Bulimia and the Damage Done

Recently in the office waiting area, I noticed a wheelchair-bound young woman who was very thin, weak and pale. Though she weighed less than 80 pounds, her ashen, grey skin made her stand out the most. I gathered that this patient had an eating disorder. After consulting with multiple gastroenterologists–including specialists in other states–she sought… Read more »

Fight Heart Disease with Small Changes

Heart disease is a formidable foe. It’s the Number 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer, according to the American Heart Association. Once heart disease develops, poor outcomes are a greater risk, so prevention is key. It may seem intimidating to fight such an opponent, but it isn’t when… Read more »

Do You Need a Re-Resolution?

If you made a weight-loss resolution January 1, you are in good company. But New Year’s resolutions can be counter-productive because they suggest it’s OK to overdo it through the holidays and foster a quick-fix/diet mindset. It’s just as challenging to make healthy changes on January 1 than any other day. The good news is,… Read more »

Misleading Mammography Study Puts Women at Risk

When the British Medical Journal recently published an article that mistakenly concluded that annual mammography doesn’t save lives, news outlets like the New York Times jumped on the story—to the disservice of their readers. The study was based on follow-up results of the Canadian Breast Cancer Screening Study (CNBSS), a five-year study conducted from 1980… Read more »

ADHD: Helping Families Put the Pieces Together

ADHD (attention deficit disorder) is a brain-based biological disorder that is usually first diagnosed in childhood. Symptoms include inattentiveness, impulsive behavior and, sometimes, hyperactivity. There is no way to prevent ADHD, but early detection and intervention are very helpful. Early detection and intervention can help make symptoms less severe, decrease how much behavioral symptoms interfere… Read more »

The Sandwich Generation and Heart Disease

Advances in medicine have helped to increase the average US life expectancy to almost 80. One unintenional result of this phenomenon is the “Sandwich Generation”: Adults who simultaneously care for aging parents and their own children. “Sandwiched” caregivers are quite common, according to the Pew Research Center. About one out of every seven Americans between… Read more »

“Food Insecurity” Challenges Many College Students

College students are much more likely to experience “food insecurity” than the general population, according to recent studies. A student survey at a campus in rural Oregon indicated 59 percent of them are less likely to have ready access to nutritious food, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior recently reported. The USDA defines food… Read more »

CPR Keeps Sweethearts Together

Here’s a true love story for Valentine’s Day: A local man named Robert received the gift of life when his wife, Judy, revived him with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). This clip is from the most recent episode of the Focus onHealth TV series. Learn CPR and other life-saving skills from American Heart Association-sponsored courses from North… Read more »

Diversity in Biomedical Science

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently appointed Hannah Valantine, MD, as chief officer for scientific workforce diversity. This new position was created not only to focus on increasing diversity in biomedical science by expanding recruitment and retention, but also to promote inclusiveness and equity throughout the field. Dr. Valantine’s appointment is important, because traditional… Read more »

Science Careers’ Surprising Challenges

Once scientists start working, it can be hard for us to know how to take our science careers to the next level. At times, we must be assertive–even aggressive—to advocate for ourselves or our ideas. Many of us choose science careers because we like knowing how things work. We don’t tend toward extroversion or confrontation…. Read more »