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Autologous Stem Cell Transplant

After being removed from the blood, stem cells are frozen. Following cancer treatment, the stem cells are thawed and then drawn into a syringe so they can be returned or "transplanted" back into the body through a central line. In the first two weeks following the procedure, the immune system will...


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Guidelines for Buying Raw Shellfish

  • Buy only live mollusks. When a clam, oyster, mussel or scallop is alive, the shells will be closed tightly or will close when tapped lightly.

  • Always ask to see the tag that certifies the shellfish were taken from waters approved by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, a guide developed in part by the Food and Drug Adminstration. Pollutants in shellfish beds can cause hepatitis, salmonella poisoning and other diseases. In recent years, close monitoring has greatly reduced the danger from pollutants.

  • Discard dry oyster meat. Oyster meat should have a creamy tan color. The meat should be plump and should smell fresh and mild.

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Could your diet use a nutritional tune-up? A healthful diet has many benefits and it doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Add color to your plate with fresh fruit and vegetables, choose whole grains and low-fat dairy, and keep an eye on your portion size. Aim for balance, variety, flexibility and moderation.

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Type 2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive condition, but it can be managed. With help for your family, your friends and your health care team, you can learn to take care of yourself and stay healthy.

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Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.

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