Doctor Column

“Ten” Teen Water Safety Tips

July 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board According to the CDC, “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning in the United States. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.” About two out of ten people who die are children 14 and younger. “Don’t worry Mom, we’ll be all right.” Fourteen year old Kaitlyn

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Sunscreens, SPF and the Importance of Being “Sun Smart!”

July 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory board Years ago, while walking on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, I noticed stretches of women sitting on benches facing the ocean in their bathing suits. They held metal-like reflectors under their chins while gathering the noonday sun and aiming it at their faces. Today, women at the beach or pool are protecting themselves from the sun. They wear broad

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Cat-Scratch Disease and Cat Bites: What to Know — What to Do

June 25, 2019

Joseph R Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board About 25% of households in the US own one or more cats, which means close to 32 million families are feline friendly. If you belong to one of those families, who among you can say, “I never have been scratched or bitten by a cat?” U. S. Library of Medicine Elaine has loved and owned cats since childhood. She visited her sister one afternoon who owns

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Should You “Just Say No” to Vitamin E Supplements? Eat Healthy Foods 1st

June 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin found in certain fatty and oily foods. Fats makes up about 90% of vitamin E and its main job is to work as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are unstable entities (atoms) that injure cells eventually causing illness and aging. The damaged cells lead to chronic inflammation which is thought to contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer

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Tick Bites and A Revealing Conversation About Ms. Babesia

June 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board At the end of the summer last year, a friend of mine rang my doorbell at 4:45 p. m. Smiling, he presented me with the last vegetable harvest of the summer from his garden. “I’ve got peppers, eggplant, tasty cherry tomatoes and zucchini. They’ll all delicious and I picked them just a few hours ago. I like to sautee the eggplant and zucchini” — still

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“Am I Allergic to Penicillin? How Can I Be Sure?”

May 25, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Sharon, a 38 year old lab technician, is filling out her medical history in the doctor’s waiting room. One of the first questions on the medical form: What’s your main complaint? She wrote — Sinus pressure and pain. Another question: “Are you allergic to any medication?” She wrote — Penicillin. Sharon remembers when she was 8 years, after

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Surprising Information About ‘Vitamin A’

May 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board Janet told this story: “When I was 4 or 5 years old, I remember my mother saying, ‘Eat the carrots. They’re good for your eyesight.’” Janet continued, “While in the first grade, I had difficulty reading. During a school conference, the teacher advised my parents to have my eyes

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‘Thumb’ Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)

May 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Sharon, a 53 y/o writer asked her husband to, “Look at my thumb. The right thumb is bigger than the left.” “Does it hurt?” … “Not now, but after typing for a few hours at the computer, it becomes stiff and achy.” Many months later, Sharon noticed small bumps on her finger joints. She ignored having difficulty turning the key

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Vitamin K and Bleeding — “What is Vitamin K Good For?”

April 25, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board We’ve all had a bloody nose, scraped a knee or cut a finger at one time or another. A remarkable feat happens when liquid blood turns into a solid mass forming a blood clot and the bleeding stops. If a wound, internal or external does not clot, the bleeding continues leading to shock and a catastrophic ending! Surgeons are particularly attentive to the

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Measles: “Deja Vu?”

April 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board Someone said, it seems like “deja vu, all over again” for measles. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, has confirmed 387 individual cases of measles in 15 states from January 1 to March 28, 2019. What is the reason or reasons for the current measles’ outbreak?” In

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