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Let’s Talk About Antibiotics

September 24th, 2014  |  The Blog

Let's talk antibiotics. When needed to treat a bacterial infection, antibiotics are usually curative. With the season of colds, flus and other contagious illnesses fast approaching, this is a good time to talk about the use and abuse of antibiotics. Everyone moves to inside activities and germs are more readily shared, like it or not. There is a time and place for antibiotic use and a mission to prevent antibiotic misuse and overuse in the country Bacteria Explained Just like all other living ... More »

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

September 15th, 2014  |  The Blog

Sleep apnea affects all facets of life, by day and by night. It is important to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Management of the condition improves the quality of life and general wellness. Sleep apnea studies are traditionally done in a hospital setting. There are sensors, electrodes, microphones and infrared cameras involved in the process. Sleep technicians monitor the patient throughout the process, which can be uncomfortable because someone watches them sleep. The Statistics Some interesting statistics about sleep apnea include: 18 million ... More »

Food Labels Explained

September 9th, 2014  |  The Blog

Who reads food labels anyway? Actually, according to a recent survey, less than 50% of Americans actually regularly read food labels. Nutrition (food) labels tell the story. They are an important source of information that every consumer should read. It is essential to know how to read, but more importantly, how to understand the information on a food label. The FDA The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) controls and updates any and all changes made to food labels. They have ... More »

The Benefits of Eating Nuts During Pregnancy

September 3rd, 2014  |  The Blog

There has been a significant rise in childhood food allergies, especially nuts, over the past generation. This has prompted many studies about whether or not a pregnant woman should include nuts in her diet or not. The question remains unanswered, despite the research findings. Earlier Philosophy In years past, physicians used to believe that the best way to reverse the up-ticking trend in food allergies was to have babies avoid exposure to the popular allergens like nuts while in utero and ... More »

Identifying Early Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

August 25th, 2014  |  The Blog

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive nervous system disorder. It slowly and adversely affects a person's movement. PD also: Causes resting tremors Creates muscle rigidity Affects speech, sometimes making it inaudible and slurred Causes a blank facial expression Medications, which have many potential and potent side effects, are currently used to control the symptoms of PD. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease. Hyposmia is a Clue Interestingly, almost all patients with PD have a decreased sense of smell or hyposmia. This is one of the ... More »

A Concern for Hysterectomy Patients

August 11th, 2014  |  The Blog

A hysterectomy is done for a variety of medical reasons. Sometimes it is done to remove fibroids, endometriosis or for other reasons. There might be a cancer diagnosis or not. It is important to note that this blog discussion focuses on laproscopic hysterectomies, not the traditional open abdominal surgery. Laproscopic vs. Traditional Open Surgery Open abdominal surgery requires a 3 to 7-inch incision. There is a longer recovery than laproscopic surgery but it allows the uterus to be removed intact. Laproscopic surgery is done ... More »

Ebola Explained

August 6th, 2014  |  The Blog

Ebola is a deadly virus. It is named for the Ebola River that runs close to where the first cases of the illness were identified in 1976. Where is the Outbreak? The virus originally presented in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, there is an Ebola outbreak in West Africa including the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. According to healthcare authorities, the virus is highly unlikely to be a credible threat on U.S. soil. How Deadly is ... More »

Afrezza: Inhaled Insulin for Treating Diabetes

July 30th, 2014  |  The Blog

Treatment options for diabetes are ever evolving. Those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment option, inhaled insulin. The FDA approval is for safety and effectiveness of the drug. The new drug, Afrezza, is a fast-acting insulin, which requires no needles. The inhaled drug is taken before each meal. Afrezza does not replace injected long-acting insulin for those patients who need that form of treatment. It is important to note that ... More »

A Guide to Childhood Vaccines-Part 2

July 21st, 2014  |  The Blog

Continuing on with the Guide to Childhood Vaccines. Part 2 includes a look at the following important vaccines: Hepatitis B Hepatitis B is a virus that attacks the liver. It is contracted by exposure to blood or body fluids of an infected person. The illness is serious and can lead to a higher risk of cancers. There is not treatment. Dose 1 of the vaccine is given to any age followed by dose 2 at least one month later and dose 3 at ... More »

A Guide to Childhood Vaccines-Part 1

July 14th, 2014  |  The Blog

Childhood vaccines protect the child receiving them as well as the public at-large. It is important to keep the prescribed vaccine schedule up-to-date. There is a lot to understand about vaccines schedules. Parents rely heavily on their child's pediatrician to keep the schedule rolling. With the onslaught of new and improved vaccines, there are different names and combination vaccines available. It is the individual pediatrician's choice, with input from the parent/guardian, to determine the best choice for each child. Diphtheria Diphtheria is a ... More »

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