Articles on General Health Topics

Vision Loss: Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye or its surrounding structures that obstructs the passage of light. The lens is a clear part of the eye that helps to focus light, or an image, on the retina. In a normal eye, light passes through the transparent lens to the retina on… Read more

Vision Loss: Retinal Tear

The retina is the inner back layer of the eye that detects light that enters the eye through the pupil. The retina then transmits that information from the eye to the brain. The eye is designed such that the retina is basically like a piece of wallpaper lining the inside of the eye. For various… Read more

Hair Loss Causes (Male Pattern Baldness)

Hair loss is a clinically and socially relevant disorder. Hair is extremely important in our culture and losing it can have major psychological consequences. People can be down right terrified at the first sign of thinning or receding hair. Ads for all kinds of chemical products, shampoos, surgical techniques, and other remedies inundate us in… Read more

Hair Loss Treatment

Hair loss treatments are available for androgenic alopecia (male pattern balding). All of the following treatments have been approved by the FDA and recommended by the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA). It should be noted that many additional products or procedures are advertised for the treatment of androgenic alopecia, such as vitamins, trace elements, herbs,… Read more

Sunscreen: Best Sunscreen and New FDA Guidelines

A great deal of confusion currently exists regarding the proper use and protection provided by sunscreens. In 2012, the FDA revised its labeling requirements in an attempt to alleviate some of the confusion. Sunscreens must contain an active ingredient that stops UV radiation from reaching the skin.1 “Chemical” sunscreens contain an active ingredient that absorbs… Read more

Smoking: An Overview

Smoking is bad for you. There is no doubt about it. There is no debate.   What Are the General Health Problems Caused by Smoking? For starters, in men, smoking can cause cancer of the lungs, esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, and stomach, as well as leukemia1,2. It also seriously damages the structure… Read more

Quitting Smoking Products, Tips, and Resources

Quitting smoking can be difficult. Fortunately, quitting smoking products and resources are available to help you quit. Medications and counseling can drastically improve your chances of success. Select a link below to learn more about available medications (both nicotine based and non-nicotine based), quitting tips, and additional outside resources.     Nicotine Smoking Cessation Drugs… Read more

How Does Botox Work?

How Does Botox Work?1 Botox® works by paralyzing the muscles that is come into contact with. Botox® actually blocks the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is essential for muscle contraction. Wrinkles are caused by multiple factors, including aging, sun damage, smoking, poor hydration, and facial muscle contraction! When a facial muscle contracts, the skin… Read more