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Surgeon removes eight pound, foot long tumor from man’s liver

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Man turned away by 3 surgeons
Marcus Muhich had a tumor in his liver that weighed 8 pounds and was a foot long. He had been turned down by three surgeons who said his tumor was inoperable.
The man was ultimately referred to a surgeon at Loyola University.
It’s now been two years since Dr. Margo Shoup, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Loyola University Medical Center removed Mr. Muhich’s tumor. He is cancer free and calls Dr. Shoup a “miracle worker”.
The tumor was so large it was pressing against the man’s vena cava – a major artery that supplies blood flow to the heart. Three surgeons at major academic hospitals told Muhich the tumor couldn't be removed.
Because the cancerous liver tumor was pressing on the man’s vena cava, he was having an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation.
The 8 pound tumor was felt by a cardiologist when Muhich sought care for his heart rhythm disturbance.
Dr. Shoup was able to determine the cancer had not spread, even though it was …

Top College Health Issues

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College can have a negative effect on health

Many students find starting college has a negative effect on their health. Between socializing and keeping up with classes online they become too busy to eat right or sleep well. College students face new levels of stress about tests and project deadlines.

 In addition, contagious illnesses spread much faster in the relatively close quarters of college campuses. Students should be aware of the biggest health issues they face, and follow the recommendations below to stay healthy.

Stress is a primary concern for college students
Stress and anxiety are primary concerns as students become anxious over grades, adjusting to a new life on campus, and making new friends. They may become depressed and even have suicidal thoughts. College campuses' student health offices can advise on how to deal with specific issues, and help students find counseling if necessary. For any stress level, exercise helps to release endorphins, a feel-good hormone and…

Marijuana use might double the chances of driving accidents

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Marijuana use linked car accidents
Research suggests if you use marijuana you may be at twice the risk of having a motor vehicle accident, compared to people who don’t use cannabis.
Researchers at Columbia University performed a meta-analysis of nine epidemiologic studies, finding people who tested positive for marijuana were twice as likely to have a car accident. The chances of a mishap while driving increased with frequency of marijuana use and concentration of the drug in the urine.
The scientists say the finding is important because of findings from a 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health that showed over 10 million people age 12 or older had driven under the influence of an illicit drug in the year prior to the survey.
Guohua Li, MD, DrPh, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and senior author says the finding should be interpreted with caution, because the research doesn’t prove cause.
Marijuana most frequently found drug lin…