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I'm young - do I really need to know the signs of a Stroke?
1 year 47 weeks ago

Q. I hear a lot about knowing the signs of stroke. I'm young - Is it really important to me?

A. A Stroke can happen to anyone at anytime, regardless of race, gender or age, so we all should be aware of the risks, symptoms and prevention.
Some risks for stroke may be out of your control. Risks that you cannot change include being over age 55, male, African...

Recognizing Signs of Stroke
1 year 48 weeks ago

Q: My parents are in fairly good health, but have a family history of stroke. Are there signs or symptoms I should be watching for?

Why do I need a Living Will?
1 year 49 weeks ago

Q. My doctor told me I should have a living will, but I already have a durable power of attorney. Why do I need both?

A. A living will is a legal document that lists your wishes about the use of life-saving measures in the event you are not able to make those decisions. In the event of becoming terminally ill or unconscious, your living will presents the...

Does a stroke affect the heart?
1 year 50 weeks ago

Q. Does a stroke affect the heart? A. Not directly. The heart uses blood vessels just like the brain, but some heart conditions can cause small clots to form possibly traveling to the brain. A stroke or “Brain Attack” is a type of vascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when an artery that carries oxygen...

What can I do about seasonal allergies?
1 year 51 weeks ago

Q.  I have seasonal allergies; what do I need to avoid or do?

A seasonal allergy is an allergic reaction to a trigger that is typically only present for part of the year, such as spring or fall.  This type of allergy refers to a pollen allergy, such as trees, weeds, and grasses.  Perennial allergies, on the other hand, are usually...

2 years 9 weeks ago

In the United States, overweight and obesity among all groups—particularly children and adolescents—have greatly increased over the past quarter century. Excess weight has become an epidemic, causing serious health problems for millions of people.

Obesity is the accumulation of excessive body fat. It is defined by a measure called “body mass...

2 years 9 weeks ago

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is an imaging test that has been used since the early 1980’s.  MRI does not use radiation; instead it uses a powerful magnet and radio waves that are sent through the body.  They body responds by sending out radio waves of its own that are picked up by the scanner and computerized into a picture.  An MRI scanner has...

2 years 9 weeks ago

If your medicine cabinet contains expired prescription or over-the-counter medications, disposing of them properly is a concern for everyone.  While some medications are safe to throw in the trash - others are not. 

According to the FDA, some powerful medication labels instruct the medication to be flushed due to danger of unintentional use or overdose...

2 years 9 weeks ago

When I started this position, I was often asked, “What is it that you do?”  My response: “I’m helping doctors use their electronic medical records meaningfully so they can comply with the new health care bill,” which was quickly followed by, “What does that do for me and my healthcare?”  Until...

2 years 9 weeks ago

For people who make the decision to have joint replacement, their main concern is their recovery and a more mobile life.  “Joint center care” is an emerging concept in joint rehabilitation designed to prepare patients for this process from the first night in the hospital to the care needed at home.  The main goal of this type of program is to help...