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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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THIS IS PRICELESS! PLEASE READ THIS SHORT, QUICK SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT GUIDE. Click HERE

suicide_speak_reachAs physicians, we are all about trying to save lives. We want our patients to maintain good cholesterol, manage their diabetes and high blood pressure (or eradicate the need for medication through a life style dietary change and exercise), fight cancer with the weapons we have on hand (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc.,)…life is beautiful…and we fight with our patients to help them live the best lives they can…

Therefore, it always saddens our heart, when a life is lost through a patient’s own hands – SUICIDE. Can we find the needle in the haystack and help these patients before it is too late? An algorithm is being developed to do just that – and the U.S. Army is leading the way. Since 2004, the US Army noted a sharp increase in soldiers’ suicide rate, exceeding that of their civilian counterparts.

JAMA Psychiatry published an article in JAN 2015 titled, “Predicting suicides after psychiatric hospitalization in US Army soldiers: the Army Study To Assess Risk and rEsilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS).” You may read the abstract HERE  and more about the article HERE  

Take a look around at you – yourself, family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, (including children…especially teenagers) etc., Anyone at risk for suicide? What are the warning signs and why are they important? Take a moment to read the suicide risk assessment guide below.

Say something kind to someone today…give an encouraging word…you never know the difference you may make!

THIS IS PRICELESS! PLEASE READ THIS SHORT, QUICK SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT GUIDE. Click HERE or cut and insert this link  https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mentalhealth.va.gov%2Fdocs%2FSuicide_Risk_Assessment_Guide.doc

1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA)

WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE

FACES OF  BEAUTIFUL SOULS (caution, emotionally wrenching…)

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

Brain Beware!

From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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MARCH  16-22 is Brain Awareness Week!

STOP! Think about all the responsibilities you have…then think about all the responsibilities of your brain…Hhmm. I am willing to bet that your personal responsibilities pales in comparison. The brain is the most complex part of the human body and the boss that runs the whole show.

Your brain weighs a fraction of your total body weight (only ~3 pounds), yet it is:

  • The seat of intelligence
  • Initiator of body movements
  • Interpreter of senses
  • Acquirerer of new knowledge
  • Controller of behavior…and so much more!

You should really take care of your body…and mind!

Recent commercials on brain games and brain training, may have some controversies, BUT they are so much better than sitting and watching TV all day – turning your brain to mush! Some studies have shown, that keeping your brain active and engaged, may even decrease the manifestation of some diseases. (Try the Brain Exercises in the 2nd video below).

Locate a function...

Locate a function…

No one truly pays attention to their brain, until something goes wrong…and with such a complex structure, many, many things can go wrong.

What does a normal brain look like vs Seizure or Stroke or Alzheimer, etc.,? Take a look at this TEDx Talk.

Great images and VERY interesting talk!

BRAIN EXERCISES

March 16 – 22

Brain Awareness Week

Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
505 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 401-1689
(212) 513-7623 Fax
bawinfo@dana.org
www.dana.org/brainweek
Materials available
Contact: Kathleen Roina

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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The world of medicine is literally exploding! The possibilities of what can be done – identify disease processes at the genetic level, transplanting organs, use of umbilical cord blood (controversial), to name a few – waiting on the cure for cancer now.

Headline – A First: Uterus Transplant Gives Parents A Healthy Baby

uterus-transplantThe mother, 36yo, was born without a uterus, so a 61yo woman donated her uterus after menopause.  The 36yo woman had intact ovaries, so was able to produce her own her eggs.  With the aid of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) an egg was fertilized and implanted.  Approximately 2 years later she was able to give birth to a healthy baby.  WOW…right? This took place in Sweden by Dr. Mats Brannstrom.

What next? I immediately thought of a young girl who had a cancer in her abdominal region – she lost her uterus in the process of treatment.  Are adult survivors of pediatric cancer eligible for such a program? Historically, a history of cancer may preclude someone from being on a transplant list. But just imagine…

UTERINE TRANSPLANT

THE RISKS OF ORGAN TRANSPLANT

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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MARCH IS COLON CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!

