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Gaming: Medical Disorder or Not?

September 15th, 2019
There’s no debate about it. Internet and video games are popular in this country. A Pew survey found that 97 percent of teen boys and 83 percent of teen girls play games on some type of device. And it’s not just kids. A research study estimates that about 160 million American adults play internet-based games. It’s definitely easy to get caught up in the games, but is playing too much a disease or addiction? That question is up for debate.…

A Bit About Bleeding Disorders

September 10th, 2019
Normally, if you cut yourself, your body rushes to form a blood clot at the site of the injury to staunch the bleeding. Clots are mostly made of platelets, a type of blood cell, and protein clotting factors that work together to form a fibrin “plug” around the injured area. But if you have a bleeding disorder, this clotting process doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. Without proper clotting, people with bleeding disorders can bleed excessively. The problem might be…

OTC Considerations

September 3rd, 2019
By now, you know about the drug crisis facing this nation associated with opioid painkillers. You know opioids are overused, and they can lead to abuse, addiction and even death. Maybe you’ve decided to treat your pain, whether it’s a tension headache or back pain, with over-the-counter pain medicines instead. After all, they’re safer, right? Well, not entirely. While OTC pain medicines don’t generally lead to addiction and death, they do have serious risks if you take too much or…

Florida Hepatitis A Cases Continue To Rise At Alarming Rate

August 22nd, 2019
The annual number of reported cases of hepatitis A in the state of Florida is on the rise yet again and at an alarming rate, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health. After reported cases of hepatitis A in Florida more than doubled between 2016 and 2017 and nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018, the number of cases reported in Florida since then has more than…

Cancer Vaccines Offer Hope

August 20th, 2019
Vaccines, as you probably know, are medicines that help your body fight disease. If you’re like most people, you received vaccinations against a bunch of disorders – from chickenpox to whooping cough – when you were a kid. Vaccines work with your immune system to recognize and destroy harmful substances, such as disease-causing viruses, that attack your body. Scientists today are exploring new and better ways to boost the power of the immune system, using vaccines aimed at battling cancer.…

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August 13th, 2019
Why a vaccine this year may be more important than ever The hottest days of the summer traditionally occur during a span of days that begins in early July and ends in the middle of August. Better known as the “Dog Days of Summer,’’ this period ends this year on the day just before school begins across the state of Florida. The beginning of the school year also falls in the middle of National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance…

St. Petersburg Surgeon Performs First 3D-Printed Finger Bone Operation in the United States

August 6th, 2019
Three dimensional, or 3D, printing has had many notable software and technology advances in recent years, and one of the more notable implementations in that progression was recently engineered by a St. Petersburg surgeon. Dr. Daniel Penello, a surgeon with Alexander Orthopedic Associates, became the first doctor to use a 3D printer to replace a finger bone after a welder named Robert Smith lost virtually all use of his middle finger when a steel beam fell on it and crushed…

Welcome to Florida: The Lightning State

July 11th, 2019
Florida’s has long been referred to as “The Sunshine State,” but anyone who sees the proverbial glass as being half-empty instead of half-full would be justified in calling it “The Lightning State.” With an average of more than 3,000 lighting strikes per day and more than a million lightning strikes per year, Florida ranks fourth in the nation behind Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas in the number of recorded lightning flashes each year. However, because of its vast population and the…

Melanoma: The Mother of Skin Cancers

June 16th, 2019
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US, affecting about one in five Americans by age 70. In fact, more people in the US are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if detected early and treated properly. Skin cancer starts in the three main types of skin cells: basal cells, squamous cells and melanocytes. Melanocytes, found in the skin’s middle layer, or epidermis, make the…

Are Men More Likely To Develop Osteoporosis Than Women?

June 9th, 2019
New Study Reveals Stunning Trend The precursor to osteoporosis, a silent yet potentially disabling disease that can cause bones to weaken and break unexpectedly, is osteopenia. Like osteoporosis, osteopenia is a disease most often found in women, but new research suggests middle-aged men may be more likely to develop the disease. That is the conclusion drawn from a recent study of the bone mineral density in the necks and hips of 173 men and women between the ages of 35…

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