DR ELLIE CANNON: How to cut your risk of bowel cancer and what you need to eat to beat it

DR ELLIE CANNON: How to cut your risk of bowel cancer and what you need to eat to beat it

That’s why it is important to get anything you feel is not quite right for you checked out.
The World Health Organisation has warned that 50g of processed meat a day – just one sausage – increases the chance of developing bowel cancer by 18 per cent.
According to Cancer Research UK, the less alcohol you drink, the lower your risk of cancer.
The solution: It is important to say that not everyone who drinks alcohol will get cancer – of course not – but it is a risk and we have to weigh up that risk.
Exercise is also linked to a lower risk of polyps developing in the bowel.
He says: ‘I used to love bacon – and as a 6ft-tall former rugby player, I’d eat meat most days.
‘Research into genes for bowel cancer is at an early stage, so they don’t know how significant these anomalies are, but she’s now been told to have a colonoscopy every year, rather than every five years as she did before.

Learn to recognize fall allergies

Learn to recognize fall allergies

Sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat and cough can be symptoms of fall allergies. Related sinus and nasal inflammation can lead to congestion and headaches, causing an overall feeling of miserableness.
“Weed pollen, predominantly ragweed, is the most common trigger for allergic symptoms in the fall,” said Hetal Amin, M.D., allergist-immunologist with Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.
While effective when used correctly, many people mistake allergies for cold symptoms and may use the wrong medications.
“A treatment plan will offer avoidance measures, appropriate medications or long-term treatment options such as immunotherapy (allergy injections).
She also recommends limiting decongestant nasal sprays to five days, as they can cause “rebound congestion” and make symptoms worse.

What’s Going Around: Is it cold or allergies?

What’s Going Around: Is it cold or allergies?

What’s Going Around this week can be confusing to people with the symptoms.
Experts say they are seeing a lot of patients who think they have a cold or sinus infection but in fact, are suffering from environmental allergies.
You are more than familiar with symptoms like coughing or sneezing but how about your throat?
Medical experts say a sore throat is more likely to be cold-related along with fever, body aches and yes, the color of your mucus: if it is not clear you’re likely to have an upper respiratory infection.
Dr. Glenn Williams, who is Medical Director for OhioHealth urgent care said with colds, symptomatic or supportive therapy is recommended.
“Over the counter nasal spray, saline nasal spray, decongestants, antihistamines, those are the typical go-to medications for symptom management of colds and upper respiratory infections,” he said.
If you have environmental allergies, Dr. Williams said the over the counter antihistamines and nasal steroids provide relief.
In terms of prevention, ask any expert and you’ll be told it begins with good hygiene in the form of thorough and frequent hand washing.

Feeling allergy symptoms? Blame Hurricane Irma, some doctors say

Feeling allergy symptoms? Blame Hurricane Irma, some doctors say

Feeling allergy symptoms? You can blame Hurricane Irma for that.
Autumn is the second-worst time of year for allergic reactions in Florida, following the spring blooming season, said Dr. Richard Lockey, a Joy McCann Culverhouse Chair in allergy and immunology at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine. Ragweed and mold are the most common sources of allergies in the fall weather, though prolonged grass and pollen often play a role at the end of summer as the season changes. “I’m not sure we can blame the hurricane for the high pollen count right now, it happens every fall. This is just the time of year when weeds are pollinating. But maybe there’s more mold this year because of the rainy, humid summer we had.”
That long rainy season has butted up against a very active hurricane season this year, which created a slightly unusual, highly concentrated period for pollen and mold that could make just about anyone itchy and sneezy, explained Dr. Juan Guarderas, who specializes in allergy and immunology at the University of Florida.
Then a high-pressure system moved into the area, bringing the dry weather with it,” Guarderas said.
The dry air is beautiful and fresh, but you invite pollen in with the windows down.”

Nephroptosis: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment

Nephroptosis: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment

In some cases, nephroptosis can cause severe symptoms, including flank pain and blood in the urine.
For a long time, the treatment method of choice was to use surgery to attach the floating kidney to the abdominal wall.
Today, some surgeons will still perform this procedure if someone shows long-lasting symptoms of nephroptosis.
Doctors will often test the blood and urine. At this time, a doctor may order imaging studies.
The test should be done when the person is laying down and when they are standing up.
If symptoms do not improve with these treatment options, doctors may consider surgery.