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Cookware and Health Concerns

Which types of cookware are safe and healthy, and which should you avoid? Check this comprehensive list of cookware types to learn the health benefits of cooking with cast iron and ceramic cookware, to the reasons you should be concerned about using aluminum and Teflon products.

Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation Changes

Dr. Perkins has previously discussed the US Preventive Task Force's decision to recommend against the PSA screening test for prostate cancer, and its correlation to an increase in late-stage diagnosis of prostate cancer. The task force recently changed their recommendation on the PSA test for prostate cancer screenings, saying that men should have an informed discussion with their physician.

Is sugar addiction a myth?

Can people be addicted to sugar? This is a question that the scientific community has been researching for years, and there is still no general consensus. Sugar intake can be linked to some of the criteria for addiction, but not all of them. However, it is clear that there are benefits of reducing the amount of sugar you eat. In this week's Wellness Bulletin, Karen reviews the diagnostic criteria for addiction and explains how you can reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.

University of North Florida & Ackerman Cancer Center Provide Support to Lung Cancer Patients

Once a month, a group of very important people gathers at Ackerman Cancer Center to share information and their experiences of living with the lung cancer that connects them. The Living with Lung Cancer Support Network was born when Dr. Paul Clark, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at the University of North Florida, learned from friend and research partner, Jennifer Maggiore (Ackerman Cancer Center Director of Patient Services) that there were virtually no cancer support groups in the area for those affected by lung cancer.

The Health Benefits of Chickpeas and Hummus

The chickpea is one of the world’s most popular legumes, and the second most widely grown after soybeans. People in the Middle East have been eating chickpeas for more than 10,000 years, and it has grown in popularity in recent years in Western countries. Chickpeas are made into many popular dishes including hummus, and are an excellent source of fiber, plant protein, potassium, and antioxidants.

Cancer Fatigue During and After Treatment

It is not unusual for patients undergoing cancer treatment to experience fatigue. Cancer fatigue is a persistent mental, physical and emotional fatigue that can seriously impact a patient’s quality of life. Unlike the fatigue of daily life, cancer fatigue doesn’t go away with rest and it doesn’t typically resolve quickly. So what can you do to reduce cancer-related fatigue? Read the full article to learn.

The Dangers of Air Fresheners

Fragrances have been used to mask odors since ancient times, and now come in a wide variety of options - scented candles, sprays, and solid gels. However, these commercial products often contain phthalates and other hazardous chemicals that can be easily inhaled, absorbed into the skin, or accidentally ingested. In this Wellness Bulletin, Karen discusses the hazards of long-term exposure to these chemicals and how to incorporate natural alternatives to toxic air fresheners.

A Review of Female Cancers for Womens Health Week

Each year during the month of May, we join women from across the country in celebrating National Women’s Health Week. This year, National Women’s Health Week is from May 14 - 20. The observance is an opportunity to empower women to make their health and wellness a priority and encourage them to take steps toward improvement. In addition to staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and undergoing routine medical check-ups, I believe it is important for women to learn all they can about breast and gynecologic (female reproductive) cancer including screening recommendations, signs, symptoms and risk factors.

All about COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that limits airflow through either inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (bronchitis) or destruction of alveoli (emphysema). Frequently, both conditions coexist as part of this disorder. In this Wellness Bulletin, you will learn the signs and symptoms of COPD, treatment options, and recommendations for how to increase your caloric intake to prevent malnutrition when living with COPD.

Local Elementary School Students Make Pillows for ACC Patients

A group of 5th and 6th grade students at Orange Park Elementary are making the world just a little warmer. For the past four or five years, Orange Park Elementary teacher turned librarian, Mary Pat Callihan, along with fellow teacher Karen Walker, have hosted an after school club that makes quilts for patients at Wolfson’s Children Hospital. This year, the students added mastectomy pillows to their repertoire. When Mrs. Callihan became a patient at Ackerman Cancer Center, the students decided they needed to make pillows for the ACC patients as well.

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