All posts for the month July, 2011

DRUG THERAPIES FOR HEALTHY BONES: RALOXIFENE (EVISTA)

The newest pharmaceutical option for protecting bone density is raloxifene (brand name Evista). Raloxifene is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM), which, simply stated, means it has a chemical structure similar to estrogen and attaches itself to molecules in the body where estrogen would otherwise attach. It prevents bone loss by reducing breakdown of bone [...]

MANAGEMENT OF THE SIDE EFFECTS OF RADIATION THERAPY IN CHILDREN EARLY EFFECTS

A. Nutritional support Nutritional support during radiation therapy is vital for the prevention of cachexia, immune compromise, and inability to repair normal tissue damage. 1. Nutritional status needs to be assessed initially. a. Weight loss probably indicates negative nitrogen balance, which must be corrected. b. Counsel the patient and family regarding unusual or idiosyncratic dietary [...]

REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: IMPROVING YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL BEFORE YOU START TO EXERCISE

For most people, the health advantages of regular exercise far outweigh any risks. However, if you have any chronic health conditions or several major risk factors for heart disease (such as smoking, high blood pressure high blood cholesterol, diabetes), some special precautions may apply. To be on the safe side, check with your doctor before [...]