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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery for Cancer

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery to remove two cancerous nodules in her lungs.

These were found a few weeks ago when she was undergoing treatment for a fall in which she sustained broken ribs on her left side.

The pulmonary lobectomy surgery occurred Friday morning at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

We’re told margins were clear and the cancer does not appear to have spread to other parts of the body.

The 85-year-old Justice has previously battled colon and pancreatic cancer.

Broken ribs can occur from trauma such as a fall, or as a result of pathological fractures such as those from cancer.

This is a developing story.

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President George H. W. Bush Passes at Age 94

BREAKING NEWS

The 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush,  has passed away at the age of 94.  Family spokesman Jim McGrath stated he passed at 10:10 CT Friday in his home in Houston, TX.

The statement from his office reads:

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” his son, former President George W. Bush, said in a statement released by family spokesman Jim McGrath. “George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

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Over the last few years the WWII veteran had battled multiple health issues including Parkinson’s, pneumonia and a neck fracture sustained after a fall.  It’s been reported that he was recently hospitalized with low blood pressure, I suspect from sepsis, a blood infection.

This is a developing story.

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Justice Ginsburg Suffers Multiple Rib Fractures

85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suffered multiple rib fractures during a fall in her office on Wednesday.

She originally went home but then felt ill and checked herself in to George Washington University Hospital early Thursday morning.

It was found she broke three ribs on the left side and has been admitted for observation.

Those who suffer rib fractures find it very painful to breathe and may fail to take deep breaths. This puts one at risk for pneumonia as pathogens can fall into the lungs and not be expelled out.  Medical providers are more liberal with pain management as we want to maintain a patient’s ability to breath fully.

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This is a developing story.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Election Depression: How to Avoid it

For over a year we’ve been bombarded daily with candidate interviews, political commentary, primaries, speeches, polls, mudslinging, ads, and frankly, we’re sick of it.  The amount of negativity spewing from both sides is exhausting and out-right depressing!

But as we receive the election results, some of us will be rejuvenated with hope while others will fall into the abyss of an election loss.  Election depression is real, very real.

What is election depression?

It’s despondency (a drop in mood stemming from a loss of hope) after an election.   We’ve discussed election anxiety recently as many people are fearing the result, but we haven’t prepared the country for what happens when the vote doesn’t swing their way.  Feelings of sadness, guilt, remorse,  agitation, irritability, are just a few of the signs.

Why “depression”? What causes election depression?

Multiple factors can cause this..

  1.  The loss.  Humans don’t like to lose. We’re competitive in nature and want to win, or be on the winning side.    The losers get nothing after their loss but a future they did not choose. Which brings us to….
  2. Lack of control.  Humans like to make their own destiny.  If they work hard, do the right thing, they can mold their future.  The loss of an election that they hoped would change their future, is perceived as a loss of the future they were supposed to have.
  3. Embarrassment.  Those of us who were vocal about who we were supporting and incurred bullying from opponents, now have to face these same individuals with the public humiliation of a loss.
  4. Much pain, no gain.  The year long physical and psychological build up and work that went into the election brings very little gain during an election loss.  Feeling like one wasted his time, energy, and money may affect his psyche.
  5. The end is abrupt.  Election results, as compared to the year long process, comes at us like a ton of bricks.  Many people may not be psychologically prepared to take bad news in such a swift blow.
  6. Regret.  We defriended social media contacts and ended year-long relationships with friends and family over this election.  Maybe even quit our job.  This could seem impossible to repair.

 

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  How do we prevent election depression?

On one hand its good to passionate about an issue or candidate. Passion drives us to make change, build, progress, restore, and all the good verbs that our great country needs.

However, while we’re being passionate, we need to be prepared.  

When you’ve been through as many elections as I have, you learn that you don’t win them all.  You also learn that one candidate will always win and one candidate will always lose.  Not thinking about the latter won’t wish it away.  The reality of your last choice candidate being your legislator needs to be faced.  So its better to mentally prepare for it early.

Here’s some things you can do:

  1. Pseudo-reality role-playing

One technique I’ve done with patients is pretend for 24 hours “So and So” won the          Presidency/Senate/House.  After the group laughs and makes vomit gestures, I remind them that they need to, over the course of 24 hours, live their day with that pseudo-reality in play.  The results?  Many say “it wasn’t so bad”….”we’re still living”….”we may handle our finances a different way,” etc.

2.  Don’t drink the night of the election.  

Getting wasted will just make you feel awful the next day, and election depression is worse the 24 hours after an election.

3.  Plan family and friend gatherings of like-minded individuals the week of the results

Avoiding those who will gloat may help soften the blow and being around your support team will help you realize there is emotional strength in numbers

4.  Take a break from the news

Watch programs that will cheer you up or begin diving into new projects for the coming months.

