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What is thrush and how is it treated?

What is thrush and how is it treated?

Thrush is a common infection of the mouth, affecting mostly infants and small children.  It is caused by yeast and appears as white plaquing of the lips, tongue and/or sides of the mouth.  Infants and toddlers frequently get the infection by mouthing on contaminated...

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Home therapy for tennis elbow

Home therapy for tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is a common condition that affects people who grip a lot in their work or recreation, especially if it is paired with impact (such as hitting a ball with a tennis racket), or those who do a lot of twisting with pressure (like using a screwdriver). The...

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A medical oddity

A medical oddity

One of my employees asked me to do a blog on Steven Tyler's twisted toe.  I frankly don't know what to say.  It definitely is unusual, especially when you pair it with nail polish!  I've been scratching my balding head trying to figure out how it got that way.  Was it...

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What is MRSA?

What is MRSA?

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus, is a bacterial infection which is becoming more frequent worldwide, largely due to the overuse of antibiotics.  What makes it problematic is that many common and widely prescribed antibiotics, such as amoxicillin and...

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Is my abdominal pain gallbladder?

Is my abdominal pain gallbladder?

Gall bladder problems are a common cause of abdominal pain.  The gall bladder sits under the liver and acts as a storage and supply device for bile, a digestive fluid used to digest fat in the diet.  Gallstones that either get stuck in the outflow ducts or clog up the...

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Causes and treatment of edema

Causes and treatment of edema

Edema is swelling of the extremities, usually the legs, ankles and feet, and occasionally involving the arms and hands, face and trunk.  It is caused by fluid accumulation in the tissues.   Various medical conditions including severe varicose veins, blood clot (DVT),...

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Home screening test for scoliosis

Home screening test for scoliosis

Scoliosis, or sideways curvature of the spine, is a common problem, seen more frequently in girls. Most cases are much less dramatic than those pictured in this short, instructive video. Parents can easily screen for scoliosis in their children by performing Adam's...

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Heart attack risks

Heart attack risks

Heart attacks are more common in the early morning, due to a spike of the hormone cortisol between the hours of 5 to 10 am.  The incidence increases further with exertion, such as shoveling snow on a cold morning or a brisk workout at the gym.  Individuals who have...

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Treatments for asthma

Treatments for asthma

Asthma is a common condition where the patient experiences shortness of breath, usually quite suddenly.  The incidence of this disease seems to be increasing, and there are many triggers.  There are two major respiratory changes that occur in asthmatics... narrowing...

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