How To Tell If You Have A Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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As many as one in five adults are vitamin B12 deficient. 

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Many people don’t recognize symptoms or understand the risk.

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If left untreated, B12 deficiency can cause damage to nerve cells and serious neurological problems, such as memory loss and dementia.

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Those most at risk include:

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  • People over the age of 60 (2 in 5 adults over 60 are deficient)

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  • Women, especially pregnant women on a vegetarian diet

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  • People with gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s and celiac disease

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  • Those with diabetes who are taking metformin

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Vitamin B12 deficiency is a serious medical problem that affects an estimated 48 million Americans.

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If left untreated, this condition can cause irreversible damage to nerve cells and other co-morbidities.

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Most people – even those who are at highest risk like the elderly and those with gastrointestinal problems – aren’t aware of the detrimental effects that a deficiency in vitamin B12 can have on their overall health.

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Here to tell you more is Ralph Green, M.D. Ph. D. and Peter Shaw, M.D. who I had the pleasure to interview here: http://bcove.me/k8m7v1c0

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Ralph Green, M.D. Ph.D., of the UC Davis Health System, is considered one of the top global experts on the topic of vitamin B12 deficiency. Dr. Green discusses in-depth the importance of understanding and managing vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Peter Shaw, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer of Emisphere discusses specifics about a new oral option to manage B12 deficiency without the need for an injection.
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Now, there is a new oral  option to manage B12 deficiency without the need of an injection.

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Ralph Green, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPath, Medical Director and Distinguished Professor in Pathology and Medicine, UC Davis Health System Medical Diagnostics Outreach Laboratory
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Peter Shaw, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Emisphere joins him to answer questions.
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Did you know?
·       It is estimated that 48 million adults/1 in 5 adults may have B12 deficiency.
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·       As many as 25 million or 43 percent (2 in 5) of people over the age of 60 may have B12 deficiency.
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·       B12 is particularly important for pregnant women and the development of a fetus’ neurological function.
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·       B12 deficiency can occur with a range of conditions in which there is an impaired capacity to absorb vitamin B12, including pernicious anemia, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease, which are common in women.
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·       B12 deficiency is often overlooked, yet early detection and management is crucial because, if not treated, it can lead to permanent nerve damage and serious neurological problems, such as memory loss and even dementia.
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Dr. Ralph Green is internationally renowned and considered one of the top in his field in the world. In this satellite interview, he will educate viewers about medical B12 deficiency – what it is, who is most at risk, and why physicians should be more frequently checking for this deficiency. Dr. Green will be joined by Dr. Peter Shaw, Chief Medical Officer, Emisphere, who will discuss recent advances in this area and discuss a new treatment option available that can normalize B12 levels without the need for an injection.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://eligenb12.com/patient/
 
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MORE ABOUT DR. RALPH GREEN:
Ralph Green is a clinical pathologist, specializing in diseases of the blood. Immediate past chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Green serves as Medical Director of the UC Davis Health System Medical Diagnostics Outreach Laboratory. He is internationally recognized for his research, which focuses on studying how deprivation or metabolic disruption of B-complex vitamins, iron, and other micronutrients affect the blood, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and the aging process. He has studied the role of nutrient deficiencies in dementia, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Dr. Green has served as an adviser to National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Heart Association.
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MORE ABOUT DR. PETER SHAW:
Peter Shaw serves as Chief Medical Officer at Emisphere. Dr. Shaw has 25 years’ experience as a practicing physician in the UK. He retired from his Primary Care practice in 2007 with considerable experience in many different specialties including; general and orthopedic surgery, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, general medicine, cardiology, chest medicine, and transplant medicine.
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LINK TO INTERVIEW:  http://bcove.me/k8m7v1c0
headshot  Maria Dorfner is the founder of MedCrunch.

Health Enthusiast/Actress, Mariel Hemingway Pens New Memoir

MURIEL2Mariel Hemingway is not only an iconic Academy Award nominated actor from a celebrated family, she is a prolific author, healthy lifestyle brand entrepreneur, and a tireless mental health awareness and suicide prevention program advocate, recently sharing the stage with Hillary Clinton, Patrick Kennedy, and other world-class Keynote speakers.

Mariel’s much sought after purpose-driven presentations entertain, educate, engage and enrich, focusing on topics including: mind-body-spirit optimization, purposeful living, and mental health related issues. She shares her own evocative story about growing up in a home where there were great challenges in order to inspire others to do the same, thereby cultivating compassion and understanding and breaking down the stigma so often associated with the discussion of mental illness.

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In a high-tech world, Mariel is considered an expert in high-touch solutions which facilitate finding one’s authentic voice and experiencing the greatest sense of personal power, life balance, joy, fitness, authenticity and peace of mind.

