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Go Purple on the Longest Day

June 18th, 2020
Alzheimer’s Association Seeks to Raise Awareness. The longest day of the year, also known as the summer solstice, is the day with the most light. Not coincidentally, it is on that day each year that the Alzheimer’s Association strives to bring the most light to its efforts to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease. That day falls on June 20, a Saturday, this year, and while the impact of the coronavirus may force a few changes in plans, the Alzheimer’s…

Sounding Off on Scleroderma

June 9th, 2020
Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disorder that replaces your body’s healthy connective tissue with thick, hard tissue that’s full of extra collagen, a protein that serves as a building block for connective tissue. Connective tissue is fibrous tissue that supports, protects or gives structure to other tissues and organs in the body. Scleroderma is an unpredictable disease. Sometimes, it’s mild and affects only your skin, which is made up of connective tissue. But other times, scleroderma involves multiple organs and…

Convalescent Plasma Therapy for COVID-19

June 6th, 2020
Even as you read this, researchers are feverishly working to uncover potential treatments for COVID-19, the highly infectious illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. One of the treatments being studied is the use of plasma from people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 on currently sick patients. It’s called convalescent plasma therapy. If you had COVID-19 and recovered, your body developed natural defenses against the disease called antibodies, which are located in the liquid portion of your blood called plasma. Convalescent plasma,…

A Hernia History Lesson

June 5th, 2020
Even as the country reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are still staying close to home as much as possible and spending time at our computers. The computer is a good tool for learning about many topics. Join us today for a short history lesson on hernias as we celebrate June as Hernia Awareness Month. According to The Cleveland Clinic: “A hernia occurs when an internal organ or other body part protrudes through the wall of muscle or…

Stressed by the Headlines? There’s Hope

June 4th, 2020
Infections. Deaths. Racism. Brutality. Rioting. Looting. Shooting. Killing. It seems today’s headlines herald terrible news that the world we live in is in utter chaos. If you’re like me, you’re probably feeling somewhat frazzled by it all. And if you’re a news junkie, you may even be feeling downright depressed! There’s actually a name for that feeling. Psychologist Steven Stosny originally coined the term election stress disorder to describe the feeling of anxiety caused by the onslaught of news surrounding…

Men: Is Low T Slowing You Down?

June 2nd, 2020
Hey guys, are you feeling sluggish, having trouble building muscle through your workouts or experiencing a slowdown in the bedroom? You could have low testosterone, or low T. Low T is a condition in which the male reproductive glands, the testes, don’t produce enough of the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is necessary for male development and sexual function.…

Aim Lower

May 24th, 2020
Blood Pressure Education Month seeks to reduce dangerous highs. Did you know that the temperature inside the room, talking or simply crossing your legs can cause a spike in your blood pressure? It’s true, and recognizing such facts is why May has been dubbed National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the goal behind the event is to raise awareness about the impact high blood pressure can have on a person’s…

You Are Not Alone

May 21st, 2020
Mental Health Awareness Month Focuses On Solutions. Shortly after the coronavirus first began to spread across the United States, public health officials expressed concern that mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression would soon be on the rise as well. Their concern was so great that in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to establish a free mental health service that allowed anyone needing…

Nutrition’s Role In Fighting COVID-19

May 21st, 2020
Eating right can help you build a healthy immune system. The coronavirus had only taken the lives of some 3,000 people worldwide when a claim suggesting that eating a Nigerian dish called Yoruba stew or simply consuming a diet rich in pepper could cure someone of the virus within 24 hours. Within a matter of days, the “pepper soup theory” was determined to be a hoax. Since then, a number of similar theories claiming that everything from garlic to warm…

The Health Care Appointment in the Age of COVID-19

May 21st, 2020
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19* a global pandemic. In response, health care providers across the US closed their office doors to all but the most emergent patients as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Today, these providers are reopening to non-emergent patients, but practices must follow strict protocols to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. With all the safety precautions in place, seeing your provider in the age of COVID-19 is an entirely…

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