WP Booras, MD, P.A.
Family Practice

How To Monitor Your Own Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure (BP) may be too high and you might not even know it. It's estimated that one-third of the 50 million Americans who have high blood pressure (hypertension) don't even know it.
Infection with the real influenza virus is a much worse and even potentially serious infection that ranks as the top predator in the food chain of respiratory illnesses. Many “colds” can beat us up a bit, but influenza is more like going a few rounds with a heavyweight boxer.
The Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot)
Every spring, some of the greatest minds in medicine match wits with one of the craftiest viruses on earth - influenza. By examining statistics and patterns of disease from the previous year, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) and experts around the world try to predict which strains of influenza will be prominent when flu season officially begins the following December.
The 1999-2000 Flu Vaccine Recommendations
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) strongly recommends vaccination for people who are at a higher risk of complications from a bout with the flu.
GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (also called GERD) is the medical term for chronic heartburn. GERD occurs when a small valve (the lower esophageal sphincter) between the stomach and esophagus leaks, causing digestive fluids, bile and stomach acid to ‘back up" from the stomach into the esophagus.
GERD Lifestyle Modifications and Treatment
Lyme Disease Update
Some of you who spend time in the great outdoors of Northeast Florida may wonder about your risk of exposure to Lyme disease and the need for vaccination.
Horse Chestnut Seed Extract For Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) describes persistent incompetence of the deep and perforating veins in the lower extremities. Swelling, darkening of the skin, and ulcerations can accompany leg pain, tiredness, and itching.
Feverfew for Migraine Prevention (updated)
A common garden flower (Tanacetum parthenium) sometimes called a “summer daisy,” feverfew has been used to treat headaches, menstrual irregularity, and fever...
Gallup Survey Shows Americans On High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Fad Diets Are Cutting Out Healthy Foods
Fad diets and bad nutritional advice are spurring Americans to cut healthy foods such as rice, pasta, bread and cereals from their daily consumption, according to a new Gallup Organization survey.
Herbal Remedy, Ma Huang (Ephedrine), is Not Heart Healthy

    As more Americans seek relief from a variety of medical ailments with herbal and alternative remedies, researchers have found that one of these treatments may cause serious health problems.

Anxiety Disorders
Most people experience feelings of anxiety before an important event such as a big exam, business presentation or first date. Anxiety disorders, however, are illnesses that cause people to feel frightened, distressed and uneasy for no apparent reason. Left untreated, these disorders can dramatically reduce productivity and significantly diminish an individual's quality of life.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by anxious thoughts or rituals you feel you can't control. If you have OCD, as it's called, you may be plagued by persistent, unwelcome thoughts or images, or by the urgent need to engage in certain rituals.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a debilitating condition that follows a terrifying event. Often, people with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to.
Phobias occur in several forms. A specific phobia is a fear of a particular object or situation. Social phobia is a fear of being painfully embarrassed in a social setting. And agoraphobia, which often accompanies panic disorder, is a fear of being in any situation that might provoke a panic attack, or from which escape might be difficult if one occurred.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is much more than the normal anxiety people experience day to day. It's chronic and exaggerated worry and tension, even though nothing seems to provoke it. Having this disorder means always anticipating disaster, often worrying excessively about health, money, family, or work. Sometimes, though, the source of the worry is hard to pinpoint. Simply the thought of getting through the day provokes anxiety
Prescription: Exercise.
So you’re ready to exercise…

Why Should I Exercise?
But I’m happy the way I am. I feel pretty good already. I have good genes. I don’t know where to start. I don’t have time. I don’t like to sweat. OK, I admit, I’m lazy.
Glucosamine for Osteoarthritis
Many people inquire about the use of glucosamine for the treatment of arthritis. A recently published book ("The Arthritis Cure"), several television news shows, and articles in the New York Times have suggested that it may be effective for the treatment of osteoarthritis
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that follows the seasons. The most common type of SAD is called winter depression. It usually begins in late fall or early winter and goes away by summer
Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
All humans have a built-in "alarm system" that goes off when they feel threatened. This alarm starts chemical, physical and emotional changes that prepare us to either flee or fight the danger that triggered the alarm ("Flight or Fight Response).
The triglyceride is the main type of fat transported by your body. The fat gets its name from its chemical structure. Triglycerides are a normal component in your bloodstream. After you eat, your body digests the fats in your food and releases ... 
Wound Care Basics
Although most minor injuries can be handled at home...you should seek prompt medical care if...
Poison Ivy Dermatitis:
Everything you need to know about recognizing and treating this highly itchy "Allergic Contact Dermatitis"

