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HEALTH MATTERS: Alex Tung receives a match to save his life

Three years ago, Alex Tung, an adventurous outdoorsman and experienced surfer, was hit with news that was stronger than any wave he had ever encountered. The grim diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) handed to him in June 2014 came six months after receiving a clean bill of health from his annual physical examination. “My Read More…

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HEALTH MATTERS: Opioid epidemic becoming a national emergency

When patients are in severe pain, medical doctors often prescribe opioids to eliminate the pain. Reports show that nearly 100 million people suffer from chronic pain, particularly cancer patients. However, in 2012, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported 259 million opioid prescriptions were written. Drug overdose deaths, on the rise at a staggering Read More…

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HEALTH MATTERS: Stroke survivor lives with aphasia, a neurological disorder

After a massive stroke due to hypertension, 34-year-old Rosalind “Roz” Ellen was affected by a neurological disorder called aphasia (uh-fay’-zhuh). While most people have never heard of aphasia, the condition is more common than Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Ellen is one in a million people in the United States Read More…