Health and Wellness

How to Tell if You Have Walking Pneumonia

Posted by Lee Bar-Eli, M.D. on Feb 14, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Pneumonia is a scary word, isn’t it? Patients generally worry when they hear it, and rightfully so, but walking pneumonia doesn’t carry the same concern as pneumonia. In fact, while it’s not fun to have walking pneumonia, it’s certainly a lot easier than trying to recover from pneumonia. 

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Topics: pneumonia, walking pneumonia

Surgical Treatment of Female Stress Incontinence

Posted by Benjamin Dillon, M.D. on Feb 7, 2018 8:03:00 AM

Stress incontinence can be embarrassing and isolating, as it can limit your everyday social and physical activities. Unrelated to emotional stress, the condition is urinary leakage during any movement that puts pressure on your bladder, such as coughing, sneezing, exercising, and heavy lifting, can lead to leakage. 

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Topics: female stress incontinence, sling surgery, female incontinence

Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by Alison Urey, M.D. on Feb 3, 2018 8:11:00 AM

Some people welcome the winter months with open arms. For others, winter signifies feelings of isolation, sadness, and general malaise. Now that we’re into the thick of the season, people who suffer from these feelings, called seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), are probably itching for the springtime to start. If this sounds like you, here are some things to keep in mind about SAD and some ways to help combat it. 

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Topics: seasonal affective disorder, SAD, seasonal depression

The Pros and Cons of a Keto Diet

Posted by Nadya Alibhai, D.O., M.P.H. on Jan 27, 2018 8:58:00 AM

Have you heard of a ketogenic, or keto, diet? Even if you haven't heard it called by this name, chances are you recognize it. If you have friends who are furiously measuring carbs, eating almost nothing but protein, and looking for foods with very little sugar, chances are they’re on a keto diet. As with any change in eating routine, there comes the risk of not knowing exactly how the diet will work in the long run, or what effects it might have on your body. 

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Topics: ketogenic diet, keto diet

Important Reminders about Blood Thinners

Posted by Chung Yoon, M.D. on Jan 6, 2018 8:46:00 AM

If you’ve recently had a heart attack or stroke, or have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular issue, there’s a good chance your doctor prescribed a blood thinner. Blood thinners do exactly as their name suggests. By acting as an anticoagulant, they thin the blood and help it flow more smoothly through your veins and organs, helping to prevent clotting that can put you at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke. While blood thinners are an important part of your treatment plan, there are things you need to keep in mind when taking them.

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Topics: blood thinner, blood thinner risks, blood thinner benefits

The advantages of robotic-assisted hysterectomies

Posted by Jagjit Khairah, D.O. on Dec 23, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Hysterectomy to remove the uterus is a common surgery for women. It’s usually recommended to treat uterine fibroids, endometriosis, prolapse, abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, or gynecologic cancer. Many places, like Kelsey-Seybold, offer robotic-assisted hysterectomies. While not suitable for every hysterectomy, robotic-assisted surgery is often a good alternative to traditional open surgery and has several advantages for the patient. 

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Topics: robotic, hysterectomy, da vinci

Ears Ringing, Roaring or Buzzing? It Might Be Tinnitus

Posted by Kathryn Nowak, Au.D. on Dec 2, 2017 8:07:00 AM

You may have heard that if your ears are burning, somebody's talking about you. Something that is far more frequent, far less discussed and far more accurate is that if your ears are ringing, there is a chance you are suffering from tinnitus. In fact, if you hear a sound in your ears that isn't being caused by an external source and no one else around you can hear it, tinnitus is likely the culprit. Most patients describe this noise as a ringing, buzzing, clicking, or rushing. I find that while many of my patients have heard of the disorder, most people don't know what causes it, how to prevent it, or what to do if they start experiencing symptoms. 

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Topics: tinnitus, ears roaring, ears buzzing, ringing in the ears

At-home Remedies for Adult Flu Relief

Posted by Michelle Udayamurthy, M.D. on Nov 18, 2017 8:40:00 AM

We've all been there. You're stuck at home, draped in a blanket and miserable because of flu symptoms. While the only thing you can do to cure the flu is let it run its course, there are some home remedies you could try that might help. 

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Topics: flu season, at-home flu remedies, how to take care of the flu at home

Lung Cancer Screening Important for Smokers and Ex-Smokers

Posted by Philip Saikin, M.D. on Nov 15, 2017 8:03:00 AM

If you’re a longtime smoker between ages 55 and 80 who’s been smoking a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent (for example, three packs a day for 10 years or two packs a day for 20 years), then you’re in a group who should be getting screened for lung cancer, according to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations. The same goes for ex-smokers who quit within the last 15 years. The reason for screening is simple: When lung cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, it’s more likely to be curable.  

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Topics: lung cancer screening, lung cancer

How Pets Affect Our Health

Posted by Nisha Sidhwani, D.O. on Nov 4, 2017 8:46:00 AM

It's hard to beat coming home to pets that have missed you all day. They’re always excited and happy to see you. But apart from the fluffy tails and snuggles, did you know that owning a pet has actually been proven to be good for your health? 

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Topics: pets affect our health, pets are great for your overall health, pets help with depression

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