The Age of Anxiety

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Higher Anxiety? Our ‘age of anxiety’ began four centuries ago It can come on suddenly and intensely, causing shaking, confusion and difficulty breathing for no apparent reason…trigger an irrational avoidance of elevators or public transportation…or become a steady drumbeat of worry always in the background. All are known as anxiety disorders, one of the country’s […]

The Enemy Within: Autoimmune Disease is on the Rise

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autoimmune disease 1000x1000 300x300A condition that is thought to have tripled in prevalence over the last 50 years, impacting over 23 million people, could justifiably be seen as an epidemic, or at least, a growing health concern. Autoimmune diseases, though, are not often thought of in that way because they manifest as 80+ different illnesses that nevertheless share […]

Joint Assets

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HealthWise Spring2016 Hasson 1 150x300The aching, swollen, stiff joints associated with osteoarthritis (OA) have long been considered an inexorable result of aging. According to conventional wisdom, cartilage, the smooth connective tissue on the end of bones that cushion the joints, simply breaks down over a lifetime of walking, exercising and moving, allowing the bones to rub together. When medications and […]

In Our Sights: Sharper Focus on Macular Degeneration Offers New Hope

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Healthwise Winter 2015 FINAL Hasson 1 300x202In the not so distant past, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), characterized by a loss of central vision, was deemed just another unfortunate consequence of growing older. The gradual breakdown of light-sensing retinal tissue that results in a blind spot directly ahead has caused each generation to struggle with driving a car, reading a printed page or recognizing a friend’s face. As the […]

Lyme Disease: Solving the Puzzle

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Lyme Disease 2Unsurprisingly for an illness known as “The Great Imitator,” the misconceptions surrounding Lyme Disease continue to proliferate. Acute or chronic? Highly treatable or stubbornly resistant? Misdiagnosed because of symptoms that mimic conditions like lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, or overestimated for the same reason? While television celebrity Yolanda Foster recently gained national […]

Staying on Top of Patient Satisfaction

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SDC News ForWebsite 1024x510As technology continues to weave into the fabric of our everyday lives, consumers are more engaged than ever, taking to the web to explore menus before dining, products prior to purchasing and even physician practices before seeing a new doctor. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Doctors Check Online Ratings From Patients […]

Peripheral Neuropathy

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HealthWise Fall 2013 FINAL DD12It can start as “pins and needles,” as if your hand or foot has fallen asleep, followed by burning, feelings of electric shock, muscle weakness, or extreme sensitivity to the lightest touch. Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a chronic and painful condition which involves damage to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. This condition […]