Doctor Column

CDC and COVID-19: To Mask or Not To Mask?

June 05, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board The COVID-19 drama continues to have twists and confusions. Recent guidelines promulgated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on May 13, 2021 have raised questions concerning the appropriateness of wearing masks indoors and in public. CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD announced the latest guidance on mask wearing by saying, “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate

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Keep Moving, Sit Less & Move More for Good Health!

May 25, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board “Exercise is “good for you.” How many times have you heard that? Others announce; you need a “balanced program” that includes muscle strengthening, bone strengthening stretching and aerobic—cardio activities. But how do you make sense of and begin a balanced exercise program? How many steps are enough, what muscle groups should be strengthened or how

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Nine (9) Tips for Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

May 15, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board There is a definite need for better control of high blood pressure in the United States. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), “roughly 39 million Americans are at risk for serious health issues due to uncontrolled high blood pressure,” which includes an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, vision loss and kidney disease. The AHA

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Leg, Foot and Ankle Edema — When is it Cause for Concern?

May 05, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia M. D. Medical Advisory board Sitting at a computer all day is roughly equivalent to you sitting in an airplane that flies from New York to Paris. If you took your shoes off during the flight, you may have experienced difficulty putting them on because of swollen feet and ankles. The swelling or puffiness is called edema and it’s due of to excess fluid in the tissues of the body.

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A Yellow Light for Gene Surgeons and Gene Surgery

April 25, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Every year millions of infants (6% of worldwide births) are born with serious birth defects. In the United States, birth defects are the leading cause of infant mortality accounting for one in every 5 infant deaths. They afflict about three per cent of the babies born in the US. Scientists have been struggling for many decades to treat

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Sickle Cell Disease and CRISPR-Cas9

April 15, 2021

Joseph R, Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disease that’s passed down from parent to child. This genetic disorder causes the body to make abnormal red blood cells (RBC’s). Hemoglobin is the protein in the RBC’s that delivers oxygen to all parts of the body and sends carbon dioxide to the lungs to be exhaled from the body. Red

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A 21st Century Scientific Revolution? CRISPR-Case 9

April 05, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia. MD Medical Advisory Board Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier have ignited a scientific revolution. In 2020, both shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their pioneering work in gene editing (also called genome editing or genetic engineering). This innovative technology, CRISPR-Cas9, allows scientists to more easily and accurately repair or enhance an organism’s faulty DNA. Scientific interest has intensified on ways

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Echocardiogram Stress Test

March 25, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board A cardiac stress test evaluates the health of the heart. Sometimes called a treadmill stress test, it contrasts how the heart functions at rest compared to how it functions with activity. Either a treadmill or a stationary bicycle is commonly used by the person to put the heart under increased, physical stress. An echocardiogram is a test that provides information about the action of the

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Long Term Effects of COVID-19 The Unfinished Story of “Long COVID—Long Haulers.”

March 15, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Among the several hundred coronaviruses, seven cause human disease. Four of them cause mild symptoms such as the common cold. However, three of them have emerged in this century and globally to bring about severe illness and deaths. The lethal coronaviruses are usually found in and remain isolated in pigs, bats, civet cats or camels. Occasionally,

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Fibromyalgia Lady Gaga’s Invisible Pain

March 05, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Millions heard Lady Gaga sing the national anthem at Joseph Biden, Jr’s presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington D. C. However, how many realized she has been struggling with a disorder that has long frustrated patients and doctors? In September, 2017 she postponed part of her “Joanne World Tour” because of chronic physical and emotional

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