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.
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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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.
If you’ve ever known someone with a serious heart condition, there’s a good chance you’ve heard talk about pacemakers. The idea of pacemakers has been around since the late 1800s, but the first implanted pacemaker, implanted in 1958, failed after three hours. They’ve come quite a long way since then, saving and extending countless lives all over the world.
A lot of people think that because flu season typically starts in November, they should wait until October to get their flu shot so that immunity will peak when the flu season does. The truth is, there’s no good reason to wait. Generally speaking, protection provided by the influenza vaccine will last the duration of the current flu season. And there are advantages to being vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available.
We’re active all of our lives, using our knees and hips to do things with ease, never thinking that pain could prevent us from doing something as simple as walking. But knee and hip pain are two of the most common complaints we get from our orthopedic patients. In fact, 50 million people in the United States suffer with knee pain and 1 in 3 adults deal with hip pain that interfere with their daily lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 8.3 million Americans have gout. That means it's likely you or someone you know is living with the disease. Even though it’s common, I find that many patients have a core misunderstanding of what actually causes gout, how it might be prevented, and what risk factors they need to watch for. Because gout is so commonplace, it’s important to know these things sooner rather than later.
In my practice, I commonly see men suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) as they age. BPH can cause discomfort, blockage of urine flow and frequent infections in the bladder, urinary tract and kidneys. Medication can help in some situations, but when it doesn’t I recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure called UroLift.
Have you ever seen a diagram of the nerves in your body? It’s pretty impressive. The way your nervous system works to keep you moving through everyday life is complex and beautiful. Unfortunately, the complexity of your nerves also is largely responsible for a number of things that can go wrong or break down over time. Ulnar neuropathy is one of these and can be caused by fairly run-of-the-mill circumstances.
There are several noninvasive medical procedures and devices physicians can use today that help make diagnosis and treatment easier on the patient. In women’s health, for instance, from laparoscopic surgeries to the da Vinci® robot, medical techniques and technology have grown so sophisticated so quickly that surgery to correct abnormal bleeding during a period can be performed in a short amount of time in an outpatient setting, rather than in a hospital with an overnight stay. This procedure, and many other procedures involving the uterus or female reproductive system, is most often carried out with a hysteroscopy, and can be beneficial to women in many ways.