Recent Articles

Written by Dave Harrison, RT(R)(N), MBA, Manager of Imaging Services
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 9:46am

A. The goal of any Mammography Program is to provide accurate diagnosis, and if possible provide early detection of a suspected breast cancer. This results in earlier treatment, and possible improved patient outcomes.

The US based Digital Mammography Screening Trial released in 2005 has shown that digital mammography may be more accurate at detecting breast...

by Dr. Eric Richman
Monday, October 8, 2012 - 10:58am

A: Podiatrists have the ability to discover indications of PAD in a foot exam before serious problems occur. PAD is a narrowing or clogging of arteries in the legs caused by plaque. Due to the blocking of blood vessels in the legs, patients with PAD are more prone to foot complications. Cuts, sores, or blisters will be slow to heal due to the lack of blood flow. Early...

by Jeremy Brantner, HealthPoint Exercise Physiologist
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 8:20am

A. While working with athletes keep in mind that in addition to making your practices productive, you need to help protect them against potential injuries.

A few key factors for coaches to remember in the summer months:

1. Provide athletes multiple fluid breaks as they will dehydrate easily during conditioning. Remember, participants will need to...

Written by Jeremy Brantner, MS, Exercise Physiologist at HealthPoint
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:34pm

A. While working with athletes keep in mind that in addition to making your practices productive, you need to help protect them against potential injuries.

A few key factors for coaches to remember as fall begins:

1. Provide athletes multiple fluid breaks as they will dehydrate easily during conditioning. Remember, participants will need to increase...

Lisa Naidu, RPSGT, Sleep Technologist, answers this question
Monday, August 27, 2012 - 10:48am

A. Getting the proper amount of sleep is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being and is just as important to the body as food and water. Sleep needs change over a person’s lifetime. Children and adolescents need more sleep than adults, typically 10-11 hours, while adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

Unfortunately, many adults often...

Written by James Freehahn, CRT, RCP Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 8:48am

Q. My husband was just referred for pulmonary rehab. What does that involve?

A. Pulmonary rehab is a treatment plan for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a restrictive lung disease or other ongoing breathing problems. It is tailored to meet each patient's individual needs with the goal of improving their quality of life for someone...

Michele Messam, Infection Preventionist
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 8:07am

Q:  My doctor said I should quit smoking before he performs my surgery. Why is this so important?

A:  It is widely known that there are general health risks associated with smoking, but research has shown that smokers are more likely to suffer surgical complications than nonsmokers. These complications include lung problems like pneumonia, and surgical...

Christopher Ranney, M.D.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 2:06pm

Q: I worry about my children playing sports and getting a concussion. How can I tell if a bump to the head is serious?

A: Concussions are a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body that interferes with the normal function of the brain. The severity of a traumatic brain injury can range from "mild", with a brief change in mental status or...

by Diane Rowe, BSN, RN, CDE
Monday, July 9, 2012 - 2:43pm

Q. My father and I have diabetes. I've heard about programs where we can learn how to manage our diabetes. Will Medicare cover this for Dad? Will my insurance cover it?

A. It sounds like you have heard about Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT). These programs help patients discover how to live safely with diabetes day by day. They learn about balanced...

Richard Ransom, DPM
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 9:51am

Q: I am an avid golfer, and recently I’ve noticed pain in my great toe joint to the degree that it’s affecting my swing. What can I do?

A: Although golf is not a rigorous sport, the physical act of repeated follow through on a golf swing can lead to a foot condition known as hallux limitus, a jamming and deterioration of the great toe joint. The movement and...