A Quick Spin on Dizziness, Vertigo and Other Balance Disorders

Common, rarely life-threatening, but very unsettling, an attack of dizziness or vertigo can send your world into a spin with simple acts like turning around to back up a car, bending down to tie a shoe or looking up at the sky. A range of sensations may keep you off balance, from tilting, swaying, whirling […]

Lyme Disease: Solving the Puzzle

Lyme Disease 2Unsurprisingly for an illness known as “The Great Imitator,” the misconceptions surrounding Lyme Disease continue to proliferate. Acute or chronic? Highly treatable or stubbornly resistant? Misdiagnosed because of symptoms that mimic conditions like lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, or overestimated for the same reason? While television celebrity Yolanda Foster recently gained national […]

Medical Mysteries – Sneeze, Shivers, Yawns, Goose Bumps and Hiccups

Health Wise Winter 2014 FINAL DD1The miracles of the human body are on continual display each day. Even involuntary actions, such as sneezing and shivering, help our bodies function optimally. The big sneeze. Every time we breathe in foreign particles, sensors in our noses and sinuses detect this, and signal the cilia (hairlike structures that line the nostrils) to sweep […]

Peripheral Neuropathy

HealthWise Fall 2013 FINAL DD12It can start as “pins and needles,” as if your hand or foot has fallen asleep, followed by burning, feelings of electric shock, muscle weakness, or extreme sensitivity to the lightest touch. Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a chronic and painful condition which involves damage to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. This condition […]

Eyes – In Focus

It is safe to assume that many readers of this newsletter put on their reading glasses first! For most of us, vision changes seem to be noticed in our 40’s. We may have first noticed difficulty reading the fine print on a label or perhaps a restaurant menu, particularly when lights are dim. As we […]

Osteoporosis – Can you avoid the break?

One in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) reports that by 2020, half of all male and female Americans over the age of 50 are likely to have osteoporosis or low bone density. Of the approximately 10 million individuals in the United […]

Arthritis – Cause of Aches and Pains?

The human body has a remarkable way of speaking to us. While there may be plausible explanations for certain aches and pains, such as exercise overexertion or the natural aging process, persistent painful joints may indicate a more serious health issue, such as arthritis. There are two main categories of arthritis in adults, osteoarthritis (primary […]

Stroke Awareness and Prevention

Nearly 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the nation’s leading cause of disability. While the majority of individuals who have a stroke are over the age of 65, surprisingly nearly 25% are younger. Reducing risk factors and being aware of symptoms […]

Snoring – Some Sound Advice

According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 90 million adults in the United States snore, which is almost 45% of all adults. Clearly, snoring is a phenomenon that cannot be ignored. It is difficult to imagine just what causes the variety of unusual and sometimes incredibly loud sounds that occur when a person snores. When […]

Gas, Constipation and other Irregularities

Gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort, such as gas, constipation or loose stools, are issues everyone experiences at some point. However, if these issues are frequent or persistent, they should not be ignored. For some people, this may be easier said than done. Generally, talking about GI issues and discussing your bowel habits with your physician is outside […]