Nighttime Heartburn Affects Sleep

Nearly 50 million Americans experience nighttime heartburn at least once a week, negatively affecting sleep and impacting work performance, according to a recent survey of 1,000 heartburn sufferers by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Heartburn is a condition that occurs when stomach acids rise into the esophagus and produce a pain in the chest, know as reflux. Read the rest of this entry »

I Couldn’t See Well. Part 2

Macular degeneration is still a poorly understood condition. Her local doctor could not treat her, so he referred Mrs. Cox to a specialist in the nearest big city, about 100 miles away. She went with hopes of a cure. But she learned that any improvement would be limited. “Once I went to see this new doctor, I thought that I’d be able to see again. But he said that my eyesight would never be the same.” Read the rest of this entry »

Introduction. Part 2

Until recently, the treatment standard for chronic hepatitis C infection has been alpha intereron monotherapy. Approximately 40% of interferon-treated patients show biochemical and virological response at the end of therapy; however, more than one-half of these responders relapse after treatment cessation. Read the rest of this entry »

Introduction. Part 1

Donald M. Jensen, MD, Chair and Program CME Advisor

It is estimated that about 4 million Americans or about 2% of the population are infected with the hepatitis C virus. Following acute infection, up to 75 to 85% of patients develop chronic hepatitis C, predisposing them to chronic complicated liver disease and, in some instances, premature death due to cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Irritable Bowel or Crohn’s?

Q.I’ve been told I have irritable bowel syndrome. I get a recurrent pain in my lower right side about every six months. During these attacks, I sometimes run a low fever — about 99.6 to 100 — but test results show no sign of appendicitis. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dark Side of Light Cigarettes

Smokers who think they are doing themselves a favor by smoking light cigarettes may be getting more nicotine, tar and other harmful agents than they bargained for.

People who smoke low- and medium-yield cigarettes receive more than twice the amounts of nicotine and tar listed on cigarette packs and in advertisements, according to a study released in the Jan. Read the rest of this entry »

Diagnosing Fibroids

Based on symptoms and by physical exam, there is a good chance that the doctor will be able to tell if the patient has a fibroid tumor. However, it is important for the doctor to confirm this diagnosis and rule out the possibility that what appears to be a fibroid is really not something more serious, such as an ovarian tumor, a pelvic inflammatory mass or a diverticular inflammatory mass of the colon.

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Gene Therapy Shrinks Tumors in Mice

Researchers have long searched for a way to inhibit blood vessel growth in tumors, a process known as angiogenesis that allows tumors to thrive and grow. Read the rest of this entry »

Cancer, Genes or Environment?

In the current trend toward explaining diseases genetically with high enthusiasm for the Human Genome Project, the question arises; what is the role of heredity in human disease, in contradistinction to the role of environment?

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Searching for Solutions: Inward or Outward?
This revolution, like many revolutions in human thought, has had the ground prepared for it. We have all been groping towards it, but have mostly failed to see the full import of what has been happening. Read the rest of this entry »