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(Family Features) Everyone knows the holidays are a time of overindulgences, especially around the dinner table. The rich foods served at this special time of year are often filled with ingredients that aren’t the healthiest, especially those loaded with sodium.
(BPT) - An ever-growing popular concept in personal healthcare is the idea of the empowered patient (also known as being an advocate for your health). This term can mean different things to different people, but the general concept is that an individual makes well-informed health decisions based on research and conversations with their physician. One person who has applied this concept to her own personal health is Florida-native, Leslie Cunningham.
(BPT) - When Bernadette first met her husband, inspirational speaker and attorney John Baumann, she was drawn to his positive attitude and confidence instantly. It wasn’t long after they met that he told her he had Parkinson’s disease (PD), a progressive disorder of the brain and central nervous system that causes a variety of movement problems such as shaking, muscle stiffness and difficulty walking. Bernadette didn’t know much about PD, but that didn’t matter, because as they became closer and eventually married, she began to feverishly research PD and embraced her role as both his wife and his caregiver. As this November marks the 17th annual National Family Caregivers Month, it is a time to celebrate people like Bernadette who dedicate their lives to the well-being of others.
She was just a Corona girl working in her family’s hardware store with a chemist for an uncle before she was EstÈe Lauder. But she became the co-founder of a company worth $8 billion selling products all over the world.
Born Josephine Esther Mentzer and changing her first name to EstÈe, adapted from her nickname, Esty, the young woman was in high school when she started to sell beauty products in salons. She would demonstrate them on women while they were using hair dryers — a concept of touching and showing the customer the products that is still used by the company to this day.
(NewsUSA) - Michele Vela, 60, of Los Angeles was always diligent about her annual mammograms. Despite this, Michele was diagnosed with advanced (stage IV) breast cancer several years ago. After her diagnosis, Michele retired from her 33-year career as a postal worker and committed herself to fighting the disease. The experience gave her a new perspective, and she sought to make the most of every day: connecting with friends, playing golf and making time to take care of herself. "I was so frightened when I was first diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, but it is important to have hope," Vela said. Breast cancer is considered advanced when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, for example, to tissue near the breast (known as "locally advanced") or to remote areas of the body, such as the brain, bones or liver (known as "metastatic"). Unlike some early-stage breast cancers, advanced breast cancer is not curable. Women with advanced breast cancer remain on treatment for the rest of their lives. In Michele's case, the cancer had spread to her bones. After testing, Michele learned that she had advanced hormone receptor-positive (HR+)/HER2 negative breast cancer. Advanced HR+/HER2 negative breast cancer is the most common form of the disease and is fueled by hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. With treatment, most recently including the common hormone therapy letrozole, Michele's cancer was kept under control for several years. Recently, Michele received the news she feared: the cancer had spread again, this time to her ribs. Michele worked closely with her doctor to learn about her options. Postmenopausal women with advanced HR+/HER2 negative breast cancer are often treated with hormone therapy, but resistance to hormone therapy can develop, causing tumors to grow and spread. After progressing on a treatment regimen including letrozole, Michele started a new treatment plan, which included Afinitor (everolimus tablets) and exemestane. Afinitor targets a specific pathway that may help extend the benefit of hormone therapy. The FDA approved Afinitor in 2012 for postmenopausal women with advanced HR+/HER2 negative breast cancer in combination with exemestane (a commonly used option) after failure of treatment with letrozole or anastrozole, offering another option for patients. "My diagnosis helped me realize how precious my life is and the people around me are," Vela said. "But the most important thing I've learned throughout my journey with the disease is that we are the beneficiaries of 21st-century medicine, and there are a lot of treatment options out there." A clinical trial found that adding Afinitor to the drug exemestane more than doubled the time women lived without tumor growth, to a median of 7.8 months compared to treatment with exemestane alone at a median of 3.2 months. In this study, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ? 30 percent) associated with Afinitor were mouth sores, infections, rash, tiredness, diarrhea and decreased appetite. Afinitor can cause serious side effects, including lung or breathing problems, infections and kidney failure, which can sometimes be fatal. If patients experience these side effects, they may need to stop taking Afinitor for a while or use a lower dose. Currently available data have not shown an increase in overall survival. Additional data will be available in the future. Afinitor® (everolimus) Important Safety Information Patients should not take Afinitor if they are allergic to Afinitor or to any of its ingredients. Before taking Afinitor, patients should tell their healthcare provider if they are allergic to sirolimus (Rapamune®) or temsirolimus (Torisel®). Afinitor can cause serious side effects, including lung or breathing problems, infections, and kidney failure, which can even be fatal. If patients experience these side effects, they may need to stop taking Afinitor for a while or use a lower dose. Patients should follow their healthcare provider's instructions. In some patients, lung or breathing problems may be severe and can even be fatal. Patients should tell their healthcare provider right away if they have any of these symptoms: new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty breathing or wheezing. Afinitor may make patients more likely to develop an infection, such as pneumonia, or a bacterial, fungal or viral infection. Viral infections may include reactivation of hepatitis B in people who have had hepatitis B in the past. In some people, these infections may be severe and can even be fatal. Patients may need to be treated as soon as possible. Patients should tell their healthcare provider right away if they have a temperature of 100.5?F or above or chills, or do not feel well. Symptoms of hepatitis B or infection may include the following: fever, chills, skin rash, joint pain and inflammation, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, pale stools or dark urine, yellowing of the skin or pain in the upper right side of the stomach. Afinitor may cause kidney failure. In some people, this may be severe and can even be fatal. Patients should have tests to check their kidney function before and during their treatment with Afinitor. Common side effects include mouth ulcers. Afinitor can cause mouth ulcers and sores. Other common side effects include infections; feeling weak or tired; nausea and vomiting; skin problems; headache; weight loss; loss of appetite; cough; diarrhea; fever; swelling of the hands, arms, legs, feet, face or other parts of the body; joint pain, abnormal taste; stomach-area (abdomen) pain, nose bleeds, seizures, increased blood cholesterol and sugar levels, decreased blood phosphate levels, low red and white blood cells and the absence of menstrual periods (menstruation). Please see full Prescribing Information for Afinitor available at Afinitor.com. Rapamune® (sirolimus) and Torisel® (temsirolimus) are registered trademarks of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. For more information, talk to your doctor and visit www.Afinitor.com. AFB-1073449 10/2013
(Family Features) From non-friendly weather conditions to itch-inducing dyes found in everyday products, your skin can be exposed to a variety of unexpected irritants. But, protecting and maintaining healthy, comfortable skin can be easy with simple tips and products.
