Doctor Column

How To Avoid Medication Errors — Speak Up!

September 25, 2022

Joseph Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Before you swallow that pill — Are you sure it’s the right one for you? Medication errors are more prevalent than you think. Errors can happen from the time a physician prescribes the medication to the time you pick up the medicine. In Dr. Danielle Ofri’s book, When We Do Harm, the author discusses medical errors

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Drug Disposal: How to Get Rid of Expired or Unused Medications

September 15, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Unused or expired medications pose a health risk to you and your family. Safe disposal of unneeded medications lessens the likelihood of unintended poisonings. One option is to find a drug-take back location and deposit the medicines at that location which might be a hospital, pharmacy or police station. If drug-take back programs are not available, you can get rid of medicines

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Drug Expiration Controversy: “Is it Safe to Take Expired Medications?”

September 05, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Melissa, a three year old, has a history or recurrent ear infections. It’s the weekend, it’s one o’clock in the morning and Melissa is irritable, tugging at her right ear and has a slight temperature. This has been the prelude to a spike of 103 F temperature, crying and piercing screams due to her painful ear infections. Her mother has

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Diverticular Disease: Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

August 25, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Diverticular disease is a disease of the large intestine characterized by tiny outpouchings in the wall of the colon called diverticula, which can become inflamed (red, swollen) and infected. This colonic disease affects approximately half of the population over the age of 60 in advanced western countries. It was thought to be a disease of the elderly, but recent reports indicate an increased prevalence

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Number “988” Hotline: The New Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline

August 15, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board On July 16, 2022. the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) established 988 as the new, nationwide phone number that connects individuals with the Suicide Prevention and Mental Crisis Lifeline. If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress or a substance abuse-related emergence or if you are at your wits end, you’re encouraged to call or text 988 and speak directly

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Hot Tips for Preventing Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

August 05, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board The recent heat wave has placed climate change on the front burners of public health officials across the globe. Record temperatures in many parts of the world has scorched the earth leaving in its wake droughts, fires, famine and deaths. In July of 2022, more than 20 states in America have recorded more than 200 high temperatures

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269T Who Needs to Get Tested for COVID-19?

July 25, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board People are getting mixed signals from the authorities concerning who should get tested, and treated for COVID-19? Also, there is confusion as to when is the best time to be tested for COVID-19? Annabella was delighted to be her sister’s bridesmaid. She had a wonderful time at the wedding, dancing, and chatting with many guests. The next day,

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268T Gun Violence A Public Health Crisis, and An American Tragedy

July 15, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Gun violence is endemic in the U. S., and is increasing at a lunatic rate. In 2020, a record 45, 222 Americans were shot dead especially from gun murders, and gun suicides. Gun murders accounted for 47% of gun deaths, suicides 54%, and three per cent were due to other causes such as unintentional gun deaths, and those involving law enforcement,

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270T Monkeypox An Under Reported Virus in the U. S?

July 05, 2022

Joseph R, Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Monkeypox (MPX) is a rare, viral, infectious disease that’s related to, and distinct from smallpox, and cowpox. It is caused by the Monkeypox virus (MPXV). The disease occurs primarily in the tropical rainforest areas of central and west Africa, and is exported to other regions. Of particular concern is the surging number of cases since May of this year. The outbreaks have

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Seven (7) Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep: How to Improve Your “Sleep Lifestyle”

June 25, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Do you have trouble awakening in the morning? Do you nod off during the day? Do you find it difficult to concentrate in the course of the day? If you answered yes to these questions, there are steps you can take to improve your sleep. We need sleep to remain physically strong and mentally alert. During sleep, the brain actively renews

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