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The things we do for a good night’s sleep. We count sheep and avoid looking at the alarm clock. We buy expensive pillows to cradle our noggins. And you can get a decent used car for the cost of the high-end mattresses some of us own. Still, surveys show that most Americans aren’t getting enough shut-eye in this stressful, noisy, demanding world. Re…
 
Robert Zlotecki M.D., PhD describes the factors that make a patient a candidate for Pluvicto treatment for prostate cancer. He explains the process of treatment through a series of Pluvicto infusions for prostate cancer and he outlines the current shift in thinking regarding systemic radiopharmaceutical therapy for prostate cancer.…
 
Every year, U.S. pet insurance companies categorize and tabulate annual claims for pets they insure. One of the largest of these companies just published 6 years of cancer claims from over 1.5 million dogs, and the analysis contains some eye-opening findings. For example, number crunching showed that purebred dogs are almost twice as likely as non-…
 
All animal species can experience certain types of eye disease, but in exotic or wild animals, the diagnosis and treatment eye problems can be difficult, even for highly trained veterinary ophthalmologists. The explosion in popularity of exotic animals as pets, coupled with the need for improved medical attention to endangered species, are reasons …
 
Ever dreaded hitting the gym? You knew you needed it and that you would feel better after, but your mind kept making excuses to keep you from going? If you’ve had to force yourself to stick to an exercise regimen, perhaps you’ve pondered the possibility that someday, maybe some smart scientist might develop a pill that could deliver at least some o…
 
Did you know that dog leasing is a “thing?” Like leasing a car, consumers make monthly payments to a company for a certain time before they own their dog outright. But because dogs aren’t cars, you can imagine how fraught the process can be. Case in point: If a pooch parent misses a payment, their dog can be repossessed by the leasing company. Face…
 
Self-confident people tend to be comfortable in their own skin. They believe in themselves and aren’t afraid to take risks. Those of us less sure of ourselves look on with envy. But take solace, thee of little faith. You might just be healthier than that person strutting around like a peacock. A study out of the University of Vienna shows self-conf…
 
Did you know that one-third of the foods we eat come from crops pollinated by honey bees? So, it’s no wonder these powerhouse pollinators are under stress. Pollination of $400 million in crops every year doesn’t happen by chance. Commercial bees are trucked around the country to get the job done. As if that isn’t stressful enough, honey bee populat…
 
If you’re expecting to give up coffee when you’re expecting a baby, here’s a jolt of uplifting news: A little bit of joe is safe during pregnancy. Scientists in Australia determined this after using genetics to analyze coffee drinking behavior. At the heart of their research was one question: Does coffee alone increase the risk of adverse pregnancy…
 
For years, the US Food and Drug Administration — or FDA — has monitored livestock use of medically important antibiotics. Those are drugs that are used in both people and animals. The goal is to stem the development of antibiotic resistance, which can ultimately render these drugs useless. As of 2017, the use of medically important antibiotics in l…
 
By now, everyone should know that losing weight, quitting smoking and reducing stress are sure ways to lower blood pressure. But there are other not-so-obvious, natural ways to help. And virtually all of them can be found in your favorite grocery store. Eating dark chocolate, in small amounts, is a tasty way to lower blood pressure. It’s filled wit…
 
Here’s a test your doctor might one day ask you to perform. Stand up, lift a leg off the ground, place the free foot behind the leg still attached to Mother Earth. With your hands by your side, gaze straight ahead while counting to 10. One Mississippi… Two Mississippi… You get three tries to make it to 10. If you make it all the way without topplin…
 
Summertime is full of fun for lots of our pets, but risks abound too. For example, animals that swim or have sensitivities to airborne allergens are at risk of developing ear problems. But dogs — and even cats — can suffer from ear issues all year round from other causes too, including food allergies, bacterial or yeast infections, mites, foreign o…
 
One of the most endearing things about dogs is how we can read their feelings on their faces. Turns out, it’s taken tens of thousands of years for them to develop that trait. Our pet pooches evolved from wolves, but dogs’ faces are very different from those of wild canids. Mammals have two types of muscles: fast-twitch muscles that fire quickly but…
 
Think you’re eating healthy? Guess again. Chances are you’re not doing as well at mealtime as you think. That’s what a federal study suggests. Researchers have previously established that self-reported health is generally a good predictor of well-being and mortality later in life. U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists wanted to know if people a…
 
There’s no doubt that some folks are dog people while others favor cats. But if you’re open to either as a pet, the finances involved may provide a tipping point. For example, in 2022, the initial investment — including the adoption or purchase fee and equipment — ranges from $1,000 to $4,500 dollars for a dog and around $700 to $3,000 for a cat. R…
 
