September 13, 2016

Why is Precision Medicine the Next Frontier?

Doctor and patient precision medicationThe idea of precision medicine is based on the fact that certain conditions, such as heart disease or cancer, do not behave the same way in everyone. Each patient’s body composition will vary and the ways a disease effects them will vary as well. The central idea behind precision medicine is to research these distinguishing effects.

Genetic makeup and environmental factors can affect your health, as well as the symptoms and treatments when you get sick. Thus, individual cases of the same condition may be treated in different ways.

It is becoming clearer that a single treatment option is not always suitable for a patient. For example, a treatment that shrinks one person’s tumor or ease one person’s arthritis symptoms may not have the same effect on another person. Precision medicine has an ideal image of the medical practice. “Picture this: You get detailed tests that can gauge how your arthritis or cancer differs from someone else’s. Then you get a treatment that’s tailored to you, rather than to anyone else” [1].

This phenomenon is precisely what precision medicines are all about; “matching the right drugs to the right people” [1]. While this idea is gaining popularity, it is not yet possible for many conditions or diseases. The field needs more research and testing, but there are promising concepts that may affect the medical field. Family physicians use standardized drugs to treat most conditions because it is the accepted method. Precision medicine aims to change that.

[1] Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/breakthrough-research-16/precision-medicine

July 19, 2013

3 Facts About Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

Erectile Dynsfunction - rxrightsErectile dysfunction (ED), although may be a sensitive subject among men, can indicate your heart might not be as vivacious as it once was. Viagra might have saved you from some embarrassment in the bedroom but the problem extends much beyond the inability to have sex. Evidence suggests that erectile dysfunction, caused by depression, low testosterone, nerve problems and some medications, can actually be a precursor to heart disease.

Here are 3 facts you may not have known about ED and heart disease:

1. The most common cause of erectile dysfunction is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis involves the incapability of blood vessels to dilate properly as a result of cholesterol buildup. High levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream causes a deposit in the blood vessels, narrowing them and constricting blood flow. At one point, blood flow is completely obstructed leading to a heart attack.

2. A population-based study conducted by Australian Public Library of Science (PLOS) related to men aged 45 and over in New South Wales revealed that men suffering from erectile dysfunction faced increased risks of heart disease, vascular disease and even death than their non-ED counterparts. Even more staggering is that about 2300 men from the sample actually lost in a heart battle at the end of the study period.

3. Astonishingly, one in five men above 40 is likely to suffer from moderate or severe erectile dysfunction. This can mean that one in five men above 40 is likely to suffer from heart disease at one point in their lives.
So if you are suffering from sexual anxiety, rely on Viagra, and frequently encounter blood pressure problems, you might want to just see your doctor to check that your heart is functioning at its best.

Of course, maintaining a healthy sex life as well as good overall health is important. Seeing a doctor when you feel you might be at risk for health conditions, like heart disease, may result in purchasing prescription drugs – and we all know that prescription drugs have the potential to become costly.

What you may not have known is that the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) may take action that will increase the cost of prescription drugs for you. How might they do this you wonder? Well, when you search the internet, you come across websites that end in the domain .com or .org. NABP is bidding to control the domain .pharmacy, which will be used by the end of this year. If the NABP is successful with their bid, they may block millions of Americans access to international prescriptions and pharmacies, including online Canadian pharmacies. This means increased costs for millions of Americans.

Prevent NABP from restricting your access to the affordable prescriptions that you need by signing the RxRights’ petition to stop the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) bid to control the pharmacy domain at the following link: http://cqrcengage.com/rxrights/. Share the link with your family and friends to get them to sign the petition too.

If you have any questions, please call RxRights at 1-866-703-5442 or visit RxRights.org for more information.

July 21, 2010

The Truth About Cholesterol

LDL cholesterol, high cholesterol, low cholesterolCholesterol is a type of fat that is found in the blood that your body uses on a regular basis to make cell membranes, vitamin D and hormones. There are two forms of cholesterol – low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). LDL cholesterol is often regarded as the bad form of cholesterol because it can build up plaque along the arterial walls. However, while high levels of cholesterol are not normal, they are not necessarily the prime indicator for the risk of heart-attack that they are perceived to be. In fact, there are several studies that have shown that low levels of cholesterol can lead to many other serious conditions as well.

