It’s in the Blood
So begins the season of the holidays, and I hope the past few years of economic difficulties will make everyone more conservative in their holiday buying program. This would be a great year to substitute gifts to charity in place of those excessive gifts we’ve all given in the past. In my family, we pick a different charity each year for the whole family to donate to, and have found it’s also a great thing to do with children.
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There’s a hot new way to eliminate cancer tumors on the spine, and in “Zapping Away Spinal Tumors,” Dr. Rakesh Donthineni, a cancer specialist for Spine and Extremities in Oakland, California, talks about the new approach called STAR ablation. See the story for information on this tumor-killing process which has 95-percent of patients reporting pain relief, but doesn’t have the same side effects as traditional chemo or radiation.
Beyond pure medical necessity, where you live can be one of the determining factors on whether or not you get a lifesaving organ. Take a look at our story from New York University, “Organ Rationing: Who Lives? Who Dies?” about which areas of the country may have longer waits for an organ, and what Lewis Teperman, M.D. suggests would be a better way to divide up the country to give more patients more options. Only a fraction of the 119,000 people waiting for an organ transplant will get the organ they need, so anyone interested in becoming an organ donor can go to http://www.organdonor.gov/.
A new diabetes test which is already in use in Europe and currently in development in the U.S. gives patients a picture of their blood sugar over the last three months without fasting. According to Dr. Beth McQuiston, Medical Director, Diagnostic Products, Abbott, in Illinois, 79 million people in the U.S. are pre-diabetic and are “…walking around right now with abnormal blood sugars and they have no idea.” See “Diagnosing Diabetes: It’s in the Blood” for details about this new test that can help pre-diabetic people before it’s too late.
Something else that many people are unprepared for and have never heard of is DVT, or deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot that could become deadly. Don’t miss our report from Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago where vascular surgeon Dr. Heather Hall says most people know nothing about DVT or anything of its risks, and gives some tips on what to do if you’re traveling long distances by plane or car, and what factors increase your risk of DVT.
This week’s In-Depth Doctor’s Interview is with Kenneth I. Light, M.D., a spine surgeon in San Francisco who discusses a breakthrough spinal surgery involving disc replacements which he feels are superior to traditional spinal fusions. And whether you’re an athlete or not, anyone taking up a new sport or physical activity will want to read our story from Chicago where some pros at the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet share tips on reducing your risk for injury, including what the three day rule is and how important it is to follow it!
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Finally, while Texans will always remember the Alamo, those of us with fathers or other family members who fought in WWII will always remember Pearl Harbor Day, with its 72nd anniversary coming up this Saturday.
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Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
President, Ivanhoe Broadcast News
“It's not the bullet with my name on it that worries me. It’s the one that says, “To whom it may concern”
-- Anonymous resident of Belfast, Ireland, quotes in the London Guardian, 1991