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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 »

Colorectal Cancer Screening Update

July 7th, 2014  |  The Blog

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd largest cause of death from cancer in the U.S. It takes the lives of 268,783 Americans each year. Lung cancer strongly precedes colorectal cancer as the biggest killer in the U.S. by taking 792,495 lives annually. A close 3rd in the rankings for cancer death is breast cancer, which steals 206,983 lives every year. The good news, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), is that the death rate from colorectal cancer has dropped 3% annually ... More »

A New Drug for Type 2 Diabetes

June 30th, 2014  |  The Blog

Diabetes is a serious, incurable disease. There are 24 million Americans who have Type 2 diabetes. This number accounts for 90% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in the U.S. The U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) estimates that by 2050, one in three adults could be diagnosed with diabetes. While currently there are medications to help control the disease, there are several more on the cusp of being available to the public for even better blood sugar control. The Risks ... More »

The Truth About Vitamin D

June 23rd, 2014  |  The Blog

Just about everyone is taking it. Vitamin D is the new health rage. So, what is so special about it? Most healthcare providers agree that a sufficient level of vitamin D is essential to good long-term health. There are two types of vitamin D supplements: D2, which is found in food D3, which is made from exposure to sunlight Vitamin D Deficiency Testing A simple blood test called the 25-hydroxyvitamin D test is performed to check vitamin D levels. Normal result: 20 nanograms per milliliter ... More »

Important Life Lessons: Eat Slower, Walk Faster

June 16th, 2014  |  The Blog

Let us look at how a person eats and moves. The speed at which a person eats and the pace at which they walk has a strong impact on their weight management plan and goals. Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S. Following some simple tips in changing how we eat and move can help reduce the staggering obesity statistics. This will save lives and improve general health in the process. How We Eat The general public eats too fast. Eating at ... More »

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