By Dr. Laura Picciano Whether you’ve overindulged this summer or simply decided to turn over a new leaf, there’s no better time to take charge of your health than before the business of the holiday season begins. One of the biggest challenges to wellness that I see in my practice is the motivation to change. [...]
The Importance of Vitamin D
By Laura S. Picciano, DO Are you getting enough sunshine this summer? If not, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is produced in the skin with exposure to sunlight. It aids in the absorption of calcium from the digestive system which is then used to [...]
Leaves of Three
“Leaves of three- Let it be.” I am sure many have heard this rhyme. It refers to the infectious plants - Poison Ivy, Poison Oak or Poison Sumac. This is the time of year that health care providers see many people with a rash due to exposure to these plants.
Spasticity is a muscle control disorder that is characterized by tight or stiff muscles and an inability to control those muscles. Chronic muscle spasticity is a very common condition that can be painful and debilitating. It can interfere with movement, walking, dressing, bathing and sleep. It can also cause joint deformities and skin breakdown. Debilitating chronic spasticity is seen frequently with stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, brain injury and spinal cord injury as well as alone in such conditions like chronic neck spasm or writer’s cramp.
By Dr. Laura Picciano If you are 50 or older, please speak to your doctor about screening for colorectal cancer. Most patients are asymptomatic in the early stages of this malignancy, so the benefit of early detection is clearly valuable. There is also a focus at this time on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis at [...]
Its vacation time, and most of us are looking forward to a trip that will allow us to relax and “get away from it all.” However, many people are worried about what they bring back after they get away: extra pounds. Here are five simple tips to help you navigate your vacation in a healthy way.
Sunshine! Water Ice! Picnics! A jammed Highway 42 and THE SHORE! It’s that time of year again! But with all the sunshine and warmth headed our way, it is important to remember that unprotected fun in the sun means damage caused by ultra violet (UV) rays. Without protection, UV rays can cause DNA damage to important cells within your skin such as pigment-producing melanocytes.
May is Better Hearing Month. In recognition of this month, think about the amount of noise you are exposed to. Stop what you’re doing and listen. Chances are you didn't even realize that amount of noise going on around you.
Coupled with this, the modern world we live in is flooded with devices, exposing you to even more noise throughout your day. Everywhere you turn, you see people listening to their iPods, mp3 players and headphones that are capable of creating sounds that rival a jet engine. It is amazing what gadgets industry has designed over the past several decades as far as personal listening devices; however, what are the long-term ramifications of listening to them day after day?
One of the most frequent questions doctors are asked is about the connection between diet and various medical conditions. While there is a lot of information about how diet affects conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, patients are often surprised that what they eat can play a role in achy joints and muscles and bodily inflammation.