Cholesterol plays numerous roles in the biochemistry of our bodies. It aids body repairs, and is often found in scar tissue. Cholesterol helps the body to digest food and additionally waterproof the cells within our bodies. Much of our bodily functions can be attributed to cholesterol in some way. Some researchers suspect that a healthy level of cholesterol may reduce the risk of cancers. When the body is not able to produce enough cholesterol, whether it’s because of cholesterol-lowering drugs or other reasons, the natural balance of the body is interrupted; leading to an array of problems including blood sugar problems, edema, infertility, reduced libido, allergies, chronic inflammation and difficulty healing.

It’s true that high cholesterol can contribute to the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease; however, it’s also extremely important to remember that low cholesterol isn’t necessarily a good thing either. The best way to control your cholesterol so that it remains at a healthy level is through diet and exercise. If it’s not possible or effective for you to manage your cholesterol in this way, and you plan to use a cholesterol-lowering medication, you may wish to talk to your doctor about taking a CoQ10 supplement, which will ensure that your cellular energy production remains normal.

June 14, 2010

Is Anger Getting the Better of You?

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There is nothing wrong with anger if it is under control. In fact, it is actually healthy to express anger and other emotions. However, if the anger gets out of hand it can have terrible effects on your life, not just socially but also in regards to your health. If you are having anger management problems you should definitely get a hold of it before the anger controls you- who you are, what you do, and how you think.

How Do I Know If My Anger Is Out Of Control?

  1. You hold grudges and do not let things go easily.
  2. You resort to violence when you are angry.
  3. You blame others for your problems.
  4. You usually can’t stop arguing even though you actually want to.
  5. You are always feeling angry, whether that is for one thing or the other.

Recognizing the signs of too much anger is very important. It can help you avoid serious health problems that can result from excess anger. Many heart problems can originate from uncontrollable anger.  For example, high blood pressure is common in those that are constantly angry. Another health problem, diabetes, is an outcome that is theorized to result. In order to avoid constant anger’s effect on your life, learning to control it is vital.

Top 3 Ways to Control my Anger

  1. Take slow deep breaths. When you are angry you heart rate and blood pressure go up due to increased adrenalin. Taking deep breaths will slow down your heart rate and help return the body to homeostasis.
  2. Stop taking your anger out on the people around you and instead make a plan that will reduce the anger you are feeling. Try to think about why you were angry. Often people who find themselves angry do not understand what made them so angry in the first place.
  3. Think about your favorite memory ad picture it in your mind. You will automatically feel more relaxed and happy.

    If you do not control your anger you will find that before it has an impact on your health, your anger will affect the people you love and they will become farther and farther away from you. If your anger is taking a toll on your life and you or the people around you are being severely bothered by it, you should talk to your health care provider.

    February 18, 2010

    What Is Cholesterol?


    Cholesterol is a lipid, meaning it is a fat. Everyone tells you when trying to lose weight avoid items high in cholesterol, saturated fats, or Trans fats. This is somewhat true. You need cholesterol! Cholesterol is what makes hormones, vitamin D, and bile (this helps your body use and digest fat that comes with the food you eat). Imagine life without cholesterol, we would all have weak bones, and any fat we consumed would go straight to our thighs. Cholesterol is beautiful!

    Now before you get too excited and reach for that greasy (and probably cholesterol filled) hamburger, you do need to limit your cholesterol intake. One egg a day provides just the right extra amount of cholesterol (300 mg daily) to maintain the perfect health and not gain any weight. Each day your liver alone produces 1,000 mg of cholesterol, so you just need a tad more. If you consume too much cholesterol you may experience things like heart disease. If you have any risk factors for heart disease it is recommended you decrease your cholesterol intake per day to 200 mg per day.

    To decrease your cholesterol intake, avoid these foods: beef, pork, lamb, egg yolk, turkey, duck, goose, and fish oil. Generally the foods highest in cholesterol are those the highest in protein (meats). Vegetables and fruits have no cholesterol. An ideal meal would be a vegetable stir-fry with a small amount of meat in it. Find the perfect balance of cholesterol for you and you will have a healthy heart.