Author Archive, nburgess

Birth Control Pills (BCP) and Eye Issues

December 15th, 2014  |  The Blog

With there being 62 million women of childbearing age in the U.S., there are a lot of birth control pill prescriptions written each year. More than 27% of all contraceptive users are those who choose the birth control pill. Birth control pills (BCP) are a popular prescription. Recently, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) presented research stating that women who took the pill for 3 or more years had double the risk of developing glaucoma, years later. Glaucoma Facts Glaucoma is ... More »

Prostate Surgery versus Watchful Waiting

December 11th, 2014  |  The Blog

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, other than lung cancer. These are alarming statistics. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there are 233,000 new cases annually in the U.S. That said, close to 30,000 American men will die from the disease in any given year.? These startling statistics translate into the fact that 0ne in seven men will be diagnosed ... More »

The Skinny on Belly Fat

December 3rd, 2014  |  The Blog

Belly fat is so annoying. It is not pretty and certainly not healthy. That said, it is also the toughest of fat collections to shed. Sometimes, a little explanation helps to decipher the code on how to get rid of some of the excess belly fat. It is important to note that there is no single cause of belly fat. A combination of genetics, diet, age and lifestyle all contribute to the potential problem. Who Has the Most Belly Fat? Males have ... More »

How Much Produce Should You Eat?

November 26th, 2014  |  The Blog

Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or green beans...vegetables come in all shapes, colors and textures. They are fresh from the field or flash frozen. They can be consumed cooked or raw. Vegetables are versatile. Peaches, apples, grapes, bananas or pineapple...fruit also comes in all forms of sweetness or tartness. Fruit is most often consumed raw but is also cooked in many different recipe choices. Fruit can act as a snack, a dessert or an addition to a main course to vary the flavor ... More »

When Should You Call the Doctor?

November 17th, 2014  |  The Blog

There is never a totally wrong time to call a doctor but there are definitely times when it is imperative to call one. What might those it is time to call the doctor moments be? These guidelines are important for everyone, adults and children, but especially essential for parents to keep in mind when and if their child complains about any concerning symptoms. The it is time to call the doctor symptoms include: Difficulty breathing Anyone with difficulty breathing needs to be evaluated. A ... More »

Laughing Gas and Childbirth

November 12th, 2014  |  The Blog

Childbirth is approached with many different treatment options for the mother's comfort. Some choose to go the natural route while others opt for an epidural spinal or, sometimes, pain medication. Read on to learn about another option. There is a new, or actually renewed, treatment option to alleviate the discomfort of childbirth. As long ago as 1881, laughing gas was used in childbirth. In the 1930's, using nitrous oxide during childbirth was fairly common. Shortly thereafter, options like twilight sleep, IV ... More »

The Importance of Dental Floss

November 3rd, 2014  |  The Blog

The first question many dentists ask a patient is whether they floss their teeth daily. Do you? Flossing is an important part of every oral health care plan, according to the American Dental Association. The daily oral hygiene practice should start as early as 2 years of age (or as soon as a child has two teeth that touch) and continue for a lifetime. The act should actually become a habit, a part of every person's daily routine. Benefits of Flossing Dental floss ... More »

Migraines by the Numbers

October 30th, 2014  |  The Blog

It is amazing how many people suffer from persistent headaches and often migraines. The statistics surrounding migraines is significant in the U.S. According to the National Library of Medicine, a migraine is defined as: A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head. Some people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called an aura, before ... More »

Tech Meets Healthcare with the Strep Throat App

October 20th, 2014  |  The Blog

The cold and season is approaching or actually active in some places. It is difficult to know at what point, if any, in the illness that medical evaluation is needed. Patients are often sent home with a proclaimed virus so are hesitant to even make the effort to get to the doctor. One important caveat to note is that strep infections do not present in any specific season, they circulate among the population throughout the year. Strep Throat Facts Strep throat is ... More »

What is Hypertension?

October 14th, 2014  |  The Blog

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a serious medical condition, which warrants the attention of a qualified healthcare professional.? There are about 1/3 of Americans who are currently diagnosed with hypertension. Surprisingly, 90% of them developed hypertension after age 55. High blood pressure can cause a stroke or other health problem, especially heart disease. Hypertension Guidelines There are relatively new guidelines to determine if a patient needs to treat their hypertension or not. The new guidelines will reduce the number of ... More »

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