5.  Make up with friends you lost

The guilt will consume you when you realize you threw away a good friendship over a “stupid election”.  Shake hands and hug it out.

6.  Plan a vacation

The Holidays are coming, so enjoy yourself. You deserve it will all the hard you work you’ve done.

Losing isn’t easy, but its something that we eventually become good at.  If my candidate loses, I will start an Election Loser Club. I’ll probably invite Mickey Mouse to be our first guest speaker, since he always seems to be on the ballot each election anyway and never wins.  He still though manages to keep a smile on his face.  So should we.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

 

 

 

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Anthony Weiner to be Released From Prison This Spring

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the former New York Congressman will be set for early release in May of 2019, up from August 2019 due to good behavior.

In 2017, Anthony Weiner was convicted of transferring obscene material to a minor when he sexted a 15-year-old girl.

He was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison, beginning his sentence in November 2017 and is currently at FMC Devens in Massachusetts.

He had unsuccessfully run for Mayor of NYC in 2013 when photos emerged of him in his underwear.

Weiner, 54, had admitted publicly he was “a very sick man for a very long time.”

This is a developing story.

 

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Governors Unite During National Blood Donation Week

Governors across the United States have declared State Blood Donation Days to help combat our nation’s blood shortage as part of National Blood Donation Week (NBDW).

Blood supplies have been critical in many parts of the country and natural disasters, such as fires and hurricanes, tax blood banks even more.

What makes NBDW so unique is that both Republican and Democratic governors are uniting and coming together for a common cause.

This year National Blood Donation Week is September 3-10th with September 5th being National Blood Donation Day.

Governors in the following states have already proclaimed September 5th to be their state Blood Donation Day for 2018:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • more to come

Arizona has proclaimed September 3-10th Arizona Blood Donation Week with more to come.

Oklahoma has proclaimed the month of September Oklahoma Blood Donation Month.

Alaska proclaimed the month of July Alaska Blood Donation Month.

“Blood and platelet donations are currently being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, and more donations are needed, especially type O, to replenish the blood supply,” said Laurie Nehring, communications director for the American Red Cross. “We appreciate Dr. Daliah’s efforts to educate the public about the importance of regular blood donations.”

Emergency rooms treating trauma victims, hospitals treating anemic patients, and medical clinics replenishing low blood levels in cancer patients require a steady supply of blood products.

38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% actually do.

“The unified effort across America to proclaim state blood donation days around the Labor Day holiday comes at an important time for patients,” said Mitzy Edgecomb, Blood Systems Vice President, Donor Marketing & Communication. “Blood donations often drop dramatically during the summer months and over holiday weeks when regular donors take time away to enjoy family vacations.  We appreciate and applaud the governors from the multiple states who have called attention to the ongoing need for blood donations and thank those who step forward to make a life-transforming impact on others by giving blood.”

Donating blood is easy and takes less than one hour.  Many places of work can hold blood drives so employees don’t have to take off work (plus you get yummy cookies).

 

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Inconsistent donation patterns during the year result in unpredictable and reliable blood supply numbers, hence donation is requested year round.

United Blood Services suggests donating three times a year.

The summer and holiday season appear to be the “dryest” in terms of donations.  States and regions frequently need to ship blood to areas who are in need.

One pint of blood has the potential to save three lives.  Imagine what the whole country can do!

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For a list of Governor Proclamations visit here.

 

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Senator John McCain Dies After Battling Brain Cancer

After being diagnosed with a brain tumor a little over a year ago, Senator John McCain, 81, has passed after choosing to end treatment for the deadly cancer.

The 81-year-old Vietnam veteran and former POW was diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma in the summer of 2017.  Since then he has bravely fought the malignant brain tumor.  His family reported this week the following:

Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.

Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.

Although still politically vocal, Senator McCain had not been in Washington since December, being at home with his family in Arizona.

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What is Primary Glioblastoma?

Primary Glioblastoma Multiforme is a type of brain tumor that arises in the brain and spinal cord and is very aggressive in nature.  “Primary” suggests the tumor is not secondary to another cancer, such as the melanoma Senator McCain successfully battled.

In 1993, 2000 and 2002, McCain had three malignant melonama lesions removed, and the 2000 lesion was close to his left temple.

Those diagnosed with a glioblastoma may have a poorer prognosis  compared to other cancers as the 5-year survival rate is only 10%.  Its median survival is less than 15 months.

In 2017, doctors were optimistic as his lesion had been removed, and chemotherapy and radiation were set to immediately begin once his incision had healed.

However many may choose to end cancer treatment early due to side effects or the desire to spend their remaining weeks with family devoid of medical procedures and hospital trips.  Its understandable and gutsy.  The news broke he made this decision one day prior to dying.  Our prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.

This is a developing  story.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada