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Back Pain, Degenerative Spine Conditions, and Aging Go Hand in Hand

Posted by Steve Kim, D.O. on Mar 6, 2019 8:06:00 AM

Let’s count them up. In our spines, we have 26 bone disks, or vertebrae. When you add to that a few decades (or more) of life, our chances for back pain really stack up – so it’s no wonder the World Health Organization estimates that 60 to 70 percent of us will experience lower back pain as we age. The truth, which is no surprise, is that along with aging comes wear and tear in all our joints; our vertebrae are not immune. And degenerative spine is the most common cause of that back pain in older adults.

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Topics: degenerative spine conditions, osteoarthritis of the spine, what are the risk factors for degenerative spine, self care tips for degenerative spine pain

Don’t Sleep on Insomnia Symptoms – Talk to Your Doctor for Help

Posted by Stefanie Teng, M.D. on Feb 25, 2019 10:04:54 AM

We’ve all tossed and turned for hours at night, trying everything to make sleep come. It’s frustrating, your brain won’t stop going, you’re fully expecting to be exhausted the next day, and worrying about not sleeping just seems to make it more difficult to fall asleep. Believe it or not, as maddening as this is, a few sleepless nights here and there are common. But if you have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for a month or longer, you may have insomnia. 

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Topics: insomnia, when to see a doctor about insomnia, insomnia sleep disorder, what causes insomnia

Melasma Can Be Hard to Treat, but It’s Not Impossible

Posted by Kenne Ogunmakin, M.D. on Feb 23, 2019 8:48:00 AM

From acne to psoriasis, it’s estimated that more than 100 million Americans are fighting at least one type of skin condition. One common condition I see, especially in women, is melasma, which appears as dark brown and gray patches, most notably on the forehead, upper lip, nose and cheeks.  

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Topics: what causes melasma, how is melasma treated, prevent melasma, melasma

Ouch! Plantar Warts Are More Common Than You Think

Posted by Sarita Dillard, D.P.M. on Feb 20, 2019 8:13:00 AM

“I’ve got warts.” Most people don’t like to say this out loud because of the negative stigma it carries. Plantar warts – those small, ugly skin growths that appear on the bottoms of feet – can be frustrating, uncomfortable, embarrassing, and in some cases even painful. Although hard to eliminate, plantar warts can be treated. 

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Topics: plantar warts, how to get rid of plantar warts, are plantar warts contagious

The Debate Over Collagen Peptides

Posted by Lana Hawayek, M.D., F.A.A.D., F.A.S.D.S. on Feb 18, 2019 8:06:00 AM

Every so often, a new supplement gains popularity as the next big thing in beauty. Right now, collagen peptides are making waves and causing a lot of debate in the medical community. Some believe the promises that taking collagen peptide supplements result in youthful skin, shinier hair, and stronger nails, joints, and bones, as well as other benefits. Others believe that’s all hype. But there is some evidence that, although collagen peptides certainly aren’t magic pills, they may reinvigorate collagen production in the body.

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Topics: collagen peptides, collagen peptides do they work, is taking collagen peptides beneficial

Trichomoniasis (A Common STI) Is Treatable

Posted by Deepali Patni, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Feb 16, 2019 9:11:00 AM

Trichomoniasis, also known as “trich,” is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It’s caused by a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis.

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Topics: trich, sexually transmitted infections, STI, trichomoniasis

Toss Old Medications, But Safely

Posted by Sujatha Anand. M.D. on Feb 9, 2019 8:53:00 AM

Almost everything has an expiration date or life expectancy – your medication included! I tell patients to go through their medicine cabinets and clean them out. Expired, unwanted, or unused medicine should be disposed of, but safely to protect others and the environment. Keeping unused, excess prescription medications in the home leaves households vulnerable to accidents, such as poisoning and overdoses, and misuse.

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Topics: how to discard medication safely, medication disposal, throw away medication safely

Emergency Contraception Pills: What You Need to Know

Posted by Devanshi Somaiya, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Feb 6, 2019 8:10:00 AM

There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding emergency contraception, so I thought I could help clear things up about what emergency contraception pills (ECPs) can and can’t do. 

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Topics: ob/gyn, emergency contraception, OBGYN, morning after pill

Douching May Lead to Serious Health Problems – Don’t Do It!

Posted by Adrienne LeGendre, M.D. on Feb 4, 2019 8:07:00 AM

There is lots of misleading information mistakenly touted as good, sound medical advice, but following this “advice” can be harmful or damaging to your health. Douching is one of those topics. This may be hard for some women to believe because there are douching products on the market available for sale. Regardless of their availability, douching can lead to serious health problems and should be avoided. 

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Topics: why douching should be avoided, douching, risks of douching

There’s Help for Those with Skin Picking Disorder

Posted by Kenne Ogunmakin, M.D. on Feb 2, 2019 9:12:00 AM

It’s not unusual for people to pick at their skin from time to time – this is a common behavior. But if you notice that picking at your skin is constant or find that you can’t stop doing it even if you try, you might have skin picking disorder called dermatillomania. Are you picking at a scab, or more commonly the skin around your fingernails, until it causes sores, bleeding, or scars? Read on. There are ways your doctor might be able to help you. 

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Topics: dermatology, How is dermatillomania treated, what is skin picking disorder, dermatillomania

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