A Thanksgiving Ritual

New Tool to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson’s

A group of experts at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, working under the umbrella of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), have developed a new tool for healthcare professionals that they hope will mark a significant advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease, especially in its early stages.

Tips to Prevent Heartburn During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving week is also GERD Awareness Week. The heartburn caused by gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) can make those who indulge in a big holiday feast less than thankful. 

With some help from the national non-profit advocacy organization, Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN,) you can avoid the discomfort of heartburn. ECAN Board Chairman Bruce Greenwald, M.D. of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center advises the following:     

A Key Anti-Cancer Protein

 Researchers are gaining a better understanding of how the protein connexin can “put the clamps on cancer."

Study senior author Jean X. Jiang, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, said connexin tethers itself to a cell-proliferating molecule called Skp2. This prevents the Skp2 from traveling to the cell nucleus to promote more cell growth, she said.  Unregulated cell growth causes cancer.

The Hormone-Therapy Decision

 The end of the “hormone therapy era” appears to have been greatly exaggerated.

More than a decade ago, research from the Women’s Health Initiative, a major study, advised menopausal women to stop their hormone replacement therapy due to a reported increase in breast cancer, strokes and heart attacks.

In the years since then, though, potential flaws and limitations with that study have come to light, and the pendulum may have swung back the other way.


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