Monthly Archives: July 2017

Juvenile Arthritis: What You Need to Know

Considered a group of diseases related to autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases, juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children under the age of 16 in the United States. It’s characterized by inflammation of the synovium, a tissue that lines the inside of various joints. Types of Juvenile Arthritis There are several types of... Read more »

Cholesterol: The Good and The Bad

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that travels through the blood via proteins (called lipoproteins). It’s made by the body to carry out important tasks like hormone production and food digestion. Cholesterol is also found in many common foods. There are different kinds of these lipoproteins, some are referred to as “good” and others as “bad”—bad... Read more »

What You Should Know About Head Lice

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, head lice are parasitic insects found on the head, eyebrows and eyelashes. Lice feed on human blood multiple times per day and live near the scalp. Lice are not known to spread other diseases, but they can be an annoyance and require prescription treatment to remove. Here’s a look... Read more »

I’m Getting a Tonsillectomy: What Can I Expect?

The tonsils are two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat, and the removal of these pads is called tonsillectomy. A tonsillectomy is often used to treat sleep-disorders or for tonsillitis that doesn’t respond to other kinds of treatment. Why might a tonsillectomy be right for you or your child, and what... Read more »

What is the Endocrine System?

Numerous processes take place throughout the body 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and one key factor in making sure all these processes work correctly is hormones. Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers that are secreted by a group of glands in the body. This is known as the endocrine system. Using the... Read more »

Understanding and Preventing Heat Stroke

During the hot summer, your risk is increased for heat stroke, a condition characterized by the body overheating to temperatures of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and requires emergency treatment. Untreated heat stroke can lead to brain, heart, kidney and muscle damage that worsens the... Read more »

Pregnancy Weight Gain: What is Healthy?

OBGYN - What to Expect AFTER Expecting Weight gain is expected and highly necessary during pregnancy. While a baby is in the womb, the mother must provide nutrients through additional calorie consumption, which naturally leads to an increase in weight. What are the right amounts of weight gain, and what are some strategies you can take to hit these proper thresholds during... Read more »

What is Anaphylaxis?

Allergic reactions can range from mild to extremely serious and even life-threatening, and on the severe end of this spectrum is a reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can occur soon after exposure to an allergen—peanuts and bee stings are common triggers for anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical treatment and can be fatal otherwise. Here are the... Read more »

What’s the Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

There are several treatments out there for fat removal, and they may be confusing for people who are unfamiliar with them. Two such treatments that are similar in some ways, but different in several others, are tummy tucks and liposuction. What are these treatments, why are they done and how do they differ? Let’s take... Read more »

Symptoms, Causes and Management of PMS

Often known by its abbreviation PMS, premenstrual syndrome includes a variety of symptoms surrounding the menstrual cycle in women. It’s estimated that up to three out of every four menstruating women have experienced some form of PMS. Symptoms   The list of potential signs and symptoms of PMS is quite long, but in most cases,... Read more »