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What is Celiac Disease?

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease (sprue) is a fairly common, often inherited condition that frequently goes undiagnosed.  Patients with this disease have difficulty absorbing nutrients and vitamins due to inflammation of the lining of the small intestine (see picture).  Foods that...

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Tips To Fight Seasonal Depression

Tips To Fight Seasonal Depression

Why is depression and, in severe cases suicide, more common during the holiday season? You would think that with all the celebration, a "blue mood" would be much less likely. Mental health specialists speculate that there are a variety of factors that contribute to...

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How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack

How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack

Heart disease continues to kill a large number of Americans each year.  The most common type is due to blockages in one or more heart arteries, known as coronary artery disease (CAD).  Listed below are the major risk factors for heart disease as well as what you can...

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Conjunctivitis, A.K.A.: Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, A.K.A.: Pink Eye

Pinkeye is medically known as conjunctivitis.  Although most people think of an infection, such as a virus or bacteria, as the cause, it can also be triggered by allergies.  Symptoms usually include burning, itching and discharge. Often it is difficult to tell what is...

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How to Save Money on Prescription Medication

How to Save Money on Prescription Medication

Economics times are tough, and cost of prescription medication can take a significant bite out of one's budget.  Many name brand prescriptions cost several hundreds of dollars for one month's supply.  Even generics, while still much cheaper than their respective name...

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Corneal Abrasion

Corneal Abrasion

I saw a patient a couple of years ago who was driving with his window down when an insect flew directly into his eye, lodging itself under his upper eyelid.  He attempted to remove it by rubbing his eye and then irrigating with tap water, but he was unable to dislodge...

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What is a Cold Sore?

What is a Cold Sore?

Ouch!  Once you get a cold sore blister, odds are quite high that it will recur in the same spot over and over again for the rest of your life, sometimes up to a dozen times a year.  Known as herpes labialis, it is caused by the same kind of virus that causes genital...

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Why am I Losing my Hair?

Why am I Losing my Hair?

"Doc, I'm losing clumps of my hair in the shower!"  Hair loss, or alopecia, is a common problem that most people will encounter during their lifetime.  There are several causes of alopecia, and treaments for these causes can vary. Male Pattern Baldness - Male pattern...

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Appendicitis

Appendicitis

I saw a patient a few weeks back who was brought in by her dad presenting with a typical medical dilemma...is the patient's abdominal pain appendicitis or not?  Unfortunately, there is usually not an obvious answer; the diagnosis is usually made by reviewing a...

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