Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer: Get FIT

Despite medical advances, one out of every eight women in the United States will face breast cancer. Early detection, for example, using tomosynthesis, an innovative technology that provides three-dimensional detailed imaging of the breast, and effective treatments have improved the survival rate of breast cancer patients. When breast cancer is detected early and confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent. Only 5 to 10 percent of cases can be blamed on genetics; the majority appear to …

Why is fighting Alzheimer’s important? Exclusive Q&A with George Vradenburg

Every other Thursday, we have Trish Vradenburg as our special guest blogger covering Alzheimer’s issues. Trish is a playwright, author, television writer, and Alzheimer’s disease advocate. She and her husband, George, founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s with the goal of finding a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020. She brings her legendary humor and wit to the devastating realities of Alzheimer’s, and we’re excited to have her share with us here. Earlier this month, George Vradenburg participated in his first …

Memory, Reality

This college essay for admission to Cornell University was written by my daughter, Alissa, at the age of 17. Memory: The music blares. The lights come up. Two figures appear on the state. The audience erupts into thunderous applause. The act begins. Five, six, seven, eight… Some of the greatest footwork ever seen. Absolutely unbelievable. What talent. To the crowd’s dismay, the performance is over all too soon. Reality: The stage – an old cardboard box dug out from the …

His Nana

You know how one of your kids surprises you — in a pleasant sort of way? And it gives you a warm smile inside for days, years… okay, decades. Growing up, my son, Tyler, was a typical boy.  Classically non-verbal, on top of his emotions, not a kid who enjoyed having his mom kiss him goodbye and yell out, “I love you, baby,” as he was exiting carpool.  Go figure. Not a big conversationalist: one year he said, “Yup”; the next …

Ringing Ears Is All In Your Head, Literally

Lately, I’ve heard a lot talk in my group of friends about tinnitus (a constant hissing or ringing sound in the ear). A dear friend’s husband has it, and he’s found no medical relief. Another friend told me last week she’s had it for a few years, and wonders if she’ll return to a good night of sleep again. You might be surprised (I was) that millions of Americans suffer from tinnitus. Whether it be from exposure to loud noises, …

Death Takes a Holiday

Every other Thursday, we have Trish Vradenburg as our special guest blogger covering Alzheimer’s issues. Trish is a playwright, author, television writer, and Alzheimer’s disease advocate. She and her husband, George, founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s with the goal of finding a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020. She brings her legendary humor and wit to the devastating realities of Alzheimer’s, and we’re excited to have her share with us here. Great news – no one died today from Alzheimer’s… …