Doctor Column

Rib Fractures — Broken Ribs What to Know What to Do

January 15, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Rib fractures are common injuries, and ordinarily heal on their own after four to six weeks. However, if you, or someone you know has had a broken rib(s), you are familiar with severe pain. Your ribcage acts like a shield protecting your lungs, heart, blood vessels, nerves and, internal organs from injury. You have

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Omicron Variant: COVID Rules Have Not Changed!

January 05, 2022

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board A variant of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 24, 2021. The new, highly transmissible variant of concern, Omicron, was first detected in Botswana on November 11, 2021, three days later in South Africa and on December 1, the variant was confirmed in the United States. Despite the heightened attention given to Omicron, the Delta variant

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Parkinson’s Disease Non-Motor Symptoms

December 25, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Parkinson disease is commonly referred to as a movement disorder of the nervous system that progresses slowly over time. The gradual reduction of dopamine in brain cells causes patients to typically experience motor (movement) symptoms of PD which include tremor (shakiness), rigid muscles, balance problems, difficulty walking and slowness or absence of movement. A previous article discussed the motor symptoms

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Parkinson Disease 101 — Motor Symptoms

December 15, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Parkinson disease (PD) is a disorder within the brain that develops slowly over the years. This progressive, degenerative neurological disease happens when certain nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra (black substance) die earlier than normal and do not produce sufficient amounts of dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical messenger needed to relay

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Havana Syndrome Needs to be De-mystified

December 05, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia, MD Medical Advisory Board Years ago, Mike, an electric worker in his mid-forties complained of headaches, dizziness, ringing in his ears, and being tired. He thought it was related to his job. He worked in an industrial park filled with pollution including being exposed to high and low frequency wave emissions. The low keys on the piano have different frequencies compared to the high keys

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Alcohol Use Disorder in Women and the Elderly — A Worrisome Increase

November 25, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board There has been a worrisome increase in alcohol use among women and the elderly in the United States since 1999. Alcohol Use Disorder, AUD “is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.” In 2017, 80,220 American deaths were associated with

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Concierge Medicine in A Changing Medical Landscape

November 15, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Often, after checking into a hotel, people look for the concierge desk. The concierge is a hotel employee whose job it is to make your stay in the hotel as pleasant meaningful, and memorable as possible by improving the services the hotel offers. They arrange tours, make restaurant reservations and are helpful in obtaining tickets to the theater or sports events.

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Antiviral COVID-19 Pill — Molnupiravir

November 05, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Pharmaceutical companies spend a great amount of time, effort, and money in their quest to cre-ate effective drugs to combat viral, and infectious diseases. There have been notable antibiotic successes, but less so concerning antiviral medications. On the first day of October of this year, Merck announced that the antiviral pill — molnupiravir — works against COVID-19 by reducing the

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Dr. Katalin Kariko — Will the mRNA Messenger Be Awarded the Nobel Prize?

October 25, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Over time many people have received huge recognition for their life’s work posthumously. These innovators have died with neither fame nor financial gain. Nevertheless, their work is breathing and palpable today. Vincent Van Gogh, while alive, sold one painting. The father of genetics, Gregor J. Mendel, whose work received little

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Bone Density: What Do the Numbers Mean?

October 15, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board The adult human skeleton has a total of 213 bones. Each bone goes through a lifelong process of making new, healthy bone tissue called bone modeling, and removing of old bone tissue labeled bone resorption. Bone loss happens when the body resorbs more bone than it makes. Bone density, or bone mineral density (BMD), is the amount

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