VIGILANCE FOR BRAIN CANCER

Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population of cancer cells that are slow growing and thus resistant to treatment, do not die. Chemotherapy makes these cells even more numerous as the ratio of highly malignant cells….

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RESTORING DIGNITY AND ’DOS

For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy.  “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-owner, with his wife, Jeletta, of Hair Institute in Lexington. “They can deal with the sickness; they can deal with the treatments; but it’s the hair loss that gets them the most.

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allergies can also cause bad breath. Digestive problems are other known culprits. Some medications cause bad breath as a side effect until the medicines are discontinued.


•  Food with Strong Odors: Food such as garlic or onions have strong odors and can cause bad breath.


If your child has bad breath, teach her to brush her teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to take proper care of her mouth. Your child should also brush her tongue. Teach your children to develop a habit of rinsing their mouths after every meal. This will help remove the unwanted food particles that facilitate plaque formation and the build-up of germs in the mouth.


Another good habit your children can adopt is staying hydrated. Drinking fluids, especially water and reduced-sugar beverages, produces more saliva and keeps the mouth wet. As a rule of thumb in most cases, increasing saliva and decreasing bacteria in the mouth can help reduce the problem of bad breath.

Children may not realize it, but parents know bad breath is a matter for concern.


The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Although this condition may be temporary, it can be a source of embarrassment for your child. Bad breath can have many causes. Here are some of those causes and suggestions for overcoming bad breath problems in your children.


•  Oral Hygiene: It’s the most common cause of bad breath, generally because children may not brush or floss their teeth properly and frequently. As a result, food particles left in the child’s mouth will rot and start to smell. Plaque, which is a haven for bacteria, can also develop on the teeth, adding to the foul smell. Even your child’s tongue can become a place where bacteria is created.


•  Mouth Breathing: Some children breathe through their mouths either because they have a stuffy nose or just because they are used to breathing that way when they sleep. This sometimes leads to dry mouth. A dry mouth produces less saliva, and saliva helps wash away bacteria and cleanse the mouth.


•  Infection or Illnesses: Bad breath in children can be due to mouth sores or cavities. Conditions such as a sinus infection, tonsillitis or

WHEN CHILDREN HAVE BAD BREATH

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In addition, make sure to take your child to a dentist for regular checkups and cleaning at least twice a year. The dentist can examine your child’s teeth and check for gum diseases or other problems that can damage the teeth and cause bad breath.