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Can Thyroid Cancer Lead to Heart Problems?

If you’ve had thyroid cancer or even thyroid problems, you may be taking a synthetic thyroid hormone.

Now, a new medical study says that the risk of heart disease and stroke is higher in thyroid cancer patients who take a synthetic thyroid hormone.

How concerned should thyroid patients be?

Dr. Melanie Seybt of Lexington ENT & Allergy, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, answered the question in this WIS Health U report.

According to Dr. Seybt, thyroid cancer patients are typically dosed with synthetic thyroid hormone a bit higher. When there’s a higher level of thyroid hormone in the body, it can cause some cardiac arrhythmias or increased work on the heart. So, it’s important that all patients have the right amount of synthetic thyroid hormone. In year’s past, some patients thought that taking more thyroid supplementation could boost their metabolism and help them lose weight. That’s true, but it would put more pressure on the heart.

The bottom line is that it’s important for patients on thyroid supplementation to talk to their doctor about heart disease and be aware of other heart disease risk factors including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and being overweight.

To learn more about Dr. Seybt and her Lexington ENT & Allergy, visit www.ENTLexington.com

Fighting Back Against School Bullying

Did you know that more than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year and approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of it?

This school year, if you feel that child has been a victim of bullying or has a problem with bullying behavior, speak to your health care provider about what can be done. Lexington Medical Center physician practices give the below information to parents and teens in their offices.

What is bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior found commonly among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time.

Types of Bullying
~Unwelcome touching, such as hitting, shoving and kicking or verbal threats of such acts.
~Verbal communication, such as name calling, teasing, threatening words and spreading untrue rumors.
~Damage to property, such as homework, books, school projects, personal items (cell phones, book bags, clothes).
~Exclusion from a group or group activity.
~Cyberbullying (bullying that takes place over cell phones,social media, Snapchat, Instagram, gaming sites or e-mail).

What are some signs that a person is being bullied?
~Physical symptoms that are present only during the week and given as a reason not to go to school (e.g., stomach aches, headaches, etc).
~Poor performance at school.
~Sudden loss of interest in extracurricular activities.
~Loss of self-confidence.
~Unexplained cuts, bruises or damage to personal items.
~Sleep disturbance, nightmares, unexplained crying at bedtime, regression with thumb sucking, bed wetting, etc.

What can be done if you suspect your child is being bullied?
~Speak up! If you are uncomfortable about the comments or actions of someone, tell an authority (parent, school counselor, school resource officer, physician, manager, etc.).
~There are laws in place to prevent bullying in schools.
~Change your child’s mobile number.
~Re-educate yourself and/or your child on safe online social media practices.
s Document communication, conferences and phone calls when reporting bullying activities.

The focus is often on the person being bullied, but we must also look at those individuals who bully others to prevent it from happening.

What are the signs a person or child is bullying others?
~Getting into physical or verbal fights.
~Hanging out with people that bully others.
~Frequently showing aggressive behavior.
~Visiting to the principal’s office or receiving detention often. s Having unexplained extra money or belongings.
~Feeling as if that nothing is his or her fault.
~Overly competitive and worrying about reputations and popularity.

Resources Available
StopBullying.gov/
VictimsOfCrime.org/help-for-crime-victims/get-help-bulletins- for-crime-victims/bulletins-for-teens/bullying-and-harassment
MeganMeierFoundation.org/resourcecenter.html

References
1. StopBullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.html
2. DoSomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-bullying 3. Forbes.com/sites/christinecomaford/

Superfoods to the Rescue: Watermelon

Each month, we’re highlighting a superfood and sharing a delicious recipe. This month, we feature watermelon.

Here are some of watermelon’s best assets:

Vitamin A
Important for optimal eye health and boosting immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells.

Vitamin B6
Helps the immune system produce antibodies to fight many diseases. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells. The body uses it to help break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.

Vitamin C

Bolsters the immune system’s defenses against infections and viruses, and can protect a body from harmful free radicals that accelerate aging and conditions such as cataracts.

Fast Facts
~ Watermelon is about 92 percent water, making it a good thirst quencher and diuretic.
~ High amounts of vitamin C and beta-carotene can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve asthma conditions, reduce the risk of colon cancer and alleviate some symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
~ Watermelon is a concentrated source of the carotenoid lycopene, which has antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.
~ One watermelon can feed up to three dozen people.
~ According to a 2010 study by the Perishables Group, watermelon ranks #1 on the list of budget-friendly fruits at only 14¢ per serving.
~ More than 300 varieties of watermelon are cultivated in the United States and South America.

Flank Steak with Grilled Mango and Watermelon Chutney

Steak:
1T brown sugar
1t salt
3/4t ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1 – 1/2-pound) flank steak, trimmed
Cooking spray

Chutney:
2 peeled ripe mangoes, cut into quarters (about 1 pound)
1t olive oil
1c thinly vertically sliced onion
1t minced peeled fresh ginger
1/3/ cup cider vinegar
2T brown sugar
2T fresh lime juice
1/4t salt
1/4t ground red pepper
2c finely diced seedless watermelon (about 3/4 pound)
1-1/2T chopped fresh cilantro
1-1/2T chopped fresh mint
mint sprigs (optional)
lime wedges(optional)

To prepare the steak, combine the first four ingredients. Sprinkle the steak evenly with the sugar mixture. place the steak on a heated grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill for 8 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into slices.

To prepare the chutney, place the quartered mango on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side. Cool and chop. Set aside.

Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 4 minutes. Add ginger; saute 1 minute. Add vinegar, 2T of sugar, juice, 1/4t of salt and pepper; cook 5 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Stir in mango; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in watermelon, cilantro and mint. Add mint sprigs and lime wedges, if desired.