Diagnosis & Disease Information

Lowering blood sugars with wolfberry

Do you have any information on how Lycium barbarum can lower blood sugars?—SUZANNE L. SKRYPAK, CRNP, MSN, CDE, Washington, Pa. Lycium barbarum (wolfberry) has a large component of complex chain polysaccharides. These molecules are the “complex carbohydrates” clinicians try to steer patients toward for metabolic stabilization. Because complex carbohydrates are digested slowly, they have a…

Wear your white coat on house calls

Always wear your white coat when conducting home visits. Patients—particularly those with dementia—find this comforting. It lets them know that the person who has come into their home is a “doctor” and that everything will be OK.—HEATHER EMANUEL, PA-C, Lacona, N.Y. (126-12)

After infection, Chlamydia (blue) replicate in a large vesicle inside the cell.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea top list of STDs

Chlamydia and gonorrhea were the two most common infectious diseases in 2007, hitting young women and minorities especially hard, the CDC announces in its annual report on sexually transmitted disease (STD) (accessed April 15, 2009). The more than 1.1 million new diagnoses for chlamydia comprise the most cases ever reported to the CDC for any condition.…

Minimize impact of violence for young people

Thousands of children and adolescents worldwide are exposed to various acts related to violence and trauma on a daily basis. These incidents cross all socioeconomic, religious, ethnic, cultural, and geographic borders and pose a serious threat to the physical, emotional, and social health and well-being of the youths who witness such acts, according to a…

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