The Blog Archive

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 »

Menopause and Hot Flashes, Ugh!

January 19th, 2015  |  The Blog

Menopause and hot flashes go hand-in-hand. The warm surge of heat over-taking a woman's body without warning is somewhat overwhelming and uncomfortable. The treatment choices for hot flashes usually involve some type of hormone therapy, either oral, topical or vaginal. Hormone therapy has its advantages and its disadvantages. The choice to use this treatment option is based on each individual case after consultation with a qualified physician. There is a new non-hormonal drug treatment choice, which shows great promise in treating hot ... More »

The 411 on Ear Infections

January 12th, 2015  |  The Blog

Ear infections are all too common. Adults can get ear infections but children are the most common patients. When a child gets a cold, 2/3 of the time, they end up with an ear infection. Why Do Children Get So Many Ear Infections? Two-thirds of children who get an ear infection end up with an ear infection. Why? The immature immune system of a child adds to the statistics A tiny ear does not drain as well as an adult ear Types of Ear Infections ... More »

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness

January 9th, 2015  |  The Blog

Alzheimer's disease is a scary diagnosis. It is scary for the patient and for the family and/or caregivers. What does the future hold? How will this disease unfold? What can be done to deal with the symptoms and ramifications, medical, social and financial, moving forward? Help! There is a 65 years young gentleman trying to find the answers to the many questions and concerns that surround Alzheimer's disease. This man was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease and is out to educate ... More »

The Truth About Multivitamin Supplements

December 30th, 2014  |  The Blog

Eat well, exercise, get plenty of sleep and take your daily multivitamin, right? Isn't that what we all know to be the formula for staying healthy? In my day, that was the advice that we all followed. Today, there is a growing case against the need to take a daily multivitamin. The current thought or trend is that taking vitamin supplements can actually cause dreaded diseases, for which we are taking the multivitamin to avoid, like cancer. Multivitamins By the Numbers Interestingly, a ... More »

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