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Talking to Your Doctor About the Information You Read Online

Talking to Your Doctor About the Information You Read Online

by Natalie (SU)
The effects of the information superhighway – the internet – are felt in every area of modern life. When faced with a question to which they don’t have an answer, people will immediately google it. The information-at-your-fingertips culture has infiltrated even complex scientific and medical fields.

Guarding Against At-Home Allergies

Guarding Against At-Home Allergies

by Natalie (SU)
Allergies are a growing and chronic health issue, both among adults and children. 50 million Americans suffer from different allergies, with allergic reactions varying from mild to life threatening.

Preparing for an Echocardiogram

Preparing for an Echocardiogram

by Natalie (SU)
An Echocardiogram (ECG) is a well-known test performed by primary care physicians and cardiologists to assess a patient’s heart health for both preventive (as in annual physical check-up) and treatment (for cardiovascular disease) purposes.

Popular Physical Therapy Methods

Popular Physical Therapy Methods

by Natalie (SU)
Many medical treatment regimens go hand-in-hand with a prescribed program of rehabilitation. Full recovery often requires a supporting program that enables the patient to regain as fully and safely as possible, their mobility, range of activity, independence, quality of life, and even self-esteem. That’s why physical therapy is an integral part of rehabilitation.

Why Do We Get Sick in the Winter?

Why Do We Get Sick in the Winter?

by Natalie (SU)
Worried about catching a cold as the temperature is dropping outside? You have a valid concern, but not for the reasons you think. Cold weather does not make you sick. So, you can disregard all those warnings about cold drafts, damp clothes, and coming in from the cold. In fact you are more likely to catch a cold inside a heated building, than outside in the weather. That’s because it’s the germs that are causing you to get sick in the winter, not the weather itself. The common cold is caused by a number of different viruses, which are more active in the spring and fall; and the flu is caused by various strains of the influenza virus, which are more active in the winter. Understanding the real reasons why we get sicker in the winter can help you dodge a few of those viruses, and stay a little healthier this winter.

Hypothyroidism Versus Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism Versus Hyperthyroidism

by Natalie (SU)
According to the American Thyroid Association, as many as 20 million Americans may have some form of thyroid disease, and up to 60 percent may not even be aware of their condition. These are pretty alarming statistics, so we would like to describe two of the main thyroid conditions that endocrinologists treat, namely hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, and tell you what symptoms to watch out for.

If I Have the Cancer Gene: Should I Consider Breast Surgery?

If I Have the Cancer Gene: Should I Consider Breast Surgery?

by Natalie (SU)
We all face choices and make decisions every day. Some are obviously bigger than others. Should I buy a house? Is now the time to start a family? When you are faced with a healthcare issue though, your choices may seem more overwhelming. Many women, for instance, who have inherited the BRCA 1 or 2 genes (known cancer genes), are much more likely to develop certain forms of cancer, such as breast or ovarian cancers. But just because you have the cancer gene, does that mean you should consider breast surgery to avoid getting cancer?

Doctors Specialty Spotlight: Cardiology

Doctors Specialty Spotlight: Cardiology

by Natalie (SU)
A startling health statistic shows that one out of every four deaths is related to some form of heart disease. That means that roughly 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States, every year. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. That is why cardiology, a branch of internal medicine that concentrates on the diseases and disorders of the circulatory system (heart and blood vessels) is so critical. Cardiologists can expect to treat a wide range of conditions and disorders including congenital defects, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease.

Doctor Specialty Spotlight: Internal Medicine

Doctor Specialty Spotlight: Internal Medicine

by Natalie (SU)
Many people are confused by the term “doctor of internal medicine.” They may think that an internal medicine doctor is an intern, or a student physician in training who has completed medical school and has a medical degree, but is not yet licensed to practice medicine on their own. The practice of internal medicine actually began around the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, as medical science became more formalized. Internal medicine was a new, science-based methodology that concentrated on treating adults.

The Different Types of Physicals

The Different Types of Physicals

by Natalie (SU)
There are a surprising number of routine physicals throughout your lifetime that may be required for work, school, or simply as a matter of protecting your heath. For instance, some careers require a physical exam. Others are necessitated by schools, which may require proof of vaccination, physicals to play sports, volunteer, or to study abroad. No matter what your particular need, different types of physicals can help ensure you are ready to work, play, or complete your education.

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