KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn

KUSP's Ask Doctor Dawn

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Most Recent Episodes

2015-08-22: Replay, with updates, of Dr. Dawn's review of recent advances in genetics using CRISPR

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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2015-08-15: Common themes from shingles to statins and important issues like climate change effects

The impact on climate change and sea level rise on health and social services; Immune suppression drugs after a transplant cause an increase in melanoma risks; Antioxidants and other advice to help with cornea damage from bright sun in the eyes; The anti-inflammatory Meloxicam can cause symptoms of a heart attack — how to detect a real attack; Hemorrhoids can cause a false positive for the fecal blood test; Review of the issue of cholesterol, statins and side effects; Various causes and tests that yield the diagnosis of "ground glass nodules"; A topical cream and Valacyclovir to treat shingles after chemotherapy for a lymphoma; DHEA supplementation is an alternative way of raising testosterone levels; Appropriate dose for CoQ10 when taking a statin; A disrupted ecology in the colon can allow overgrowth of candida and other microbiome disruptions

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2015-08-08: Wide variety of topics from leaky gut and cancer to therapy for Huntington's disease

New policy for premature births: delay cutting the chord; New gene silencing therapy can block a bad protein that underlies Huntington's disease; Testing and treatments for leaky gut; A skin condition might be keratosis pilaris, not eczema; The common problem of not sleeping as well as we get older; Why drugs like Viagra and Cialis shouldn't be taken if you have retinitis pigmentosa; Diet and other advice for someone on chemotherapy for bladder cancer that has metastasized; Niagen is a supplement that supports your mitochondria if they are deficient; Possible explanations for reduced platelet count and sticky platelets; Dr. Dawn prefers ice and other anti-inflammatories instead of Ibuprofen for Plantar Fasciiatis; Using Google Glass to transmit an interview with patient to a toxicologist improves identification of overdose cause

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2015-08-01: Good news for Ebola vaccine and gene identification plus lots of good health advice

First trials of the new Ebola vaccine are very successful; New advances in amplifying DNA greatly shorten the time for gene identification like viruses; Carbon dioxide activates mosquitoes to attack; Are probiotics a problem if the immune system is weakened, as with chemotherapy? The spice asafoetida is an antibacterial, but probably not a problem in low levels; Lab tests to detect bad health effects from mold; The effects of curcumin with drugs like Advair because of detoxification enzyme interactions; Genetic testing with pancreatic and other cancers can help determine the best treatment; Dealing with inhalation of a moth! Acalasia is a rare condition that causes difficulty with swallowing; Nutritional and other support to help healing after foot surgery; Negative effects because of changes in our food such as additives and GMO; A woman with macular degeneration who is "seeing flowers" should get a dilated eye exam

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2015-07-25: The microbiome influence on many diseases and more medical news and health advice

Moderate exercise is healthier than too much or too little; Gene discovered in a round worm is linked to longevity; Nasalcrom and probiotics is suggested for chronic non-allergic rhinitis; Certain types of cinnamon contain coumarin, a blood thinner; Try acupuncture and other advise for healing a rectal fissure; More about vitamin D varieties, blood levels and supplements; Warnings against diatomaceous earth as a supplement; The microbiome's influence on arthritis, osteoporosis, gout and other musculoskeletal diseases; Lower testosterone levels with age lead to baldness and hair thinning in men and women; Montelukast and other advice for asthma attacks triggered by a cold; Review of advice and supplements for advanced osteoporosis — too much Splenda can upset your microbiome; Unfortunately, Medicare does not support preventative care like Functional Medicine offers; New recommendations to manage prostate cancer by active surveillance instead of surgery; Successful use of l-arginine for sinus problems and a review of probiotics; Summary of Dr. Dawn's objection to statins in elderly women

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2014-07-18: Various medical uses of Cannabidiol, the importance of fiber in your diet and much more

