Health and Wellness

Presbyopia Appearing at Younger Ages

Posted by Matthew Wilkening, O.D. on Jun 10, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Getting older is something most of us don’t want to address. Not only does your body begin to slowly betray you, but often times, other things start to go as well – like your eye sight. New research has suggested that in addition to age-related presbyopia, an eye problem that makes it difficult to see things up close, the condition might be spurred on faster by an object you use every day – your smartphone. 

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Topics: eye condition, presbyopia

Should You Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?

Posted by Yasodara Udayamurthy, M.D. on Jun 3, 2017 9:11:00 AM

The belief you should feed a cold and starve a fever goes all the way back to at least the 1570s, when it was thought that fasting was the best remedy for a fever and eating would help you get rid of a cold. The method behind this madness was that people with colds needed to be kept warm and eating would warm the body, while those with fevers needed to be cooled down, which could be accomplished by nixing food. Let’s talk about this saying and whether or not you should follow the advice. 

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Topics: feed a cold starve a fever

CrossFit Training? Keep Safety Top of Mind

Posted by Oliver Wu, M.D. on May 31, 2017 8:23:00 AM

Clean and jerk, box jumps, snatch and grab, burpees, mountain climbers and sumo kettle bell lifts might sound foreign to some, but to others they’re CrossFit terms associated with getting healthy, feeling better and working hard. CrossFit has become a fast-growing exercise program over the last few years, and if you’re thinking about joining a CrossFit gym or entering into a CrossFit exercise routine, there are some things you might want to consider first. 

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Topics: is crossfit safe?, crossfit safety

Cutting Through Cancer Lingo

Posted by Tri Vu, M.D. on May 27, 2017 8:16:00 AM

As doctors, we sometimes forget that patients don’t speak the same language. We were trained to communicate using fancy medical terms, but it’s important for us all to remember that those terms can be intimidating and scary to our patients, especially when they’re dealing with something as overwhelming as cancer. 

I’ve compiled a list of some of the terms you may hear as you fight your way through cancer.

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Topics: cancer terms, cancer terminology, cancer lingo, cancer definitions

Looking Out for Your Health? Make Sure to Include Fiber in Your Diet

Posted by Michelle Udayamurthy, M.D. on May 13, 2017 9:32:00 AM

It seems like every day there’s a new fad when it comes to your health. Is it good to juice or not? Should you try the Whole-30 diet? Is gluten bad for you?  With a myriad of questions like these floating around my office, I can always say with absolute certainty that no matter what your diet of choice is, there is one component that you need to make sure to include: fiber. 

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Topics: how to add fiber to your diet, fiber, benefits of fiber

Cervical Cancer Screenings More Important than You Think

Posted by Megan Pallister, M.D. on Apr 26, 2017 7:56:00 AM

Cervical cancer affects women every year, but recent studies show it could potentially be affecting more women than originally suspected. This makes screenings and other preventive measures even more important in fighting against this potentially deadly disease. Let’s discuss some of the research that recently came out concerning cervical cancer and steps you can take to help prevent it. 

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Topics: cervical cancer, HPV vaccine, cervical cancer screening

Are Redheads More Sensitive to Pain?

Posted by Alison Urey, M.D. on Apr 22, 2017 8:36:00 AM

Urban legend has it that redheads feel more pain than the rest of us – and it turns out that may actually be true. 

Doctors have suspected for a while that redheads need more anesthesia, a sign they might be more sensitive to pain. This was proven in a 2004 study that showed carrot tops require an average of 20 percent more general anesthesia than people with dark or blonde hair. 

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Topics: redheads pain

Sleep Paralysis: The Demon on Your Chest, the Voices in the Dark

Posted by Puneet Patni, M.D. on Apr 5, 2017 8:43:00 AM

Imagine you’re lying awake in bed when you sense a presence in the room. There’s something moving in the dark. “Who’s there?” you try to ask, but you can’t move your lips to speak. The figure approaches and as you begin to make out the figure, you realize it’s not human. Terrified, every fiber in your being wants to get up and run, but your body won’t move. You desperately try to scream for your life, but you can’t make a sound. There’s no escape.

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Topics: sleep paralysis, atonia

Get Immediate Help at First Sign of Bell’s Palsy

Posted by Mihir Shah, M.D. on Mar 25, 2017 8:52:00 AM

If you’ve recently had a viral infection or suffered an injury to the head and are noticing some unusual symptoms in your face, pay attention to them. Twitching, drooping, facial paralysis on one or both sides of the face, excess tear production (or drying) of your eyes may all be signs of Bell’s palsy. Bell’s palsy, while generally not a permanent condition, is one that your doctor will have to diagnose and treat. 

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Topics: bell's palsy symptoms, facial paralysis, bell's palsy

Preventive Strategies for Lowering Your Risk for Osteoarthritis

Posted by Michelle Udayamurthy, M.D. on Mar 18, 2017 9:08:00 AM

There are too many different types of arthritis to keep straight. Osteoarthritis is the most common form, affecting 27 million people in the United States each year. It is caused by the wearing down of the protective cartilage inside a joint and is very common because cartilage naturally wears down as we age. This reduction in cartilage generally causes problems in the affected joint. 

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Topics: osteoarthritis

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