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Health

  • Wellness care to help reduce everyday stress naturally

    By Dr. Cheryl McFarland-Bryant

    In today’s hectic world, we unfortunately grow up to believe that less is not more, bigger is better. So we push ourselves to do and to achieve the maximum results in our lives. This stress causes blood chemistry changes that increases abdominal fat, raises blood pressure, affects our hormone levels and hastens the signs of aging. Muscles tighten and tension headaches may result. 

    These are just a few of the harmful effects of stress. 

  • Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of uterine cancer

    Last week, I started a series of articles about cancers of the female genital tract. Today, we will complete our look at cancer of the uterus.

  • Breast cancer hope on the horizon

    Breast cancer is an extremely common disease, and it affects 1 in 11 women in their lifetime. Approximately, 300,000 women get this diagnosis every year in the United States alone, some with invasive disease and some with in situ disease.

  • Second, and even third, opinions a good idea

    Q: I read your column in the Chronicle each time and find it most helpful and interesting.

    I am 81 years old and have all my own teeth, except that a few are capped and I have some fillings. I go to the dentist two times a year and have my check up and X-rays.

  • Stress and depression: The dynamic duo

    I debated long and hard about writing this, and far more about whether or not to print it. As time has worn on, I’ve wondered if maybe it wouldn’t be too raw for the newspaper — to painful to be exposed so openly to a public I’m not entirely comfortable with yet. I’m not sure if my wounds are healed enough to take all the bandages off completely.

  • Esophageal cancer can be cured if caught soon

    Recently, I saw a 65-year-old gentleman who noticed some trouble swallowing. He could swallow liquids but he had a hard time swallowing solids. He was ignoring it initially, but at his wife’s insistence, he went to see his doctor. He was referred to a gastroenterologist or stomach doctor. She performed an upper endoscopy and it showed cancer in his esophagus or food pipe.

    The esophagus is a 10-inch long, hollow, muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. There are two major types of esophageal cancer:

  • Cancers of the reproductive system in females
  • Some causes of oral mucosal pain

    The oral mucosa is the lining of the mouth and can include the nasal cavity and the throat. It is a very moist and slippery type of tissue that differs from the skin, which has a keratin layer to protect it. The moisture comes from major saliva glands, as well as millions of salivary glands that line the oral cavity and produce saliva. It is known to have a very rich blood supply and also it is very much innervated with nerves that when injured or irritated can be quite painful.

  • Crown a growing concern for reader

    Q: I have no molars on the top. My six front teeth on the top are crowned with root canals. However, on one of the front ones, the actual tooth beneath the crown, is breaking. Is it possible to get an upper partial with the back teeth and only one front tooth? I do not want to have to pull the other five that are crowned.

     Thank you. 

  • Understanding cholesterol and its affect on the body

    Cholesterol is an essential part of every cell in our bodies. Our bodies use cholesterol to produce and regulate hormones, and to promote digestion. However, too much cholesterol in our bloodstream leads to a buildup of plaque inside our arteries, restricting the flow of blood and causing heart disease.