Doctor Column

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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From Treadmill to Marathon Julie’s Story — “I Did It!”

February 25, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board You don’t have to be, as if anyone could be, Haile Gebrselassie to be a good runner. Haile is considered, by many, to be the greatest distance runner in history. This 5 foot 5 inch and 119 pound dynamo, in his prime, shattered 61 Ethiopian national records ranging from 800 meters to the marathon, established 27 world records and captured two Olympic gold medals. An Ethiopian national

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“Is the Loss of Smell and Taste a Sure Sign of COVID-19?”

February 15, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medial Advisory Board Over the past several months, problems with a person’s ability to smell or taste has been in the news for different reasons. Increasing evidence suggest that a loss of smell or taste is an early warning sign of Covid-19. “The one symptom …that really differentiates flu from COVID is loss of taste or smell” US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams said

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“Is Vitamin D Deficiency a Risk Factor for COVID-19?” Know Your Vitamin D Level

February 05, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board In a previous article, I touted the benefits of Vitamin D. I wrote: “Besides helping the intestinal absorption of calcium and bone health, there are other benefits of maintaining the vitamin D level within a normal range. Population studies suggest, according to Dr. Sundeep Khosla of Mayo Clinic, that vitamin D plays a role in: Protecting us against heart disease Lessening the risk

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Different Face Masks and How They Protect Us Against COVID-19

January 25, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Two hairstylists in Springfield, Missouri complaining of respiratory symptoms tested positive for COVID-19 in May of 2020. They continued working at their job for approximately one week until they got back the positive test results for the virus. During the seven day period, both hair stylists and 139 clients that they serviced wore

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Mask-On: The Reasons I “Don’t Leave Home Without It”

January 15, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Face masks are “the most powerful public health tool” the country has against COVID-19. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield continued: “We have clear scientific evidence they work and they are our best defense. I might even go so far as to say this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.”

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