ONC’s Regional Extension Centers Sign Up 100,000 Primary Care Providers

November 19th, 2011 by Joseph Tishler | Tags: Extension, Regional Extension


Mat Kendall / Director Office of Provider Adoption Support ,Kimberly Lynch / Director of the Regional Extension Center Program , andLisa-Nicole Danehy / Project Officer and Education and Outreach CoP Lead

Today, we’d like to acknowledge an important milestone in our journey toward national electronic health record (EHR) adoption: ONCs Regional Extension Centers (RECs) have signed up more than 100,000 primary care providers! Thi

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Giving Thanks and Eating Well

November 15th, 2011 by Abby Hitchcock | Tags: Thanks, Thanks Eating

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it comes delicious holiday favorites. From that 100-year-old family stuffing recipe to your special cranberry sauce, no turkey dish is complete without being accompanied by an entire feast of dishes ready to tempt your taste buds.

Does this mean you have to forgo your waistline-watching efforts or not enjoy the holiday? No way! By following a few tips and incorporating some modifications, you can indulge with the family without adding on those extra holiday pounds.

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U.S. Man Diagnosed With HIV Develops Leprosy news

November 11th, 2011 by Abby Hitchcock | Tags: News

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) — Ohio doctors report they got a diagnostic surprise when an HIV patient tested positive for the bacterium that causes leprosy.

What was even more surprising was that the initial infection most likely occurred decades earlier, from exposure to an armadillo.

Soon after starting treatment for the HIV infection, the Ohio man developed lesions on his skin that didn’t respond to antibiotic treatment. His doctors eventually confirmed that the lesions were caused by Mycobacterium leprae bacteria, an infection more commonly known as leprosy.

“With the way he presented, typically, any clinician would think of an infection with bacteria, and that’s what we were thinking, but he was not responding to regular antibiotic treatment,” said Dr.

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Genetic or Environmental?

November 11th, 2011 by Declan Nguyen | Tags: Alzheimer??s Disease, Disease

Can you control whether you get Alzheimer’s disease? The answer is…maybe. In some cases, there is nothing a person can do to stop the illness. In other instances, lifestyle and environment may play a part. Here’s what you need to know about the factors that increase your Alzheimer’s risk.

Genetics plays a large role. After advancing age, the greatest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s is having a family history of it. If you have a parent, sibling, or even child with the disease, you’re more likely to get it. This risk rises with each family member who has it. Genes do play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. The gene with the strongest influence on the development of Alzheimer’s is called APOE-e4 (short for apolipoprotein E-e4).

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Wheatgrass Juice Research

November 7th, 2011 by Joseph Tishler | Tags: Juice, Wheatgrass Juice


Wheatgrass juice Triticum aestivum is one of the more popular super greens included in dietary supplements and offered in juice and smoothie bars throughout the world Whats more, if you browse the Internet youll find countless sites dedicated to extolling the virtues of daily wheatgrass therapy But, anecdotal testimonials and brisk sales arent exactly a solid basis for making an informed decision about any given food or supplement Fortunately, there is also a growing body of scientific research that can assist anyone interested in seriously evaluating wheatgrass

In todays column, Ive decided to only present evidence gleaned from controlled studies involving human participants Based on this criterion, heres what I found to be true Wheatgrass juice may: 1 promote detoxification and protect against damage caused by common toxins, including bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastic; 2 reduce chemotherapy-related side effects and toxicity in women with breast cancer without diminishing the efficacy of chemotherapy; 3 or, may not, decrease blood transfusion requirments in patients with thalassemia, a rare blood disorder characterized by a lack of hemoglobin and red blood cells; 4 provide symptomatic relief in adults living with ulcerative colitis, the inflammatory bowel disease; 5 safely chelate or remove excess iron due to high levels of select organic acids oxalic and malic acid naturally contained in wheatgrass; 6 be useful as a topical agent in mitigating skin toxicity in cancer patients undergoing radiation However, wheatgrass cream appears ineffective at improving function and lessening pain in the inflammatory foot condition known as plantar fasciitis While this isnt a lot of information to go on with regard to wheatgrass, its certainly a decent starting point Theres also some indication that at least a few scientists are genuinely interested in putting this holistic drink to the test For instance, a study now recruiting will test the impact of 110 CC/day of frozen wheatgrass juice in patients undergoing chemotherapy I think this is precisely the type of research that patients and physicians are ready and willing to receive

To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:

Study 1 – Inhibition by Wheat Sprout Triticum aestivum Juice of Bisphenol A link

Study 2 – Wheat Grass Juice May Improve Hematological Toxicity Related to link

Study 3 - Effect of Wheat Grass Therapy on Transfusion Requirement in link

Study 4 Wheat Grass Juice Reduces Transfusion Requirement in Patients link

Study 5 – Wheat Grass Juice in the Treatment of Active Distal Ulcerative Colitis link

Study 6 – The Role of Iron Chelation Activity of Wheat Grass Juice link

Study 7 – The Effect of Topical Wheatgrass Cream on Chronic Plantar Fasciitis link

Study 8 – Management of Skin Toxicity During Radiation Therapy link

Study 9 – Impact of Wheatgrass Juice and Lifestyle Recommendations on Cancer link

Natural Chlorophyll May Protect Against Diet-Induced Colon Cancer

Source: J Nutr 2005 Aug;1358:1995-2000 link