Articles on General Health Topics

GERD Treatment: Lifestyle Interventions

GERD Treatment: Lifestyle Interventions GERD treatment occurs in a stepwise manner first from lifestyle interventions to medical therapies to surgical interventions when necessary. (For medical therapies and surgical interventions see GERD Medical Treatments.) Lifestyle Interventions Lifestyle interventions for the prevention of GERD generally include eliminating factors that are known to contribute to GERD symptoms. These… Read more

Botox Side Effects

Botox Side Effects?1 The potential complications of Botox® range from very minor side effects to life-threatening conditions. Generally, however, Botox® is very safe for use on patients. Side effects are not common and are usually very minor. When making the decision whether or not to use Botox®, it is important to be aware that Botox®… Read more

Non-Medical Treatments for Depression

Non-Medicinal Treatments for Depression Psychotherapy There are many different types of psychotherapy available to assist in the treatment of depression. As previously stated, combining medical therapy with psychotherapy is more effective than either therapy used alone. Types of psychotherapy include Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Therapy, Group Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive… Read more

What is Botox?

What Is Botox?1 In cosmetic applications, a Botox injection, consisting of a small dose of botulinum toxin, can be used to prevent development of wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. Many people would probably be surprised to know that Botox® is actually Botulinum toxin A, one of 7 deadly poisons (labeled A-F) produced by the Clostridium… Read more

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Introduction

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Introduction1 Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a difficult disorder for physicians and for patients because symptoms occur in the absence of definite intestinal pathology. What this basically means is that patients have symptoms of GI upset, cramping, diarrhea, and/or constipation but physicians don’t have anything specifically to treat. Additionally, the cause… Read more

What Causes GERD?

What Causes GERD? GERD is actually caused by two mechanisms: The first mechanism involves a failure to prevent acidic stomach juices from getting into the esophagus due to inappropriate relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES is a muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that contracts to keep stomach juices in the… Read more

IBS Treatment and Prognosis

IBS Treatment and Prognosis Interestingly, the treatment of IBS primarily involves psychological support and dietary changes. Medications are available to help with symptoms but are generally secondary. Dietary Considerations: Fiber supplementation may help with symptoms of constipation and diarrhea; however, evidence on the effectiveness of fiber is inconclusive and patients may experience increased bloating and… Read more

Different Types of Skin Cancer

Different Types of Skin Cancer1,2,3 There are three types of skin cancer in order of gravity: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. A complete description of each is provided below. Have a dermatologist thoroughly check your body once a year for skin cancer, and report suspicious moles immediately. Melanoma Arise from melanocytes (pigmented… Read more

Depression Introduction

Depression Introduction Depression is extremely common disease. Unfortunately, up to 2/3 of people with depression are not aware that they have the disease. Consequently, many people with depression do not seek professional help for this treatable illness.   What Is Depression? Depression is actually classified into several difference disorders, including major depressive disorder (MDD), melancholic… Read more

Tanning

Tanning1 Tanning is basically the immediate and long-term pigment darkening that occurs as a result of exposure to UV radiation. HAVING A TAN DOES NOT PROTECT THE SKIN FROM UV RADIATION NOR DOES IT DECREASE THE RISK OF SKIN CANCER! There is a delayed tanning effect that occurs about 3 days after sun exposure. This… Read more