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2016-01-30: Replay of Dec 12, 2015: Wide variety of medical research news and health advice

The abuse of orphan drug laws to make money on lesser-used drugs; Chemical in olive oil is good to prevent heart disease by altering gut flora; Disruption in DNA folding can lead to inappropriate gene activation and brain cancer; Appropriate levels of vitamin D are determined by measuring blood levels to avoid taking too much; Why caffeine is bad for fibrocystic breast pain — other suggestions to help; Try reducing the dose of Adderall (for ADHD) to reduce rapid heart rate side effect; Academic review of wearable activity trackers — how to get better accuracy; A monoclonal drug targets a gene that helps reduce type 2 diabetes; Retinoic acid from vitamin A might treat hyperimmunity conditions like necrotizing enterocolitis; Problems with the pertussis vaccine prevent total eradication; New research on circadian rhythm in the brain may lead to helping insomnia; Why benadryl may be bad if you have family history of Alzheimer's disease; The current policies for prescribing pain medications makes it harder for those who need it; High PSA scores with negative biopsies — prostate cancer can be avoided by proper diet; Advice for for dry macular degeneration

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Replay of Dr. Dawn's review of recent advances in genetic manipulation using CRISPR technology

Testing and sequencing fetal DNA in mother's blood; RNA testing reveals the phase and health of the fetus during development; Identifying which genes are most important in predicting diseases; Single nucleotide mutations (SNPs) can control a wide variety of diseases; The role of microRNA in regulating protein translation — the example of diabetic kidney disease; MicroRNA is involved in epigenetic changes behind a variety of diseases; Interfering with microRNA to turn off genes in cancer cells; Extra DNA in phages and plasmids inside bacteria transmit antibiotic resistance among different species; Gene regulation in our cells involves a gene editing mechanism that exists in all organisms, including bacteria; Utilizing gene-editing enzymes to manipulate genes to fix mutations or other ways t o attack cancer and other diseases; Small regulatory changes in the activity of a gene determines blond vs. brunette hair color; Autism may involve the inhibition of DNA unwinding enzymes required to transcribe very long genes linked to Autism; DNA vaccines: Injected bacterial DNA can be taken up by immune cells and transcribed into proteins that cause an immune reaction!

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2016-01-16: Functional Medicine primer, new cancer fighting technologies and other health news

How does the Functional Medicine approach to medicine differ from Conventional Medicine? A brief history of cancer, new models of how cancer starts and detecting circulating tumor cells to evaluate chemotherapy; Frequent automated glucose monitoring shows individual responses to various foods — the role of the microbiome; How cells detect the direction of chemical signals; No surprise that injuries rise as heel height increases; Overuse of antibiotic Colistin in animals in China is spreading antibiotic resistance; NSAIDS temporarily reduce fertility in women and sperm production has reduced greatly over the past century

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2016-01-09: The microbiome is the central theme this week plus the usual variety of other topics

H. pylori was found in the gut of Otzi, the 5000-year-old fossil; Inoculating with good bacteria may replace infection-causing bacteria; Does the prep for colonoscopy destroy my healthy gut microbiome? Exercise in young rats causes a shift in the gut microbiome; Exercise in young rats causes a shift in the gut microbiome; Lemon juice makes a drink more alkaline — stevia is a good sweetener but try to reduce need for sweets; A caller's experiences with the mind-body connection; The benefits of bone broth to get hyaluronic acid and more for bone health; Pros and cons of medical marijuana — supplements to calm anxiety; How do I test for malaria after traveling because others on the trip got it? Too little salt will cause depletion and effects like leg cramps at night; Lucentis may replace laser therapy for blood vessel damage caused by diabetes; Less invasive alternatives to hysterectomy if cancer is suspected

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2016-01-02: Testing for gluten, e-cigarette dangers, preventing diabetes and much more

A new consumer device that tests for gluten in food; Latest studies show lots of cell damage from chemicals in e-cigarettes; Treating a mysterious case of eczema on just one leg; Asthma in adults and children raises the risk of getting shingles when older; Preventing kidney damage from visualizing contrast material used during coronary artery bypass surgery; Chicken pox is a prerequisite for getting shingles as an adult; Mother relates experience with using zinc to treat eczema in her son; Supplements to prevent prediabetes from progressing into diabetes; Supplements to prevent prediabetes from progressing into diabetes; Stimulation of immune system can cause reactions as if a previous infection like mononucleosis has recurred; Decongestion to stop ringing in ears after a MRSA infection; Dealing with bladder issues after delivering an 11 plus pound baby is a pelvic floor problem; Inhibiting apoprotein B helps fat breakdown; A woman with weight loss after Lyme disease tries Gerson therapy

