The Waiting Room

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…

Concentrating on ADHD in Adults

July 31st, 2018
The national nonprofit organization Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) estimates 10 million adults have ADHD. We hear more about ADHD in children, but 30 percent to 70 percent of kids with the disorder continue having symptoms into adulthood. In adults, ADHD affects men and women equally. ADHD is a developmental disorder that has emotional, intellectual, behavioral and physical symptoms. These symptoms include distractibility, impulsivity and hyperactivity. They can cause problems in your relationships, as well as your…

Moving Matters

July 24th, 2018
For years, groups like the American Heart Association released guidelines for physical activity for adults. The AHA, for instance, recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five days per week. Another option is at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least three days per week. The old benchmark of a total of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week rightly suggests that people get health benefits from…

Remote Control

July 15th, 2018
Minimally invasive robotically assisted heart procedure proves effective. Adam* describes himself as a fitness fanatic. The 55-year-old retired Naval officer works out at the gym at least five days a week and usually gets in a jog of at least five miles every other day. He’s in excellent physical condition for a man his age, which is why he thought something must be wrong when he suddenly found himself out of breath midway through the 30 minutes it usually takes…

Need New Hip Joint?

July 9th, 2018
Positioning system makes replacement surgery more precise. The number of Americans having hip replacement surgery has grown steadily over the past eighteen years. It’s estimated that this year, more than 300,000 people will undergo the procedure, up from 138,000 in 2000. The procedure, fortunately, has matured as well. A recent advancement to hip replacement surgery was the release and FDA approval of a technology that helps surgeons determine the most accurate alignment of the replacement implants. This technology is the…

“Wasting” a Donation

July 2nd, 2018
During Digestive Disease Week in early June, a group of researchers from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada presented the results of their study to a gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery and liver disease. The study results came from a 32-question online survey of about 800 people in the US, Canada and UK. Lead researcher Breanna McSweeney, a medical student at the University of Alberta in Canada,…

Do You Feel How You Eat?

June 27th, 2018
The broiled fish filet with steamed broccoli and rice you had for dinner last night and the salad you opted for over the hamburger at lunch yesterday may be doing more for you than just keeping your waistline in check. It may be giving your mental health a boost as well. Medical researchers have long known that people who are depressed tend to eat greater quantities of fast food. New research suggests, however, that by simply changing their diet, depressed…

It’s National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

June 26th, 2018
Migraines are not “all in your head,” and the pain is not only real but may have serious consequences for your life and bank account. June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, a time to support those whose lives are often made unbearable by chronic migraines that can be difficult to treat, even with prescription medication. An estimated 36 million Americans suffer from migraines, but only one of every three talks to a doctor about them, according to the…

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