What would you do…if you could truly prevent hearing the double “C” word = Colon Cancer?

Take a moment to watch these very educational videos – this may save your life!

About Colon Cancer

Colonoscopy Procedure

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Liver in the Body

Inside your abdomen

The Scope It Out 5K run/walk is a way to support the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. Their goal is to bring awareness to this preventable form of cancer and to permanently eliminate the threat of colon cancer through discovery of a cure.

You can register to support a team by following link.  Go to https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/ASBCCancerMinistry
to donate and/or register to join the team.
 
To Register as a team member – Click ‘Register Now’, fill out all necessary information and choose the ‘Team Member’ category. Then select the team name, ASBC Cancer Ministry (Gaither), from the drop down list to register. Please consider donating to our ASBC team instead of “yourself”. 
 
To Donate to team ASBC Cancer Ministry –  click on ‘Donate Now’. Your tax deductible donation will be made towards ASBC Cancer Ministry Team. Thank you!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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The U.S. population is always on the go! Things to do, people to see, meeting to attend, business to conduct,  kids recital to attend, kids sporting events, church events….sitting in traffic…falling asleep behind the wheel. Siesta anyone? Fatigue is simply a chronic state of tiredness…being tired…all the TIME!

tired_eyes_800pxAmericans are tired.  It seems to be an “expected” badge of honor  in the National Capital Region (DC, MD, VA). If you are not multi-tasking and dashing to and-fro, complaining about traffic, the weather, politics, or a myriad of other things – something must be wrong with you! OR maybe you are just normal?

Fatigue literally came over me as I wrote the above – because I too, have been caught up in the world wind. I handle stress well and do take at home vacations (stay-cation) and vacations to recuperate, but is that enough? What if we just do not allow ourselves to get so TIRED in the first place? Is that possible? YES!

Fatigue/Tiredness can be manifested as:

  • Difficulty or inability initiating activity (generalized weakness)
  • Reduced capacity maintaining activity (easy fatiguability)
  • Difficulty with concentration, memory, and emotional stability (mental fatigue)

tiredA cross-sectional survey of US workers found that the 2 week period of prevalence of fatigue to be 38%! Additionally, 21-33% of patients seeking attention in the primary care settings report significant fatigue. The statistics for work place injury and motor-vehicle accidents due to fatigue is devastating!

HOW TIRED ARE YOU?? Some disease processes cause/or lead to chronic fatigue. Duration of fatigue can be recent (less than one month), prolonged (more than one month), or chronic (over six months) – talk to your doctor about your state of fatigue.

Fatigue should be distinguished from somnolence, dyspnea, and muscle weakness, although these symptoms may also be associated with fatigue. Patients may use the terms fatigue, tiredness, lack of energy, and excessive sleepiness interchangeably.

TIRED IM SO

PLEASE, GET SOME REST – it is good for YOUR health (and sometimes others too)! See videos below.

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

SALT and Heart Disease

From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH!

SaltThe average salt (sodium = NaCl/Na) consumption in the United States and around the world is ~3,400mg per day, according the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report.  It is recommended by the American Heart Association that daily salt intake be limited to 1,500 mg of sodium per day. The United States Dietary guidelines, based on the 2005 IOM report, recommend that the general population aim for sodium levels of 1,500 to 2,300 mg/dy, because those levels do not raise blood pressure, per study.

However, this study was considered flawed, because majority of the study participants were white males, average age of ~41, and did not have previous diagnosis of high blood pressure – not the typical “at risk” population in the United States.

A lower level of sodium intake (along with other recommended overall health adjustments) should decrease the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Unfortunately, the “at risk” group make up close to half of the U.S. population.  Groups  “at risk” include, but is not limited to:

  • Those with a current diagnosis of High Blood Pressure
  • Those with Heart disease
  • Those with a diagnosis of Diabetes
  • Blacks/African Americans
  • Anyone older than 50 years old
  • Anyone with chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Think that maintaining a low salt intake of 1,500mg is difficult?  Well, here are a few examples of salt content in common food…and then you do the math…for you!

