Doctor Column

Four Major Sleep Disorders

June 15, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Sleep, like food, is a basic human necessity. In 2020, the U. S. Census Bureau counted 258.3 million adults living in the United States. A startling “one third of U. S. adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep,” says the CDC. Long term inadequate sleep (less than seven hours of sleep) adversely affects

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Understanding How Sleep Works: Non-REM Sleep and REM Sleep

June 05, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Healthy sleep is as essential to our wellbeing as is a healthy diet. A massive one third of American adults get inadequate sleep described as less than seven hours of sleep per night In the mid-20th century, many scientists thought the brain to be fundamentally dormant during sleep. Recent studies paint a picture. of the brain’s vibrant activity. The brain moves through four or five

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The Liver: How It Looks and How It Works

May 25, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board The liver is the largest internal organ in the body. It weighs 3 to 3.5 pounds and is located mainly on the right side of the body below the lungs and diaphragm. It extends approximately from the right fifth rib to the lower border of the rib cage. The sickle shaped falciform ligament separates the liver into the much

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Similarities Between Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes

May 15, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Type 1& 2 diabetes result from problems with insulin causing high blood glucose levels. Previous discussions highlighted the differences between both types of diabetes mellitus. What follows are several highlighted similarities. Similarities: Fatigue, being tired is a common complaint of types 1 & 2 diabetes Both conditions cause hyperglycemia — elevated blood glucose, and require frequent blood

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Erectile Dysfunction and the Heart and Stroke Connection

May 05, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board “There is a very strong link between erectile dysfunction (ED)and heart disease. Having ED is as much a risk factor for heart disease as a history of smoking or a family history of coronary artery disease,” says the Cleveland Clinic. Studies have shown a 25% increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, angina, or mini-strokes in patients who initially seek help for ED. Also,

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Ten Key Differences Between Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes

April 25, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are chronic conditions that damage the body’s ability to metabolize sugars; that is, break down sugars from our diet into glucose. Consequently, blood levels of glucose become and remain elevated unless treated with diet, lifestyle changes and medications. We need the energy of glucose in our cells for our bodies

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In-Patient (Hospital) Advocates: An Underutilized Resource

April 15, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia Medical Advisory Board Being admitted into a hospital is stressful. Whether it’s an elective or an emergency admission, the uneasiness of the unknown, unanswered questions, heighten anxiety. In-patient advocates work in hospitals and help to lessen a patient’s apprehension and ease the transition from admission to discharge. A 59 year old widow, Joan Myers with no immediate family, was directed to the admission desk on the ground

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Hypercalcemia or High Calcium Levels, and the Parathyroid Glands: What Are They? What Do They Do?

April 05, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Linda, a 52 year old homemaker, complained of being “tired all the time.” Over the past few years, besides being tired, she experienced trouble concentrating, mood swings, loss of appetite, and forgetfulness. She thought it was connected to the “empty nest syndrome” after her daughter got married, and she was left alone in her apartment.

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Intense Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

March 25, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Parkinson Disease (PD) is a disorder of muscle coordination, not muscle weakness. It accounts for approximately 80% of movement disorders and it is the second most common neurodegenerative brain disease trailing only Alzheimer’s. This condition happens when nerve cells (neurons) in part of the brain called the substantia nigra die and don’t produce enough dopamine. The lack of dopamine

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Type 2 Diabetes PS: Watch Your “Ps & Ss”

March 15, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects 37 million Americans. Nine out of ten times diabetes it’s caused by T2D. Approximately eight per cent of the time it is due to type 1 diabetes. If you get diabetes, you have too much sugar (glucose) in the blood. The hormone insulin works to keep your blood glucose levels within a normal range,

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