Lyme Disease: Solving the Puzzle

Misunderstood, Misdiagnosed and Often Mistreated: Solving the Puzzle of Lyme Disease Unsurprisingly for an illness known as “The Great Imitator,” the misconceptions surrounding Lyme Disease continue to proliferate. Acute or chronic? Highly treatable or stubbornly resistant? Misdiagnosed because of symptoms that mimic conditions like lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, or overestimated for the same reason? While television celebrity …

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration: New Hope

In Our Sights: Sharper Focus on Macular Degeneration Offers New Hope In the not so distant past, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), characterized by a loss of central vision, was deemed just another unfortunate consequence of growing older. The gradual breakdown of light-sensing retinal tissue that results in a blind spot directly ahead has caused each generation to struggle with driving …

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Medical Mysteries – Sneeze, Shivers, Yawns, Goose Bumps and Hiccups

Deconstructing the Sneeze, Decoding the Yawn…And More The miracles of the human body are on continual display each day. Even involuntary actions, such as sneezing and shivering, help our bodies function optimally. The big sneeze. Every time we breathe in foreign particles, sensors in our noses and sinuses detect this, and signal the cilia (hairlike structures that line the nostrils) …

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy It can start as “pins and needles,” as if your hand or foot has fallen asleep, followed by burning, feelings of electric shock, muscle weakness, or extreme sensitivity to the lightest touch. Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a chronic and painful condition which involves damage to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. This condition is more common …

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Eyes – In Focus

Focus on the Eyes It is safe to assume that many readers of this newsletter put on their reading glasses first! For most of us, vision changes seem to be noticed in our 40’s. We may have first noticed difficulty reading the fine print on a label or perhaps a restaurant menu, particularly when lights are dim. As we age, …

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Osteoporosis – Can you avoid the break?

When “Break A Leg”  Doesn’t Mean Good Luck One in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) reports that by 2020, half of all male and female Americans over the age of 50 are likely to have osteoporosis or low bone density. Of the approximately 10 million individuals …

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Arthritis – Cause of Aches and Pains?

Aches And Pains…Arthritis? The human body has a remarkable way of speaking to us. While there may be plausible explanations for certain aches and pains, such as exercise overexertion or the natural aging process, persistent painful joints may indicate a more serious health issue, such as arthritis. There are two main categories of arthritis in adults, osteoarthritis (primary and secondary) …

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Stroke Awareness and Prevention

Saving Lives…Stroke Awareness and Prevention Nearly 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the nation’s leading cause of disability. While the majority of individuals who have a stroke are over the age of 65, surprisingly nearly 25% are younger. Reducing risk factors and being aware of symptoms …

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Snoring – Some Sound Advice

Sound Advice on Snoring According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 90 million adults in the United States snore, which is almost 45% of all adults. Clearly, snoring is a phenomenon that cannot be ignored. It is difficult to imagine just what causes the variety of unusual and sometimes incredibly loud sounds that occur when a person snores. When we …

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Gas, Constipation and other Irregularities

Gas, Constipation and other Irregularities Gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort, such as gas, constipation or loose stools, are issues everyone experiences at some point. However, if these issues are frequent or persistent, they should not be ignored. For some people, this may be easier said than done. Generally, talking about GI issues and discussing your bowel habits with your physician is outside …

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