Expert Health Articles

  • Treating Aches and Pains Throughout the Winter Months
    While the winter months may bring about increasing aches and pains, patients should be aware that there are multiple treatments that can provide relief when home remedies no longer help. The tools utilized for pain relief, such as radiofrequency ablations, are plentiful, and these tools are safe, effective and covered by most insurance plans. Don’t let the Ohio winters get the best of you!
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  • Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Right for You?
    Is difficulty breathing making it harder to do the things you want to do? Has it become harder to get the mail, do simple cleaning, or get groceries? If you have COPD, interstitial lung disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, recovering from lung surgery or other breathing-related problems, pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that can improve your quality of life. For many patients diagnosed with chronic lung conditions, attending pulmonary rehabilitation can be a lifesaver.
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  • Tips for a Healthier Heart
    A heart-healthy diet includes low cholesterol, low saturated fat, low sodium and low salt. This may seem overwhelming, but one can start by reading labels on food products and looking at the cholesterol, fat, sodium and sugar contents to get an idea of what types of foods have those higher contents. Once familiarized with those higher-content foods, it will be easier to adjust what is put in the grocery cart at the store.
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  • Keeping Allergy and Asthma Symptoms Under Control in the New Year
    New Year’s resolutions can feel overwhelming, and guilt-inducing if you can’t keep them. This year, why not assign yourself a few tasks to keep your allergy and asthma symptoms under control in 2023?
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  • Preventing the Spread of Illness During the Holiday and Winter Season
    Winter season can be a season of joy with the gathering of families and friends for the holidays, but it can also become the season of spreading respiratory infections. While most of the time, respiratory infections are mild nuisances for healthy people, influenza, RSV and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) can lead to consequences that are more serious for those with chronic illnesses.
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  • Ostomy/Stoma Education and Support
    An ostomy is a surgically created opening in the abdomen for the discharge of body waste. The United Ostomy Association of America (UOAA) notes the term “stoma” is used interchangeably, which refers to the actual end of the ureter, small or large bowel that can be seen protruding through the abdominal wall.
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  • The Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care
    A critical and important part of health care I learned about during our journey with Alzheimer’s disease involved two different models of care: palliative and hospice care. While many believe palliative care and hospice to be the same, they are actually quite different.
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  • The Role of Specialized Teams and Professionals When Treating Victims of Violent Crimes
    Violence is a healthcare issue that destroys the quality of life in communities and all around the world. The consequence of sexual violence creates many complex health issues that require a team of dedicated professionals. In most communities around the country, there are special teams that provide this supportive care to victims of sexual assault.
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  • Breeze Through the Holidays: Skip the Sneezing & Wheezing
    Holiday decorations are starting to appear, reminding us that the season of giving will soon be upon us. While some people fling open their arms and welcome the merriment, those with allergies and asthma sometimes hide under the covers and ride out the tide until it’s over. Whatever your response, if you suffer from allergies and asthma, you don’t want to be sneezing and wheezing through the holidays.
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  • RSV Guidance: Please Don't Kiss the Baby
    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is generally a virus present in the winter, usually at its worst in January and February each year. This year, RSV and influenza were conspicuously absent in the winter months. There are likely multiple reasons for this, but the bottom line is that RSV is here now. RSV is a respiratory virus that causes up to 240,000 deaths in children under the age of five worldwide each year, with babies under six months being most affected.
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  • Is Urethral Bulking the Right Option for Your Incontinence?
    Many women suffer from urinary incontinence, also known as urinary leakage. For some, this can be a slight dribble with activity that is a daily inconvenience. For others, it can be a major source of embarrassment that interferes with daily life. Just because incontinence is common, it doesn’t mean you have to live with it. There are a variety of solutions out there depending on your goals and the type of incontinence you have.
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  • The Role of a Certified Tumor Registrar
    What is a certified tumor registrar (CTR)? Do they register tumors? In a sense, yes. Certified tumor registrars work in a cancer registry, with a primary responsibility to create a data file for all patients with a new cancer diagnosis. Information recorded includes demographics, medical history, tumor-specific characteristics, stage, treatment and patient outcomes.
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  • Halloween Safety Tips
    Who doesn’t love Halloween? Along with dark, scary costumes, Halloween comes with a whole “ghost” of possible dangers. Here are some tips on how to keep your little goblins safe and have a “spooktacular” Halloween.
