Sleep Apnea Syndrome
From the American Family Physician website.
Colon Cancer: Today and the Future
In 1997, there were 131,000 new cases of colorectal cancer, which resulted in 57,000 deaths. Also, in 1997 in the United States, overall, there were approximately half a
million-cancer deaths, of which 10% were caused by colorectal cancers.
Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori) “The Ulcer Bug”
As you might have heard by now, ulcers in your stomach and duodenum (peptic ulcers) are not caused by your boss or by stress but by a…
Hepatitis Virus Alphabet
Viral hepatitis is a disease as old as the history of Medicine. Hepatitis was described in the Babylonian Talmud in the Fifth Century BC, and was referred to by Hippocrates over 2000 years ago. Despite this ancient knowledge, it was not until 1969 that the first human hepatitis virus was isolated, Hepatitis B.
Virtual Colonoscopy, A Kindler, Safer Exam?
One of the more interesting areas of the ever changing world of body imaging has been the development of imaging techniques such as conventional CAT scanners and MRI units and the adaptation of software to look at the human body in new and exciting ways. One such advance has been extensive research in developing new techniques in order to better evaluate the colon for polyps and cancers.
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.
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.
Fatty Liver (Hepatic Steatosis)
Fatty Liver is a general term used to describe deposition on excess fat in the liver. With better imaging tests and frequent blood tests, this condition is being diagnosed more frequently.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is common, affecting at least 15% of the adult population. IBS is a chronic disorder manifested by changes in bowel habits and recurrent abdominal pain. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is common, affecting at least 15% of the adult population. IBS is a chronic disorder manifested by changes in bowel habits and recurrent abdominal pain. in bowel habits and recurrent abdominal pain.
Poison Ivy Dermatitis
Everything you need to know about recognizing and treating this highly itchy “Allergic Contact Dermatitis”
Acute HIV Infections
The initial infection with the HIV type B virus is associated with symptoms in 50-90% of cases. Most patient with symptoms seek medical attention, but are rarely diagnosed.
Mycoplasma infection is respiratory illness caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae
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.
Peak Flow Meter- A THERMOMETER FOR ASTHMA
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 …
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.
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…
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…
Basic Facts About Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition which usually develops after a woman has lost her own estrogens either through menopause or by removal of the ovaries without estrogen replacement. As a result there is a…
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…
Cat-Scratch Disease: From the American Family Physician website.
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…