Getting your body and mind ready for surgery

By | March 29th, 2016|Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

I read an interesting paper published this year [1] entitled “Can we measure surgical resilience?” It is just a hypothesis at this stage, but the authors are looking at whether there are biomarkers in patients that can measure psychological resilience associated with improved surgery recovery and healing. […]

Vitamin D levels and breast cancer prognosis: the importance of testing

By | March 25th, 2016|Food, Play|

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that our bodies can produce when our skin is exposed to the sunlight.   We can also get it from some foods such as fish, fish oil (especially cod liver oil), and eggs.  It is considered a hormonal vitamin because there are receptors for vitamin D in the body. […]

The stages of change: strategies for consistent life-long behavior changes

By | March 22nd, 2016|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine|

We all know that change doesn’t just happen.  Changing behaviors is not easy. And when we aren’t successful, we can feel like we’ve failed and didn’t have the will-power to make changes.   […]

Spicy Carrot Dip recipe: creamy and zippy

By | March 18th, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

Some friends came round recently and I served them one of my favorite dips with some poppadoms.  Mary asked for the recipe of the dip, so rather than just send it to her, I thought I’d share it here. […]

The power of community as medicine

By | March 15th, 2016|Community|

Last week I described how researchers use a computerized cyberball game to look at what happens in the brain when people feel isolated and rejected.  It was powerful to see that after just a couple of minutes of being excluded [...]

Book Review: When breath becomes air

By | March 11th, 2016|Meaning|

I rarely sit and read books nowadays. I read many scientific papers, and textbooks, but for general reading, I tend to use Audible to listen to books as I'm driving or walking.  But yesterday I sat down and read Paul [...]

Considering social isolation and how it can affect our health

By | March 8th, 2016|Community|

An online game called cyberball is helping researchers look at the effects of social isolation on health. At UCLA, researchers look at the brains of participants while they play cyberball to determine what goes on in the brain when someone feels rejection and isolation. So what exactly is cyberball? […]

A new model of breast cancer causation

By | March 4th, 2016|Research|

I attended the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) conference on Monday in San Francisco.  The first presenter, Robert Hiatt, presented a model of breast cancer  (BC) causation that they had created, funded by CBCRP. The model looks at factors affecting causation of postmenopausal BC.  They are now working on a similar model for premenopausal BC. Lets take a closer look at their model, shown above. […]

Understanding “risk” in cancer research – what does the percentage risk really mean?

By | March 1st, 2016|Research|

Knowing what you can do to decrease your risk of cancer or recurrence is important.  But it’s also good to know how much something like eating more broccoli or drinking less alcohol can actually lower your risk. Likewise, if you are considering treatment, it’s good to know by how much a certain chemotherapy can reduce your risk of recurrence.  So what do these risk terms mean? […]

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