Free seminar on stress


Free seminar on stress

BOARDMAN

The Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center, 755 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite D3, Southbridge West Complex, is offering a free seminar on natural alternatives for managing anxiety, stress and depression at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, led by Dr. Ted Suzelis, ND.

One in four women in their 40s and 50s takes an antidepressant, and too often the side effects of these medications leave people wondering if the cure is worse than the disease, said Dr. Suzelis, whose free seminar addresses ways to address the genetic, environmental and dietary causes of these chemical imbalances.

For information and reservations, call 330-729-1350.

Tailoring treatments

PITTSBURGH

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Magee-Women’s Research Institute have discovered molecular changes in the primary tumor of breast cancer patients who developed brain metastases that are expected to lead to improved diagnosis and targeted therapies.

The results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology, indicate that treatments should be tailored not only for the original breast cancer, but also the brain tumors, said Dr. Adrian Lee, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Precision Medicine, a joint effort by UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Women’s Cancer Research Center.

Preventing infections

PHILADELPHIA

Researchers from Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University have confirmed that oral antibiotics combined with mechanical bowel preparation are more effective at preventing surgical site infections after elective colorectal surgery compared to no bowel preparation or use of mechanical bowel preparation alone.

More than half of patients who undergo elective colorectal surgery in the United States receive either no bowel preparation or mechanical bowel preparation alone, said Dr. Nestor F. Esnaola, MD, MPH, professor of surgical oncology at Fox Chase. He led the study which appeared in “Annals of Surgery.”

Surgical site infections are the most common type of hospital-acquired infection, affecting nearly 160,000 people every year, and costing an estimated $13,000 per infection. Although there is ongoing debate within the surgical community regarding which, if any, method is most effective, the study provides compelling evidence that patients who receive oral antibiotics combined with mechanical bowel preparation are half as likely to develop a postoperative surgical site infection compared to patients who receive no preparation or mechanical bowel preparation alone, said Dr. Esnaola.

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