Health and Wellness

What Every African-American Needs to Know About Colorectal Cancer

Posted by Angela McGee, M.D. on Jul 16, 2018 8:22:00 AM

African-American men and women have the highest risk of colorectal cancer and are being diagnosed with it at a younger age than other ethnic groups, which is why new screening guidelines urge African-Americans to start colorectal cancer screenings at age 45. 

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Topics: colorectal cancer in African-Americans, colorectal cancer, colonoscopy, colorectal cancer screening

Room Spinning? Vertigo Might Be the Culprit

Posted by Abhishek Prasad, M.D. on Jul 14, 2018 9:02:00 AM

Standing up too quickly, spinning around in an office chair one too many times, becoming overheated – there are many potential causes behind feeling the room is spinning. One of the most common is a condition known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. The condition usually isn’t life threatening or serious, but can certainly be a major inconvenience for those dealing with it. 

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Topics: BPPV, vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, How is vertigo treated?

Summer Exercises to Feel Great and Avoid Overheating

Posted by Benafsha Irani, D.O. on Jul 9, 2018 7:49:00 AM

Maintaining a summer workout routine is an important part of staying in shape and maintaining your health. There are many exercises you can do during the summer to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but when you’re in Texas facing temperatures in the high 90s, it is imperative that you exercise safely to avoid overheating. 

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Topics: exercising in summer heat, summer exercising, summer workouts, working out in the summer

Why Even a Minor Toe Break Should Be Examined By a Doctor

Posted by Oladapo Alade, M.D. on Jul 2, 2018 8:06:00 AM

Anyone who has ever broken a toe knows how much pain and inconvenience such a “little” injury can cause. But how do you know it’s broken and not just bruised and sore from stubbing it hard? If it’s indeed broken, will surgery be needed? Will a cast be necessary? In the majority of cases referred to me, most don’t require any treatment beyond rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.). Notice I said “most cases.” Treatment for a toe fracture depends on the location of the injury and type of fracture. 

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Topics: broken toe, how is a broken toe treated

Balancing Cancer and a Career

Posted by Tri Vu, M.D. on Jun 30, 2018 9:03:00 AM

A cancer diagnosis can be difficult to process. There are so many aspects to deal with. There’s the diagnosis and treatment plan, dealing with fear over long-term health, plus telling immediate family, who will have their own adjusting to do. For many patients, there’s also a career to consider. If you work and are well enough to continue working through your cancer treatment, here are some factors to keep in mind.

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Topics: having cancer and a career, continuing to work while being treated for cancer

Signs that Might Point to Testicular Cancer

Posted by Shane Magee, M.D. on Jun 25, 2018 8:21:28 AM

Testicular cancer isn’t exactly common – it accounts for about 1 percent of all male cancers – however, men die from it every year. Oftentimes, that result comes about because symptoms were ignored. The good news is testicular cancer is treatable, even when cancer has spread beyond the testicle. 

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Topics: testicular cancer, signs of testicular cancer, testicular cancer treatment, testicular cancer symptoms

Warm Weather Can Lead to Athlete’s Foot

Posted by James Han, D.P.M. on Jun 18, 2018 8:07:00 AM

Nobody wants to talk about it, but it’s common, it’s irritating and if you’re an athlete – especially in our hot, humid climate – you’re more likely to need to know solutions for it. I’m talking about athlete’s foot. For non-athletes, knowing what athlete’s foot is, how it spreads, and how to prevent it might save you some grief and inconvenience this summer. 

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Topics: athlete's foot, athlete's foot symptoms, how athlete's foot is treated

Not a Morning Person? You Might Have Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

Posted by Puneet Patni, M.D. on Jun 6, 2018 8:09:00 AM

“I’m a night owl.”

“I work better after everyone is asleep.”

“I’m not a morning person.”

“I can’t concentrate before noon.” 

If you’ve ever said these and struggle with getting up at what the rest of the world considers a “normal” time for most of your life, there’s a pretty good chance you have a disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS). In fact, studies estimate that one in 750 adults has the syndrome, and while it’s not life threatening and doesn’t cause much distress (apart from the irritation of being dragged out of bed in the mornings) it can be a nuisance and can affect your body in unexpected ways. 

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Topics: delayed sleep syndrome, nightowl

Atrial fibrillation and the Risk of Stroke

Posted by Mehran Massumi, M.D. on Jun 4, 2018 8:36:00 AM

Atrial Fibrillation, often called AFib by doctors and other people in the medical field, describes a certain kind of irregular heartbeat – more specifically, when the two upper chambers of the heart beat unpredictably and rapidly. 

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5 Ways to Take Control of Your Allergies

Posted by Lyndall Harrison, M.D. on May 30, 2018 11:02:20 AM

Do you ever feel as if your allergies control your life? Here are five ways you can reclaim control.

1. Reduce your exposure to outdoor pollens. 

  • Limit your time outdoors, especially on windy days when pollen counts tend to be highest. When you breathe in the tiny pollen grains, they can trigger an allergic reaction.
  • Delegate or hire someone to do outside lawn care that stir up allergens.
  • If you go outside on a day with a high pollen count, be sure to shower and wash your hair to rinse off the pollen. Also put on fresh clothes.
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Topics: allergies, pollens

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