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When Should You Call the Doctor?

November 17th, 2014  |  The Blog

There is never a totally wrong time to call a doctor but there are definitely times when it is imperative to call one. What might those it is time to call the doctor moments be? These guidelines are important for everyone, adults and children, but especially essential for parents to keep in mind when and if their child complains about any concerning symptoms. The it is time to call the doctor symptoms include: Difficulty breathing Anyone with difficulty breathing needs to be evaluated. A ... More »

Laughing Gas and Childbirth

November 12th, 2014  |  The Blog

Childbirth is approached with many different treatment options for the mother's comfort. Some choose to go the natural route while others opt for an epidural spinal or, sometimes, pain medication. Read on to learn about another option. There is a new, or actually renewed, treatment option to alleviate the discomfort of childbirth. As long ago as 1881, laughing gas was used in childbirth. In the 1930's, using nitrous oxide during childbirth was fairly common. Shortly thereafter, options like twilight sleep, IV ... More »

The Importance of Dental Floss

November 3rd, 2014  |  The Blog

The first question many dentists ask a patient is whether they floss their teeth daily. Do you? Flossing is an important part of every oral health care plan, according to the American Dental Association. The daily oral hygiene practice should start as early as 2 years of age (or as soon as a child has two teeth that touch) and continue for a lifetime. The act should actually become a habit, a part of every person's daily routine. Benefits of Flossing Dental floss ... More »

Migraines by the Numbers

October 30th, 2014  |  The Blog

It is amazing how many people suffer from persistent headaches and often migraines. The statistics surrounding migraines is significant in the U.S. According to the National Library of Medicine, a migraine is defined as: A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head. Some people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called an aura, before ... More »

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 »

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