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Overcoming Infertility

Oct 18, 2018
Dr. Corinne Weaver

“I’m pregnant,” exclaimed one of my patients last week. What a happy statement! She had been trying to get pregnant for years. I met her last year, and at that time she didn’t want to do chiropractic. She wanted me to do some functional blood testing and give her a recommended healing plan. I did just that. However, after a year of cleaning up her diet and taking the supplements her body needed, she still could not get pregnant. Later, she asked me what else she could do. I told her to try upper cervical chiropractic for four months. After two months of specific chiropractic care, I am happy to announce she is pregnant. Although I am an infertility expert, I can tell you I have helped many women get pregnant by helping their body heal.


What exactly is infertility?

Infertility, according to Women’s Health, is not being able to get pregnant within one year of trying, or within six months of trying in women over 35. Women unable to stay pregnant may also be considered infertile (Office of Women’s Health, 2018). There are many factors to getting pregnant, as Women’s Health describes on their website:

-A woman's body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation)...


Turkey Tail Mushrooms: The Disease-Fighting, Immune-Boosting Fungus

Oct 18, 2018
Dr. Josh Axe

Turkey tail mushrooms have been brewed for thousands of years by the Chinese as medicinal teas, so it’s no secret to them just how amazing this beautiful mushroom is.

When it comes to functional foods, the turkey tail mushroom, often called turkey tail fungus, may top the list. Named for the colorful fall-like palette of stripes it adorns that favor the plume of feathers on turkeys, turkey tail mushrooms have been brewed for thousands of years by the Chinese as medicinal teas, so it’s no secret to them just how amazing this beautiful mushroom is.

It’s been used as early as the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty in China. The Japanese, who reference it as kawaritake or “cloud mushrooms” due to an image of swirling clouds, have been well aware of the benefits of this super, power-filled mushroom, with researchers noting its health benefits, particularly in boosting the immune system...


Recovering from a Heart Attack? Hold the Antibiotics

Oct 18, 2018
Terry Devitt

"The immune system and inflammation play a role in repair from a heart attack. We've known about the relationship between the microbiome and immune response. Now we're getting at how that relationship works after a heart attack.” – Timothy Kamp

(Madison, WI) – The community of microorganisms that live in the human gut has been shown to confer all kinds of health benefits. Now, an international team of researchers has shown in mice that a healthy gut microbiome is important for recovery after a heart attack.

Writing on Oct. 8, 2018, in the journal Circulation, a team led by surgeon Patrick Hsieh of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports on experiments that show mice recovering from heart attacks are more likely to die if treated with antibiotics, a common intervention in hospitalized patients.

"This is a new thing to add to the list of potential complications" for recovery from a heart attack, says Timothy Kamp, a UW-Madison professor of medicine and cardiologist who contributed to the new study...


Breakthrough Blood Test Detects Early Lung Cancer When Surgery is Still Possible

Oct 17, 2018
News Staff

"The revolutionary EFIRM technology is the most exciting development in noninvasive liquid biopsy in recent years. The potential to detect early-stage lung cancer patients with an affordable blood or saliva test could save thousands to tens of thousands of lives annually worldwide.” -- Charles M. Strom, MD

(Taiwan) -- Non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is often fatal because most cases are not diagnosed until they are so advanced that surgical intervention is no longer possible. To improve outcomes researchers are developing a blood test to detect lung cancer earlier in the disease. A report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a new technology, electric field-induced release and measurement (EFIRM) that is both highly sensitive and specific in detecting two epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations associated with lung cancer in the blood of NSCLC patients with early-stage disease. This platform is relatively inexpensive and capable of high-throughput testing.

Despite advances in chemotherapy, five-year survival for patients diagnosed with unresectable NSCLC is less than 10 percent...


President Trump Signs Bill to Help Patients Stop Overpaying for Drugs

Oct 17, 2018
News Staff

Insurers will no longer be able to bar pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions, as a result of bills signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump … continue reading...


Israelis with "Chutzpah" Develop Breakthrough Tool That Lights Up Cancer Cells

Oct 17, 2018
Oren Peleg

“We essentially wanted to give surgeon bionic goggles that serve as a real-time microscope that paints cancer cells in fluorescent color. With this technology, surgeons should be able to precisely identify cancer tissue and spare ample healthy tissue.” -- Professor Ronit Satchi-Fainaro

(Israel) – Any surgeon removing a cancerous tumor stares down immense risk. They face a dilemma—balancing the removal of all present cancer cells while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. Walking that tightrope necessitates caution, which can lead to lingering cancer cells that spread elsewhere and increase the risk of recurrence.

Excision of a primary malignant tumor requires uncanny precision—and perhaps a dose of Israeli innovation.

The research of Professor Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Ph.D., head of Tel Aviv University’s Cancer Research and Nanomedicine Laboratory, marks a potential turning point in the art of tumor excision. Her new study is highlighted by the development of a smart probe for cutting edge image-guided surgery.

Using near-infrared technology, the probe functions as a polymer that connects cancer cells to a fluorescent tag via a linker, an enzyme overproduced in many cancer types called cathepsin...


Meet "Moses": The Game-Changing New Device to Urine-Stone

Oct 17, 2018
Shoshanna Solomon

“With stone treatment and endourology, we thought we had reached the peak of innovation, but now Lumenis has developed its Moses technology. After using it for two days at Hadassah, I told the hospital that we had to get the system. It is a game changer.” -- Professor Mordechai Duvdevani, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center

(Israel) – Sometimes bladder stones — like their counterparts that form in the upper urinary tract, called kidney stones — simply come out with the urine. At other times, a non-surgical technique using high-intensity shock waves is used to break up the stones into fragments that are then small enough to pass in the urine. This treatment, however, is not effective for all stones; they may be too big or in a challenging location, so sometimes surgery is needed.

One of the most-used surgical methods today is a minimally invasive laser treatment called  holmium laser lithotripsy, whereby doctors use a laser beam and a ureteroscope to break the stone into small pieces and flush them from their location.

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