A Pancreatitis Primer

Pancreatitis is a painful condition in which the pancreas becomes irritated. The pancreas is located deep in the abdominal cavity. Pain there is often severe and radiates to the back. Nausea and vomiting are not uncommon. There are many causes of pancreatitis. One of the most common is alcohol, which [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

New Treatment For ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS also known as Lou Gehrigs disease) is a horrible neurological disease. The ability to move, speak, and even breath is gradually destroyed as nerves are attacked. Up until now there was only one drug used to slow this disease down. A new medication was recently approved [...]

By | July 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Young Children And The Internet: Not Always A Good Idea

According to a recent study children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years who spend time on tablets and computers are more likely to have speech delays. The study involved almost 900 children, 20% of whom on the average spent 28 minutes looking at some computer generated screen. [...]

By | June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

When Is A Headache Dangerous?

Not all headaches are created equal. Sure most headaches are benign and can be easily treated with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. What about the ones that might be more concerning? Below is a list of some (not all) "red flag" symptoms, which should prompt you to be seen in the ER: [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|0 Comments

What To Do About Finger Sprains

A sprained finger is usually not a big deal. Who hasn't at some time wrenched a finger? Yet occasionally, what appears to be a sprain might be much more. For example, a small fracture could easily be missed if an xray is not done. this fracture, if displaced might cause [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Correct Seat Belt Use In Children Saves Lives

A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics offers some really sobering data: Of the children who died in a car crash from 2010-2014, 20% were not buckled at all or the seat belts were fastened incorrectly. Most of the deaths occurred in the South. The rates varied quite [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|0 Comments

What Are Bladder Spasms?

Bladder spasms can cause severe pains during before or after urination. Sometimes, these can occur after surgeries. Urinary infections can cause burning on urination and also bladder spasms. The pain is often episodic and is usually located right above the groin in the midline. Alcohol and certain foods at times [...]

By | May 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Osteoarthritis: A Primer

As we get older, so too our joints. Years of wear and tear can lead to a condition known as osteoarthritis. This can affect almost any joint including knees, hips, shoulders, neck and hands. The pain is classically better in the morning after a night of rest and worse in [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Thoughts About Obamacare

Having health insurance is truly important for your financial well being and of course for your health. The number one cause of bankruptcy in this country is unpaid medical bills. Even more concerning, not having adequate health insurance is associated with increased risk of dying. This is because common diseases [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Do All Patients Need Immediate ER Evaluation?

Not only is ER care incredibly expensive, getting to the ER via ambulance is also expensive. In fact, most patients transported to the ER via ambulance are seen and then sent home. And a majority of patients who come by ambulance could have either been seen by their primary care [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|0 Comments