Doctor Column

CDC Warns of Inevitable Coronavirus Outbreak in the U. S.

March 05, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) was first identified in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China in December 2019. People over the age of 60 and those with significant medical conditions are more prone to have severe reactions. This virus is not slowing down! As of February 27 of this year, it has invaded fifty countries and infected more

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Vaccinations Are Not Just for Kids. They’re Crucial to Your Health and Public Safety

February 25, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board You may think vaccinations are just for kids. Not so. Your need for vaccinations continues as you get older. For instance, you benefit by getting vaccinated against influenza annually during the fall or winter seasons. Moreover, you can benefit from newer vaccines which were not available when you were a youngster. People

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The 2019 New Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need to Know — What to Do?

February 15, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities announced the discovery of a new coronavirus that has subsequently infected thousands of people worldwide, but primarily in China. The strain of this novel (new) coronavirus, also referred to as (2019-nCov), has never been previously found in humans. What You Need to Know? 1) How does the 2019-nCov spread? It’s thought

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Viruses 101 and the Body’s Battle Against These Relentless Invaders

February 05, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board In the film, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” several people in the fictitious small town of Mira, California visit psychiatrist, Dr. Miles Bennell. They have similar complaints: the personality of their loved ones have been hijacked by some outside force changing them eventually into emotionless, robotic humans. Initially, the doctor dismisses the patients’ concerns

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Kidney Stones: “Drink Lots of Water!”

January 25, 2020

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory board Have you ever heard that passing a kidney stone is more painful than giving birth or having a heart attack? That’s what Veronica told her family doctor after being asked about her medical history. She has given birth to birth to three children, suffered a heart attack and was treated for kidney stones. She said,

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What’s Gout All About? Gouty Arthritis

January 15, 2020

Joseph R Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis causing attacks of severe pain and swelling in your joints. Ninety percent of the time it affects men over the age of 30 and when it affects women, it usually involves postmenopausal women. Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) and in the tissues. At a certain point, uric acid forms crystals

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Corticosteroids and Prednisone: Pros and Cons

January 05, 2020

Joseph R Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board Corticosteroids (steroids) are a group of anti-inflammatory systemic medications produced naturally in the body or manufactured synthetically outside the body. They relieve redness and itchiness, reduce swelling, used to treat people in shock and are used to counteract severe allergic reactions. These medicines treat a variety of conditions such as arthritis, asthma and other diseases. They are not to be confused with

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Atrial Fibrillation (‘A Fib’) What is Holiday Heart?

December 25, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, often causes the heart to beat faster with an abnormal rhythm. It is the most common chronic, irregular heart rhythm in the U. S. It strikes more than two and half million people in America and the incidence of AFib rises with age. It’s most prevalent in people over the age of 65 affecting about

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How Does the Healthy Heart Work?

December 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Have you ever run to catch a bus, worked on a strenuous job, played sports or run up a flight of steps? Whether you’re exercising, stressed-out or working hard, the heart needs to adjust to the added physical or emotional stress. It does so, in part, by beating much faster than normal to get more blood circulating around the body. The lungs also adjust by breathing

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Subdural Hematoma Hospitalizes Jimmy Carter. “What is It?”

December 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized and underwent surgery at Emory University Hospital in November, 2019 to relieve pressure in his brain. The 95 year old and 39th president of the U. S. suffered a head injury after falling which his doctors described as a subdural hematoma (SDH). Subdural hematoma is a collection of blood between the skull and the brain.

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