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Colon Cancer Rates Increasing Among the Young

By Ripple Sharma, MD, FACG

While nobody looks forward to a colonoscopy, this critical screening test is a life saver. That’s because when cancer is caught early, one has the highest chance of cure. 85 percent of colon cancers start off as colon polyps, and any polyps found during a colonoscopy are removed and sent to pathology. About 30 percent of men and 25 percent of women over the age of 45 have precancerous polyps, making the benefits of a colonoscopy abundantly clear.


Daylight Saving Time and Your Circadian Rhythm

“Fall back, spring forward.” That’s the phrase we use to remind ourselves to reset our clocks twice a year, from standard time to daylight savings time in March and back again in November. The idea of daylight saving time (DST) is to get the most out of natural light during warm weather. That extra hour comes in handy for beach days and neighborhood barbecues. However, sleep deprivation can be a problem in the weeks following the transition to DST, as the change makes it difficult for many to fall asleep. What’s more, the effects of sleep deprivation can linger for weeks.


Preparing for Pregnancy

Whether you’re planning your first baby or your third, there’s a lot to think about. Is the timing right? How will your job be affected? Are you financially ready?

Once you resolve those big-picture issues, it’s a good idea to schedule a pre-pregnancy appointment with a midwife or OB/GYN. You may need advice on transitioning off of birth control. You’ll also want to review your current medications and make sure your vaccinations are up to date.


A Healthier Immune System for a Healthier You

The job of your immune system is to recognize and address internal threats to your body, such as a viral or bacterial infection or cellular damage caused by sunburn or cancer. This complex network includes organs (spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and lymph nodes), as well as specialized white blood cells (T cells) that travel through your blood stream or lymphatic system looking for potential threats. When an infectious agent enters the body, your immune system creates antibodies. These antibodies trigger the creation of immune cells specific to that particular pathogen. 


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Virtual Meditation and Jin Shin Jyutsu

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New Oak Pavilion

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Injury Prevention Tips

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