prices on drugs doubled between 2000 and 2008. The rise was attributed to industry consolidations and price hikes by third-party providers who repackage drugs. And while generics can lower the prices after branded patents expire, branded manufacturers lose approximately 80% of their market share. It should also be noted, that in the US it takes an average of 12 years for a drug to pass through all the trials as it moves from test tube to patent. And the patent protection starts when the molecule is first registered with the patent office. So once it is released for sale the companies often only have 8 years on average to recover the costs of research and productions of the medication and turn a profit (Dooney & Hunter, 2014).

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Preventable With Simple Precautions

Hurricane Harvey was catastrophic causing over 80 deaths and numerous injuries. Hurricane Irma then struck the FL Everglades with many people spending days in ten feet of mud and toxic stormwater. Power outages caused great concern as gas portable generators were used leading to concern of carbon monoxide. Warnings were not well followed with a family of six found drowned in their car. Flood warnings and the use of gas-powered generators are both a growing concern with these summer storms bringing more and more rain (Smith, 2018). three powerful and devastating hurricanes resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people. Power outages led to deaths from carbon monoxide poisonings that could have been prevented if people just followed the advice given by officials (Issa, 2017).

Study finds indoor HEPA filters significantly reduce pollution indoors.

Outdoor air pollution is a major contribution to air pollution. This study found high-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA) used in the home significantly reduces fine particulate matter in the air compared to non-HEPA air filters. In this study, researchers monitored air quality for 12 weeks in homes enrolled patients who have respiratory issues. HEPA filters were found to reduce fine particulate matter by 55% and outside pollution coming inside reduced by 23%. Fine particulate matter is defined as small airborne particles often found in areas with heavy air pollution. When inhaled they can lead to respiratory difficulty, heart attacks, or exacerbate symptoms of COPD or asthma. The study was partially done in response to patients who had asked their doctor what they could do to protect their lungs during poor air quality days (Carlton, 2018).

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