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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 »

Glaucoma Treatment Simplified

October 9th, 2014  |  The Blog

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. It is an eye disease in which the ocular pressure is elevated and causes damage to the optic nerve. The disease is asymptomatic until the end stage when vision is irreversibly diminished. Damage to the optic nerve causes vision loss and blindness. The key to treating glaucoma is early detection so the proper and effective eye drops can be prescribed and administered to lower the ocular pressure. Traditional Glaucoma Treatment Glaucoma is ... More »

What You Need to Know About Enterovirus D68

October 1st, 2014  |  The Blog

The Enterovirus D68 is usually a rare illness but has seen a rapid increase in cases over the recent weeks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Enterovirus D68 was first identified in 1962 in California. Thereafter, it was rarely seen or diagnosed until about 2009 when there were cases reported mostly in Japan, the Philippines and the Netherlands. Generally, enteroviruses affect 10 to 15 million people in the U.S. every year. These illnesses are typically mild and often ... More »

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 »

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