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New therapy proven to prolong survival in patients with aggressive brain tumors now available

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in August

An advanced, completely non-invasive treatment modality is making waves in the field of oncology by extending the lives of patients with glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer that has long resisted efforts to improve treatment outcomes. This innovative technology, called Optune®, was developed by Novocure and is now available locally at The Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers.

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Sound Advice from Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic

Written by Randa Mansour-Shousher, AuD, CCC-A. Posted in August

Q: My daughter’s friend is pregnant and is suddenly experiencing ringing in her ear coupled with difficulty hearing. She has been told this can happen due to her pregnancy. Is this true?

A: Thank you for bringing this question to us this month as we are happy to review this subject with you. As we all know, pregnancy is a special and exciting time for a woman to experience. With pregnancy, however, comes many changes, physical and emotional. These changes can lead to excitement, but also potential complications. Hearing loss can be a potential side effect of pregnancy during these months. The complication of hearing loss may lead to other symptoms such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), pressure in the ear, otalgia (ache or pain in the ear), secretion in the ear, otosclerosis (abnormal growth of bone in the ear), and/or sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

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A positive approach to dementia care

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in August

One in seven adults has some form of dementia. For some it can be just forgetting a name or misplacing an item here or there. For others it can grow into a debilitating illness that slowly robs someone of what they treasure most—their memories and their sense of dignity.

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Tips for keeping memory loss at bay

Written by by Jim Berger. Posted in August

Summer is here! What a great time of year, with all those fun outdoor activities—picnics, sports, strolls, and swimming pools. The simple message is be safe, don’t overdo it, drink plenty of water, and, if the heat index is high, find a place that has air-conditioning and stay inside!

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Protect yourself from cyberchondria,

Written by by Dr. Tere Koenig. Posted in August

Say you have a nagging cough, a muscle twitch, or a bad headache. It lingers for a couple days, and you start to get a little nervous. You might be tempted to turn to the internet to try to find out if you should be worried.

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nobody's perfect | Isolation can come with physical challenges

Written by Sister Karen Zielinski, OSF. Posted in August

Iwanted to go, and I didn’t want to go.

My friend Sharon was celebrating a significant birthday—a “doughnut” birthday, one with a “0” at the end of the number. The gathering of friends was at Sharon’s home on a Friday after work. It had been pouring rain all day, and it still was raining. A miserable day, indeed.

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OTOSCLEROSIS | A common cause of hearing loss

Written by by Randa Mansour-Shousher, AuD, CCC-A. Posted in August

Otosclerosis is the abnormal growth of bone in the middle ear that can cause hearing loss. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the term otosclerosis is derived from the Greek words for “hard” (scler-o) and “ear” (oto). The abnormal bone growth occurs around the stapes bone, one of the tiny bones in the middle ear. It’s important for the stapes bone to move freely for the ear to work properly and hear well.

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Feel younger than your years with hormone replacement therapy

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in August

Though hormone replacement therapy is sought year-round by men and women who want to boost their energy level and feel younger than their years, this treatment is surprisingly popular in summertime. Dr. Wade Banker—who provides hormone replacement therapy at Luxe Laser Vein & Body Center in Maumee—offers a possible explanation for this phenomenon:

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Toledo Clinic ENT Sinus Center of Excellence now offers revolutionary In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in August

More than 37 million Americans suffer with chronic rhinosinusitis, a persistent inflammation of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses that causes a wide range of unpleasant physical symptoms, such as headache, facial pressure and pain, sinus drainage, nasal congestion, reduced sense of smell and taste, tooth pain, bad breath, and fatigue. These recurrent symptoms can significantly interfere with daily activities and diminish one’s quality of life.

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Is positive thinking the best medicine?

Written by by Douglas A. Schwan, DC, Dip ac. Posted in August

Can we really “think” ourselves back to health? Does being a “Debbie Downer” lead to increased risk of disease? It has been known for a long time that the mind has a powerful impact on the body’s function. In fact, drug companies have to take into account the powerful placebo effect when testing new drugs. Some patients just improve with sugar pills because they “think” they are taking a powerful drug.

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