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Dog Days of Summer

     I don’t know about where you are but I can tell you where I am, Florida, it’s very hot and humid. This time of year is known as the “Dog Days of Summer.” It’s probably called that because right now even my dogs don’t want to play much except very early in the morning or late in the evenings. Please be sure your pets have plenty of water and shade so they don’t suffer from heat stroke and NEVER leave them in a closed car even for a short period of time.

     Watch our Medical Headline Videos:

  •      You may not have ever heard of it, but, fragile X is a developmental disorder that can be diagnosed before your baby is even born. Read what Neuroscientist and Neurologist at Washington University in St. Louis, Azad Bonni, MD, PhD, says.

  •      Chelation is a treatment doctors have used for years to remove certain toxins from the body, most often when someone suffers accidental lead poisoning, but for any other treatment, most traditional doctors thought it was a scam or called it “quackery”. Read about how Gervasio Lamas, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami has studied chelation therapy.

  •      It’s not uncommon to find ear malformations present in about 15 percent of newborns. But now, there’s a way to reshape the ear and prevent teasing and surgery in the future. See how Chad Perlyn, MD, PhD, at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami is using Ear Molding to shape a malformed ear in an infant.

     What do pregnant women, alcoholics and morbidly obese people have in common? They are all at risk for a syndrome that could cause brain damage and memory loss. But now there’s a simple solution to help keep them all healthy. Read our report on Wernicke Syndrome.

     Our Doctor’s In-depth Interview this week is with Dr Conway,Psychiatrist at Washington University, St. Louis. We learn about how laughing gas or nitrous oxide is being tested for treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Conway says “It’s estimated that during the course of a lifetime about 12% of people in the United States will suffer a debilitating depression that interferes with their ability to function during their life.”

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     Finally, Almost 90% of the millions of people undergoing abdominal or pelvic surgery every year will suffer through painful internal scar tissue. Now it looks like there’s a new way to remove that scar tissue and bring welcome pain relief and it works for other types of pain also! See what Richard King, MD, Medical Director at Clear Passage Therapies in Gainesville, Florida, has to say about the treatment.

And there's more where that came from...

Susan R. Bekaert
Webmaster, Ivanhoe Broadcast News

Susan Molly ABBA
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