Thursday, October 2, 2014
In 1963, Swedish researchers discovered the often deadly lung disease called, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, or, Alpha-1. Prior to that, the symptoms of Alpha-1 misled doctors to misdiagnose it as some other respiratory problem such as emphysema, or asthma. But Alpha-1 is a genetic defect in which the body does not make enough of a particular protein that protects the lungs and liver from damage. As a result, life-threatening consequences can occur. Researchers estimate that about 90 percent of people with this disease are unaware they even have it. In this program, we'll take a close look at Alpha-1, explore its history, and hear from experts and patients about the inroads that have been made in better managing this disease.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Pain has been defined as, "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage". We feel pain when the body's pain receptors send electrical signals along nerve endings to the spinal cord, then on to the brain. And though pain sensation isn't always related to an actual injury, illness, or trauma, it remains the leading reason that people seek medical help, and the leading cause of disability. In this program, we will educate viewers on the comprehensive national policy surrounding pain management, and highlight a balanced approach to safe and effective medical treatment for reducing the experience of pain.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The shoulder is a marvel of the human body. It's a "ball-and-socket" joint, where the collarbone, the shoulder blade and the upper arm bone work in tandem to provide arm flexibility. A strong healthy shoulder is necessary for even the simplest movements. But repetitive movement can overstress the shoulder joints and result in tendon tears, instability, and fractures. When this happens, one of the remedies may be shoulder arthroplasty, a procedure that replaces shoulder bones with an artificial shoulder. In this program we will explore the delicate workings of the shoulder, educate viewers on shoulder arthroplasty, and hear from patients who have benefited from this procedure.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The adrenal glands are located on the top of each kidney, and carry out many significant tasks. Adrenal glands produce hormones including sex hormones and stress response hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. A number of medical disorders can affect the adrenal glands, and one of the most troubling can be tumors. As in other types of tumors, adrenal tumors can be either benign or malignant. Most are benign and may not require treatment. But although extremely rare, a small number of adrenal gland tumors are malignant. In this program, we will educate viewers on Adrenal Cancer, with discussions on its history, screening, diagnosis, management, and the importance of patient care.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Hidden between the stomach and backbone, and surrounded by the liver and intestines, is one of the most important organs of the body - the pancreas. Without its digestive enzymes, our bodies could not break down food. Insulin is also made in the pancreas. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose early, primarily because the symptoms are often vague at first. Eventually patients may detect a yellowing of the skin and eyes, pain in the abdomen and back, weight loss and fatigue. Because this cancer is often discovered late, it typically has time to spread to other organs of the body. In this program, we will look at the risk factors, signs, symptoms, and diagnostic techniques for pancreatic cancer. We will also discuss the importance of patient care, improving patients' quality of life, and the latest research underway for this disease.