The Waiting Room

What a Pain

April 24th, 2018
Diagnosing and Treating Sciatica. When you stand, does pain shoot from your lower back, down your thigh and maybe to your knee? Do you have tingling, numbness, weakness or difficulty moving your leg or foot? Does one side of your buttocks constantly ache? Do you have hip pain? Does your discomfort worsen when you bend at the waist, cough, sneeze or sit? If you answered yes to any of those questions, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from sciatica. This…

The Eyes Have It

April 17th, 2018
By the time he had reached the end of this 20-year playing career, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabaar had become known as much for the safety goggles he wore during games as the skyhook he used to become a 19-time NBA All-Star and six-time NBA most valuable player. It was the result of repeated eye injuries, the last one being a second scratched cornea that he suffered midway through the 1974 season he spent with…

Oral Cancer Concerns

April 10th, 2018
Let’s discuss something we don’t usually think about and don’t often hear about: oral cancer, or more specifically oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer. Often grouped together, these cancers are not among the most hyped, but they’re disfiguring – and deadly – just the same. Where are we talking about? The oral cavity, essentially the mouth, includes the lips, inside lining of the lips and cheeks, teeth, gums, front two-thirds of the tongue, floor of the mouth under the tongue, and…

Sexual Violence: Be Aware

March 31st, 2018
It happens every 98 seconds. Someone in the US becomes a victim of sexual assault. So says this article from HuffingtonPost.com. That works out to more than 570 people who fall prey to sexual violence every day. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. It’s a good time to think about this problem and aim at preventing it. There’s a lot more to know about sexual violence. According to the Bureau…

Endometriosis Agony

March 27th, 2018
For about 10 percent of women in their childbearing years, a difficult, sometimes agonizing condition called endometriosis is an unwelcomed reality. This disruptive disorder, which primarily strikes those in their teens to their 40s, affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide. There’s a lot we know about endometriosis, and a lot we don’t. For starters, we know endometriosis occurs when the type of tissue that lines the uterus, called the endometrium, is found growing outside of the uterus. Most often,…

Aiming at AMD

March 20th, 2018
If you’re a Baby Boomer, like me, now’s the time to get wise about a dangerous threat to your eyesight. It’s age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, and it’s one of the leading causes of vision loss in people over 50. To get you started learning more, here are a few realities about this insidious eye disease. For one thing, AMD is everywhere. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.8 million Americans currently have AMD and another…

Progression to Periodontitis

March 13th, 2018
Recently, I had a chance to learn more about a common oral health problem. The problem is peridontal disease, or periodontitis. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2 percent of American adults age 30 and older have some form of gum disease. They add that gum disease increases with age, with 70.1 percent of adults 65 and older affected by it. How does a person get to that point? I’ll try to explain. Periodontitis generally starts…

A Fearsome Fungus

March 6th, 2018
Who’s afraid of fungus? If you’re like me, you probably don’t think too much of fungi you can see, like mold on a piece of bread or a mushroom. But the tiny fungi living on your skin and inside your body can grow out of control and cause annoying, and sometimes serious, infections. Fungal infections are extremely common. A July 2017 article in The Lancet reports these infections affect more than one billion people world-wide each year. What’s frightening is…

Early Cancer Diagnosis Can Save Lives

March 1st, 2018
Getting regular wellness checkups at the doctor is like doing preventive maintenance on your car. If you wait until you know something’s wrong, fixing it becomes much more complicated. Let’s say you never change your oil regularly as recommended. You’re subjecting your engine to more wear and tear than necessary and taking the risk of a catastrophic failure. Our bodies react much the same way if we don’t give them proper care. Someone who is having symptoms but won’t go…

Eczema Experience

February 27th, 2018
A few weeks ago, I noticed strange patches of dry, scaly skin popping up all over my face and legs. I can deal with ugly patches of skin, except these itched like a son of a b! I tried to get by with over-the-counter creams and a promise to myself I wouldn’t scratch, but that failed miserably. With the patches now inflamed, I finally scheduled an appointment with the dermatologist. She took one look at my skin and said, You’ve…

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