What avocados won’t do for those who are overweight or obese: Shrink your belly, liver fat, waist size or help you lose weight. Sorry, avocado fans. What they can do: Lower your LDL, or “bad cholesterol” slightly and improve your overall diet. In the largest and longest study of its kind, researchers from several U.S. universities conducted a six-m…
 
For people with asthma, reaching for a rescue inhaler can almost become a reflex. Still, there can be too much of a good thing. Recent findings by researchers in England found more than one-fourth of asthma patients are overusing their quick-acting inhalers — and that can lead to poor asthma control. Scientists at Queen Mary University in London an…
 
Whether scaling bookshelves or kitchen counters, most cats love to climb. The problem comes when they can’t make their way down. For cats who end up outdoors, the lure of a tree can be irresistible. Feline paws and nails are made to grasp bark as they climb up, and their hind legs are built to cushion jumps to the ground. Problems arise when they c…
 
Your next blood glucose meter reading could be a lot more revealing. In addition to confirming blood sugar levels, it might also determine the level of antibodies that protect against COVID-19. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a simple, accurate test that incorporates blood glucose monitoring and a novel fusion protein to dete…
 
Over the past 40 years or so, 3D printing has become a valuable tool in human health care. Now, it’s shaking up veterinary medicine, too. When it comes to planning surgeries, 2-dimensional images — such as X-rays and even CAT scans — only tell part of the story. But when data from these imaging tests is fed into a 3D printer, a precise replica of t…
 
The list of things we think of as getting better with age is fairly short: wine, cheese and leather. Cognitive functions aren’t usually something that comes to mind — pun intended. But new research from Georgetown University may help expand that short list. Previously, the general consensus was pretty simple: aging and cognitive decline are one and…
 
Kevin Campbell M.D highlights vasectomy reversal with both provider and patient consideration. He describes the workup and counseling for patients interested in vasectomy reversal. He outlines the surgical techniques and procedures available for men with a history of vasectomy and he discusses the post-operative considerations following a vasectomy…
 
Common in Southeast Asia and the tropical Pacific islands, the rat lungworm is a parasite that can cause severe central nervous system disease in people and in animals. The parasite has been found in gastropods as well as more recently in invasive Cuban treefrogs in Florida. How worried should we be? On this show, Dr. Heather Walden, a parasitologi…
 
In the era of blue light and ever-present digital screens, sleep hygiene and circadian rhythms are one of the first things to fall by the wayside. Well-meaning apps smugly offer us timers, puzzles and meditation to decompress so we can obtain that elusive good night’s rest. We trust these methods — and we look up to them. But now, a new study is as…
 
Television sets have been given a lot of nicknames over the years: The tube. The telly. The idiot box. Now, it might be time for one more nickname — the widowmaker. Using data from more than 500,000 people in the United Kingdom, scientists in England and Hong Kong have concluded that people who watched four or more hours of television a day have th…
 
If you’ve ever seen one of those photos or videos demonstrating the amount of added sugar in a full-bodied soda, it’s enough to jolt you into ordering a water, instead. And because as a nation, we collectively consume way too much of the sweet stuff and rely heavily on restaurants to do the cooking for us, a University of California, Davis research…
 
There’s a good reason why your mother told you to eat your vegetables. They’re packed with vitamins and other nutrients. They’re low in calories and are great sources of fiber. Veggies reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and are even thought to improve your skin. Kind of the elixir of good health. Now researchers at the University of Delaware …
 
For food lovers, being put on a low-salt diet can feel like culinary purgatory. Now, science has an answer for that. Taste buds can be “trained” to adapt to less sodium without spoiling the dining experience. That’s the upshot of a recent study by University of Kentucky researchers, who showed it’s possible to change taste perception gradually over…
 
A juicy peach is a sweet snack that tastes great on a hot summer day, but did you know that it has endless health benefits, too? One fresh, medium-sized peach has 50 calories, just a half gram of fat, and contains two grams of fiber and one gram of protein. It also provides 6% of your daily vitamin A recommended intake and a whopping 15% of daily v…
 
The fast walkers of the world apparently have a leg up on the tortoises among us. Physicians have long known that one of the best tools to good health doesn’t involve fancy schmancy exercise equipment or a pile of dietary supplements in the medicine cabinet. Humans are like electronic gizmos with the batteries included. We’re born with two of the b…
 
Opioid overdoses have cut short the lives of more than 500,000 people in this country — siblings, parents and friends — since the year 2000. And it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have created an elaborate, data-driven simulation model called SOURCE …
 
Obesity is second only to tobacco use as a preventable cause of cancer in the United States. And it boosts the risk of 13 types of cancer that make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed each year in the U.S. Now, there is good news. A Cleveland Clinic study finds that adults who lose weight loss by undergoing bariatric surgery have a 32% lower risk of de…
 
