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Feeling Depressed? It Could Be Your Thyroid

Submitted by Dr. Samaneh Dowlatshahi

A hormonal dip could be behind your blues When we’re feeling down, most of us naturally connect our mood to our brain. Depression is, after all, a mental health disorder caused by changes in our brain chemicals. Except when it isn’t. If you or a family member is feeling depressed or foggy the...
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Google can provide health data, if not health wisdom

Submitted by Jeffrey Hawtof, MD, FAAFP

Doctor can put internet research in context for you Every day, my patients research their health problems online and bring me their ideas about what might be wrong. Perhaps they’ve lost a little weight, feel tired, and then come to me, convinced that they have a dire ailment. The data they’ve...
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Feeling off-kilter? It could be hormonal

Submitted by Dr. Mark Facciolo

Out of all the systems of the human body, the hormone-producing glands of the endocrine system may be the least understood. Patients don’t head to their doctor’s office complaining that their adrenal gland isn’t doing its job or because something is wrong with their pineal gland. At the same time,...
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Finding Lung Cancer Early Saves Lives

Submitted by Victor Banzon, MD

Evidence-based screening can find cancer before it spreads Doctors who treat lung cancer want to catch the disease in its earliest stages, before patients even start showing symptoms. That’s because symptoms — such as a cough that does not go away, weight loss, or chest pain that is worse with deep...
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How Simple Tools Can Help You Stay Independent

Submitted by Jennifer Guerin, MS, OTR/L

A scooter, wheelchair, or cane can help you get around if you have trouble on your feet, and a hearing aid can turn up the volume on the world around you. But, what about the smaller stuff, like opening a jar, putting on your shoes or reaching across your shoulder to fasten your seatbelt? After all...
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Treatment of Diverticulitis Involves Multiple Specialties

Submitted by Dr. Erik Stancofski

Diet is key in managing digestive condition Your mouth is the first part of the journey from food to usable energy, and the colon is the last stop. On the way out, the colon wrings out the last water from your food. The wall of the colon is filled with muscles to help move food along, but it’s not...
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What Do Our Moles Tell Us?

Submitted by Melissa Taylor, NP-C

Most of us have them - those dark brown, pink or skin colored spots that can be found anywhere on our body. During Melanoma Awareness Month, take some time to check your moles and get to know more about them. Moles or nevi that are present at birth or appear during the first three months are called...
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Don’t Take my Tongue

Submitted by Nicholas P. Bollinger, MS, CCC-SLP

How impairment of our strongest muscle limits speech and swallowing A lot can go through someone’s head when they are first diagnosed with a stroke, injury or disorder of the brain, digestive disease or lung disease. The last thing on your mind might be if you will be able to communicate or swallow...
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Leg Pain Could Signal Artery Blockage

Submitted by Carlos Neves, MD

September is PAD Awareness Month It’s easy to dismiss an aching hip or cramped legs as part of the aging process, especially if it flares up during walking or exercise. As with most pain, your body is trying to tell you something, and it’s best to listen. Pain in the legs or hip, especially while...
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New Tools Help Us Find Colon Cancer Earlier

Submitted by Dr. Robert Deckmann

Treatment most effective in early stages Colorectal cancer can be a devastating illness, and accounts for about 50,000 deaths each year in the United States, making it the country’s second-leading cause of cancer death. But colon cancer’s slow growth rate — it usually takes years for a precancerous...
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