Doctor Column

Dizziness and Vertigo: How Do We Keep Our Balance?

November 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Dizziness is an imprecise word people use to describe symptoms of feeling lightheaded, the sensation that the room is spinning or unsteadiness. Most of the time the problem is not serious or long lasting but it can make your life miserable. Less frequently, it can lead to a permanent loss of hearing or the diagnosis of a life threatening disease. Dizziness is not a disease. It’s a subjective

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‘Beware’ of Drug Reactions and Interactions

October 25, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board With every new drug on the market, there’s one more chance that you’ll suffer an unwanted reaction that ranges from mild to severe. However, such reactions are not limited to drugs. Food, herbs and supplements can be as dangerous as drugs. Most of the time medicines make us feel better. They can bring down high blood pressure,

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Persistent Itching: A Misery Go-Round

October 15, 2019

Joseph R Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board “Coming up with the right diagnosis for constant itching is difficult, frustrating and maddening,” according to Cecilia. “One morning, it was 3:47 a. m. I woke with intolerable, unbearable itching all over my body. I went to the emergency room and the doctor prescribed an antihistamine and steroid cream — No relief! I called my internist and the ‘misery go around’ began in earnest. He referred me to a well-respected dermatologist

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E-cigarettes, Pulmonary Sickness and Death: U. S. vs. UK

October 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia M. D. Medical Advisory Board E-cigarettes and the United States The Center for Disease Control (CDC) on August 30, 2019 issued a health advisory warning the public and clinicians about severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette and vaping products. According to the CDC, e-cigarettes (vaping) products “can contain harmful or potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals (e. g.,

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“Afraid of Falling?” It’s Common, Costly and Preventable

September 25, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board Recently, Shirley, a 75 year old neighbor rang my doorbell at approximately 9:30 p. m. and said, “I fell.” She was holding a handkerchief against the right side of her forehead and blood was streaming down the right side of her face. I asked her to come into my apartment, sat her down and applied pressure with sterile gauzes to the right side

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Triggers of Nonallergic Rhinitis: “What Are They?”

September 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board Nonallergic rhinitis (NAR) is an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the inside of the nose. The blood vessels in the nose dilate causing nasal congestion and a clear, watery nasal discharge. This condition is primarily seen in adults and is not due to an allergy. It is separate and distinct from allergic rhinitis (AR) such as hay fever. Every year millions of Americans

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The Case for Taking Dietary Supplements

September 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board Vitamin supplements are a goldmine for the manufacturers of these products. More than 30 billion dollars a year is forked over for these pills. The irony is that most people taking supplements follow good dietary habits and don’t need them. But are there situations that demand supplementation? Supplements are any combination of nutrients taken in varying doses

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Black ‘Hairy’ Tongue

August 25, 2019

Joseph R Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board Many people regard the appearance of the tongue as an indicator of their general health. Imagine waking up in the morning, looking in the mirror and seeing your tongue resembling the photo below? Wikipedia Black Hairy Tongue Thoughts race through your mind: What is it? How did I get it? Why is it getting worse? Is it cancer? Why have I waited so long before visiting

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Benefits of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

August 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board In the 15th and 16th centuries, Columbus, Magellan, Vasco da Gama and their sailors lived at sea for months at a time. On these challenging voyages, fresh fruits and vegetables were not available. As a consequence, the seamen suffered from malnutrition and the reality that 50% of the men onboard would not return home alive. Because the men lacked

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Facts and Myths About Left-Handed People

August 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board I attended a lecture given by a surgeon who said, “If you plan to do microsurgery and you’re right hand dominant, you need to be skillful using the other hand as well.” To become more comfortable using the left hand he suggested, “Start by shaving with your left hand and use it more frequently.” Shortly thereafter and after a few nicks and scratches, I clumsily

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