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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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

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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…

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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  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…

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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…

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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…

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