The Waiting Room

Say “Yes” to Yoga

October 10th, 2018
Do you practice yoga or have you ever thought about trying it? I think about it quite a bit, but the problem is I just THINK about it. However, after reading about all of yoga’s benefits, I might actually DO something about it. Like any activity, you can get injured doing yoga, but most doctors agree that the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Yoga has an interesting backstory. For starters, it’s a 5,000-year-old practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy.…

The Bottom Line on Breast Cancer

September 25th, 2018
It’s October. Everybody knows it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look around. You see pink everywhere. The color is a reminder to get the facts about breast cancer and then get screened. Don’t think this doesn’t apply to you, men. You can get breast cancer, too, even though it’s much more common in women. Consider these statistics. About one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. This year, an estimated 266,120 new cases…

Skyrocketing STDs

September 24th, 2018
With all of the breakthroughs science has made on complicated diseases like cancer, you’d think we’d have the simple stuff figured out. But that’s not the case with sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. For a while there, doctors seemed to have a handle on these infections, but over the past four years, their rates have skyrocketed.  According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, last year was no different. It posted the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and…

Raising Sepsis Awareness

September 18th, 2018
Every month of the year celebrates awareness of a health disorder or healthy behavior, and September is the national month for a ton of things. One of the September celebrations is Sepsis Awareness Month. I thought we could all use a little more awareness about this potentially fatal condition. For example, did you know that sepsis is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of death in US hospitals. There are more than…

Glioblastoma: A Ghastly Cancer

September 11th, 2018
On Saturday, Aug 25, Arizona Senator John McCain succumbed to an especially heinous brain cancer called glioblastoma. Glioblastoma, the most common of all of the malignant primary brain tumors, is the same illness that killed Sen. Ted Kennedy and Beau Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. In the United States, there are approximately 18,000 people diagnosed with glioblastoma every year, and an…

Don’t be a Tech Neck

September 4th, 2018
A YouTube video showing people walking into everything from doors and walls to cars and fountains while looking down at their cell phones has drawn hundreds of thousands of online views and at least that many laughs. The potential for injury stemming from staring at your cell phone is no laughing matter, however, and the dangers extend beyond the possibility of stumbling or falling as a result of simply not paying attention to what you’re doing while on your phone.…

Bye-Bye Vertigo!

August 28th, 2018
Living in Florida can be brutal for an allergy sufferer. I know, because I’ve lived in Florida since I was three and can’t remember a time when I didn’t suffer from allergies and ear and nasal infections. I’m allergic to the world so I’m always having to make trips to the doctor for antibiotics and allergy treatments. Recently, I started getting frequent dizzy spells as well. I assumed at first that they were the result of another infection and put…

Through The Eyes Of A Child

August 13th, 2018
Waiting until after Labor Day to begin the new school year is a thing of the past. It is here in Florida anyway. Students attending public schools in the Sunshine State return to school a full three weeks before the Labor Day holiday this year. With the summer break now at an end, the time for back-to-school shopping is already at hand. So, too, is the time to make sure your child is as well-equipped as possible to begin the…

A Bit About OAB

August 13th, 2018
Overactive bladder or OAB, isn’t a disease in itself. Rather, it’s a syndrome, a collection of symptoms caused by sudden, involuntary contractions of the muscle of the wall of the bladder, where urine is stored. OAB symptoms can be triggered anywhere at any time and can have a major impact on your quality of life. The most notable symptom of OAB is a sudden need to urinate that you can’t control. Some of us leak urine when we feel this…

Studying Psoriasis

August 4th, 2018
August is one of the hottest months of the year for nearly everybody, so it’s a great time to stay in the air conditioning and get a little education. This week’s lesson is on psoriasis, a chronic condition that’s more than skin deep. Research shows it’s the result of several factors, including your immune system, genetics and environmental exposure. There are different types of psoriasis, but I’m going to concentrate on the most common form, plaque psoriasis. The American Academy…

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