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Odomzo: A Daily Skin Cancer Pill

August 31st, 2015  |  The Blog

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. Take that fact one step further and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) represents about 80% of non-melanoma skin cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are growing annually in the United States. The most common non-melanoma skin cancers include squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. There are a few other very rare forms of non-melanoma skin cancer that include keratoacanthomas, Merkel cell carcinoma, cutaneous ... More »

Ernesto: The New Heart Failure Medication

August 24th, 2015  |  The Blog

Heart failure is a serious condition in which a patient's heart does not pump enough blood through the body. The symptoms of heart failure include but are not limited to: Shortness of breath or dyspnea Swelling or edema of the feet, ankles or legs Weakness Fatigue Rapid and sometimes irregular heart rate Persistent cough Patients can become very uncomfortable, especially with regard to their breathing status very quickly with this condition. Heart Failure Facts Heart failure can happen for many reasons including after a heart attack and high ... More »

How Healthy Is Yogurt?

August 10th, 2015  |  The Blog

Yogurt is a staple in the American diet. It is consumed as a snack or can be a meal, especially when coupled with some fresh berries and/or some delicious granola. Some yogurt brands come with the add-ins included. There are so many varieties of yogurt on the market; there is something to please everyone's taste buds and dietary restrictions or choices. There is the traditional spoon-eaten yogurt and also squeeze tubes and other handy delivery systems to make yogurt easy to ... More »

Shingles Vaccine Effectiveness

August 6th, 2015  |  The Blog

The shingles vaccine is not always 100% effective in preventing the disease. But, even if a vaccinated patient develops shingles, having had the vaccine can reduce the risk of long-term post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) or pain. A recent study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) evaluated the effect of the shingles vaccine with regard to PHN. What Is Shingles? Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a patient has ... More »

Melanoma Update

July 27th, 2015  |  The Blog

Melanoma is a sometimes deadly and always dreaded form of skin cancer. It is the third most common cancer in people, especially young women, from the ages of 15 to 39 years old. Young women account for about 66% of the cases of melanoma in the U.S. What is Melanoma? Melanoma is a skin cancer that starts in the cells of the skin (melanocytes) that produce melanin, which gives the skin its color. It can start on any area of the ... More »

2015-2016 Flu Vaccine Update

July 23rd, 2015  |  The Blog

The yearly flu vaccine formula is the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) best guess to protect everyone from the flu. The vaccine's composition is determined months ahead of the upcoming flu season, so it really is a guess about what flu stains will be actively and virulently circulating each year. The flu vaccine formula is determined in about February of the current year and vaccine manufacturing begins in the early summer months, in order to give the pharmaceutical ... More »

What Does Gluten-Free Mean?

July 16th, 2015  |  The Blog

There are a lot of patients who declare that they eat a gluten-free diet, whether diagnosed with celiac disease or not. Gluten clearly causes many gastrointestinal issues but it is an imperative diet omission for anyone who is diagnosed with celiac disease. There are almost 3 million Americans who are actually diagnosed with celiac disease. Those patients must avoid all gluten in their diet. Many food products are labeled as "gluten-free," but are they truly void of gluten? The U.S. Food and ... More »

The Cost of Alzheimer’s Care

July 10th, 2015  |  The Blog

Cancer and heart disease kill more Americans than any other medical conditions. But interestingly, they are not as expensive to treat and care for as dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease. There are an estimated 4.1 million, according to the National Institute on Aging survey, to 5.2 million, according to the Alzheimer's Association, Americans suffering from some form of dementia. Astoundingly, Alzheimer's disease costs U.S. families and patients, collectively, somewhere between $157 and $215 billion each year to treat. The high cost of care ... More »

The Post-Winter Tick Population

June 29th, 2015  |  The Blog

The past winter weather was harsh, in so many ways. The cold temperatures and the extreme piles of snow made it a record-breaking season in many parts of the country. We will continue to feel the effects, especially, of the record-breaking snow as we pass through the summer months. How is this possible, you ask? The tiniest of ticks, those troublesome and disease-laden insects, benefitted from the deep snow cover over the winter months. The deep snow cover actually protects tiny ... More »

Drug Free Pain Control

June 25th, 2015  |  The Blog

Pain is real but controlling pain can become unreal. In this world of chronic pain coupled with a rising trend in addiction, there is great concern. It is often difficult to relieve pain without the health risks related to potentially addicting drugs. Chronic pain comes in all forms from back pain to headaches to joint pain and more. About 50% of Americans report that they experience some sort of chronic pain. The Institute of Medicine confirms that about 116 million adults ... More »

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