Author Archive, nburgess

Poof! Disappearing Fat!

March 30th, 2015  |  The Blog

Disappearing body fat is a phenomenon that everyone wants to personally witness. Where does fat actually disappear to when someone "loses" it? Recent information published in The BMJ, previously called the British Medical Journal, explains what happens to the fat that a person burns off when they lose body fat and, ultimately, weight. The simplest explanation reveals that, when fat is "lost" or "burned off," it undergoes a complex biochemical process. What exactly does that mean? What is Fat? Fat is, scientifically, called ... More »

MRSA Lurks Among Us

March 23rd, 2015  |  The Blog

Staphylococcus aureus or staph is a common bacteria, which 1 in every 3 people carry on their skin or in their nose. Usually, it does not cause medical issues for those who have staph on their skin surface. But, that said, staph does have the potential to cause serious skin infections, pneumonia or/or a blood infection in some patients. If a patient develops a staph infection, it is most commonly and effectively treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, some staph bacteria cannot be ... More »

How to Understand Food Labels

March 16th, 2015  |  The Blog

Let's look at some nutrition information, especially that of healthy foods. So what constitutes a healthy food choice? It is interesting to note that, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 43% of all store-bought food items have at least one health claim in print on the packaging. What Does It All Mean? Here are a few of the most common health claims on the food packages found in supermarkets in the US: With Omega-3s Some products contain a mere 32 ... More »

Seizure Wristband Sensor

March 9th, 2015  |  The Blog

Seizures and epilepsy are serious conditions. These medical symptoms and issues are often difficult to track, especially in pediatric patients. The Concerns About Children and Seizures Everyone worries about the long-term effects of seizures. These are especially difficult thoughts for many parents: Will the child have a life-threatening seizure during the night while parents are asleep? Will a seizure occur when a child is away from home, either at an overnight event or when they are away at college? How do parents who have ... More »

Does the Medication Delivery Form Really Matter?

March 2nd, 2015  |  The Blog

Look around the over-the-counter analgesic and fever aisle. There are so many different forms of medication available. There are tablets, caplets, softgels, gelcaps, liquids, powders, quick-dissolve tablets and chewables. While they are all effective, which one works the fastest? The Absorption of Medication After swallowing, traditional tablet forms are broken down into smaller particles, dissolved in the stomach and absorbed by the intestinal tract into the blood. Other forms of medications are absorbed faster because they do not need to be ... More »

The Eyes Have It-All About Eyelash Enhancement

February 23rd, 2015  |  The Blog

Long, lush eyelashes are the envy of the runway and the everyday woman. The current beauty trend is for bold eyebrows and stunningly full eyelashes. If you were not born with naturally long and thick eyelashes, you are now in luck. There is a new product available on the market. SmartLash is a non-prescription, dermatologist recommended, eyelash enhancer. It is an affordable option for many patients.?Many healthcare providers suggest that patients seek the professional opinion of a qualified dermatologist before starting ... More »

Hip Replacement Surgery Update

February 20th, 2015  |  The Blog

People are living longer and this very fact impacts the number of joint replacements done in the US every year. This discussion focuses specifically on hip replacements in the US. Hip Replacement Statistics According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 332,000 total hip replacements are performed annually. The need to replace a hip joint can be a direct result of wear-and-tear or the result of a fall and subsequent hip fracture. Certainly, there are many individual ... More »

Adult Immunization Overview

February 17th, 2015  |  The Blog

With the recent measles outbreak in California, it is appropriate to have a discussion about adult immunizations. This discussion is best done in list form to keep the information concise. It is important to note that many immunization-preventable diseases are far more serious when contracted by an adult than a child. Adults need updated immunizations for several main reasons, including: General health and prevention Protection for the general population Chronic health Issues Employment Travel Adult patient need to discuss their individual immunization needs with their primary care ... More »

What is a Clinical Trial?

February 2nd, 2015  |  The Blog

Clinical trials are important when a rare or life-threatening disease with no known cure rears its head. At this juncture, a clinical trial is sometimes the only treatment choice. A clinical trial, according to www.clinicaltrials.gov, is a research study in which human volunteers are assigned an intervention (a medical product or procedure) according to a protocol. They are then evaluated for the biomedical effects and health outcomes. Finding an appropriate clinical trial is not an easy task for the patient or ... More »

Measles Outbreak and Anti-Vaxxers

January 29th, 2015  |  The Blog

Measles or rubeola is a communicable viral disease. Before 1980, the year when measles immunization became widely available, there were 2.6 million deaths annually attributed to measles worldwide. A heightened vaccination program has reduced the number of measles cases and lowered the subsequent deaths by 75% from 2000 to 2013. The number of prevented death is estimated at 15.6 million. The Vaccine Debate Measles is a vaccine-preventable childhood disease. The recent measles outbreak at Disneyland in California has brought to light the ... More »

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