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December, 2018


Lymphedema sufferers fight for better insurance coverage

Lymphedema is a disease many don’t know much about. An estimated three to five million people in the United States live with the illness. Lymphedema is an incurable but treatable medical condition caused by injury, trauma or congenital defects in the lymphatic system. Many patients are cancer survivors. Many patients also struggle to afford the medically prescribed compression garments needed every day to manage the disease. Those garments can cost hundreds of dollars, need to be worn everyday, and therefor, change out regularly. Medical insurance often does not cover theRead More

New therapies could treat tissue swelling that afflicts cancer surgery patients and others

    Every night for the past 5 years, Patricia Egan has prepared for bed by pulling on a pair of chipped foam leggings that encase her limbs from her toes to the tops of her thighs. The custommade garments, which look like something a hockey goalie might wear, are supposed to prevent her legs from swelling. But they also make her feel claustrophobic and keep her awake, says Egan, 67, a retired writer from Chico, California. In the morning, she switches to less cumbersome toe gloves and knee-high compressionRead More

Understanding Lymphedema for People With Breast Cancer

Untreated lymphedema can have serious consequences, including severe infections, skin ulcers (open sores that don’t heal,) and extreme swelling and thickening of the skin (elephantiasis). Lymphangiosarcoma, a form of cancer, was historically of concern for people who had breast cancer surgery. However, with the development of more sophisticated mastectomy procedures, this is nearly unheard of today. Diagnosis Lymphedema is generally easy to diagnose. The swelling is usually evident, and a measurement of the affected and unaffected arms can be compared. Testing is typically not done to diagnose lymphedema, though itRead More

Echoism Is the Little-Known Condition that Affects Victims of Narcissistic Abuse

  when Sarah was 18, she went for an interview at a temp agency, hoping to get some work. She sat hunched over in her chair, heart thumping. “I can remember the woman saying, ‘Is something wrong? Why can’t you look me in the eye?’” Most would have put this down to first-job jitters. For Sarah, whose name we have withheld at her request for privacy reasons, the reason was more sinister. “I was so used to being invisible, being nothing, it was like I didn’t have an identity,” sheRead More

Here’s what it looks like when someone has narcolepsy — it’s nothing like the movies.

Narcolepsy is a complex, sometimes debilitating condition. If you’ve ever seen narcolepsy in the movies or on TV, it’s usually played for a laugh — someone stumbling or falling asleep without warning. But in reality, it’s no joke. It’s a chronic disorder where the brain has a hard time controlling sleep and wake cycles. Sleep can strike without warning, and these “attacks” can last several minutes. People with narcolepsy may also experience cataplexy, a sudden loss of muscle tone, causing them to go limp or experience temporary paralysis. Sarah Elizabeth isRead More

Can Radiotherapy Reduce the Need for Axillary Surgery?

  Radiotherapy to the axillary lymph node (AxRT) and axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) provide similar locoregional control after 10 years in patients with a positive sentinel lymph node, according to a new study. The significant reduction in lymphedema with the AxRT approach suggests that it should be considered a standard procedure. “The standard paradigm is, if the sentinel node is clean, no further axillary surgery is indicated,” said Emiel J. T. Rutgers, MD, PhD, of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. The AMAROS trial tested AxRT against ALND toRead More

6 Things That Increase Your Risk of Cellulitis

  The common bacterial skin infection can be dangerous–so find out if you’re at high risk. Cellulitis is an infection of the deep layers of the skin, the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. It’s caused by bacteria, and if it’s not treated immediately, cellulitis can become serious and even life-threatening if it spreads to the blood. “Cellulitis is common, and the major cause is the streptococcus bacteria that reside on the skin,” says Amesh Adalja, MD, an emergency medicine doctor and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security.Read More

6 Things That Increase Your Risk of Cellulitis

Diabetes If you have diabetes, there are two ways you’re more at risk of getting cellulitis. The first is related to the complications of diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) is a common complication of diabetes, and it sometimes makes you lose sensation, particularly in your feet. This means that if you get a foot injury, you may not notice–and that in turn makes you unable to treat it properly, leaving it open for bacteria to enter. The second way having diabetes puts you at risk for cellulitis is that having highRead More

The Magnetic Power of the Narcissist Can Easily Draw You In

New research shows the reasons you’re drawn to those high in narcissism. Being involved in a relationship with people high in narcissism can cause you endless grief. These individuals are self-centered, manipulative, and greedy for attention. Yet, they somehow end up in relationships and it’s likely that you’ve been a victim yourself of their destructive magnetism. What drives your attraction to people high in narcissism? New research suggests that, at so-called “zero acquaintance” (i.e. when you first meet them), it’s hard to resist people high in narcissism. Like moths to a candle flame, you can’t help butRead More

The Magnetic Power of the Narcissist Can Easily Draw You In

In the first study, Giacomin and her research team asked participants to rate their attraction (liking) relative to the three categories of targets. To ensure that the targets actually were high or low in the psychological qualities under The targets themselves were drawn from an undergraduate sample so that they were comparable to the participants in age and status. The job of the participants was to answer a series of questions about the targets including their apparent self-esteem, narcissism, likability, potential for becoming a friend, personality attributes associated with “communal” qualities (suchRead More