As the weather turns colder, it’s that time of year to start thinking about influenza (flu) prevention. While people often associate everything from gastrointestinal illness to routine colds with influenza, it’s important to understand what it is and what it isn’t in order to protect yourself and your family.
Screening Options for Colon Cancer
Despite great strides in the early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer, the American Cancer Societyestimates that more than 50,000 will lose their battle to the disease in 2014.
Short of Breath? The Cooper Breathing Center Offers Patients a Path to Relief
Shortness of breath – the feeling of being unable to get enough air, or that it takes more effort than usual to breathe – can be a symptom of many different conditions. While most of us think it’s a lung problem if we feel short of breath, it’s often related to a heart condition. Plus, there are many other possible causes.
Although spring may seem a world away, it’s really not too early to begin thinking about getting your legs in shape if you have varicose veins or spider veins. Fall and winter are actually the best times to schedule a procedure because you cannot expose your legs to sun for six to eight weeks following treatment.
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. [...]
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 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- 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.