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The Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Center
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:50am

Q. I'm caring for my grandmother who is diabetic and doesn't move around much. How do I prevent bed sores?

A. This can be challenging, but there are some things you can do:

Pay attention to her overall health: People with chronic wounds often have other underlying conditions such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, vascular disease or radiation...

Tongue thrust and braces
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 2:36pm

Q. My dentist said my child will need braces before but before she can get them, her tongue thrust must be corrected. What is tongue thrust?

A. Tongue thrusting, simply defined, is the habit of placing the tongue in the wrong position during swallowing, either too far forward or to the sides. If a child over the age of four is placing her tongue too far...

I'm young - do I really need to know the signs of a Stroke?
Friday, May 25, 2012 - 12:49pm

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
Friday, May 18, 2012 - 9:31am

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?

A: Most people don't think about their own risk for Stroke, but Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke kills 133,000 Americans each year and is...

Why do I need a Living Will?
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 8:23am

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?
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 9:16am

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?
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 9:55am

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...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 4:47pm

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...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 4:42pm

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...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 4:34pm

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...