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All About Atrial Fibrillation

May 22nd, 2015  |  The Blog

Atrial fibrillation can be a life-changing diagnosis but not usually a life-ending diagnosis. About 1% of the American population has been diagnosed with atrial fib. Some patients are in atrial fibrillation full-time while others bounce in and out of the irregular cardiac rhythm. The Facts About Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation is commonly referred to as A Fib, AF or atrial fib. This cardiac condition is an electrical defect in the heart. AF causes an irregular heartbeat or rhythm. It is a cardiac ... More »

The Risks of Tanning

May 15th, 2015  |  The Blog

Summer is fast approaching and so is the urge to get to the beach and get a tan. Skin cancer is the greatest risk created by over-exposure to the sun. Skin Cancer Skin cancer is the most often diagnosed cancer for Americans. Over the past thirty years, the skin cancer incidence in the US has been higher than all other cancers combined. The number of skin cancer cases is estimated to be about 5 million. Again, most of these cases are ... More »

12 Tips for Losing Weight Without Dieting

May 4th, 2015  |  The Blog

Continuing along the same topic as last week's article on weight loss without dieting, here are a few more ways of losing weight without dieting. By incorporating some (or all) of these tips into everyday life, a person can lose at least 10 pounds in a year. So, what are you waiting for?? 1. Try yoga Yoga followers reportedly have a "mindful" approach to eating. They eat until full, not until their plate is empty. Self-awareness is a by-product ... More »

Weight Loss Without Dieting

April 27th, 2015  |  The Blog

Summer is fast approaching. Most everyone has packed on a few extra pounds over the long winter months. Bariatric surgery is not the answer for everyone. The need to work on losing those extra inches of padding is certainly paramount. There are simple and effective ways to lose weight without dieting or undergoing bariatric surgery. Here are a few ideas to work on the slim and trim body everyone wants before summer arrives: Eat slower If necessary, set a 20-minute timer to ... More »

A Discussion About Concussions

April 24th, 2015  |  The Blog

Concussions are caused by impacts or sudden forces, which affect the head. According to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), a concussion is any injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal function. The Greatest Affects Younger, developing brains take longer to recover from a concussion, physically and cognitively, than a mature adult brain. This trend was documented in a study that involved high school, college and professional athletes who sustained head injuries. Treatment Plan When a head injury and potential ... More »

The Gentle Cesarean

April 13th, 2015  |  The Blog

Cesarean sections represent 1 in 3 births in the US. C-sections are the most common surgery performed in the United States. Some new moms that have delivered via C-section feel as though they have missed out on a very important moment in their pregnancy and have somehow failed because they could not experience a vaginal delivery. In an effort to personalize and lessen the harshness of a C-section, there is a new trend afoot to create a gentle cesarean experience. Why Have ... More »

The Timing of Organ Donation

April 6th, 2015  |  The Blog

Organ donation is truly the gift of life. This gift bypasses 18 people in the US everyday. These 18 people die while waiting for an available organ. The Controversial Question When should organs for donation be removed or harvested from a dying patient? There is an ongoing debate about when it is too soon to remove them versus when it is too late, rendering the organs at risk of being too damaged for successful use. Brain Death Defined A group of neurologists, ... More »

Poof! Disappearing Fat!

March 30th, 2015  |  The Blog

Disappearing body fat is a phenomenon that everyone wants to personally witness. Where does fat actually disappear to when someone "loses" it? Recent information published in The BMJ, previously called the British Medical Journal, explains what happens to the fat that a person burns off when they lose body fat and, ultimately, weight. The simplest explanation reveals that, when fat is "lost" or "burned off," it undergoes a complex biochemical process. What exactly does that mean? What is Fat? Fat is, scientifically, called ... More »

MRSA Lurks Among Us

March 23rd, 2015  |  The Blog

Staphylococcus aureus or staph is a common bacteria, which 1 in every 3 people carry on their skin or in their nose. Usually, it does not cause medical issues for those who have staph on their skin surface. But, that said, staph does have the potential to cause serious skin infections, pneumonia or/or a blood infection in some patients. If a patient develops a staph infection, it is most commonly and effectively treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, some staph bacteria cannot be ... More »

How to Understand Food Labels

March 16th, 2015  |  The Blog

Let's look at some nutrition information, especially that of healthy foods. So what constitutes a healthy food choice? It is interesting to note that, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 43% of all store-bought food items have at least one health claim in print on the packaging. What Does It All Mean? Here are a few of the most common health claims on the food packages found in supermarkets in the US: With Omega-3s Some products contain a mere 32 ... More »

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