Think of your cells as a car, blood sugar as the gasoline, and insulin as the hose that gets the gasoline to your car. In the same way that you need a hose to move the gas from the pump to the car, you need insulin to help move the blood sugar from the bloodstream to the cells. Without insulin, your body doesn’t have access to the blood sugar, and without blood sugar, your body doesn’t go. As your cells run out of gas, they get slower and slower, much like a car running on fumes. Eventually, everything stops. BUT – have no fear. There are some things you can do if you have been recently diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and are eager to prevent yourself from having diabetes. [Read more…]
Skin cancer stages are part of a vital system that is used to determine prognosis, survival, and treatment plans. Multiple variables factor into stage determination, and usually varies among cancer types. The most commonly used classification system is the TNM system, which looks at particular tumor characteristics and grades them X,0,1,2,3, or 4 with the larger numbers indicating increasing category severity. T stands for tumor and includes things like the tumor’s location, size, and depth. N stands for node, and describes whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, locally or farther away. M is for metastasis, which is the spreading of cancer to distant parts of the body. With the values for T, N and M determined, those are combined and an overall stage grouping is assigned.
Cancer. No word can strike fear the hearts of many like the word Cancer. It’s spoken with a sort of reverence and fear all at the same time. There are so many types of cancer that it’s almost impossible to list them all: melanoma, squamous cell, carcinoma, basal cell, the list goes on. Since early detection and treatment is the most effective way to cure melanoma and other forms of skin cancer, we are going to talk about how to recognize and treat cancerous moles.
Arrowhead Health Centers Medical Director, Dr. Johnston and her husband David Berg of Redirect Health talk to CBS Ch5 about how to keep prescription drug costs low. [Read more…]
Its almost assumed among health care patients that the time they made their doctor’s appointment for isn’t anywhere near the time that they’ll actually be seen. Long wait times can be frustrating and stressful, causing people to take a large chunk out of their busy schedules. It can cause some to not want to see the doctor all together.
However, Arrowhead Health Centers is changing that. Their commitment to see patients within 15 minutes of their scheduled appointment time has been very successful, leading to empty waiting room lobbies. [Read more…]
A food allergy test is usually a last resort when battling with a nondescript list of symptoms or a mystery diagnosis. The field of food allergies is still emerging, with new conditions being attributed to it all the time. Every person is different, and thus reacts differently. People who have the same symptoms may have a different allergy, and those with the same allergy may have vastly different symptoms. When you think of a food allergy, what comes to mind? Hives? Swelling? Itchy throat and cough? These are all common symptoms of the most prevalent type of food allergy. As we will discuss later, there are many different types of reactions that affect our bodies in subtle ways that we may not initially associate with allergies. Medicine is starting to see a link with allergies, food allergies in particular, with effects on the central nervous system. This intricate, interwoven web is showing us connections to fatigue/chronic fatigue, behavioral problems, psychiatric problems, depression, and anxiety/panic attacks.
Local TV legend and host of AZTV’s Morning Scramble, Pat McMahon, interviews Arrowhead Health Centers Medical Director, Dr. Janice Johnston. She explains the process of selecting primary a care provider, from where to look and what to look for. [Read more…]
Dr. Johnston talks to channel 12 News and 3TV about the new flu epidemic going around, and what you can do to help stop the spread.