Water, water everywhere. But do we drink enough?
Water is the second most important nutrient for life, after oxygen. More than two-thirds of the body is made up of water
Unmasking Depression
When you think of depression you may think of "feeling blue" or "being down in the dumps." These feelings certainly are a part of depression for most people. But for others, depression may be hidden beneath other symptoms that seem to have nothing to do with "the blues."
The Wakefield Questionnaire for Depression
The questionnaire contains groups of statements. Carefully read each group of statements; then circle the number in front of the statement that best describes how you are feeling. Make sure you pick the statement that describes how you are feeling now, not how you were feeling in the past or how you hope to feel in the future. 
Standards of Care for People with Diabetes
When you have diabetes, it is important that you get good medical care. It's now crystal clear that high glucose levels play a role in many complications...
Understanding Asthma
Between 12 and 15 million people, including close to five million children, in the United States have asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease.
Outpatient Treatment of Asthma
Asthma is a lung disease that is characterized by three airway problems: obstruction, inflammation and hyper responsiveness.
A peak flow meter for a patient with asthma is like a thermometer for a patient with a fever. Peak flow meters help to determine ...
Body Mass Index
The body mass index is a method used to measure a person’s percentage of body fat.
Body Composition Tests
Body composition is one part of a person’s overall physical fitness.
The Medical Treatment of Hair Loss
Baldness will develop in susceptible individuals because of the actions of a hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), on the hair follicle, which causes it to become inactive.
Vitamins and Health
A vitamin is defined as "any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism and health, found in natural foodstuffs and also produced synthetically."
Many researchers today are convinced that the aging process and disease occurs when certain substances, known as "free radicals", are generated by normal oxygen-requiring chemical reactions in our bodies.
Colon Cancer: Facts, Prevention, and Screening
Colon cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women who don't smoke, surpassed only by breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.
Despite new questions about the ability of sunscreens to prevent melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, people should use them on a regular basis, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.
SPF, UVB and UVA Protection Explained
Recent research shows that people who buy sunscreens aren't sure exactly what protection they offer, and are cloudy about the technical terms on their labels.
It's Settled: Heliotherapy ("Sun Therapy") Is a Health Risk
The recent settlement of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) case against a manufacturer of tanning products will help protect consumers. The settlement specifies that certain health claims for tanning products are prohibited, and that the product labels must include warnings about tanning.
Malignant Melanoma
Malignant Melanoma is a major health concern in Florida and other places where sun exposure is common. It is a form of skin cancer that is always lethal if left untreated. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in women between the ages of...
What is Osteoporosis?
It's a disease that weakens bones and increases the risk of fracture, especially at the spine and hip. This means that bones are more likely to break - in some cases, with only minimal stress, such as..
Osteoporosis risk factors.
You may have none of these risk factors and still be at risk of developing osteoporosis. Some authorities believe that the presence of any of these...
Cat-scratch disease is an infection caused by bacteria (germs) carried in cat saliva. The bacteria can be passed from a cat to a human...
The Common Cold
The common cold is caused by a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. It causes irritation and drainage in any or all of the airways...

If you are bothered by burning pain, or a tingling 'pins and needles" numbness in one or both of your hands...

Mouse Ergonomics
Whether you spend five minutes or five hours using your mouse or trackball, these suggestions can help you stay  comfortable and productive.
Reducing Heart Disease

A heart attack is still the leading killer of American men and women but, since 1960, the mortality rate from a heart attack has dropped by half.

Cardiovascular Risk Factor Profile
Use this profile to determine your risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD ). Desired cholesterol levels are based on your total number of risk factors and the LDL-Cholesterol value. This information is based on the National Cholesterol Education Program's ....
First Heart Attack Risk Test
This test will help you figure your risk of a first heart attack. Fill in your points for each risk factor. Then total them to find out your risk.
The Power of the Mind
Expectation is a powerful force in sickness and in health. Psychological factors do indeed influence the course of illness, though we're a long way from understanding how this works.
Update on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Previous studies have found that an infants risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is increased by sleeping in the prone (face down) position.
Nutritional Update
The majority of American infants are being weaned and introduced to solid foods too early, experts say.
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Benefits

People whose groin (inguinal) hernias are repaired using a laparoscopic method recover more rapidly and have fewer repeat hernias than others treated with standard open surgery, a study shows.

All About Inguinal Hernia's
A Hernia is a defect in a wall or lining that allows the extrusion of tissues normally contained by that wall.
Reduce Your Cancer Risk
The best cure for cancer lies in preventing it's occurrence through the adoption of a balanced approach to nutrition, weight control, and freedom from nicotine or...
Is Your Health "Up in Smoke"?
By now, most of us are aware of the more notorious dangers of tobacco use such as lung cancer, chronic premature aging.). But Tobacco is a far bigger villain than...
When A Smoker Quits
Within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes that continue for years. All benefits are lost by smoking just one cigarette a day, according to the American Cancer Society.
Treat Yourself to Back Pain Relief
When Americans see a doctor, their problem is most often a cold. But running a close second is acute low-back pain, for which the national medical bill is $24 billion annually. A large part of this bill is for...
Optimal Golf
Golf produces fewer injuries than many other sports, but golfers are still prone to low back pain,wrist and elbow problems, and rotator cuff ....
Avoiding Exercise Dropout
Fifty percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out within 6 months after they start. Even dedicated exercisers have to overcome obstacles that could prevent them from staying with a ....
Calcium Supplementation
Calcium is a mineral that your body needs to build and maintain strong bones. It is not produced within the body so it must come from outside sources....
How Far Can You Trust Generics
Half of all drug prescriptions filled these days are generics, and most large insurers, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, favor them because they're cheaper. Even government ....
Home Remedies
Some home remedies are so bizarre that scientific research will probably never be done. Here are a few remedies that are supported by some scientific evidence and may be worth a try. ....


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