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Ankle pain: Is ankle replacement right for you?

When it comes to joint replacement, most people have heard of knee replacement, hip replacement and even shoulder replacement. But not as many folks are acquainted with another important joint that can now be replaced if necessary: the ankle.   Ankle replacement—also known as total ankle arthroplasty—is not exactly a new procedure, but it has come …

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How Tana’s own body helped her beat non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Our bodies can often overcome serious health challenges—sometimes, they just need a little help. That’s what non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor Tana Davis learned, when her doctors from Texas Oncology and Baylor University Medical Center suggested a stem cell transplant that would ultimately help her own healthy cells combat the aggressive cancer cells in her body. Today, …

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What if we could stop heart problems before they start? With preventive cardiology, we can

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 36 seconds, an American dies from cardiovascular disease. But lifestyle modifications, like diet and exercise, can make a world of a difference in reducing your risk for heart …

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Back to school in 2021: How to keep your kids safe, healthy and in school

It’s time for kids to go back to school. As the pandemic has shown us, kids do their best learning and social development in person. Of course, we want them to be healthy and safe, but we also want them to be in class. The great news is, a few common-sense measures can help keep …

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Hormonal imbalances: Are your hormones really out of whack or are you just doing too much?

At least once a day, and it’s usually several times, I hear the same concern from women in my office… “My hormones are out of balance.” When I question why they think this may be, it is always the same host of answers: mood swings, low libido, weight gain, fatigue, apathy. And 99% of the …

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Upset stomach? How to identify your food intolerances

Bloating, excessive gas, abdominal discomfort and even diarrhea. These are all frequent symptoms that often lead people to seek a physician’s help, unsure of what is going on to trigger their discomfort after eating. Most often, the culprit is this—a food intolerance. You are likely eating a food that you’re actually intolerant to. In fact, …

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IBD diet: What foods to eat, what to avoid, and more

When having a meal or even a snack leads to diarrhea or other gastrointestinal upset, how can you figure out what to eat or when? That is the dilemma people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face every day. IBD—an umbrella term for two conditions called Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—is a condition in which environmental …

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An open letter to the ones who feel like they haven’t done enough

To the ones who feel like they haven’t done enough: You are not alone. I recently heard an ER physician on the radio speak to the fact that he would come home exhausted after taking care of COVID-19 patients and question whether he had done enough. He had done everything he could for patients with …

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6 daily habits that make living with diabetes easier

Every day, I listen as people explain their day-to-day routines and lifestyles—lifestyles that often involve sedentary jobs, multiple jobs, long commutes, convenient foods, family caregiving, after-school sports, late-night television, etc. There is no doubt that our modern lifestyles present some challenges to eating well, exercising regularly and getting quality sleep. For people with diabetes, the …

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Too much of a good thing? Competitive athletes face higher risk of irregular heartbeat

Every two years, we watch world-class athletes compete in the Olympic Games. These superb competitors are at the top of their game physically. They are role models for competitive athletes who dedicate themselves to intensive exercise to achieve personal fitness highs. They appear to be the epitome of health—but looks can sometimes be deceiving. Conventional …

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