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Marine cone snail venom could treat chronic neuropathic pain

Raed Rahman, DO

Because many of my patients experience severe chronic neuropathic pain—a type of pain that is complex and difficult to resolve—I’m always looking for new, more effective therapies. The next big thing in pain medicine could come from a surprising source: the marine cone snail.

I read with interest a recent article in Pain Medicine News, “Studying Neuropathic Pain, at a Snail’s Pace,” that discusses the development of neuropathic pain therapies based on the marine cone snail.

Reduce harmful inflammation with the anti-inflammatory diet

Cristina Swartz, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Your diet affects the amount of inflammation in your body, which can be good news if you’re willing to make the right food choices.

Too much inflammation can harm your health: It damages tissue and can contribute to serious conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and even diabetes. Chronic illness, stress, aging and lifestyle factors, such as diet, activate inflammatory responses in the body.

Cancer survivors reunite at “The Gathering”


Last month, our hospital near Atlanta held a reunion for patients and caregivers. “The Gathering,” created by Cancer Fighters®, Ernest and Sylvia Withrow, was a time to see old friends, meet new ones and share with others currently battling the disease.

Replace salt with herbs to cut down on sodium

Alison Tierney, RD

Did you know that nine in 10 Americans, ages 2 and older, eat too much sodium?

You may be wondering how much sodium is too much. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is based on scientific evidence, recommends limiting daily sodium intake to no more than 2,300 milligrams, which equals one teaspoon of salt. Anyone with high blood pressure or at risk for the condition should have no more than 1,500 milligrams, or less than three-fourths of a teaspoon, per day.

Why people with cancer should see a dentist


Good oral health is important for everyone, but especially for people with cancer. More than one-third of people treated for cancer develop complications affecting the mouth, such as mouth sores (mucositis), dry mouth (xerostomia), and pain or difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

Five sides to bring to a cookout


While mayo and cream cheese may be a Labor Day cookout’s most abundant ingredients, fear not! There are healthy side dish options to add to the mix that will keep you feeling healthy and well-nourished this holiday weekend.

Vaccines can help treat or prevent certain cancers


Vaccines have been a standard part of staying healthy for almost 70 years, protecting children from deadly diseases such as mumps, chicken pox and rubella. Now, science is looking to vaccines as a way treat people who already have certain diseases, particularly cancer.