What You Need to Know About: Diverticular Disease

It is estimated that about 50% of people over the age of 60 are living with diverticular disease.  Many people have heard the name, but many more are unsure of what it is, seeing as a large percentage of those who have diverticulosis do not suffer from any symptoms.  Diverticulosis is characterized by pouches forming in the colon, usually caused by a low fiber diet.   Individuals on low-fiber diets are more prone to constipation, which can cause increased colon pressure during a bowel movement and may lead to weakening of the colon wall and eventually diverticula.  Food can back up into the diverticula, or pouches in the colon, and bacteria can begin to thrive there leading to infection.   [Read more…]

De-stress yourself and stay away from asthma

Asthma has long been considered as a situation in which the psychological factors play a very important role. Stress is a very well known asthma trigger. Anxiety too is considered to be very harmful for the people with asthma. These are the two factors that may cause your asthma symptoms to become poorer. [Read more…]

Food-borne Illnesses: Staying Healthy

Although most are preventable, foodborne illnesses continue to be a big problem in the United States. It seems as if every few months we hear about another food-borne illness outbreak, whether it is caused by the well-known culprits Salmonella and E. coli, or less familiar organisms like Listeria, or Vibrio. The CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that there are almost 50 million illnesses linked to foodborne illness annually.  Why are these outbreaks so common and how can you stay safe? [Read more…]

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

With May rapidly approaching, and warmer weather giving way to more time spent outdoors – protecting our skin becomes a top priority.  Skin cancer, the abnormal growth of skin cells, affects people of all ages and races and most often develops on those areas most exposed to the sun.  It is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the U.S. with more than 3.5 million diagnoses annually – more than the new diagnoses of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined.  In 2014 it is estimated that there will be over 140,000 new cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. 1 [Read more…]

Sperm from Skin? Almost!

Can skin be turned into sperm? The answer is “yes” in mice and “almost” in man. Yup, we are one small step closer to the holy grail of making sperm from stem cells. And this time, it looks like it might happen using stem cells that are widely available for men.

What’s the Buzz?

You know that I am obsessed with helping men who have no sperm become biological fathers. When FNA mapping yields no testicular sperm, I ask men to do what they have to do to keep moving forward…but to stay tuned to the research advance as well. Honestly, I consider our latest published research a significant “moment” in the sperm-from-no-sperm continuum. And, it hinges on the great potential of good ole’ stem cells. [Read more…]

Protect Your Eyes: Celebrate Healthy Vision Month this May!

Did you know an estimated 61 million Americans are at high risk for serious vision loss? Or that every 13 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the hospital for a sports-related injury? Our eyes are not always top of mind, but they’re important!

May is Healthy Vision Month, an observance coordinated by the National Eye Institute (NEI) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dedicated to empowering Americans to make their eye health a priority and educating them about steps they can take to protect their vision.  [Read more…]