Stroke Awareness Month – What You Need to Know

Learn the warning signs of stroke and how you can lower your risk during Stroke Awareness Month!

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a time aimed to promote awareness and knowledge about the causes and symptoms of strokes. Check out the video below to learn about the different types of strokes, common causes and symptoms, and what you can do to prevent a stroke and preserve your brain health!     To [...]

Get the Facts About Glaucoma

Get tested for glaucoma and save your vision!

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness and stay informed about this sight-stealing disease. Over 2.7 million Americans over the age of 40 are afflicted with glaucoma, a disease that can rob up to 40% of one’s sight without the individual noticing. Of the 60 million people affected by glaucoma worldwide, [...]

Get Smart About Antibiotics

Get Smart About Antitbiotics

How informed are you about antibiotics? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is observing “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” November 12-18 2012 to raise awareness about antibiotics and anti-microbial resistance. Learn about how taking antibiotics too often can cause you to develop a resistance to them, and what you can do to avoid [...]

Flu Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Flu Vaccine

The best way to treat the nightmarish flu is to prevent it with a Flu Shot! Vaccination should begin as soon as possible and should not be delayed. All people 6 months and older are now recommended to receive an influenza vaccination each year. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: [...]

Physician FAQ: “Do I Have Arthritis?”

arthritis hands

“Do I have arthritis?” This is the single most common question posed to a rheumatologist at a patient’s initial office visit. Usually they have been referred from their primary care physician for joint pain with abnormal laboratory studies suggesting an autoimmune condition. Autoimmune literally means an immune response against one’s own tissues. Arthritis is one [...]

Going Gluten-Free: Answers to Your Most Common Questions

Going Gluten-Free

If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, proper nutrition plays an integral role in managing signs and symptoms of the disease and in preventing complications.  Although a complete overhaul of your current diet may seem daunting, it is important to realize that many of the foods you already consume can be safely incorporated into [...]

Summer Skin Safety: Preventing Melanoma

Tips for summer skin safety - preventing melanoma

Melanoma is a cancer that originates in melanocytes of the skin. The incidence of Melanoma has recently gone up. Reasons for this increase include depletion of the ozone layer and tanning bed use. If caught early this cancer has a cure rate of over 90%. Up to one-fifth of patients diagnosed late will die. This [...]

Avoid Kidney Stones This Summer

Stay hydrated to prevent kidney stones this summer

The summer season brings with it an increased risk of kidney stones. Kidney stones are composed of salts and minerals that normally stay dissolved in the urine. However, when these salts are present in excessive amounts, they can form crystals and eventually become large enough to form stones. Once formed, the stones may stay in [...]

Could Chocolate Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack?

Daily dose of dark chocolate could prevent cardiac episodes

A new study in the British Medical Journal published May 31st, 2012 finds that the daily consumption of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack in high-risk patients. Researchers studied over 2,000 people with hypertension and metabolic syndrome and found that daily consumption of about 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate over [...]

Popular Antibiotic Could Lead to Heart-Related Deaths

Popular antibiotic azythromycin could lead to heart complications

A new study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients taking the antibiotic azithromycin had a rare, but fatal chance of dying from heart-related complications. The research conducted by Vanderbilt University on Tennessee Medicaid patients from 1992-2006 revealed that the drug was responsible for 29 heart-related deaths among the 540,000 patients studied. [...]