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  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
    What exactly is seasonal depression and is it real? It is very real, and The American Psychiatric Association officially calls it “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD). Individuals with SAD experience mood changes and symptoms similar to depression. The symptoms usually occur during the fall and winter months when there is less sunlight and usually improve with the arrival of spring.
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  • Neighborly Acts of Kindness Make a Positive Impact
    Neighbors helping neighbors is nothing new to our area. During a pandemic, it is easy to focus on keeping yourself and family members safe. However, more than ever, your elderly or home-bound neighbors may need your assistance. Your neighborly acts of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life.
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  • Have You Scheduled Your Annual Wellness Visit Yet?
    Annual wellness visits (AWV) are an important part of an adult healthy lifestyle. The purpose of an AWV is to develop and maintain a personalized prevention plan to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. Even if you do not have chronic illnesses, it is recommended to have an AWV to be proactive about your health. These visits differ from traditional office visits in which you may be seen for new or acute concerns.
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  • What is an Advanced Practice Provider?
    Have you seen your nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, received anesthesia from a nurse anesthetist or heard of clinical nurse specialists working to improve healthcare lately? If so, you are already familiar with advanced practice registered nurses, (APRNs) or advanced practice providers. We are becoming more and more prevalent in the healthcare industry and provide just as exceptional care as our fellow physicians. Our presence often makes health care more accessible to you.
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  • Digital Well-being for Parents
    Balancing the demands of caregiving with other life responsibilities is challenging for many parents. Many things need our attention, and we can be easily distracted by a phone alert or lose track of time scrolling through social media. Many parents’ lives have become even more digitally connected during the pandemic. This can have an impact on the health of families.
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  • Spending Time Outdoors Promotes Good Mental Health
    Spending time outdoors can positively affect mental and physical health. From improving mood to increasing activity levels, nature can nurture us.
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  • What You Can Find on a Continuum of Care Campus
    A continuum of care campus is a retirement community for seniors 55 and older. The campus fully encompasses the care needed at each stage of life and allows residents to age in place. As you get older, your body changes and some physical tasks become a chore and maintaining a home becomes daunting. Inevitably, aging brings changes to your health and lifestyle. The time arises to look at other living options, and this is when a continuum of care campus becomes important while you are still active and independent.
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  • The Importance of the Routine Fetal Anatomy Ultrasound
    Ultrasound is an imaging modality that uses sound waves transmitted into the body to create a picture of internal structures. Ultrasound can be used to image a baby developing inside the womb and has become a routine part of prenatal care. Most patients will get at least two or three diagnostic ultrasounds throughout their pregnancy.
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  • What the Updated CDC Guidelines Mean For You
    Last week the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines for COVID-19 recommendations. This is the first major update since the early days of the pandemic, and it signals an evolution in both the disease and our responses to it.
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  • Lawnmower Safety
    In the spring and summer, you often hear the familiar humming sound of lawnmowers. These common machines that are used multiple times each week by teenagers and adults present a danger to children. Every year, more than 9,000 children are injured by lawnmowers in the United States.
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  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions
    Many people suffer from chronic musculoskeletal conditions, such as tendinitis and osteoarthritis. There is a new treatment available that research has shown to be effective in treating chronic musculoskeletal conditions: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that may be able to avoid or delay surgery and many of these conditions.
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  • Public Pool Safety
    Everyone loves to take a dip in the pool, especially during the dog days of summer! While swimming is a great way to play, exercise and cool off, there are certain things to keep in mind. More than 1,000 children die each year from drowning, and many others suffer life-changing injuries. Help protect your family by using the following safety tips when swimming in public pools.
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  • Stroke Symptoms
    You may have heard the phrase “time is muscle,” which refers to being evaluated quickly for a heart attack in order to use a catheter to open a blocked blood vessel and prevent heart damage. Likewise, the same principle applies in the case of a stroke.
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  • Diabetic Foot Infections
    Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) is an epidemic that results in numerous complications, hospitalizations and deaths worldwide. Diabetes occurs when your body is not able to process and use glucose (sugar) from food. This results in too much glucose accumulating in your blood stream. This can have negative effects on many different organs and parts off your body.
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  • Social Determinants of Health
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  • Golf Injury and Prevention for All Ages
    Whether you and your child play golf to relax on the weekends or to be competitive, a risk of injury exists just like in other sports. It is important to take precautions against getting hurt and to seek medical attention in the case of injury.
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  • A Closer Look at Having a Penicillin Allergy
    Do you have a penicillin allergy? Even if you were allergic, you may not be any longer!
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