Doctor Column

Top Ten Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines by the ‘Average Joe’

January 05, 2021

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board “Kindly roll up your sleeve, I’m going to clean the area with an alcohol swab. You’ll feel a pinprick and it’ll be all over. I just want you to remain here for 15 to 30 minutes before leaving.” We’ve heard this spiel many times in the past before getting an injection. “Please, wait a minute. Before you get started, I have a few

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Must Things to Do Before and After Total Knee Replacement Surgery

December 25, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Having total knee replacement surgery (TKR) is a major undertaking that most likely you’ve been putting off for years. Over time, the pain might now persist throughout the day and even interfere with sleep. You could find it painful to walk, getting up from a chair or out of a car or climbing up and down stairs. The knee

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Pets and the Pandemic: Seven Benefits of Pets During COVID-19

December 15, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Karen and Peter looked forward to celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this past September in Europe. They planned to spend three weeks in Italy beginning in the Lake District of Northern Italy, then onto Venice and from there to Florence and Rome. They were crestfallen when the European Union put a “Do Not Enter Europe” sign on American

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The “Twindemic” Has Landed: COVID-19 and Influenza

December 05, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Health experts have predicted the next few months of 2020-2021 will be a “dark winter” in the United States. The confluence, the explosive “twindemic” of COVID-19 and the Flu will cause millions of new cases, a surge in hospitalizations and thousands of additional deaths in this country. People in nursing homes, the elderly, those with comorbidities and those with

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The Importance of Push-Ups as a Risk Factor in Heart Health

November 25, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Royalty Stock Photo I was watching TV and saw this diminutive 99 year old man, drop to the floor and began doing push-ups. It’s rare that anyone can reach the age of 99 but to do push-ups is another matter indeed. Could push-ups be a link to his longevity and good heart health? Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death

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Nobel Prize 2020 Shines Light on Science and Hepatitis C — Understanding the ABC’s of Viral Hepatitis

November 15, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board On October 5, 2020 three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their pioneering work in discovering the Hepatitis C virus. Two Americans and one British-born scientist will share this prestigious award as announced by the Nobel Committee at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. The announcement named Dr. Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and

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Monoclonal Antibodies: A COVID’-19 Nemesis?

November 05, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board When President Donald J. Trump contracted COVID-19 in October of 2020, he was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with a cornucopia of drugs to combat his sickness. They included, as far as we know, Remdesivir, dexamethasone, a monoclonal antibody cocktail plus other medications and supplements to fight off the infection. The President was surrounded by an Army of infectious disease

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Pain 101 — The Basics: How Can We Make Sense of Pain?

October 25, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Pain tells us that there’s something’s wrong in the body. It has a peculiar way of speaking to us. Whether we complain about a mild headache or the intense, agonizing pain of a fractured thigh bone, it seems to say: “Listen up. It’s for your own good. There may be something terribly wrong going on in the body and you better act quickly to correct

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Coronaphobia: The Emotional Effects of COVID-19 and Mrs. Michelle Obama

October 15, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Former First Lady Michelle Obama announced in her podcast on August 5 that she’s suffering from “low-grade” depression. She said it this way: “I know I’m dealing with some form of low-grade depression because of the quarantine, because of the racial strife.” It’s “dispiriting” watching the day-in and day-out hypocrisy of this administration. She had difficulty sleeping

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Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 — “What Are Plasma’s Benefits?”

October 05, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board COVID19 has had almost “carte blanche” to crisscross America from East to West leaving in its wake death and anguished families. On February 15, 2020 I wrote in this column: “On December 31, 2019 the Chinese authorities announced the discovery of a new coronavirus that has subsequently infected thousands of people worldwide” On January 28th and early February of this year, U. S.

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