  • 1 med slice of bacon = 155mg Sodium
  • salt 35 oz of roasted ham = 1,300 to 1,500mg Sodium (who eats only 3.5 oz of anything?)
  • 5 oz of Chicken (dark/white) = 87 / 77mg Sodium
  • 1 beef hot dog = 585mg Sodium
  • Tuna canned in spring water = 300mg Sodium
  • 1 oz American Cheese = 443mg Sodium
  • Cottage Cheese (low fat) = 918mg Sodium
  • Milk (whole/skim/1%) = 120/125/125mg NaCl/Na
  • Avocado (half medium) = 10mg NaCl/Na
  • Broccoli raw/cooked (half-cup) = 12mg / 20mg NaCl/Na
  • Cucumber (half cup) = 1mg NaCl/Na
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Hands up! Please step away from the SALT!

See more on salt content of common foods HERE which will help you decide on how best to adjust your diet. A small change with a few substitutions can make a HUGE difference. Read your labels and look for sodium/Na when able, and for the love your heart, please choose less salt!

American Heart Month

American Heart Association
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Dallas, TX 75231
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Materials available

When to go to the Emergency Room?

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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It is Black History Month!  Thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are living in different and better times….

Giving credit where it is due…is very important! Recall for a moment, the way you felt when you worked very hard on a project and you were not acknowledged for it. Instead, Mr. Lazy or Ms. Thorny was credited for something you did! Frustrating, wasn’t it?

As an immigrant, I am very grateful for all that I have attained and hope to continually give back to the community. As such, I am really big on giving credit where credit is due! How about you?

There are many who made GREAT contribution to our medical community – Hispanic, Blacks, Whites, Indians, etc.,.  Blacks/African Americans have contributed quite a bit to the Medical History. Here are only a few of interest:

  • Dr. Ben Carson

    Dr. Ben Carson

    Alcon, George Edward Jr. – Physicist Inventor: Invented a method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer.

  • Bath, Patricia – Opthalmologist: First African American woman to receive a patent for a medical invention. Inventions relate to cataract surgery and include the Laserphaco Probe, an ultrasound technique that revolutionized the industry in the 1980’s.
  • Black, Keith – Neurosurgeon: Brain tumor surgery and research
  • Brooks, Phil – Inventor: First US patent for a disposable syringe
  • Cardozo, William – Pediatrician: Sickle Cell Anemia studies. Published in OCT 1937 “Immunologic Studies in Sickle Cell Anemia” in Archives of Internal Medicine; many of the findings are still valid today!
  • Carson, Ben – Pediatric Neurosurgeon: First surgeon to successfully separated craniopagus twins.
  • Clarke, Maime – Psychologist: Conducted 1940’s experiments using dolls to study children’s attitudes about race
  • Drew, Charles – Medical Researcher: Developed improved techniques for blood storage
  • Griffin, Bessie Blunt – Physical Therapist/Inventor: Amputee self-feeding device
  • Kittles, Rick – Geneticist: Work in tracing the ancestry of African Americans via DNA testing
  • Kountz, Samuel – Transplant surgeon: Organ transplantation pioneer, particularly renal transplant research and surgery. Author or co-author over 172 articles in scientific publication (wow…I only have 165 to go, to catch up!)

    Dr. Charles Drew

    Dr. Charles Drew

  • Lee, Raphael carl – Surgeon, Biomedical Engineer: Discovered use of surfactant copolymers as molecular chaperones to augment injury repair mechanism of living cells. Holder of many patents covering scar treatment therapies, tissue engineered ligaments, brain trauma therapies…
  • Morgan, Garrett – Inventor: Invented the first gas mask (great for threats soldiers have to contend with on deployments)
  • Thomas, Vivien – Surgical Technician: Blue baby syndrome treatment in the 1940’s.
  • Wright, Louis T. – Surgeon: Led team that first used Aureomycin as a treatment on humans

Dreams attained?

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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