Doctor Column

Chronic Kidney Disease Insights — Unraveling the Five Stages of CKD

May 15, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Chronic kidney disease (CKD causes a gradual loss of kidney function over time. CKD happens when the kidneys are unable to remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood causing a buildup of toxic material in the bloodstream. You may have ongoing kidney damage for many months to years without symptoms until the kidneys

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From Pollen to Panic: Demystifying How Allergic Reactions Happen

May 05, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory board Springtime is “allergytime” for millions of Americans. But inhaling substances like pollens is not the only way to provoke an allergic reaction. Breathing in animal dander, dust, mold and mildew can cause an allergic response. The list of allergic “provocateurs” is a long one. Eating foods such as peanuts, shellfish and eggs, or taking medications like amoxicillin can cause an allergic

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Glaucoma: “Thief of Sight”

April 25, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Glaucoma is a chronic eye disease that progresses slowly over time causing loss of eyesight. There is a buildup of pressure within the eye, because the eye’s drainage system is malfunctioning. A narrowing or complete blockage of the drainage system prevents fluid from flowing out of the eye in a normal fashion. This causes an excessive buildup of pressure within the eye that

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Fentanyl and the Chinese Conspiracy — A Public Health Epidemic

April 15, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Several years ago, I spoke with a parent and his son, Adrian, who excelled in the classroom and was a star football athlete. In his junior year of high school, he was on top of the world sifting through scholarship offers from first-rate universities. He was upbeat and confident about the future. That all changed in his senior year

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In Vitro Fertilization — From Petri Dishes to Parenting Nine Basic Steps: “We Just Want To Have a Family”

April 05, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a medical procedure used to help couples have a baby who are dealing with fertility issues. It is the most common form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) which involves combining an egg and sperm outside the body in a laboratory. Couples are evaluated to understand the reason(s) for the infertility and treatment strategies using IVF

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CLL What You Need To Know About Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

March 25, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a type of blood cancer that grows slowly, more commonly in men and typically diagnosed after the age of 60 years. It is rarely seen in children. The cancer particularly damages B lymphocytes which are white blood cells. The lymphocytes develop from stem cells in the bone marrow. The cancer interferes with B lymphocyte production

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How Puberty Changes Your Child’s Voice

March 15, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory board Puberty is the time of life when boys and girls transition from childhood into adulthood. During this period of development, their bodies go through physical, hormonal and psychological changes. It happens typically for boys between 9 to 14 years of age and for girls between 8 to 13 years of age. Some of the changes include the development of secondary sexual characteristics, growth

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The Job of T Cells and Immunotherapy

March 05, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board T-cells are white blood cells, also called T lymphocytes which partner with B-cells to protect us from infections and harmful intruders such as cancer cells. T cells are part of the immune system that behave like specialized sentinels guarding, responding, and neutralizing threats to our bodies. They develop from stem cells in the bone marrow and

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The Amazing B Cells and Immunotherapy

February 25, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Like an office building using a surveillance system and a man to identify and prevent unwanted visitors from entering the premises, the immune system uses an army of specialized cells and organs to identify, and prevent foreign invaders from debilitating our bodies. An indispensable part of the body’s defense system includes B and T cells which are special units

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How Music Therapy Works — Nine Revealing Q & A’s

February 15, 2024

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Music can be a powerful tonic or a painful memory and many things in between. It surrounds us at home, in the car, and even in the elevator. It’s ubiquitous. Governments unify a nation with their anthems. The military arouses its army with their patriotic melodies. Religions use it as part of their rituals. Families observe togetherness with music; for example, at birthdays,

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