Archive for May 6th, 2013

6 steps to prevent skin cancer

Monday, May 6th, 2013

In observance of May`s Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) has provided tips for prevention and early detection.

When left untreated, melanoma is the most dangerous and aggressive form of skin cancer, accounting for more than 9,000 of the 12,000-plus skin cancer deaths each year.

“While SCCA doctors have developed successful and innovative methods to treat skin cancer, the true fight against melanoma starts with the simple routines each of us do daily to protect our skin,” said Dr. Kim Margolin, medical oncologist at SCCA and professor of medical oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

It only takes a few simple changes to a person`s regular routine to reduce the chances of developing skin cancer. SCCA`s skin cancer experts suggest adopting the following practical, prevention and early detection focused tactics:


Exercise may help prevent kidney stones in older women

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Just a couple hours of exercise a week, of any intensity, can help prevent kidney stones from forming, a large study on women aged over 50 has found.

The study noted that even walking for a couple hours a week could cut the risk of developing this painful and common problem by about one-third, the New York Daily News reported.

Dr. Mathew Sorensen of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, who led the study, said that just getting a minimum amount of exercise could help.

The study was discussed Friday at an American Urological Association conference in San Diego.

Kidney stone problem is a little more common in men. But incidence has risen 70 percent over the last 15 years, most rapidly among women.

Obesity raises the risk, as do calcium supplements, which many women take after menopause. A government task force has recently advised against supplements for healthy older women, saying that relatively low-dose calcium pills don`t do much to keep bones strong but make kidney stones more likely.


Things to do after you join a gym

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Got yourself a gym membership? That’s great! Now before you get on that treadmill, make sure you check out your current fitness levels.

Joining a gym to get into shape is always a good idea. However, many people make the mistake of simply joining and starting off on arbitrary exercises without getting proper counselling first. This can lead to frustration over lack of optimum results.

A good gym will take you through a series of steps before creating a workout plan for you. So if you’re planning to join a gym, ensure that your fitness trainer checks you for the following before recommending exercises for you:


Orthopaedics Q&A: Treating tailbone dislocation

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.

This week’s answers:

Hello sir

Dear Doctor

I am 30 yrs old .I am having discomfort pain in my left Knee. it sometimes get worse if i put strain on the knee like lifting something, long walk.. I consulted 3 orthos, 2 physiotheraphysict.The origin of my knee pain is from an injury few years ago.MRI taken , no result of anything.doctors say it might be an inflammation deep down in the knee and they suggest exercise but exercises are not effective either so far. They do not recommend surgery at this age.

Vijayalayan Ramalingam

Its better to examine you and then comment. what was the MRI report. was there any meniscal injury? please scan the report and message.


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