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Patient-Specific and Patient-Focused Care

By Cheri Kelln Jean Louis Benae, MD North Texas Brain & Spine Specialists Dr. Benae believes in a comprehensive approach to spine care. His patient care philosophy not only includes a minimally invasive approach, but he always covers possible non-surgical aspects and treatments first. It is crucial to Dr. Benae that he considers all possibilities before being open to more aggressive appro...
Possible Cure for Cocaine and Alcohol Addiction

New research has uncovered a drug that can ultimately stop cocaine and alcohol addiction. Hitoshi Morikawa, associate professor of neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin, led a team of researchers through trials using lab rats and two small rooms for the rats to enter; one room being black, and the other white. Ingeniously, these rats were trained to be able to associate one of these t...
Workaholics Beware

Everyone knows that person. The person that just doesn’t know when to take a break; the person who has absolutely no social interaction unless it’s on the phone with a fellow coworker or hopeful client; the person that would rather pile up those vacation days rather than utilize them for an occasional two to three day break. If this person describes you at all, then you’re most likely an overambi...
Naps can Improve Heart Health

New research suggests that taking a nap during the day can help lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health. The researchers observed the results of taking an hour-long nap at noon and how it affected the blood pressure of nearly 400 middle-aged people with high blood pressure. Those who napped saw their systolic blood pressure reading (the number on top of the standard blood pressure...
Water Before Meals can Help Weight Loss

It’s a known fact that the more water you drink, the healthier you will be. But what you may not know is that drinking about 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before meals can help with weight loss, especially for obese individuals. These findings are due to new research out of the University of Birmingham in the UK. Although these findings are very beneficial to those individuals who are seeking out...
New Stroke Treatment Paving the Way

Have you or a loved one ever suffered from a stroke? If so, then you know more than most the severity of the situation and how much must be endured to treat it and prevent a stroke from ever happening again. What causes nearly nine out of every ten strokes is a blood clot that blocks one of the arteries supplying blood to the brain. The most frequently used treatment for blood clots includes t...
Blue Eyes and Alcoholism

According to a new study, if you have blue eyes your probability of developing a dependency to alcohol increases dramatically. A database of more than 10,000 people and their genetic makeup has been built over the past few years by researchers at the University of Vermont. Of these 10,000 people, some sort of mental illness, such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and drug or alco...
Cancer Lightens Up

The life of a neurosurgeon is surely not a simple, stress-free one, especially when it comes to the removal of an operable brain tumor. As lead investigator, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD, professor of neurosurgery, neuroscience and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, says “As a neurosurgeon, I’m in agony when I’m taking out a tumor.” So many thin...
1st U.S. Death by Measles in 12 Years

Over the past twenty years our nation has had it’s share of diseases and viruses flare up, but after a twelve-year drought with no deaths, one viral disease has finally put its name back on the map, measles. In northwestern Washington, an unidentified woman died of pneumonia sometime during the spring, which is a common product of measles. After her autopsy, the results showed the presence of ...
Happy Anniversary

What would you do for your special someone to celebrate fifty years of marriage? Maybe you’d buy them flowers, or take them out for a nice dinner? How about giving them one of your kidneys? As implausible as that may sound, it was a very real experience for Jan and Mike Maulsby of Clear Lake, Iowa. Mike Maulsby has had to endure dialysis treatments for the past year now and several of his rela...
Be the Cook

Love to eat out? Most people do. We typically eat out at nice restaurants to enjoy a meal while visiting with friends or family, or simply because it is different from the same day to day routine. While most would think that dining out would be a healthier alternative to fast food or eating at home, according to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they could be wrong....
Causes and Solutions to Childhood Obesity

Children’s schedules tend to be busier nowadays with constant activities such as soccer practice, ballet recitals, and school plays. The busy schedules force parents to have food on-the-go for the kids. This usually results in more trips to fast food restaurants as a quick alternative. When children are not participating in extracurricular activities, they might often be found sitting in fron...