Doctor Column

What You Need to Know About Knee Pain? What If It’s Not Arthritis?

September 25, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board People of all ages have experienced knee pain that varies from being a nuisance to incapacitating agony. We need healthy knees to walk, run, stand or jump. When injury or disease triggers knee pain, it’s critical to get pain relief, the right diagnosis and treatment as well as information on how to prevent future problems. To help understand knee pain or knee

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“Pain-Speak” — One Crucial Way How the Body Communicates With Us

September 15, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. It’s the most common reason people make an appointment to see their doctor. More than 25 million Americans live with chronic pain and one in every four Americans have suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours. It’s an unpleasant sensation (ouch!)

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Could the Upcoming Flu Season be a “Double Whammy?” The “Twindemic” of COVID-19 and Influenza?

September 05, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Although the Flu virus has played second fiddle to COVID-19 this year, it too is a lethal virus. We’ve become conditioned to accepting the “statistic” that every flu season, the virus kills many thousands of Americans. Health officials say it’s particularly important this year to get the Flu shot because of the potential “double whammy” of the

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Electrical Cardioversion for Heart Rhythm Problems

August 25, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board John is a 67 year old retired postal worker. He complained of being tired, lightheaded, having palpitations and being short of breath, the latter, especially after walking two or three blocks. A thorough cardiac evaluation pinpointed the problem. Calcium deposits formed on the heart’s aortic valve causing a narrowing of its opening and thereby reducing the flow of blood from

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What’s Wrong with Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Voice?

August 15, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board What’s causing Dr. Antony Fauci’s voice problem? In early April of this year, the respected infectious disease expert and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease was queried by Savanah Guthrie during a TV “Today” interview. She asked, “Are you OK? Your voice doesn’t sound great.” In a few seconds, we can tell if there’s something

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The COVID-19 Sweepstakes: The International Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine

August 05, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board The COVID-19 Sweepstakes has become the most famous international, scientific race in history. From China to the United States, from Canada to Australia, scientists are off and running to be the first to get a COVID-19 vaccine to the market. Forget the roses. The prize money in the COVID’s winner circle is worth billions of dollars to the pharmaceutical company

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Pros and Cons of Blood Thinners: Anticoagulants and Antiplatelets

July 25, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Blood thinners, (anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications), are designed to treat blood clots that have formed, prevent the formation of new blood clots and stop blood clots from getting bigger. Antiplatelet drugs, such as aspirin, prevent blood cells (platelets) from clumping together so they do not form blood clots. These drugs prevent platelets from sticking

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM): How It Can Prevent Low Blood Sugar Emergencies

July 15, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Vanessa is an 11 year old with type 1 diabetes who presented to the emergency department for the third time within the past 12 months because of “problems with her sugar.” She was unconscious, in hypoglycemic shock (extremely low blood glucose level) and clinging to life. The doctors weren’t able to start an intravenous in the customary fashion by placing a needle

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Eight Steps to Mitigate a COVID-19 Medical Tsunami

July 05, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board According to a June 23, 2020 report by Johns Hopkins University, there were 34,700 new cases of the coronavirus in the U. S. Five days later, that number jumped to 45,000 new cases of the virus. In short, the U. S. is worse-off today than in April of this year when it experienced the highest number of confirmed, coronavirus cases. As of June 29th, there are 2.6

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Dexamethasone Reduces COVD-19 Deaths Off-Label Use of Drugs

June 25, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board The current pandemic has energized scientists around the globe to come up with targeted treatments and effective vaccines for COVID-19. Investigators in the U. S. are searching for off-label uses of pharmaceutical drugs. A drug may be initially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, to treat cancer. However, physician discovered that beyond the

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