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Conditions & Treatments

The autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet: Does it actually help thyroid conditions?

Thyroid disorders are extremely common in the U.S. — approximately 20 million Americans suffer from some sort of thyroid condition and 60 percent are unaware that they even have one. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to develop a thyroid condition than men.  Despite so many people suffering from these conditions, there is …

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Lupus study may unlock mystery of autoimmune diseases

I’ve been fascinated with unlocking the mysteries of lupus, a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues, since I started a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology more than 20 years ago. No two lupus patients are exactly alike: some might suffer from skin rashes and fatigue, others have joint stiffness and …

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Glaucoma: Is this sneaky disease stealing your vision?

Glaucoma could be silently killing dozens of vision fibers in your optic nerve right now without you knowing. This silent “thief of sight,” affects more than two million American over the age of 40, and that number could rise to four million by 2030, according to the National Eye Institute. That is why dedicating a …

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Is your ingrown toenail too much to handle?

Whether you flaunt your feet in summer sandals or hide them away in winter boots, those toes need proper care. When a toenail has become irritated, improperly trimmed, or misshaped, it can be very painful and cause an ingrown toenail. “Ingrown toenails are usually painful areas at either side of a toenail because the edge …

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Pancreatitis: How drinking too much may affect you

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. Your pancreas is a fleshy organ located in the center of your gut. The pancreas’s job is to make digestive chemicals to turn whatever you eat into something that can be absorbed. Your pancreas also produces insulin. Dawn Sears, MD, Gastroenterologist at Scott & White Healthcare, discusses pancreatitis and …

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How safe is cataract surgery?

Karen’s elderly mom complimented Karen on her new green blouse. Except that it was blue. Karen realized her mom’s vision was fading and suspected she needed cataract surgery. No worries, right? Everybody has cataract surgery and it’s super safe, right? According to Mark Hollingsworth, MD, Ophthalmologist at Scott & White Healthcare, cataract surgery is very …

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