Category Archives: Health

AFib: Hurried Heartbeats

September 21st, 2020
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common type of irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. With AFib, your heart beats much faster than the normal 60 to 100 beats per minute. To create a normal heart rhythm, or sinus rhythm, your heart’s upper and lower chambers must work in concert. But with AFib, the activity of those chambers is out of sync. The heart pumps blood to the rest of the body, and the pumping is controlled by the heart’s own…

Addiction Recovery Month 2020

August 31st, 2020
National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. With SAMHSA, we observe Recovery Month every September to increase awareness of substance use disorders and celebrate individuals in recovery. Alcohol and drug addiction are also referred to as substance use disorders. Whether the substance is alcohol, opioids, stimulants or sedatives, substance abuse has a widespread impact on life…

Stomach Stillness

August 10th, 2020
How well do you know your digestive system? Your stomach is an important part of it. The stomach is a hollow organ made up mainly of muscle. It takes in food that is eaten, mixes it up and breaks it down into smaller pieces. What’s left is passed from the stomach to the small intestine, where digestion continues. But sometimes, the muscles in the stomach or the nerves that control those muscles don’t work correctly. That slows the movement of…

It’s a SMAall World

August 4th, 2020
August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, so today is an excellent time to stay indoors in the air conditioning and read a blog. The topic of this one is a genetic disorder called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) that primarily affects infants and children and, more rarely, adults. August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month.  SMA is a neuromuscular disorder. It is a progressive disease that destroys motor neurons, the nerve cells that control muscle movement.…

Safe Under the Sun

July 8th, 2020
A few precautions can keep your skin safe this summer. Summer is here and with it comes an increased desire to get out of the house and do something outdoors. That desire may be even stronger this year, what with so many isolating themselves at home in an effort to avoid contracting the coronavirus. Before venturing outside, though, it’s always smart to take into account the risks associated with exposure to the sun and its potentially harmful ultraviolet rays. That’s…

Sounding Off on Scleroderma

June 9th, 2020
Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disorder that replaces your body’s healthy connective tissue with thick, hard tissue that’s full of extra collagen, a protein that serves as a building block for connective tissue. Connective tissue is fibrous tissue that supports, protects or gives structure to other tissues and organs in the body. Scleroderma is an unpredictable disease. Sometimes, it’s mild and affects only your skin, which is made up of connective tissue. But other times, scleroderma involves multiple organs and…

A Hernia History Lesson

June 5th, 2020
Even as the country reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are still staying close to home as much as possible and spending time at our computers. The computer is a good tool for learning about many topics. Join us today for a short history lesson on hernias as we celebrate June as Hernia Awareness Month. According to The Cleveland Clinic: “A hernia occurs when an internal organ or other body part protrudes through the wall of muscle or…

Aim Lower

May 24th, 2020
Blood Pressure Education Month seeks to reduce dangerous highs. Did you know that the temperature inside the room, talking or simply crossing your legs can cause a spike in your blood pressure? It’s true, and recognizing such facts is why May has been dubbed National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the goal behind the event is to raise awareness about the impact high blood pressure can have on a person’s…

You Are Not Alone

May 21st, 2020
Mental Health Awareness Month Focuses On Solutions. Shortly after the coronavirus first began to spread across the United States, public health officials expressed concern that mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression would soon be on the rise as well. Their concern was so great that in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to establish a free mental health service that allowed anyone needing…

The Health Care Appointment in the Age of COVID-19

May 21st, 2020
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19* a global pandemic. In response, health care providers across the US closed their office doors to all but the most emergent patients as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Today, these providers are reopening to non-emergent patients, but practices must follow strict protocols to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. With all the safety precautions in place, seeing your provider in the age of COVID-19 is an entirely…