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I Think I Broke My Back

By Philip W. Tally, M.D. – Most of us, at some time in our life, have fallen down landing hard resulting in a sudden severe pain in the middle or lower back. This pain may be minor and only last a few days, or it may persist and gradually worsen. The outcome of a fall may include straining ligaments, slipping …

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Positional Vertigo: When the human gyroscope is not working

By Cheung Teav, P.T. – Before you read further there is one thing to always remember, if you have sudden onset of severe dizziness, stop what you are doing and call 911. Sudden severe dizziness may be a sign of a stroke and as we all know time is of the essence and immediate treatment is vital. The faster you …

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Preparing for Travel Emergencies

By Joseph M. Soler, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. – It’s summertime, and for many people summer months are filled with frequent traveling and vacations. This is especially true for those with children on summer break and the increasing population of retirees. Traveling to new places is exciting within itself, a medical emergency is not required for making memories. To avoid a medical …

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All About Earaches and Children

By Bindu Nair, MD and Liliana Palacio, MD – Ear problems are painful and all too common during childhood. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are 10 million new cases of ear infections in children and infants each year. Up to 35 percent of pediatric treatments are ear infection related, and almost two-thirds of U.S. children will have …

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Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Promotes Optimal, Healthy Aging

By Timothy Blend, M.D. – Many patients come to me in mid-life inquiring about hor- mone replacement therapy. Advances in understanding the function of hormones and the role of hormone replacement has made it possible to manage many of the negative side effects associated with age-related hormone decline. Synthetic Hormones vs. Bio Identical Hormones When discussing hormone therapy, it is important …

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Women & Heart Disease

By Gino Sedillo, MD, FACC, CardioVascular Solutions Institute   – At Cardiovascular Solutions Institute, Dr. Gino Sedillo treats almost as many women as men. The women treated by Dr. Sedillo range in age from 30 to 100. They present with symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, abdominal pain, dizziness, and edema (swelling). Some patients are found to have …

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COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR

Discount Med Direct, in conjunction with Parkway Collection Plaza, is hosting a Community Health Fair on Oct. 24. The health fair will provide basic health services and information to the community. Parkway Collection Plaza is managed by Caroline Delong. The health fair, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Parkway Collection Plaza, at the …

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What you should know about Breast Cancer Screening and how to cut your risk.

By Gray Bowen Swor, MD – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month in the US.  It’s an opportunity to get the word out about breast cancer, screening recommendations and ways to reduce your risks. Approximately 225,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Three million women currently have a history of invasive breast cancer. …

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TESTOSTERONE AND MEN’S HEALTH

By G. Austin Hill, MD – Tired? Is your endurance and strength declining? Have you noticed a decline in your sexual function and lost interest in your sex life? Every man could answer yes to some or all of the above at some time or another after the age of 40.  These can be common symptoms of low testosterone, but …

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Reversing the Obesity Epidemic

By Dr. Robert J. Ycaza  – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention labels obesity as public enemy number one. Obesity is a serious health issue that affects nearly 30% of the population in North America. Obese/overweight individuals have a higher-than-normal rate of hypertension, type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, gallbladder diseases, osteoarthritis, strokes, respiratory diseases and even some types of …

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