Cannabidiol in marijuana helps bone growth in fracture healing and help for osteoporosis; The caramel coloring in cola drinks contains a carcinogen; A book of alternative treatments for cancer is recommended by a caller; How adjuvants work in vaccines to stimulate the immune system; A stem cell plus hyaluronic acid injection in knees to build new cartilage; Does biotin work to increase thickness of hair and fingernails? General preventative medicine recommendations for a 60 year-old healthy man; Anti-inflammatories and cannabidiol cream for knee arthritis and other ailments; Inulin is a good prebiotic, which is food for probiotic bacteria; DGL and other demulcents and supplements help heal Barrett's esophagus; High fiber diet and other advice for someone with colon polyps; Thumb arthritis is a major problem for a guitar player

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2015-07-11: The Functional Medicine approach to complex symptoms, plus lots of useful medical news

Lipids in cell membranes and change compositions throughout the day and the seasons; Lack of nutrition leads to higher rate of diabetes in their descendants; Review of the importance of vitamin D and the problem of sarcoidosis; Probiotics are activated in the body and it's best to keep them cool for storage; The Functional Medicine approach to dissecting a complex set of symptoms; New insights into the structure of arterial plaque — smooth muscle cells change into immune cells; New techniques to modulate the immune system to reduce inflammation and nerve damage after spinal chord injuries; The drug Protamine can increase nitric oxide that combats chronic sinusitis; Alirocumab is a newly-approved but very expensive drug for lowering LDL cholesterol; The microbiome of the cervix may predict preterm labor by several weeks

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2015-07-04: Medical Tech news, muscle physiology, pancreatic cancer, pain medications and more

Fear and helplessness increases pain; Medical Tech: Nanotechnology-based self-heating wrist band and 3D printed material to help heal bones; Laser tweezers can repair incorrectly-folded proteins like prions; Physiology of muscle damage and repair during exercise and appropriate use of anti-inflammatories; Using stem cells to selectively suppress organ rejection; Labdoor.com tests popular supplements for quality and price; Dr. Dawn defends her hydration recommendations; Side effects of medicines for high blood pressure and the benefits of magnesium and nitrates; Difficult choices to make with stage 3 pancreatic cancer; The physiology and emotional aspect of pain and habituation to opiate pain meds; Tumor necrosis factor alpha is good for many, but not all, rheumatoid arthritis sufferers; Proteolytic enzymes such as Wobenzym and Zyflamend are alternative anti-inflammatories

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2015-06-27: A variety of topics from MRI contrast dyes to thyroid hormone and chronic fatigue

One form of Gadolinium used in contrast MRI deposits in the brain; QX-314 is an anesthetic useful for asthma; Why periodic high-dose vitamin D is not a good idea — daily dose is better; Why fiber and other prebiotics are important for your microbiome; Zinc or iron deficiency might be behind mouth sensitivity; Why contrast dye like gadolinium is used with MRIs; Review of testing for different types vitamin D; Various aspects of thyroid hormone metabolism and testing are explained; Testing for levels of oxidative stress — Chronic fatigue syndrome is now called myalgic encephalomyelitis; A caller with jaundice and other symptoms needs to get his liver checked out ASAP; Cancer cells in lymph nodes don't respond to angiogenesis-inhibiting chemotherapy

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2015-06-20: Detoxification and genetics underly discussion of breast cancer and other topics

A new drug is approved to increase female sex drive; Hydration and food suggestions for a vegetarian to avoid future kidney stones; The evidence for health benefits of Kombucha for the liver and detoxification; Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia is an inflammatory disease is not a bacterial infection; Bacopa is an Ayurvedic medicine that supports the adrenal gland and probably help memory; Detoxification and DNA repair genes that influence breast cancer risks and what to do if you have them; Finding the immune system cause of joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis and supplements to help; Oral vs. genital herpes and treatments for each; Oral vs. genital herpes and treatments for each; An ultrasound will diagnose a cyst behind the knee; Supplements to aid nerve growth after muscle loss from spinal stenosis; The complexities of vitamin D testing

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