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Mariel’s on camera film and television accomplishments include starring roles in: Manhattan, Lipstick, Personal Best, Star 80, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and appearances in television shows including Roseanne, Civil Wars and Central Park West. She’s narrated several programs and films including the documentary Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life.

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In 2014, Mariel and Oprah Winfrey executive produced, Running From Crazy, the Emmy nominated documentary focused on the 7 most recent suicides in the Hemingway family. It is available on Netflix.

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With her two daughters, Dree and Langley successful in their own entertainment careers, Mariel is once again considering film and television series opportunities. She’s passionate about the art of acting and storytelling, and thrives in the collective creative energy when working with gifted artists, directors, producers, and writers.

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Mariel’s best selling books include: Finding My Balance, reflecting her life’s journey through the lens of her yoga and meditation practices. Healthy Living from the Inside Out: a how-to guide to finding a greater sense of balance and meaning through self-empowering techniques and strategies. Mariel’s Kitchen is a healthy lifestyle cookbook offering creative gluten and sugar free recipes.

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Running WithNature, co written with her life partner (in above photo on left), provides insights into the import and impact of making good choices based on an awareness of and respect for nutrition, meditation, mindfulness, movement, silence, compassion and connectedness to self and earth.

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Mariel’s 2015 book releases include her memoir: Out Came The Sun: Overcoming the Legacy ofMental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family and INVISIBLE GIRL: a tender engaging book written in diary form for teen and tweens. Mariel and famed children’s book illustrator, Edward Hemingway will collaborate on a children’s book in 2016.

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Recent health, wellness, inspirational, advocacy and entertainment media profiles, features and covers include those in USA Today, LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, in Vanity Fair, the New York Times and Interview Magazines, The Times of London, Pret A Porter and People Magazine. Mariel was also the focus of a one hour interview with Oprah Winfrey’s, on Super Soul Sunday, her book and lifestyle focused program.

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Muriel Hemingway’s books, Out Came The Sun for adults and Invisible Girl for teens are available on-line and in stores April 7, 2015.

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READ HOW MARIEL HEMINGWAY OVERCAME HER PAST TO BECOME HEALTHY AND BALANCED!  https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/how-mariel-hemingway-overcame-her-familys-tragic-115671984803.html

headshotMaria Dorfner is the founder of MedCrunch.

Why Your Cholesterol Counts

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The first results from the survey Cholesterol Counts reveal how much Americans know about their individual cholesterol numbers and the risks associated with high LDL-C (bad cholesterol).
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Turns out, approximately 71 million Americans have high levels of LDL-C and many remain at risk for heart attacks and strokes.
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This is despite management with diet and medications.

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Cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes, are the leading cause of death in the U.S.

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Cholesterol Counts is a collaboration between Sanofi US and Regeneron and leading patient and professional cardiovascular organizations Foundation of the National Lipid Association (FNLA), Mended Hearts and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) to gauge how much Americans know about cholesterol.

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Dr. Ralph Vicari and Michele Packard-Milam, discuss the state of cholesterol awareness in the U.S., gaps that exist in knowledge and what every American needs to know about controlling high cholesterol and in particular LDL-C (bad cholesterol).

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Michele is executive director of Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts. Mended Hearts is the largest peer-to-peer heart patient support organization in the world, making more than 215,000 visits to patients each year

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They also provide information on where patients and their families can find information and resources.

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 ABOUT DR. RALPH M. VICARI

Ralph Vicari, MD has been a practicing Cardiovascular Disease specialist for 30 years in Melbourne, FL. He is certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Vicari is affiliated with the Orlando VA Medical Center and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. He has participated in over 200 studies in cardiovascular disease. He was awarded the Southeast Lipid Association President’s Award in 2013 for community service education.

Dr. Vicari received his medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed an internal medicine residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine, as well as a cardiology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

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ABOUT MICHELE PACKARD-MILAM

Michele Packard-Milam, CAE is executive director of Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts. Mended Hearts is the largest peer-to-peer heart patient support organization in the world, making more than 215,000 visits to patients each year; Mended Little Hearts empowers families affected by congenital heart disease with support and education.

A Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2006, Packard-Milam was previously executive director of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association and held long tenures with Promotional Products Association International, the American Heart Association and Sara Lee. Packard-Milam brings broad experience in many areas of association and business development, including strategic planning, knowledge-based governance, corporate development, licensing, brand management, advertising and website strategy. She resides in Dallas with her husband of 34 years, three children (26, 23 and 17) and numerous flora and fauna.

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For more information about the program or to take the Cholesterol Counts Poll to get counted, visit www.CholesterolCounts.com.

