Clinical and Disease

Cancer… diabetes… heart disease
An up-to-date look at research in the areas of acute illness and chronic disease.


SSRIs for Anxiety: The Wrong Prescription?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the newest and most widely used class of antidepressants on the market today. Furthermore, they are prescribed for more than the treatment of depression. Individuals with bioplar disorder may also be placed on a regimen of SSRIs to augment their primary medication, or in the case…

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Cardiovascular Adaptations to Exercise and the Athlete EKG

Exercise is good for your heart – this we know. Endurance athletes, such as cyclists, runners and rowers, undergo higher amounts of cardiac remodeling than many other types of athletes, a necessary adaptation to the demands placed on their body. The heart is responsible for nutrient and oxygen delivery to the…

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Mountain Biking is Good for Your Heart!

More words on Singletracks.com (I love writing for them!) The cardiovascular improvements associated with exercise are well-known, but what exactly are they, and what makes them so beneficial? In this fun article, I dive into the mechanisms behind the effects of mountain biking on heart health. Cheers! Mountain Biking: It’s Good…

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Correlation vs. Causation: Clarifying the Confusion

John Petrucci

More than ever, today’s youth are turning to video games as a primary entertainment outlet (let’s be real… some adults, too).  According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), nearly 2/3 of all U.S. households have at least one “frequent gamer.”  And, why not accompany the mayhem created during three hours of mazing…

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Coronary Stents: Accelerating a Modern Gold Rush?

General hospitals derive approximately 40% of their revenue from cardiovascular procedures.  According to the 2016 Physician Inpatient/Outpatient Revenue Survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins, a physician practicing invasive cardiology generates a net annual revenue of $2,448,136 for his or her respective facility. The reason may be obvious: cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills more people…

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The Mind-Body Connection to IBS

A majority of Americans have heard of the condition Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Despite the seemingly common prevalence, a lot of unanswered questions exist surrounding this dysfunction of the gut.  Many individuals lack a professional diagnosis and miss the foundational tools and understanding necessary to deal with symptoms.  Furthermore, IBS is a chronic…

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Is Aspirin an Ergogenic Aid?

Ergogenic \ˌər-gə-ˈje-nik\ adjective:  To enhance or improve physical performance and recovery, as in ergogenic aid.  Greek: ergon, to work. People are always searching a way to boost their performance.  Over the past decade, the news has been littered with stories about professional athletes’ reliance on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to get ahead, legal or…

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ECG Knowledge Bank – Continuously Updated!

Since beginning employment at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, I’ve become increasingly fascinated with the physiology behind cardiac dysrhythmias and ECG strips.  The great thing about the gig: each 12-hour shift is different – for those with inquisitive, analytical personalities, it feeds your need. Each day comes with its own challenges.  Even within…

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The Mediterranean Diet: Treating Your Ticker (and Waist!)

On a cool, sunny morning last week, I was sitting at the bar in PayN’Take, a local joint in downtown Flagstaff, constructing the basic skeleton of this article.  As I fueled my thoughts with a routine cup of joe, I had the pleasure of meeting an inquisitive and seemingly balanced local woman.  We got to talking, as women…

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The Health Benefits of Beer (Yeah!)

Beer and sports go together like… well, beer and sports.  Mountain biking, rugby, football – if the fans aren’t consuming a cold one while cheering on their favorite athlete or team… well, you can speculate (DD’s are important!) Budweiser’s famous Clydesdales ads are traditionally strewn throughout Super Bowl commercial breaks.  Even…

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