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2015-12-26: Wide variety of medical research news and health advice

The abuse of orphan drug laws to make money on lesser-used drugs; Chemical in olive oil is good to prevent heart disease by altering gut flora; Disruption in DNA folding can lead to inappropriate gene activation and brain cancer; Appropriate levels of vitamin D are determined by measuring blood levels to avoid taking too much; Why caffeine is bad for fibrocystic breast pain — other suggestions to help; Try reducing the dose of Adderall (for ADHD) to reduce rapid heart rate side effect; Academic review of wearable activity trackers — how to get better accuracy; A monoclonal drug targets a gene that helps reduce type 2 diabetes; Retinoic acid from vitamin A might treat hyperimmunity conditions like necrotizing enterocolitis; Problems with the pertussis vaccine prevent total eradication; New research on circadian rhythm in the brain may lead to helping insomnia; Why benadryl may be bad if you have family history of Alzheimer's disease; The current policies for prescribing pain medications makes it harder for those who need it; High PSA scores with negative biopsies — prostate cancer can be avoided by proper diet; Advice for for dry macular degeneration

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2015-12-19: Interesting virus-related research from new flu vaccine to detecting before symptoms

Low carbohydrate pasta from garbanzo beans and a stethoscope add-on to improve heart sound diagnoses; Olive oil reduces the risk of breast cancer; Why do I have fatigue on some days even if I sleep well? Why visceral belly fat is bad for your health; Why rabies vaccine are warranted when traveling to countries like Jordan; Does a good diet reduce belly fat as fast as other fat locations? Human genes that increase expression after viral infection and are detectable before symptoms start; A new influenza vaccine Flublok has no mercury and adjuvants and doesn't need eggs to produce; Blocking specific small non-coding RNAs found after a stroke can help stroke recovery; My sweat tastes different when I have a viral infection; Why MK7 vitamin K is good for bone health; How do I assess a new doctor? Shingles vaccine is not only safe, but beneficial for those on dialysis for kidney disease; Lipomas are usually harmless

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2014-12-12: Problems with electronic health care in the US, breast cancer drugs vs. radiation, etc.

The problem with computerized defaults such as giving proton pump inhibitors inappropriately; Side effects of breast cancer drugs Tamoxifen and Anastrozole vs. radiation; Could dandruff shampoo cause localized rash on my neck? Clarification of why pure aloe vera capsules are better than raw aloe vera formulas; The problems with processed grains and chemicals in food — what to eat! Taking iodine and other advice for Hashimoto's and other autoimmune diseases; More about reducing carbohydrate craving by fixing your gut microbiome — advice for holiday eating; A caller finds multiple errors with her health care — a discussion of various problems with before and after electronic medical records; Testosterone testing and supplements, good nutrition and sleep and other advice to restore good health

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2015-12-05: Cool medical tech and cancer research news plus advice for common health issues

High tech endoscopy using nanoparticles to detect and destroy colon cancer cells; Slightly lower platelet level than the normal range is not necessarily a problem; Are there any problems with chronic use of antihistamines to get back to sleep? 3D printing of a speculum and other tools to cheaply do test for cervical cancer; One shouldn't worry about 1 teaspoon of sugar in coffee, but watch for added sugar in yogurt; Understanding the specialization of cancer cells and signaling among them; Mouse research suggests that what a father eats before conceptions affects his offspring's appetite and anxiety; Aloe vera gel capsules may help glucose level control and lower cholesterol; How to prevent symptoms before going somewhere that caused allergic reactions; People who at more grain had more osteoporosis — alkaline diet discusses; Evolution of drugs to combat herpes; A gluten free diet can help you loose weight; Wearable baby monitor that signals through a smart phone might make a good gift!

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2015-11-28: Lots of bacteria and probiotics topics plus mucus, hives, CoQ10, statins and much more

Immunotherapy therapy is approved for type 1 diabetes; Certain bacterial species trigger rheumatoid arthritis in mouse study; Certain probiotics may help prevent type 2 diabetes; Children who take probiotics are less likely to get ADHD, peanut allergies, asthma and eczema; Structured diabetes care plan including lifestyle coaching reduces diabetes and total mortality in women; How effective is topical or oral hyaluronic acid for reducing joint arthritis? Substitutes to using drying toners to clean eyelids; Getting insurance payments may be a problem for screening lab tests for an elder; Mucus in the mouth stimulates white blood cells to capture and kill bacteria; Red yeast rice is probably better than a statin drugs in elders; Differentiating hives from eczema and various treatments; Did CoQ10 cause my constipation? Try changing the brand or formula; The new Prevnar 13 vaccine is recommended in addition to Pneumovax for pneumonia; More about CoQ10 and statin after getting stents for blocked arteries

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