Click here for interview with cardiovascular disease specialist, Dr. Ralph Vicari discussing the state of cholesterol awareness in the U.S.  http://bcove.me/vcodeqx4

 

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Sitcom Sensation Vicki Lawrence Shares Health Challenge

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Vicki Lawrence, comedienne and Emmy® Award-winning actress reveals her struggle with chronic idiopathic urticarial or ICU.

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She joins me with Dr. Beth Corn, Board-certified allergist, Associate Professor and member of AAFA’s National Board of Directors.
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Vicki Lawrence is no stranger to being quick on her feet and playing off improv lines on stage.  In fact, she’s a legend.
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But when the comedienne and Emmy® Award-winning actress was diagnosed with CIU, she was caught off-guard. 
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Vicki, best known as the star of sitcom Mama’s Family…
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And as part of the ensemble cast of the The Carol Burnett Show, known for inducing uncontrollable belly laughs.
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And, more recently, appearing on Hannah Montana. 
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She was diagnosed with CIU four years ago.  It appeared out of the blue and can happen to anyone.
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Vicki wants to help motivate others to talk to their doctors about their symptoms as she did.
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CIU is characterized by hives that spontaneously occur without an identifiable cause and reoccur for six weeks or more.
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Symptoms come and go unpredictably. They include red, itchy hives on the skin which can last months and even years.
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In the U.S., it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million people suffer from CIU.
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Now, Vicki is partnering with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Genentech to share her experience with CIU to encourage people to have a robust and meaningful dialogue with their medical specialist as part of a new national campaign called CIU & You.
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CIU & You is an educational program focused on supporting the specific needs of people who have CIU.
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It aims to empower patients to talk to their doctors to discuss treatment options with an allergist or dermatologist.
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The program also provides a downloadable symptom tracker and discussion guide for patients to use when talking with doctors.
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CIU & You is developed in partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), and made possible by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Genentech. For additional information, visit www.CIUandYou.com.
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For more information, speak with your doctor to better understand the disease and potential treatments.
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 More About Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence is a comedienne and Emmy® Award-winning actress. She is famous for her role on The Carroll Burnett Show and Mama’s Family, and, more recently, on Hannah Montana. In 2010, Lawrence was diagnosed with CIU. For her official bio, please visit http://www.vickilawrence.com/VickisBio2013.html.
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More About Dr. Corn

Dr. Beth Corn is a Board Certified Allergist practicing in New York City and an Assistant Professor of Medicine with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She serves on the national board of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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You may be surprised to learn something new about Vicki Lawrence and your health by watching the interview here: http://bcove.me/vwg0asb5

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And visiting www.CIUandYou.com for more information.

headshot  MARIA DORFNER is the founder of Healthy Within Network.  She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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“When We Tell Stories…People Listen.”

Do Kids Cause Gray Hair? What Does Plucking One Gray Hair Do?

flu61 Time for some gray hair myth busting. Parents often joke stress caused by their children is to blame for gray hair.

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But Cleveland Clinic Dermatologist, Dr. Wilma Bergfeld says that’s not true.

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Stress actually creates a whole different hair hassle.

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“It does have an impact on hair loss because stress elevates your adrenal gland’s activity and also activates some of the receptors at the hair follicle level, which induce a shed, which is hair falling out by the roots.” :16

NICE.  YOU WON’T GRAY, BUT YOU MAY BALD. THANKS FOR CLEARING THAT UP.

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“Most people will naturally gray as they age.”

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DR. BERGFELD adds hair turns gray when pigment-producing cells die.

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GENES AND HEREDITY WILL USUALLY DETERMINE WHEN YOUR HAIR TURNS GRAY.

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SO, WHETHER YOU HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO GRAY IN THEIR TEENS OR INTO THEIR FIFTIES – YOU MAY AS WELL.

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AND IF YOU’VE HEARD THAT PLUCKING ONE GRAY HAIR, WILL RESULT IN TWO MORE – DON’T BELIEVE IT.

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ACCORDING TO DR. BERGFELD, THAT’S A MYTH TOO.

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“When you pluck the hair it generally returns gray. It doesn’t return in multiples though. ” :05

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DR. BERGFELD SAYS THAT OTHER THAN COLORING YOUR HAIR, THERE’S USUALLY NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT GRAYING.

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SHE ADDS THAT AGING IS BEAUTIFUL AND ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO EMBRACE IT BY KEEPING THEIR SKIN AND HAIR HEALTHY.

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(Broadcast Media: See Pathfire #9923 for SOT and VO)    For more information visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org

I have more questions. If you do too send them in comments and we’ll follow-up.

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  mariawalking5MARIA DORFNER is the founder of Healthy Within   Network.

Unconditional Love When Caring for a Parent With Alzheimer’s

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More than 15.5 million Americans (family members and friends) provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

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Women make up 65% percent of caregivers for people with these illnesses, putting them at the center of the growing Alzheimer’s crisis.

