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Diane Campbell

Diane Campbell works as a copywriter and as a teacher specializing in language arts. She attended the University of Iowa, where she earned a B.A. in English in 1988 and a J.D. in 1992. She began studying education in 1999 at the Eugene Waldorf School, where she earned a teaching certificate in 2001. After spending several years at home to raise her children, she returned to Pacific University and earned a Masters of Art in Teaching in 2008.

Recent Posts

Painful Periods May Be a Sign of a Bigger Problem

Aug 17, 2022 12:45:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If you’ve been suffering with painful periods, you might think your pain is a natural part of menstruation. While menstrual cramps are normal, excessive pain during menstruation can be a sign that something more is going on. Below, we discuss some of the conditions that can cause unusually painful periods.

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Importance of Getting PSA Checked

Aug 3, 2022 1:21:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Who is at risk for prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is very common. It affects approximately 13% and causes early death in 2% to 3% of men in the U.S. The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, with 60% of cases occurring in men 65 and older. While all men are at risk for prostate cancer, men with African ancestry are diagnosed more frequently, at younger ages, and with higher-risk cancers than others. Men whose father or brother had prostate cancer are at more than twice the normal risk.

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Spinal Compression Fractures - Causes and Treatments

Jun 6, 2022 10:54:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Spinal compression fractures affect nearly one million people in the U.S. each year. They are most common in older people, especially women who are past menopause. Experts estimate that a quarter of women over fifty and nearly half of all people ( including 40% of women ) over eighty have experienced a spinal compression fracture.
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Topics: vertebroplasty & kyphoplasty

What Should Cancer Patients Know About Cryoablation?

Apr 25, 2022 3:04:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Physicians have long recognized the value of cold for reducing inflammation and relieving pain. Over time, they found that it is also an effective way to destroy specific tissues in a targeted way, a process called cryosurgery or cryoablation. Cryosurgery has been used since the 19th century to treat a variety of conditions, including warts, shingles, boils, and tumors. Today, cryoablation shows growing potential for the successful treatment of a variety of cancers as well as precancerous conditions.

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Lung Screening Guideline Changes in 2022

Apr 1, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Expanded Medicare Coverage

In February of this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it was expanding coverage for an early lung cancer detection procedure known as low-dose CT lung screening (LDCTLS). In its official statement, the agency said the move was aimed at improving outcomes for patients with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the US. This screening procedure, which can detect lung cancer in its earliest stages, is now accessible to more Medicare recipients, including those who are younger and those who have smoked less over their lifetimes.

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Topics: CT scan

Alternatives to Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Oct 12, 2021 11:09:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Following a mastectomy to remove breast cancer, some women undergo reconstructive surgery, and some do not. The decision is very personal, and the right choice for each woman is the one that best supports her physical and mental health. Some women delay breast reconstruction surgery so they can take their time to decide. Sometimes, however, reconstruction isn’t possible due to health complications or cost barriers.

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Topics: cancer, health tips, mammography

5 Things to Know About Breast Reconstruction After Cancer

Sep 15, 2021 11:19:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

If you have had or are planning to have a mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, you may decide to have reconstructive surgery to restore the shape of your breasts. To make the best choices for your body, mind, and lifestyle, you need information. Here are five things you should know about breast reconstruction.

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Topics: cancer, health tips, mammography

Benefits of Wide-Bore MRI

Aug 24, 2021 10:17:00 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What is MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technology that uses a powerful magnet to produce a strong magnetic field around the body. This magnetic field causes protons in the body to align with it. Then, radio waves are used to disrupt this effect; when the radio waves are turned off, the MRI sensors detect changes in the protons as they come back into alignment. This information can then be translated into images that depict various structures in the body. Doctors can examine these images in detail on a computer monitor.

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Topics: health tips

Why Should I Know My Family Medical History?

Aug 2, 2021 10:27:33 AM

Posted by Diane Campbell

When you visit a new health care provider, your new patient paperwork often includes questions about not just your medical history but also that of your close family members. Maybe you have sped past this section, filling in whatever happens to come to mind in the moment and perhaps inadvertently leaving out a few details. When your family medical history is incomplete, however, your providers could be missing important information that would empower them to better care for your health.

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Topics: health tips

Why Do I Get Aches & Pains When I'm Active?

Jul 9, 2021 12:07:49 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Benefits of Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Staying active can bring a host of physical and psychological benefits, including

  • Stress reduction
  • Improved energy, mood, and sleep
  • Enhanced cognition
  • Better weight control
  • Stronger bones and muscles
  • Reduced risk of falls
  • Reduced risk of many cancers and chronic illnesses
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Topics: health tips

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