leukemia

What Causes Gallstones?

Gallstones are solid deposits in the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ that sits beneath the liver. The gallbladder has a simple function: to store and concentrate bile, a digestive enzyme made by the liver. In the United States, between 1 and 3 percent of adults develop gallstones each year and … Read More

Getting a Biopsy: 8 Things You Need to Know

People are understandably concerned when told they need a biopsy. What is a biopsy? What is the purpose? How is it performed? Who does it? Where? Does it hurt? What are the risks? What will the results mean? What happens next? Here are the answers to those questions and more. … Read More

Lewy Body Dementia: Outlook and Action Steps

Researchers are exploring new approaches that are increasing scientific understanding of dementia with Lewy bodies (or DLB), also known as lewy body dementia. In one study, the transplantation of stem cells into DLB-damaged areas of the brains of mice revitalized those regions and resulted in dramatic improvements in the animals’ … Read More

Foods That Fight Cancer

As a prior oncology nurse, I’m constantly asked, “What are the most effective foods that fight cancer?” The answer is less about specific foods than about ingredients. And according to evidence-based research, five ingredients rank higher than any other nutraceuticals, and each should be included as part of an anti-cancer … Read More

What Is Cancer?

Here’s a number to think about: 37.2 trillion. That’s not the dollar amount of the U.S. national debt, nor is it the number of people living on planet Earth. It’s an estimate of the number of cells that comprise the human body. It also represents 37.2 trillion places in your … Read More

Leukemia Symptoms: Know the Signs

You’re feverish and fatigued. Your joints ache, and your lymph glands have swollen. Sounds like you have signs of the flu or any number of infections. But they’re also common leukemia symptoms. In general terms, leukemia is cancer of your body’s blood-forming tissues, such as the bone marrow. Signs of … Read More

Brain Tumor Causes Aren’t Always Clear

You’ve been experiencing an array of symptoms, from headache and nausea to vision disturbances and concentration problems. Understanding that, among other potential disorders, a brain tumor causes these warning signs, your doctor recommends testing to identify the source of your symptoms. At this point, you probably wonder how you might … Read More

When Do You Need a Bone Marrow Test?

Your recent blood tests have produced some troubling results. Maybe your red blood cell count is too low. Or, perhaps your platelet level is too high. In either case, your physician may order a bone marrow test to try to identify what’s causing these abnormalities or to diagnose other potential … Read More

7 Health Benefits of Bananas

Apples aren’t the only fruit with the power to keep doctors away—eating a banana a day is a delicious way to boost your energy and get essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, there are more health benefits of bananas than you probably realize. Before we get into what bananas offer, … Read More

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