(BPT) - Last year, 232,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States and many were told they would need chemotherapy. With October designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important that women diagnosed with the disease and their caregivers feel empowered to take charge of their cancer journey. For the many women undergoing chemotherapy, getting better is the top priority, but the side effects of treatment, such as hair loss and skin changes, also weigh heavily on their minds.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a timely bill passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law in July by Gov. Cuomo went into effect last month, authorizing “funding of mapping incidence of breast cancer from the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund to qualified research institutions, organizations or agencies.”
(BPT) - In the U.S., nearly half of all women older than 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture. And while osteoporosis may seem like a disease that only affects people later in life, early prevention is key to better bone health. In fact, bone mass attained early in life may be the most important determinant to bone health when you get older.
(NAPSI)—Many believe that, despite recent headlines to the contrary, there are still significant reasons to make omega-3 fish oils part of their regular diet.
(StatePoint) While skin cancer is highly prevalent and incidence rates are rising, it also remains one most treatable types of cancer. But you need to remain vigilant about your skin and share any changes or concerns with your doctor before they become bigger problems.
(NAPSI)Dealing with a new cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. But talking to your medical team about the disease treatment options available and personal goals may help best address your specific case.
(BPT) - NBA All-Time Leading Scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is no stranger to developing strategies and game plans to overcome the obstacles he’s faced on the basketball court, but he also knows the importance of applying these skills off the court.
(NAPSI)If youre among the more than 65 million Americans who care for a loved one living with a chronic illness, you have a unique understanding of this critical role. The value of caregiving is particularly evident for the more than 15,600 people who are estimated to be diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) each year, as persons diagnosed with CLL are typically elderly and often require care for an extended period of time.
(NAPSI)Many people may not realize that spending time outdoors, whether during summer or any other season, can lead to vision issues caused from exposure to UV rays, such as the development of cataracts or even skin cancer around the eyes. In fact, a recent study by Transitions Optical revealed that three out of 10 people believe that protecting their eyes from UV rays is only necessary during the spring and summer months. But UV rays are present all year round, whether it is sunny or cloudy, and can still contribute to the development of serious vision issues.
(NewsUSA) - The home juicing trend is undergoing a resurgence as more people recognize the benefits of a diet bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables.
As the sun beats down on Queens and the region in the season’s strongest heat wave yet, a bill designed to protect children from overexposure to our home star’s waves of energy is making its way to Gov. Cuomo’s desk.
Whether he will sign it is not yet known.
While rare in childhood, skin cancer does not only affect adults and the incidence of melanoma among children and adolescents has been increasing over the past several decades. A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that between 1973 and 2009, the incidence of melanoma in children and adolescents increased by 2 percent per year. Thus, it is extremely important that we increase awareness and encourage good sun-protection behavior starting at even a young age.
Many parents have questions about how they can best protect their children from the sun. Often questions arise about what sunscreen to use and how to apply it. There are new U.S. Food and Drug Administration sunscreen labeling rules. Understanding what to look for on the sunscreen label is important.
(NAPSI)—Whenever you’re under the sun, whether it’s summer or winter, it’s important to guard against sun damage. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the No. 1 cause of skin cancer, and it often doesn’t develop until later in life.
Its a healthy idea to check yourself regularly for signs of skin cancer. A dermatologist can tell you how. (NAPS)
(NewsUSA) - For childhood cancer survivors, eating right, exercising and taking good care of yourself all around are of the utmost importance. Now more than ever, cancer survivors of all ages must also remember to be extra cautious in the sun.
(StatePoint) One of the customary perks of getting older is growing a little wiser along the way. You’ve most likely come to appreciate your “thicker skin” when dealing with life’s sticky situations. However, when you look in the mirror, all you seem to see is thinning skin -- your epidermis that is, not your ego.
(StatePoint) For many people, gardening is one of life’s greatest joys. But exercising your green thumb carries some risk.
Dermatologists and skin cancer experts, especially before and during the summer months, write articles and give speeches on the harmful effects of sun exposure on the skin: the risk for melanoma and other skin cancers and premature aging of the skin. Despite all efforts, beaches are filled with people tanning in the midday sun, streets are filled with people with a pink-red burnt or bronze skin and tanning salons are filled with clients. Why can’t we deliver our message? Tanning is harmful to our skin just like smoking is harmful to our lungs.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. One person dies every hour from melanoma in the U.S. There are more than 76,250 estimated new cases of invasive melanoma in the U.S. annually resulting in over 9,180 deaths per year. It is the fifth and sixth most common cancer in men and women, respectively. If melanoma is diagnosed early, it is typically cured with surgery. However, advanced disease has a poor outcome and can lead to death.