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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 »

Predicting Suicide Risk with a Blood Test

June 16th, 2015  |  The Blog

Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the US. Over 1% of all deaths in the US are the result of suicide. About 30,000 Americans die by suicide every year and another 500,000 unsuccessfully attempt to kill themselves. Attempted suicide versus completed suicide is at least 10:1. About 30% to 40% of those who successfully kill themselves have made a previous attempt. The age of suicide victims rises with aging. About 40% of suicide victims are over 60 years old. ... More »

An Updated Prescription Drug Delivery System

June 10th, 2015  |  The Blog

Remembering to take daily medication can be difficult for some patients. Which pill do I take when? This becomes a consummate question, not only in younger years but especially when a patient is elderly. It holds true for everyone. Patients who take multiple medications every day are impacted, as are elderly parents for whom many people provide care. Many patients take their medications directly out of the prescription bottle while others choose to fill a daily or weekly medication holder. Either ... More »

Blood Test to Detect Marijuana

June 3rd, 2015  |  The Blog

A non-invasive test for marijuana detection would be a valuable tool in the work environment and for drug-related driving tests. Researchers are also working to develop a saliva test to detect marijuana in a person's system. With regard to drug usage, marijuana smokers fall into two categories. "Frequent smokers" are those who imbibe more than three times per week. "Occasional smokers" use marijuana less than twice per week. These guidelines were the basic foundation and participant criteria for the research. The Need ... More »

Why Are You So Tired?

May 26th, 2015  |  The Blog

Is your patient just tired or do they have chronic fatigue syndrome? Think again because chronic fatigue syndrome has been renamed, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to offer medical advice to government authorities and the general public. The renaming came about because patients felt that their medical condition, chronic fatigue syndrome, was mocked by the former name. This disease is now called systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID). Either way, whether ... More »


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