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Wake Up: Sleep Apnea Is Serious

Sleep apnea literally takes your breath away. While you sleep, the disorder repeatedly interrupts your breathing and reduces oxygen to your body and brain. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes and depression.  “Sleep apnea is a common... Read more

Walking Without Pain: Treatment for Foot Problems

Conditions such as bunions, corns and hammertoes may seem more annoying than dangerous, but if you continue to ignore such a problem, it could affect the way you walk which in turn could lead to knee, hip and lower back pain. “In many cases, fixing one... Read more

Watch for Eye Diseases

As you age, you increasingly are at risk for developing eye problems, particularly glaucoma and a detached retina. Glaucoma is a disease that results from too much pressure inside the eye. Your doctor should be checking the pressure in your eyes on a regular basis. Symptoms can... Read more

Watch for Signs of Childhood Bullying

Forty to eighty percent of school-age children experience bullying at some point but most of them do not speak of or report being bullied. Bullying can happen in different forms: physical, verbal, reactive, sexual and cyber. It is a serious problem that can affect a child’s... Read more

Watch for Symptoms of Heart Failure to Catch it Early

Heart failure occurs when your heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood from your lungs to the rest of your body. While there is usually no cure, you can manage your symptoms and lead a fulfilling life with a doctor’s help. Heart failure does not mean your... Read more

Watch Infants for Signs of Autism

Autism has increased tenfold in the last 40 years. So, too, have questions like: “What is autism?” and “How do I know if my child has it?” “The definition of autism is complex, since autism spectrum disorder includes several disorders of neural development,” says Andrew Godbey, MD,... Read more

Watch Your Cholesterol Numbers

Knowing your cholesterol numbers is key to understanding your overall health. High cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis, a buildup of cholesterol on the walls of your arteries that can lead to major heart problems. "You want to aim for a total cholesterol level below 200 milligrams (mg) per... Read more

Water Wins, Sports Drinks Second Best

When hydrating for the big game, make sure you’re drinking a sports drink like Gatorade, and not an energy drink like Red Bull. For everyday hydration, however, water is always best. “Sports drinks have electrolyte replacements, specifically sodium and potassium, to keep your electrolytes in balance as... Read more

Ways to Manage Menopause Symptoms

The time period before and after menopause is different for every woman. Some women experience very few symptoms, while others are plagued with mood swings, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping and vaginal dryness. There are many ways a doctor can help manage symptoms. “We will develop a plan... Read more

Ways to Reduce Throat Cancer

Every year, about 13,000 new cases of throat cancer are diagnosed. While researchers cannot determine the exact cause of throat cancer, they have identified several ways in which you can reduce your risk: Do not smoke. “When you inhale some of the chemicals in tobacco, they... Read more

Weaning Your Baby

If you want to wean your child from breast-feeding, the best approach is to go slowly. “When you abruptly stop nursing, that is not always best for baby or for mom,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center.... Read more

Wear Sunscreen in Winter

Just because the weather is cold does not mean you are safe from sunburn. If you plan on spending several hours outside, remember to use sunscreen. “Sunburn occurs as a result of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at... Read more

Weather Affects Joint Pain

It sounds like an old wives’ tale: Countless people who suffer from joint pain claim they can predict the weather. Even if they are not reliable weather forecasters, they still say their joints hurt much more during certain types of weather. “There is definitely a correlation between... Read more

Weight Loss Apps

Thirty years ago, your best tools to lose weight and stay in shape were a pen and paper. Now, there are apps to help you keep track of every aspect of staying healthy. “I tell some of my patients about the Lose It! app, which helps you... Read more

Weight Loss Could Signal Hyperthyroidism

If you have experienced sudden, unexplained weight loss, you may have an overactive thyroid, also known as hyperthyroidism. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck that regulates your metabolism. When there is a problem with the thyroid, it can affect many functions of... Read more

Weight Loss Solutions – Eat Early to Get Thin

It’s simple: if you want to lose weight, don’t eat late. People who eat a late dinner and/or snacks before bedtime not only have trouble dropping pounds, but can also end up gaining weight. This is because the energy from that food is released while we... Read more

Weight Loss Solutions – Healthier Food Portions

Portion control is an essential tool for losing weight. If you’re not measuring your protein, fat and carbohydrate portions, the amounts will tend to creep up. It’s a good idea to take out the measuring cup and/or food scale once a week and check your portions.... Read more


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