Annette Funicello’s Multiple Sclerosis Battle

This past week, we learned Annette Funicello, 70, the former Mouseketeer and pop culture icon, passed away. Complications from multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative neurological disease she battled during the past 25 years, factored into her death. According to news reports, Ms. Funicello traveled to Italy to undergo an alternative treatment for MS. Known as… Read more »

Hope for Parkinson’s Disease Patients

President Obama’s announcement last week about a $100 million brain-mapping project offers hope for furthering the understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of brain cells. This chronic, progressive neurological disorder causes such symptoms as slow movements, stiffness, lessened ability to make small movements (like tying shoelaces, writing or typing), tremors, impaired… Read more »

No One Deserves Bullying

It used to be taken for granted, but bullying is not “harmless fun.” In fact, it makes headlines. Parents, healthcare professionals and educators now realize that this destructive behavior has far-reaching after-effects–not only for the target, but also for the bully and the bystanders. As news coverage of it increases, sometimes the definition of bullying… Read more »

Organ Donation: Saving Lives, Changing Lives

April is Donate Life Month — the perfect time to celebrate tissue and organ donation and the miracle of organ transplants. One such life-changing procedure, corneal transplant surgery, restores vision by replacing a diseased cornea with a healthy donor cornea. Recent advances enable ophthalmological surgeons to transplant just the inner cell lining rather than the… Read more »

New MS Drug Reduces Relapses 53%

The FDA has just approved a promising new MS drug (MS is multiple sclerosis). Called Tecfidera or BG-12 (dimethyl fumarate), the new MS drug is a twice-daily capsule that reduces relapses by 53 percent and slows the progression of disability. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans have shown that the new MS drug  reduces the accumulation… Read more »

Teen Repeat Births: A Significant Pattern

The report highlights the ongoing need for health education and support for adolescents, their parents–and all women of reproductive age. There are several ways not only to ensure that the rate of adolescent pregnancy continues to decline (as it has since 2007), but also to prevent repeat teen pregnancies. These include linking pregnant and parenting teens… Read more »

Taking Your Diet out to the Ballgame

While the baseball season ramps up, we tend to get just as excited about ballpark food as the game itself, and, why not? Baseball stadiums have become a mecca of international foods and hometown favorites, washed down with your favorite ale. But does mixing nine innings of ball mess with your diet? It won’t if you… Read more »

Healthy Recipe: Shrimp with Tomato Saffron Broth

Serving Size: 3oz Shrimp, ¾ cup Celery Root & Parsnip Puree, 8 Asparagus Stalks Servings: 4 Nutritional Information: 307 Calories, 10 grams Fat, 150 milligrams Sodium Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 4 Portions Shrimp 12 ounces Shrimp 2 TBS Garlic, minced 8 each Plum tomatoes ½ medium Onion, diced 1/8 teaspoon… Read more »

Spring into Your Summer Body

The flowers are blossoming and the days are extending as spring quickly reminds us that summer is just around the corner. Along with millions of other Americans, the warmer weather is a reminder of the approaching summer and the idea of beaches and bikinis. Did your New Year’s resolution fall apart? Don’t fret. A resolution… Read more »

Fight Colon Cancer with Proactivity

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. We use this time of year as a helpful reminder that colorectal cancer screening is critically important. Colorectal cancer starts out as small growths known as polyps. During a colorectal screening test, if these polyps are discovered, they can be removed before they develop into colon cancer. When… Read more »