As we enter flu season amidst the coronavirus pandemic, deciphering symptoms of influenza (also known as the flu) vs. COVID-19 is one of the more common questions we face. With very similar symptoms, how can we tell the difference? Let’s break down what we know about each virus. Flu and COVID-19 similarities and differences Both … Continue reading Flu vs. COVID-19: How to tell the difference
Has your child started pulling, tugging or rubbing his or her ears? Maybe your baby can’t sleep and has kept you up crying and fussy all night? Most likely your child has ear pain from an infection. Ear infections are one of the most common reasons for acute visits to the pediatrician in children between … Continue reading So your baby has an ear infection. Now what?
2020 has certainly been a year for the books. To me, it seems as though COVID-19 kicked off a domino effect of stressful and uncertain events. When life gets tough and destroys any sort of routine, it can be quite hard to keep up with or restart the things we used to do. How do … Continue reading Pandemic food rut? Learning to love food again
Knee pain can be a very debilitating and life-altering problem for today’s active adult. Knee pain can creep up slowly over time or literally bring you to your knees in an instant. The causes of knee pain can vary from a torn ligament to arthritis. So, how do you know what the problem is? Sometimes it can … Continue reading Knee pain: Is it arthritis, or is something torn?
We’ve all been there — debating whether to ask what might sound like a stupid question. Should I ask? Is this dumb? What will they think of me? It’s bad enough when it’s about minor things like clarifying work assignments or asking for directions. It can be even harder when you’re thinking about asking a personal … Continue reading Afraid to bring up sensitive topics with your OB/GYN? Why it’s worth mentioning
A curved back is often called many names — some people will refer to it as a curve, a hump, an “S shape” or scoliosis, the technical term for a sideways curvature of the spine. Often times, different forms of spinal malalignment will be referred to simply as scoliosis and in most instances, there is … Continue reading Curved back: Treatment options for adult scoliosis
During the fall and winter seasons, infectious diseases begin to emerge such as strep throat, influenza, rhinovirus, adenovirus, the common cold and, this year, COVID-19. Viral infections like the flu can cause muscle soreness called myalgias, often referred to as “body aches.” Myalgias are a result of the body working to heal itself. Other causes … Continue reading Body aches? What to do for this common flu and COVID-19 symptom
Over the last decade, several high-profile professional athletes have turned to what has widely been referred to as stem cell therapy to recover from injury and attempt to return to top form. Ten years ago, many of these therapies were based more on scientific theory rather than medical fact. But what about now? As a … Continue reading Stem cells in orthopedic care: Science or snake oil?
For many of us, 2020 has certainly changed how we live our lives in unexpected and challenging ways. Social distancing, mask wearing and staying at home may at times create feelings of isolation, sadness and frustration. Add a cancer diagnosis into the mix, and things can really change. As an oncology nurse navigator, I have the honor of … Continue reading Coping with cancer during COVID-19