For purposes of medical functions such as diagnoses and treatments, the respiratory system is divided into the lower and upper respiratory tracts – with the vocal cords essentially being the dividing point. An upper respiratory infection can therefore affect the nose, sinuses, and throat, whereas a Read More
What Are Some Common Symptoms of Cancer?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer in the United States every year, and close to 600,000 succumb to it. Cancer is a blanket term encompassing over a hundred conditions that have a core characteristic in common: Read More
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, whose medical name is lateral epicondylitis, occurs when the tendons in your outer elbow become irritated or inflamed due to overuse. The pain from tennis elbow can be felt from the bony bump of your elbow to the wrist, and it hurts to make gripping motions. If you have pain in your Read More
How Can a Doctor Help Me with My Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand due to compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. The median nerve runs through a tunnel in the wrist, and this nerve is what provides sensory and motor functions in the hand – including all Read More
Tennis Elbow Treatment Options
Tennis elbow is a condition that usually develops due to overuse of the elbow, as the tendons – which connect the bones to other bones in the elbow joint – become inflamed. This results in pain in the elbow that can also radiate through the arm. It gets its name because it is a common injury in Read More
Heart Disease Runs in the Family; How to Avoid it
When certain illnesses or medical conditions run in the family, your risk of either being born with or developing that condition increases. While rare, conditions that are caused by genetic mutations require immediate medical attention and often necessitate lifelong monitoring by a cardiologist or Read More
Why There Is a Flu Season and How to Prevent It
Influenza, or the flu, is more than just fever, aches, coughs, and a sore throat. It’s not just a nuisance that keeps adults home from work and children home from school as it runs its course within a week or two. The flu can last for much longer than that and can come with many complications – it's Read More
Dupuytren’s Contracture: Disease and Treatment
Dupuytren's contracture is a debilitating hand condition that develops slowly over a period of years, gradually deforming the hand due to knotty nodules of tissue that form in the palm. These knots pull down the fingers into a permanent bent position. This continues to create thick, cord-like Read More
How Your Doctor Diagnoses Diabetes
Some diseases, like diabetes, can be silent killers – displaying easy-to-miss symptoms that are mistaken for other ailments or ignored altogether. In its early stages, it shows no signs at all; so, it’s easy to understand how many people live their lives undiagnosed with the disease… yet have Read More
Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity
Today, there are gluten-free offerings stocking the shelves of every major grocery store and even gracing the menus of Michelin-star restaurants. It appears there is a witch hunt against gluten – a general name for the proteins found in many types of wheat, including wheatberries, durum, emmer, Read More