Life with Epilepsy: A Conversation with Caitie

Posted on March 31, 2016 by admin

  We’re reaching the end of Epilepsy Awareness Month, but it’s never too late to learn more about a condition that affects 3 million, or 1 in 26 Americans [1]. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures, and often, witnessing someone having a seizure is more stressful for a bystander than it is for the person who … Continue reading “Life with Epilepsy: A Conversation with Caitie”

National Kidney Month

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Gerry

In addition to removing wastes and fluid from your body, your kidneys perform these other important jobs: Control the water in your body and chemicals in your blood including sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium Remove drugs and toxins that may have been put into your body Free hormones into your blood to help your body: … Continue reading “National Kidney Month”

Down Syndrome Awareness: An Interview with Brenda

Posted on March 20, 2016 by admin

Tomorrow is World Down Syndrome Day. While I’m lucky to get to see these two awesome ladies every week when they attend the Special Olympics program I coach, I couldn’t keep their awesome to myself–luckily, they excitedly agreed to share their stories for World Down Syndrome Day! A first for the Identity Doc Blog, we … Continue reading “Down Syndrome Awareness: An Interview with Brenda”

Multiple Sclerosis Education Awareness Month

Posted on March 8, 2016 by admin

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Converging lines of evidence suggest that the disease is caused by a disturbance in immune function. This disturbance permits cells of the immune system to attack myelin, the insulating sheath that surrounds the nerve fibers (axons) located in the CNS … Continue reading “Multiple Sclerosis Education Awareness Month”

Back in September, a few friends and I spent the weekend together in a classroom streaming the Medicine X conference from Stanford University. One of the sessions discussed patient involvement in research, and how the University of California – San Francisco can use your brain for research. . . even if you’re across the world. March is … Continue reading “Lend your brain to science, not zombies: It’s Brain Research Month!”

Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders, and 60% … Continue reading “Are you feeling sleepy? March is Sleep Awareness Month!”