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Posts made in November, 2012

Prostate Cancer: Pushing Survival

One in six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in his life. Some 240,000 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease in the United States this year alone.

The good news? When detected early, the cure rate of prostate cancer is 90 – 95 percent. And new therapies are extending the survival rates for men with cancer in later stages.

Medical oncologist Brad Ekstrand, M.D., Ph.D., describes the latest breakthrough therapies for prostate cancer in this video from Healthpoint TV.

Living Longer, Parenting Later

When Julia Lingys decided to start a family after age 30, she was following a family tradition: her mother had given birth to her kids at 34 and 36, and her aunt had given birth at 40.

“This was unheard of for their generation,” says Lingys. “When I decided to start a family, I thought I’d just get pregnant, but it didn’t happen.” When two years passed and she still wasn’t pregnant, she and her husband, John Carlisle, decided to try intrauterine insemination. She got pregnant on the third try. After a healthy pregnancy, she gave birth to a 9-pound, 15-ounce son, Alex, at 39. Two years later, she found out she was pregnant again, this time naturally. “The second one just happened,” says Lingys. “Brooke was a happy surprise.”

Parental Age Rising

Lingys is part of a growing trend in the United States. The number of women giving birth after age 40 has tripled since 1990, according to Pew Research. However, while more parents may want to delay having babies until their 30s and 40s, human biology hasn’t kept pace with these modern attitudes. It’s still much easier to get pregnant in our teens and twenties. For many women, the biggest obstacle to having a healthy pregnancy is getting pregnant in the first place, says Deborah Quinn-Chen, M.D., department head, Mills-Peninsula Obstetrics and Gynecology. Read More

Baked Butternut Squash Recipe

Fall’s cold snap can make us crave warm comfort foods. The days are shorter and the holidays are just around the corner – the perfect mood for an orange, warm and buttery fall vegetable.

Squash is packed with nutrients and easy to roast, bake or turn into a smooth, rich soup, says Donna deKay, Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. “Butternut squash is an excellent source of beta-carotene. Diets rich in carotenes have been shown to offer protection against cancer, particularly lung cancer. This fall charmer is also a very good source of vitamins B1 and C, folic acid, potassium and fiber.”

Baked Butternut Squash

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash (about 1 1/4 lb)
  • 2 tbsp margarine, melted
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh herbs to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half and clean out the seeds with a spoon. Brush melted margarine on the inside surfaces.
  3. Bake squash cut side down on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn squash cut side up and continue baking until squash is tender when pierced with a knife – about 50 minutes.
  5. Cut through the skin into serving-size pieces and season to taste with pepper and fresh herbs. Serves 4.

Nutritional Analysis

PER SERVING

  • Calories 75
  • Calories from Fat 45
  • Total Fat 5.0 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.4 g
  • Trans Fat 0.0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 45 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 8 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Dietary Exchanges 1/2 starch, 1 Fat

For more healthy recipes, visit the American Diabetes Association website.

Help “STOP” Heart Attack

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Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack can save precious time in a life-threatening situation. Cardiologist Stephen Pope, M.D. says the acronym STOP can help you remember the most important signs of a heart attack:

  • S – Shortness of breath
  • T – Tightness of the chest, or pressure – feels like an elephant sitting on the chest
  • O – Other symptoms such as cold sweats, weakness or fatigue, heart palpitations, dizziness or even loss of consciousness
  • P – Pain in the chest, throat, neck, jaw, arms or back

In this video segment of Healthpoint TV, Dr. Pope describes how symptoms differ in men and women and what to do when you see the signs. “If you suspect that you yourself, a friend or family member might be having a heart attack, make sure you call 911.” He also describes the latest life-saving treatments and takes you into the cardiac catheter lab at the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center.

 

Prepare Clothing, Bedding for a Quick Exit in Emergency

 

If an earthquake strikes in the middle of the night or some other disaster forces you from the warmth of your home, you will be grateful for a prepared stash of clothing and warm bedding that’s easy to grab on the way out, says Deborah Tauscher, emergency preparedness coordinator at Mills-Peninsula.

It’s a great idea to put your clothing stash in a “grab and go” bag that you can store under the bed, so it is easy to find in the middle of the night. Read More