Appendicitis. It’s a diagnosis familiar to many, often heard after a loved one becomes hospitalized. Less common, however, is an understanding of what this condition—and the region of the body it affects—truly entails. Appendicitis is fairly common, affecting roughly one in 15 Americans at some point in their lives. It stems from inflammation of the … Read More

Medicine is full of uncertainties. The medical decision-making process may often figuratively resemble a tree with branches that all lead to different outcomes for a patient. But can physicians afford to look and consider the whole tree before making their decisions? Or do they often opt for a much closer look in lieu of confidence? The latter scenario, … Read More

The phrase “Father Time is undefeated” is common in sports, especially for aging athletes. It means that age will eventually catch up with these athletes, diminishing their physical abilities. Athletes, such as Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods, however, have received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to speed up the healing process for injuries and play longer. What is PRP, and … Read More

Femur fractures are very prevalent today, especially during car accidents. For example, recently on the news, a young man named Wesley Brown was fleeing from Florida police and crashed his stolen car into another car. As a result, Brown suffered a broken femur or thighbone. This type of injury is more specifically called a femoral shaft … Read More

“Chocolate is my Achilles’ heel. What’s your weakness?” The phrase “Achilles’ heel” is often used figuratively, but in the literal sense, it also applies to your body. If you’re an avid sports fan, then you’ve probably heard of the recent Achilles tendon injuries to Kobe Bryant and Steve Smith Sr., basketball and football players respectively. An Achilles injury … Read More

Among other things, Apollo is the Greek god of medicine and music. Maybe the Greeks were onto something with this particular designation. Throughout the history of medicine, it has been thought that music has a significant influence on health. Ideas about music therapy have been traced back as far as to the writings of Plato … Read More

While there have been safety concerns about surgeons listening to music during their procedures, a new study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal this July suggests that it is in everyone’s best interest for surgeons to continue to “rock on” in the operating room (OR). While it has been previously shown that music can reduce stress … Read More

Continuing our sojourn into the land of sinusitis, we will now explore treatment options. For ENT doctors, the primary goal of sinus treatment is to restore the normal sinus drainage patterns, allowing the sinus to clean itself. The first step for treatment is medication and at-home supportive care, which may include antibiotics to kill bacterial infections. In … Read More

Our eyes are one of the most complex organs in the body. Our vision relies primarily on our eyes’ ability to detect light using the retina, a thin tissue layer located at the back of our eyes. In patients with lattice degeneration, this tissue begins weakening at the outer edges, and leads to tears in the retina, called atrophic holes. This … Read More

Scoliosis is typically defined as a sideways curvature of the spine. It is most commonly present in pre-pubescent children who are about to undergo a growth spurt. The average diagnosis of scoliosis is mild and requires only monitoring, but a certain few cases can result in future complications such as lung damage and severe physical … Read More

If you’re an athlete or you watch sports, you may have heard the common phrase, “tearing your ACL”. It may bring up painful memories if you’ve experienced it firsthand, or if it happened to your favorite football player. However, tearing an ACL is not the end to a sports career. Let’s first delve into what an … Read More

Are you often sleepy during the day? Do you snore a lot during the night? Do you wake up with a dry mouth and sore throat? If yes, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, a type of sleeping disorder, occurs when your breathing is briefly interrupted while you sleep. These breathing pauses can last 10 to 20 seconds … Read More

Ever feel back pain during the middle of the day? Ever lift something heavy and feel a tweak in your back? Are you in your fifties? Well, it’s possible that you may have a herniated disc! No fear, we have your back when it comes to understanding and preventing herniated discs. A herniated disc occurs when your spinal … Read More

Scientifically and philosophically, the start of a life is not only amazing but is also one of the most complex phenomenons in nature. Sadly, pregnancy can also be marred by complications, such as ectopic pregnancy, or tubal pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a complication that occurs in the first trimester of pregnancy in which the fertilized egg … Read More

The featured image above shows a CT scan of the brain of a patient with hydrocephalus (left) versus that of a normal brain (right). Hydrocephalus is a condition associated with a buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, causing an increase in pressure on the brain tissue. Normally, the cerebrospinal fluid surrounds the brain and spinal … Read More

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