Emmy Award-winning journalist, anchor of Inside Edition and mother of three, Deborah Norville, joins The Doctors to give you tips for feeling better, living longer and looking younger!
While studying and acclimating to the college environment, campus-bound kids often fall victim to the "freshman 15," an affectionate reference to the 15 to 20 pounds that students often gain when living on their own and battling the stresses of college.
"It's a scary time, and one of the ways freshmen deal with scary times is they eat more food," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Both Deborah and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson recently sent their children off to school and acknowledge that a child's new freedoms can cause weight gain in college. "You don't have that structure that you had in high school, which you complain about, but is actually a good thing because it gets you to exercise. It gets you to do your homework. It gets you to get some sleep," Dr. Lisa says. "But all of a sudden it's gone, and you're your own boss."
"I think that if you raise your kid right, they will make the right choices," Deborah says. "My son never played rugby in his life, but he has signed up for club rugby. They have practices two hours a day, and he gets up in the morning and he goes to the gym. So I think the habits he developed in high school [stay with him]."
Dr. Lisa's son, Daniel, joins The Doctors over the phone and says that while some of his fellow students partake in unhealthy, late-night eating, he tries to stay healthy while at school. "There has been a big increase in soda intake, so that might be helping me to put on a little weight," he says. "But I have been trying to get to the gym and eat healthily, getting balanced meals."
To help her son eat healthily, Dr. Lisa sends Daniel packages of nuts and dried fruit to snack on instead of junk food. Another way to help your college-bound teen avoid the freshman 15 is to buy a small refrigerator for his or her dorm room and stock it with healthy snacks.
New Arthritis Treatment
After tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in her right knee, Natasha, 37, developed osteoarthritis in the afflicted joint. The pain is so bad that she can no longer run, hike or even walk for more than 45 minutes at a time. "I love running," she says. "A big part of my life has been shut out."
Osteopathic physiatrist Dr. Steven Sampson performs platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy on Natasha to treat the osteoarthritis. PRP therapy uses the patient's blood and removes plasma and red blood cells, which do not play a major role in the healing process. The remaining platelets are then injected near the injury to help regenerate tissue.
Dr. Sampson details how the procedure works.
"Platelet-rich plasma mimics the body's natural injury response," Dr. Sampson says. "We're revitalizing the cells, and we're trying to re-grow and re-generate tissue, so we're not just blocking the pain, but we're fixing the root of the problem.
"With [osteoarthritis] back in medical school, they always teach us that it's just the cartilage, that's what's wrong with the knees, and the bone grinds on the bone," Dr. Sampson says. "What we're learning is that it's a little bit more complex. There's a biologic process that occurs in the knee with cells. A lot of the current treatments don't really address the cellular effect that's occurring in the knee. So treatments like anti-inflammatories and cortisone, they're just blocking the symptoms. They aren't treating the root of the problem, and in the long-run, they have more side effects."
Dr. Sampson says that while the healing process takes time, Natasha's outlook for recovery is positive. The procedure is still considered experimental and has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "It's very promising, and people out there need to know there's a lot more work to be done with this," Dr. Sampson says.
High-Tech Breast Cancer Treatment
Dawn, 42, was diagnosed with breast cancer more than two years ago. "Being diagnosed with cancer is very tough. It's very scary," Dawn says. "You hear cancer, you think death. Cancer is a hard thing to live with. It's been a rollercoaster, that's one thing I can say. There are ups and downs, and luckily there is hope."
Conventional cancer treatments that radiate both tissue and cancer cells can have debilitating side effects. Dawn undergoes TomoTherapy, a high-tech form of targeted radiation treatment.
TomoTherapy is a painless treatment that lasts about five minutes. Radiation oncologist Dr. Robert Zimmerman demonstrateshow targeted radiation treats only selected areas, as opposed to traditional treatments, which indiscriminately expose both healthy and cancerous tissue to radiation.
"What TomoTherapy does is it really focuses in [on cancer cells or tumors] like a laser beam," Dr. Zimmerman says. "As it rotates around, when it's in a safe position, it delivers some of the radiation. Then, if it gets to a different position where it would have to be going through normal tissue, it may not deliver any. When it gets to another safe position, it delivers some more of the radiation. Because it can come in from any angle, it can decide what the best angles are that would cause the least damage."
Dawn reveals that after undergoing TomoTherapy, she is now in remission!
"A friend of mine had traditional radiation, and she had so many problems that she would have to stop treatment because the side effects were so painful," Dawn says. "But with the new technologies, like TomoTherapy, it's given me more of a chance. It's helping prolong my life. It's helping me to be a survivor, and that's what I want to be."
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