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Alzheimer’s disease makes people forget things which can frustrate family members or friends.

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Symptoms include memory loss and the inability to do normal tasks like cooking and dressing.

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Kailen Rosenberg, known as the “Love Architect” and an expert on unconditional love is the author of Real Love, Right Now. 

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She talks about the importance of unconditional love when you are a caretaker.

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She is joined by Betsy Broyles Arnold, who was caregiver for her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

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They discuss the challenging role of the caregiver and the impact of Alzheimer’s disease that many often do not see.

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Click Link for Interview:  https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRSMFh2cGtlM1R2WnRVag

 a51About Kailen Rosenberg: 

Known as “Love Architect” Kailen Rosenberg is more than just a matchmaker but a teacher of “love on a higher level.” She’s been featured as a regular guest on more than 400 print, online, radio and television interviews, including the Today Show, Good Moring America, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Fitness, Marie Claire, Redbook, Self, Oprah.com, the Oprah Winfrey Network, BBC Worldwide, E4, The Huffington Post, and more.  For more information please visit http://www.thelovearchitect.com

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About Betsy Broyles Arnold

Betsy is the daughter of football icon Coach Frank Broyles who, along with her twin sister, Linda, became the primary caregiver to their mother, Barbara, who lost her battle with Alzheimer’s in 2004.  That experience led her — together with her sister and father — to create The Frank and Barbara Broyles Foundation to help families and caregivers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.   For more information please visit: http://www.alzheimersunconditionallove.com

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headshot  MARIA DORFNER is the founder of MedCrunch.  She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

Rare Fatal Lung Disease: What You Need to Know

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 In 2000, John Morthanos from New Haven, CT was feeling winded and he thought he was having a heart attack because he was having trouble breathing; doctors found that his heart was fine, but there was a mysterious spot on his lung.

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After numerous doctor’s visits and tests, his breathing problems were attributed to acid reflux, stress and even allergic reactions to his cats. A lung biopsy also found mild scarring.

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However, John’s breathing problems became progressively worse, to the point that he couldn’t walk up the stairs without being winded and taking the trash out felt like pushing a car up a hill. It was then that John knew something was really wrong.

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Finally, in 2011 after being referred to experts at Yale University, John received devastating news: he had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a life-threatening disease that causes permanent and progressive scarring of the lungs.

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Immediately, John, his wife Paula and his medical team developed a treatment plan, including supplemental oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation. Because his condition was getting worse, John later received a single-lung transplant. Today, John is focused on raising awareness about IPF so others can hopefully avoid the struggles he faced securing a timely diagnosis.

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A new survey uncovers the emotional and physical impact of this rare and fatal lung disease called, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. 

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Less than 1 in 3 patients and caregivers are prepared for how IPF will affect their daily life.
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Imagine being diagnosed with a deadly disease you have never heard of.
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A disease that your family and friends have never heard of.
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A disease with no colored ribbons, no 5k runs to help people who face the disease band together.
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One like IPF – a rare and fatal lung disease that permanently scars the lungs and causes difficulty breathing.
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 There are symptom management options, and now FDA approved medications to help patients suffering from IPF.
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Even so, patients and caregivers living with IPF experience an unexpected emotional toll prior to and after diagnosis.
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The recent survey illuminates the IPF patient and caregiver experience.
 
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The survey, conducted in 100 self-reported IPF patients and 100 caregivers, offers key insights into this orphan disease, including:
 
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  • On average, patients experience IPF symptoms for nearly two years before being diagnosed 

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  • More than three-quarters of patients and caregivers affected by coughing caused by IPF say that people often keep a distance because of it; and more than half of patients and caregivers using supplemental oxygen feel that it is embarrassing to be seen with the equipment

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Dr. Jeffrey Swigris, Pulmonologist, and John Morthanos, IPF patient, discuss:
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  • Signs and symptoms of IPF

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  • Impact of IPF on the everyday lives of patients and caregivers, according to the survey

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  • Why education and support may help address the needs of patients, caregivers and their doctors

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LINK TO INTERVIEW with Dr. Jeffrey Swigris, Pulmonologist, and John Morthanos, IPF patient:

https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRSMFhtcWYrV3hBSXRVag

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About Jeffrey James Swigris (pulmonologist):

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 Jeffrey Swigris, DO, MS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado. His clinical interest is in evaluating and caring for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) of any cause. Dr. Swigris’s individual research program focuses on how patients perceive living with ILD, how to assess those perceptions and how caretakers might improve quality of life in patients suffering from ILD. He was recently awarded funding for a nationwide research project: The Participation Program for Pulmonary Fibrosis or P3F (www.PFresearch.org). He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians and is on the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board.

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If you suspect you have any of the same symptoms as John, please visit: http://www.lungsandyou.com for more information on IPF.

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