Stop disease before it starts! From hi-tech pills that monitor your health to machines that could predict autism, find out about the newest medical advances! Learn how to check your thyroid at home. Plus, dogs that detect diabetic attacks — before they strike! And, five tips for your fridge to keep your food fresh and your family healthy.
The Future of Healthcare?
The Doctors discuss some of the latest medical advancements that could potentially render certain doctors and nurses obsolete!
Viewer Alerts HGTV Host to Health Concern Tarek El Moussa and his wife Christina are real estate agents and hosts of HGTV's hit home makeover show Flip or Flop. But reality TV took a whole new meaning for Tarek and his family when he received an alarming email from a concerned viewer. While watching a marathon of Flip or Flop, Ryan, an avid HGTV fan and registered nurse, noticed a suspicious lump on Tarek's throat. Tarek had spotted the lump before, but nurse Ryan's email motivated him to see a doctor immediately.
An ultrasound was performed, and Tarek was diagnosed with a goiter on this thyroid; however, during the surgery to remove it, doctors discovered the growth was actually cancer. Tarek had his entire thyroid removed, along with a large portion of his lymph nodes.
"I thought nothing can stop me; nothing can slow me down, and it was like hitting a wall," Tarek says. "We were devastated."
“If it wasn’t for TV and her noticing this huge lump on my neck, I would still be moving forward with my life, with cancer in my body, and probably never done anything about it,” Tarek says.
“The chance of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer has risen in recent years,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains. “The number of [patients] diagnosed has more than doubled since 1990.”
• See two simple tools needed to detect thyroid abnormalities at home .
“If you notice a lump in that area, it doesn’t mean it’s cancer,” Dr. Travis adds. “It could mean an overactive thyroid gland, secreting more thyroid hormone than you need. But here’s the deal: You’ve got to get that checked out, too. So, if you notice an abnormality, bring it up with your doctor.”
Debating the New FDA-Approved Diet Drug
For the first time in 13 years, the FDA has approved a new diet pill to help people combat obesity. The prescription weight loss pill, Qsymia, is a combination of two existing drugs — the amphetamine phentermine and the anti-seizure medication topiramate. But is it safe?
The Doctors are joined by Dr. Sharon Orrange, a board-certified internist at USC, to debate the pros and cons of the new diet drug. Plus, hear the official statement from the FDA on the hotly contested weight loss method.
"No matter what you believe, there is no such thing as a miracle pill or a magic bullet, when it comes to weight loss," Dr. Travis says.
Tips to Manage Stress
Did you know that more than 75 percent of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related conditions and complaints? Stress can have harmful systemic effects on the body over time, including a negative impact on your brain! Chronic stress has been linked to a range of diseases and poor health conditions, including stroke, sleep deprivation, obesity and heart disease, which remains the No. 1 killer of American men and women.
• Get 20 tips to relieve the stress in your life.
Alert Dogs to Prevent Diabetic Attacks
Statistics show that almost 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from diabetes. An estimated 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic, and approximately 7 million Americans with diabetes remain undiagnosed.
Nine-year-old Sean was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 6. Sean's parents, Patrick and Lisa, noticed unusual changes in his behavior, including bedwetting, increased thirst and appetite and unexplained headaches and stomachaches.
Normal blood glucose levels in a non-diabetic range from 80-120 mg/dL. In Sean's case, however, his blood sugar levels can drop to as low as 20 mg/dL and spike to as high as 850 mg/dL. Sean's mother researched online and discovered a company called Drey's Alert Dogs, which specifically raises and trains British Labradors to detect dangerously high or low blood sugar levels in their diabetic handlers. See how Sean acquired Fielder, the four-legged companion that forever changed his life .