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That Not-So-Healthy Glow

Publish Date: 1/18/2018

Young girl in tanning bedYour teenage daughter is headed to the beach for a mid-winter break and she wants to get a start on her tan at the neighborhood tanning salon.  For the sake of her health, just say no!

Child Health
Dermatology
Lynn Anne Cornelius

Marijuana -- Not as Harmless as You Think

Publish Date: 1/18/2018

Marijuana leaf If you are a frequent pot smoker, or you know someone who is, this article is for you. There is a condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) -- its symptoms are similar to someone who has Crohn’s disease or disease of the gallbladder or pancreas. Washington University gastroenterologist Elizabeth Blaney, MD, answers questions about this condition that doctors are beginning to see more of in their patients.

General Health
Gastroenterology

If You have the Will, there is a Weigh

Publish Date: 1/18/2018

illustration of three balloons in stomachIs losing weight your New Year’s resolution? If so, you are not alone.  While everyone knows that eating less and exercising more are the healthiest ways to a slimmer you – it is not easy. However, there is a new non-surgical treatment designed to help you reach your weight-loss goal – and it begins with swallowing a balloon.

Michael Bennett
General Health
Gastroenterology

The New High in Blood Pressure

Publish Date: 1/18/2018

Fruits, vegetables and salmon in heartshaped bowl with blood pressure cuffYou might have heard – there is a new “high” in blood pressure. The new guidelines were recently announced at an American Heart Association meeting. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is now defined as a reading of 130 over 80 – down from 140 over 90.

General Health
Cardiology
Andrew M. Kates

Opening the (Bedroom) Door to Talk about ED

Publish Date: 1/18/2018

Couple embracing in front of fireFor a man with erectile dysfunction (ED), it can be difficult to admit there is a problem.   Despite the popularity of effective medications, less than one in five men with ED will ask their medical professional for treatment.

Men's Health
Arnold D. Bullock
Urology

Shingles -- Chickenpox all Grown Up?

Publish Date: 1/18/2018

Little boy dressed as grown-up businessmanYou had chickenpox as a child and heard that it can come back as shingles when you are an adult. Has this childhood disease returned in the form of the painful rash and blisters you now have?

General Health
Primary Care
Jonathan N. Byrd

After Hours Pediatric Care -- NOW OPEN in South County

Publish Date: 1/18/2018

Sick child with clockIt never seems to fail – your child is sick, the pediatrician’s office is closed and you don’t think you can wait until morning – you want a medical professional to see your child as soon as possible.

Child Health
Pediatrics

Navigating through the Sea of Health Insurance Terms

Publish Date: 1/18/2018

Health insurance terms can be confusing. Copay, coinsurance, deductible, out-of-pocket maximum – what do they all mean? Here is a quick and easy guide to help you understand the language of health care insurance.

Breath of Fresh Air

Publish Date: 10/12/2017

Woman on mountain breathing fresh air“Life-changing.”  Those are the words a 63-year old female patient recently used to describe the results she experienced after facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Gregory Branham, MD, corrected her deviated septum. For years she lived with a severely deviated septum that greatly impacted her ability to breathe and smell.  While many people can live with small deviations in their septum, there are others who may benefit from surgical intervention.

General Health
Otolaryngology
Gregory H. Branham
John Chi

Tired of Mono

Publish Date: 10/12/2017

sleeping teenage boy in libraryIt was the beginning of the school semester, and your son just couldn’t shake his fatigue and sore throat. He was never one to complain about being sick, so you knew it was time to see the doctor.  The diagnosis was mononucleosis, or as most people call it, mono.

Child Health
Pediatrics