Oh, the joys of summer. Campfires and s’mores, carefree days outdoors, trips to the beach and … lightning. Thunderstorms are more frequent in summer, making them the party pooper that can end all these fun summer activities by sending everyone inside. As much of a drag as that may be, paying heed to lightning and its precursor, thunder, is key to m…
 
Does your pet have a constant itch? Understanding and managing allergies in pets can be a huge challenge, both for pet owners and their veterinarians. In a follow-up to an earlier show on itchy pets, Dr. Dunbar Gram, a veterinary dermatology specialist, will discuss how certain parasites – fleas being high on the list — can cause allergic reactions…
 
Consider this episode your walking papers. No, we’re not firing you — but we are giving you a pretty good reason to start walking more than you have before. In a new study from researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine published in Arthritis and Rheumatology, evidence points to walking as one of the best forms of exercise to reduce new, frequen…
 
We all feel good after an act of kindness. Whether it’s helping an elderly neighbor carry in the groceries or volunteering at the local hospital every week, acts of selflessness reinforce our humanity and make life a little better for the beneficiary. It’s also good for your own health and well-being. A paper published by the American Psychological…
 
We all want to put our best foot forward, especially around strangers. But many of us apparently harbor a dark secret about our diets. These folks eat donuts and fried foods at home or in front of friends, but select broccoli and peas when eating with people outside their social circle. Scientists working out of the City University of London say th…
 
Humans are going to be a lot sleepier in the future if a new study about the impact of global warming is on the mark. In fact, by the end of the century, folks could be losing a total of two weeks of sleep annually because of rising temperatures, the Danish-led paper shows. While the impact is worse in the future, scientists say high temps are alre…
 
If you’re a happy lady and you know it, clap your hands — because there may be plenty of years ahead for you. A new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health indicates that optimism and its benefits are widespread, and hold across all racial and ethnic groups. Although there’s a significant body of research that looks at the risk fac…
 
Whether a patient is sick or is having a regular wellness checkup, a veterinarian may recommend collecting samples of blood and urine to help screen for certain health problems. But why urine? On this show, Dr. Andrew Specht, an internal medicine specialist, will discuss what can be learned from urine samples, and how these can complement the blood…
 
If you don’t have Crohn’s disease, take a moment to thank your large family — or your childhood dog. A link between the inflammatory bowel disease and living arrangements in childhood may seem incongruous but new research says otherwise. Scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto have determined that exposure to dogs — especially for kids betwee…
 
The harmful effects of Type 2 diabetes are well known: heart disease, nerve damage, kidney disease and other problems. Now, add brain aging and cognitive decline to that list. For people with progressive Type 2 diabetes, brain aging is significantly accelerated compared with those who don’t have the disease. That’s the main finding by researchers a…
 
To our listening audience: It’s time to get your groove on. Dancing has surged in popularity over the last few years, with television shows focused on competitive dance, fitness studios offering belly dancing and line dancing classes, and social media-inspired dance challenges. Why are so many people ready to cut loose and put on their dancing shoe…
 
Cats can be aloof and independent, often acting as if they are indifferent to our affection. Slobbering golden retrievers they are not. We love them still. They can cuddle and purr their way into our hearts when they’re not slyly pushing things off our tables and shelves. But do they put some of us at increased risk of psychosis? It might seem that…
 
Breathing is supposed to be natural. We start as we leave the womb and we spend the rest of our years inhaling and exhaling, until our lives end. But what if breathing correctly isn’t that easy and doesn’t come naturally? And what if athletes, those whose performance depends on their ability to breathe, aren’t even that good at it? A new study by a…
 
Sleep patterns, obesity, exercise – many of the things we think of in terms of human health affect animals as well. Many diseases that affect animals also affect humans, and vice-versa. Some similarities may be more commonly known than others, but Dr. Mike Walsh, co-director of UF’s Aquatic Animal Health program, will discuss the many ways in which…
 
For parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity, the produce aisle has never been more important. That’s because fruits and vegetables may help to reduce inattention in kids. Researchers at The Ohio State University reached that conclusion as after studying what foods children ate — and how much — over a 90-day period. For the study, p…
 
It’s a common refrain in the gym: No pain, no gain. Beneficial exercise isn’t always going to be a walk in the park — at least not for the millions of Americans who have peripheral artery disease. This is a disease that involves a narrowing of the arteries, which restricts blood flow to the limbs. As a result, people with the condition often experi…
 
Knowing how to handle yourself in an emergency is about as basic a survival skill as one can have. Now, researchers at the University of South Australia have turned to kid-friendly technology — immersive virtual reality, via an Oculus Rift-type headset — as a way to prepare children for emergencies in a way they’ll enjoy. The University of South Au…
 
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