Category Archives: Health

Addiction Damage in America

April 9th, 2019
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported some disconcerting news last month when it released the results of a study on drug overdose deaths among American women ages 30 to 64. The study, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on January 10, found that death rates in this group skyrocketed 260 percent from 1999 to 2017. According to the study investigators, who reviewed death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System, the death rate…

A Dialogue on Bleeding Disorders

March 26th, 2019
When most people get a cut or other trauma to their bodies, specialized cells are immediately transported to the site of the injury to form a blood clot and stem the bleeding. To form a blood clot, you need a type of blood cells called platelets and certain proteins known as clotting factors. During the clotting process, the platelets clump together at the site of the injury to form a “plug.” Then, the clotting factors group up to make what’s…

Concerning Colorectal Cancer

March 17th, 2019
With cancer, the cells of a part of your body grow out of control. When this occurs with the cells of your colon or rectum, it’s colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is an equal-opportunity disease. It affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. Aging is a key factor for this disease, so it’s more common in people ages 50 and older. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both…

LipiFlow: A Defining Therapy for Dry Eye

March 11th, 2019
Among eye disorders, dry eye disease is one of the most common. It affects 30 million Americans. It’s also one of the most uncomfortable. With it, your eyes feel dry and may itch, sting and/or burn. There’s also a feeling you’ve got something foreign in your eye. And even though it’s called dry eye, your eyes may tear a lot, too. Dry eye disease is generally divided into two types. One is the aqueous deficient type, which means you’re not…

Defining Diet and Nutrition

March 4th, 2019
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word diet? Did you immediately think of a restrictive eating regimen that deprives you of your favorite foods? I think most people look at “diet” that way, and because they see it as depriving, they consider diet a bad thing. For most people, a diet is a tool for losing weight. And according to a survey spearheaded by the International Food and Information Council, 77 percent of Americans…

Caring For Baby Teeth

February 17th, 2019
How to get your child started on the right path to good oral hygiene. Long before they take their first steps and possibly before they utter their first words, babies will develop their first couple of teeth. Typically, it’s the lower front teeth or central incisors that show up first, and when they do, it’s time to start caring for them. A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth and typically…

Holding Off Heart Disease

February 17th, 2019
It’s February, and you know what that means – it’s American Heart Month. It’s that annual opportunity to review what we know about heart disease. And it’s our chance to be sure we’re doing everything we can to prevent or manage it in our lives. After all, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. In fact, one in every four deaths in this country is the result of heart disease, to…

Learn About Low Vision

February 10th, 2019
Do you worry about your vision? Many of us do. Vision loss is a common condition in the United States. It’s estimated that 25 million Americans are blind or visually impaired. One in 28 Americans ages 40 and older have low vision. Since low vision is so prevalent, I thought we ought to learn more about it. First of all, let’s define low vision. It’s a significant visual impairment that can’t be corrected by any type of prescription lenses, or…

Skin Tightening Technology

January 29th, 2019
If you think about it, your skin is pretty amazing. It’s your body’s largest organ, and it serves a bunch of functions. For example, it protects you from the outside elements, regulates your body temperature, and detects sensations such as heat, cold, pain and pressure. And it regenerates itself about every 27 days. A drawback of skin, though, is it tends to wrinkle as we get older. The fine lines and wrinkles you can get on your face can make…

Is It Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis?

January 14th, 2019
Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) are types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s and UC have many things in common: they both cause inflammation, swelling and sores in the lining of the digestive tract, and they’ve got many symptoms in common. Yet, they’re distinct disorders that affect different areas of the GI tract. It’s estimated that 1.6 million Americans suffer with IBD. It occurs in men and women equally, but is more common in Caucasians than in other…