Category Archives: Health

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…

Think About Your Thyroid

January 7th, 2019
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were joyful – and safe. January is generally the time when we set our priorities for the year. Many of us make resolutions to improve our bodies on the outside, such as losing weight. But here, we’re going to take a closer look at our bodies on the inside. Today, we’re going to think about our thyroids. The thyroid is a gland that’s part of the body’s endocrine system. It’s responsible for making…

A Letter to FCS

December 16th, 2018
It took Tampa local Charles “Alvin” Middleton more than 10 years to receive an accurate diagnosis of familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS), a rare genetic lipid disorder that causes fat buildup in the body and often leads to unpredictable and potentially fatal attacks of pancreatitis. Alvin has been in and out of the hospital for more than a decade, and once was put into a medically induced coma for more than 40 days. His husband and family were told at the…

Solutions for Your Skin

November 13th, 2018
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. If you’re an average adult, you’ve got about eight pounds and 22 square feet of it. Skin is active, living tissue, and each of its three layers have jobs to do to protect the body and keep it healthy. The outermost layer of the skin is the epidermis. It provides a waterproof barrier against germs, toxins and pollutants. This layer contains the cells that form the rough exterior surface of the…

Diabetes and Your Eyes

November 4th, 2018
Do you have diabetes? If so, you’re certainly not alone. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 30.3 million Americans have diabetes and another 8.1 million have it but haven’t been diagnosed. Another 84.1 million people in the US have prediabetes, and nine out of ten aren’t aware of it. Still, 1.2 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in this country every year. Maintaining healthy glucose (sugar) levels in your blood is a constant concern if you’ve got diabetes. Consistently…

New Hope for Parkinson’s Patients

October 29th, 2018
Married couples aren’t the only ones who sometimes wish their honeymoons would last a little longer. People being treated for Parkinson’s disease often express the same wish regarding their treatment. Before long, their wish may be granted. A clinical trial that began in July at the University of Arizona is aimed at finding out if ketamine, a drug used to treat depression, can extend what physicians refer to as “the honeymoon period’’ for Parkinson’s patients being treated with levodopa. Levodopa,…