You’ve probably heard the word “retina,” but may not know the importance of its function – or what a big deal it is when your retina becomes detached. Famously, Theodore Roosevelt suffered a detached retina after sparring in the White House with John L. Sullivan, the boxing champ. He eventually lost sight in his eye due to the injury. Now that you know a detached retina is nothing to take lightly, let’s talk about what a retina does and what to do if you’ve recently suffered an injury.
According to the American Gastroenterological Association, by the age of 50, half of all Americans have experienced hemorrhoids, but as a physician, I find that many of my patients are uncomfortable talking about them. This is unfortunate because hemorrhoids, although rarely serious, can be a recurring annoyance that can usually be easily treated. But first you have to recognize the condition and discuss treatment options with your doctor.
You’ve probably heard the old adage “everything in moderation.” That might conjure images of an occasional Oreo cookie or a day on the couch every couple months binge watching Netflix, but it can also apply to food you might otherwise think of as healthy. For example, orthorexia is an eating disorder you can develop by being overly concerned with healthy eating, and it’s important to know the warning signs.
While a diabetes diagnosis is tough for the patient receiving the diagnosis, it can also be a downer for loved ones. No one wants to see their friends or family members struggle with a disease. If your loved one has been diagnosed, your first inclination is probably to help them. Here are some ways to go about that, because it can be a tricky situation.
If you’ve ever talked to anyone who had shingles, you’ve probably heard it’s not a pleasant disease. In fact, it can be downright miserable. While it’s not life-threatening, shingles can be painful and energy-draining. Worse yet, the condition typically comes on unexpectedly. Here’s what you need to know about shingles to help prepare for, or in some cases, prevent an outbreak.
Having a serious illness can take its toll on you in more ways than you might imagine. Your body is being affected by the illness, which usually brings some level of pain or discomfort, but it’s also emotionally draining – on both the patient and the family surrounding them. In situations like this, being able to lean on a Supportive Medicine & Palliative Care provider team can make a huge difference. Although it’s not uncommon to have a brush with a serious condition at least once in your life – whether it’s a personal journey or someone you love who’s ill – I find that most patients don’t know what Palliative Care is or how much it can help them through what is likely an extremely difficult time.
Winter months are usually a time for warm blankets, fuzzy scarves and hot chocolate, although not in Houston at the moment where temperatures are in the 70s and 80s. It also tends to be a time for bronchitis. Bronchitis itself isn’t generally a problem, but if you let it go without treatment for too long, acute bronchitis can lead to pneumonia.
Coughs are common during the winter months. It may be necessary for you to run down to the local pharmacy to pick up a prescription or over-the-counter cough syrup for the sick person in your family, but it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on how much of it is being taken. A recent study shows that about 1 in 10 teens uses cough medicine to get high.
If you’re living with a chronic disease, it’s important to take extra precautions when travelling to maintain your health. Here’s what you need to consider if you have diabetes and will be traveling by air during the holidays or the coming year.
From professional athletes to weekend warriors, the drive to be bigger, faster and stronger is a very real factor in today’s body-conscious climate. Countless magazine covers promise routines for washboard stomachs, commercials for workout equipment seem to run 24 hours a day, and new workout videos are released every few months. With all this pressure to look and feel as though you’re in top-physical form, it’s easy to see why the use of steroids and other illegal supplements is on the rise. But here’s what you need to remember: The risks of using those supplements far outweighs the benefits.