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Category: Signs and Symptoms

May 22, 2024

Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA)

Spring is here! So, too, is allergy season and spring sports! It seems this every year at this time a young little league baseball player wheezes as they cross home plate and desperately tries to catch their breath. Players, coaches, umpires, parents watch in dismay, deciding whether they need to call an ambulance. Minutes later […]

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Apr 1, 2024

HEALTH & EXERCISE TIPS FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Part II of II

This column is dedicated to the memory of John R. O’Brien, Esq., who recently passed due to medical complications associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). John was a source of joy and inspiration for those fortunate to have known him. Twenty years ago, John hesitantly agreed to contribute to my column on MS with two requirements: […]

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Mar 27, 2024

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Part I of II

This column is dedicated to the memory of John R. O’Brien, Esq., who recently passed due to medical complications associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). John was a source of joy and inspiration for those fortunate to have known him. Twenty years ago, John hesitantly agreed to contribute to my column on MS with two requirements: […]

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Mar 18, 2024

Common Health Myths

What is a myth? A myth is a traditional story, idea, or belief, especially one concerning early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon. It is a widely held but false belief or idea. In medicine, health myths are also widely held beliefs about health issues such as medicines, herbs, treatments, […]

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Jan 29, 2024

Ice Baths - Benefits and Risks

What is an Ice Bath? Ice baths have become a new trend or fad in health and fitness, especially among elite athletes and some celebrities. However, it is far from a new treatment modality. In fact, the Ancient Greeks employed cold-water immersion for fever, pain relief, relaxation and socialization. In addition, Hippocrates documented the use […]

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Nov 21, 2023

ACHILLES TENDON RUPTURE: Part I of II 

Introduction  As most sports enthusiasts know, Aaron Rodgers, former Green Bay Packer quarterback and recent New York Jets QB (for just over a minute and half) suffered a season ending injury when he tore his Achilles tendon in the first game of the 2023/24 NFL season. Since then, I have been answering many questions from […]

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Nov 6, 2023

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

Diabetes Part II of II: Management and Lifestyle According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 11.3% of the population in the United States or almost 37.3 million adults and children has diabetes. Unfortunately, the number keeps rising and one-third of these people are not aware that they have […]

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Nov 2, 2023

Diabetes – Part I of II

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. This column will present information regarding type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the diagnosis and symptoms of the disease. Next week, Part II will present the role of exercise in the management of the disease.  What is it?             Diabetes is a disease where the hormone insulin is […]

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Oct 23, 2023

FALL PREVENTION

3rd of 3 Columns on Balance Disorders and Falls Prevention Preventing a fall can not only save your independence but also your life! Preventing injuries from falls reduces the need for nursing home placement. Injuries from falls are the seventh leading cause of death in people over the age of sixty-five. The following suggestions will […]

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Oct 18, 2023

TREATMENT FOR LOSS OF BALANCE – FALLS PREVENTION

2nd of 3 Columns on Balance Disorders and Falls Prevention Last week we discussed the causes of balance loss. Today, we will discuss treatment for this problem. Two primary treatments are medication and vestibular rehabilitation. 1. Medication Medication for dizziness and loss of balance requires a visit to your family doctor. In a more involved […]

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