Dementia Overview

Posted Monday, November 28, 2016

Dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities; severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Though dementia generally involves memory loss, memory loss has different causes, thus memory loss alone doesn't mean you have dementia. Dementia involves damage of nerve cells in the brain, which can occur in several areas of the brain. The damage affects people differently, depending on the area of the brain affected.

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Premature Birth Overview

Posted Friday, November 25, 2016

A birth taking place more than three weeks before the due date is considered a premature birth. Due to the baby having less time to develop in utero, complications can occur with premature births.

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Thanksgiving Wish

Posted Thursday, November 24, 2016

May you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving

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Herniated Disc Overview

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016

As the disc degenerates from age or injury, the softer central portion can rupture (herniate) through the surrounding outer ring (annulus fibrosus). This abnormal rupture of the central portion of the disc is referred to as a disc herniation. Herniated discs can be caused by various reasons from age-related to accidental causes.

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Focus On Diabetic Retinopathy

Posted Friday, November 18, 2016

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a number of serious health conditions, including diabetic retinopathy. Consistent high levels of blood glucose, along with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, are the primary causes of retinopathy.

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Aquagenic Urticaria

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Aquagenic urticaria known commonly as having a water allergy is an extremely rare condition. Those who suffer from the condition may find it difficult to navigate through everyday life.

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Pancreatitis – Prevention & Management

Posted Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The pancreas is a long, flat gland in the upper abdomen that produces enzymes to aid digestion and hormones that regulate the body’s processing of glucose and insulin. Inflammation of the pancreas is known as pancreatitis. Cases of pancreatitis can be mild to severe, and are categorized as either acute or chronic.

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Bartter Syndrome: A Rare Renal Condition

Posted Friday, November 4, 2016

Bartter syndrome is a group of rare conditions that affect the kidneys. There are five gene defects known to be associated with Bartter syndrome. The condition is caused by a defect in the kidneys' ability to reabsorb sodium. Those affected by Bartter syndrome lose too much sodium through the urine. This causes a rise in the level of the hormone aldosterone and makes the kidneys remove too much potassium from the body. Also, the condition results in abnormal acid balance in the blood, which causes too much calcium in the urine.

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Surgery: Melanoma Removal

Posted Monday, October 31, 2016

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. While only 4% of skin cancers are melanoma, the disease accounts for about 75% of all skin cancer deaths and the American Cancer Society estimates that 73,870 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year.

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