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It's not 'a man thing': Heart disease a top killer of women; campaign uses Louisiana stories to raise awareness

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Estelle Martin, 74, had a family history of heart disease, and she always took care of herself and ate well. But at Christmas in 2004, she felt unusually tired and had pain in the center or right side of her chest. She went to the doctor and found that she had major blockages.

Heart disease is the top killer of American women, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths. But many women still think of cardiovascular disease — heart attacks, strokes and arrhythmia — as “a man’s disease,” according to the American Heart Association. The Go Red for Women campaign, devised by the Heart Association in 2004,… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What is Binswanger disease?

What is Binswanger disease? Binswanger disease is a type of dementia caused by extensive, microscopic areas of damage to the deep layers of white matter in the brain. White matter atrophy also can be caused by many circumstances, including chronic hypertension, as well as age. This damage results in the thickening and narrowing of arteries… Continue reading →

Couple turns to crowdsourcing to pay for fertility treatments

Advocate staff by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    When Mary Claire and Will Stickle were struggling with infertility, Margo Matthews, center, took to crowdsourcing to raise the money for in-vitro fertilization. The Stickles are now pregnant with twins.

In November 2014, Mary Claire and Will Stickle’s struggle with infertility had hit another roadblock. Having tried for a year on their own, the Stickles had sought medical treatments for another year, also without success. So, they participated in the Baby Steps 5K, a fundraiser that brings public attention to infertility and offers a round of… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What is meant by AIDS dementia complex?

What is meant by AIDS dementia complex? Sometimes called ADC, HIV-associated dementia or HIV/AIDS encephalopathy, AIDS dementia complex is caused by the HIV virus itself, yet it is not clearly known how the virus damages brain cells. It is thought that the damage to the brain is a result of a weakened immune system enabling infections… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Should you change what you eat during holiday season?

I will be in cancer treatment this holiday season. Should I change anything about what I eat? Consider the side effects you’re experiencing and what foods can help alleviate them or what foods you should avoid. If you are hosting the dinner, you will be able to control what you cook. If other people are creating… Continue reading →

With holiday parties here, social anxiety can be debilitating for many

For Kirstin Willis, the holidays used to be a tough time. The senior at Tulane University suffered from debilitating shyness. The social whirl typical of Christmas and the New Year filled her not with cheer, but with dread. With a party ahead, Willis would suffer symptoms of social anxiety. “My voice gets shaky sometimes, and… Continue reading →

Alheimer's Q&A: Does Parkinson’s disease progress to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia?

Does Parkinson’s disease progress to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are both common in the elderly, especially in those over 85. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder which results from nerve cells in the brain not producing enough of the chemical dopamine that regulates movement… Continue reading →

Marking 50 years for ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Photo provided -- Charlie Brown and Linus ponder the meaning of the holiday in 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.'

In a 1995 interview, Charles M. Schulz, father of the Peanuts comic strip, recalled his reaction to the first production screening of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” “I thought it was a disaster,” Schulz said. TV viewers thought otherwise. The little animated special, built around an anti-commercialization message and starring the saddest Christmas tree… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What is meant by reversible dementia?

What is meant by reversible dementia? More than 50 conditions can cause or imitate the symptoms of dementia. A small percentage of dementias are reversible, meaning the symptoms subside and the underlying problem is treated. Traumatic head injuries, occurring from accidents, such as car wrecks or falls, assaults or from sports, such as boxing or… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Is there screening for lung cancer?

Is there screening for lung cancer like there is for other cancers? There are screening guidelines for lung cancer, but they are for those considered high risk. The current guidelines recommend screening, via a spiral CT scan, for those at a high risk based on age and smoking history. Those individuals who should get screened… Continue reading →

Rice, gumbo, po-boys: Chef John Besh creates healthier versions of south Louisiana favorites

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Chef John Besh narrates while cooking healthy shrimp etouffee during a seminar on healthy cooking Thursday sponsored by the Baton Rouge General. BRGH dietician Teri Keller Johnson, left, listens while Besh explains his process.

Chef John Besh is famous for creating authentic south Louisiana dishes with all the roux and sausage our style of food demands. With his family’s health in mind, the restaurant owner and television personality works to create more nutritious versions of Cajun and Creole classics. “We have to make healthy also taste good,”… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What are some tracking devices for those with Alzheimer's who have wandering behaviors?

What are some suggestions for tracking devices for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia who have wandering behaviors? Wandering in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is very common and can be dangerous. Six in 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. Many tracking devices create a safe and secure environment:… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: What should I know about oral cancer?

What should I know about oral cancer? Oral cancer is cancer that forms in any part of the mouth or throat, which includes the lips and tongue. Oral cancer is divided into two types of cancer — oral cavity and oropharyngeal. Oral cavity cancer starts in the mouth; oropharyngeal cancer develops in the throat… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What does a 'dementia-friendly community' mean?

What is meant by a “dementia-friendly community”? According to the Alzheimer’s Society, a dementia-friendly community is one in which people with dementia are empowered to have aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them. Most people with Alzheimer’s or dementia become isolated at home, feeling as… Continue reading →

Special Olympics sets health fair at Tulane

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, Kenneth McCoy, Andrew Ingraham and Zachary Johnson roll in the 25M Wheelchair Race during the Livingston Parish Special Olympics.

People with special needs and their families are invited to a morning of free physicals and health screenings at the Reily Center of Tulane University Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Medical students, dental students, doctors, dentists and hygienists will be on hand for Special Olympics’ Orleans Parish Medical Day to provided… Continue reading →

How knowing Bee Gees’ ‘Staying Alive’ could help you save a life using new CPR version

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Kim Butler, of the Southern University Ag Center, laughs as she puts her maximum effort into keeping up several minutes of hard and fast chest compressions on 'Mini Anne,' a CPR Learning Manikin, during the American Heart Association's 'Hands-Only CPR' stop in Baton Rouge. Right is Erica Williams, also of the Ag Center.

Knowing a disco song could help you save a life. The American Heart Association is teaching a simplified version of CPR that involves performing chest compressions at 100 beats per minute — the tempo of the Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive.” That fast tempo will help keep oxygen-rich blood circulating to the victim’s organs until a… Continue reading →

What does triple negative breast cancer mean?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Dionna Chambers, of the American Heart Association, with her disco fever prop,  talks with participants during the American Heart Association 'Hands-Only CPR' tour's stop at the Southern University Ag Center.

What exactly does it mean to have triple negative breast cancer? During initial diagnosis of breast cancer, doctors will perform tests to search for the presence of three receptors or proteins in the cancer cells. These receptors are the estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. A positive result for one… Continue reading →

Is there a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and high blood pressure?

Is there a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and high blood pressure? High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when either systolic or diastolic pressure remains elevated over time. Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to heart disease, kidney damage and stroke and is linked to the increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia. In a Johns Hopkins 2013… Continue reading →