Health and Wellness

Preserving fertility through breast cancer treatment

Posted by Tri Vu, M.D. on Nov 14, 2018 9:59:23 AM

Having a doctor tell you that you have breast cancer can be devastating.  After the initial shock, it’s common for women to be concerned about their ability to have children after treatment. Throughout treatment, your primary focus should be getting well and taking care of your body, but if you’re concern ed about fertility afterward, talk to your oncologist because there are ways to increase your chances of preserving fertility during breast cancer treatment. 

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Topics: preserving fertility with breast cancer, protecting ovaries during chemotherapy

‘Feed a Cold and Starve a Fever’ – Yes or No?

Posted by Mehreen Fatima, M.D. on Nov 7, 2018 8:21:00 AM

Eat carrots – they will improve your vision. Don’t shave if you can help it – it makes the hair grow back thicker. Wait 30 minutes after eating to swim or you’re in more danger of drowning. Old wives’ tales like these, which aren’t always accurate, are responsible for more bad practices from patients than you’d realize. And while a lot of people know some of these well-meaning but misguided pieces of advice shouldn’t be adhered to, there is one myth that persists in the collective conscious – “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Maybe it persists because it’s half true – let’s talk about which half you should follow and what the right practice is for the bad advice in this old adage.

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Topics: feed a cold starve a fever, old wives tales

Essential Tremor Often Misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by Jonathan Garza, M.D. on Oct 28, 2018 8:23:00 AM

The realization that your body isn’t responding as well as it used to can be frightening and make people feel insecure. This is true even with relatively small changes – such as regular vision loss. It can be especially scary when you find that in addition to your body not responding as you’re used to, you notice new symptoms, such as tremors. That feeling of concern can be compounded if you’re misdiagnosed. There are lots of diseases that have tremor as a symptom – of which the most well-known is Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s so well known that even if you have something known as essential tremor, there is a chance you’ll be misdiagnosed as having Parkinson’s. It’s important to know the difference between the two disorders because the prognosis is so very different. 

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A Well-Woman Visit Can Also Benefit the Heart

Posted by Purnima Rao, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Oct 17, 2018 8:16:00 AM

You know that well-woman visits are important for your reproductive health. But you may not know your OB/GYN is often your first line of defense in evaluating heart health, too. 

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Topics: well-woman visit benefits the heart, pregnancy history can predict cardiovascular risk, well-woman exams and heart health

Golf Injuries Are Common and Treatable

Posted by Anup Shah, M.D. on Oct 15, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Golf is one of the most common sports played across the globe, and there are lots of injuries that occur as a result of the sport. Here are some of the injuries you’re most likely to see if you’re a golfer, how they’re treated, and how to avoid them. 

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Topics: common golf injuries, treating knee pain from golfing, golfing and rotator cuff injury

How Getting More ZZZs Can Result in Better Food Choices

Posted by Mihir Shah, M.D. on Oct 13, 2018 8:26:00 AM

Getting a good night’s sleep can be a game changer. It’s better for your skin and hair. It’s better for your mental performance. It can even help your body perform at its peak level if you’re doing all the other things necessary to take care of it. But did you know that a regular, beneficial and appropriate sleep schedule can also help you make better food choices throughout the day? Beauty rest helps with a lot more than simply feeling restful. 

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Topics: how sleep affects food choices, better sleep means better food choices, lack of sleep can lead to weight gain

Heart Valve Disease: Your Treatment Options

Posted by Mehran Massumi, M.D. on Oct 10, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Heart valve disease affects an estimated 8.7 to 11.6 million Americans. When valve problems occur, they usually involve regurgitation or backflow when a valve doesn’t close tightly or stenosis, which is the tightening of a valve, not allowing it to fully open, thereby increasing the work the heart has to perform in order to pump the blood through the valve. Heart valve disease can involve one valve or several in combination, but the aortic and mitral valves are the ones most frequently affected. 

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Topics: heart valve diseases, radiology department

Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Posted by Carolyn Carlson, M.D. on Oct 1, 2018 11:40:58 AM

It’s been 100 years since the 1918 flu pandemic swept across the globe, killing more than 50 million people, including an estimated 675,000 Americans. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian (bird) origin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the time, there was no vaccine to protect against influenza infection, and if the flu virus didn’t kill you, a secondary bacterial infection usually did as there also were no antibiotics. During this period, World War I was taking place. The conditions of World War I (overcrowding and troop movement) helped the 1918 flu spread. The vulnerability of healthy young adults, combined with the lack of vaccines and treatments, created a public health crisis. 

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Topics: flu vaccination, flu, 1918 flu pandemic, seasonal flu

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Is a Growing Problem

Posted by Sahil Mittal, M.D., M.S. on Sep 29, 2018 10:01:26 AM

You’ve probably heard of fatty liver disease – a disease commonly associated with those who partake of too much alcohol, causing problems for the liver among other issues.  But did you know there’s another form of liver disease, that’s rising in occurrence even among those who rarely or never imbibe? There is, and it’s called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It’s a growing problem, and although its true prevalence is unknown, some estimates suggest it may affect as many as one-third of American adults. 

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Topics: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Typically Begins at Intermediate and Advanced Stages

Posted by Tri Vu, M.D. on Sep 26, 2018 2:48:56 PM

There are many blood conditions and cancers. Common blood disorders include anemia; bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia; blood clots; and blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common form of leukemia in adults and can be extremely serious as it tends not to show any signs or symptoms until it’s at a more advanced stage. 

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Topics: chronic lymphocytic leukemia, CLL, adult leukemia

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