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 … Continue reading The autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet: Does it actually help thyroid conditions?
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 … Continue reading Lupus study may unlock mystery of autoimmune diseases
It’s said that your eyes are the window to your soul, but what about when you have a case of red eye? No one wants to feel embarrassed or deal with the hassle of red eyes. People may avoid you, thinking it’s something contagious when it could be something as simple as the dust in … Continue reading 3 reasons your eyes might be red
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 … Continue reading Glaucoma: Is this sneaky disease stealing your vision?
Your time at the gym has been cut short because of a stabbing pain in your abdomen. And when you bend down to pick up your gym bag, you notice a peculiar bulge in your stomach. It protrudes when you’re straining and retracts when you’re standing still. This unusual bulge could be a hernia. They … Continue reading Could that painful bulge be a hernia?
If you’ve driven a car with a dirty windshield towards the setting sun, you can imagine what it feels like to have a cataract in your eye. “A cataract is any opacity in the human lens of the eye, and if the opacity becomes significant enough, it will block, smudge, or smear light that comes … Continue reading Cataracts: Driving with a dirty windshield
When a patient is diagnosed with glaucoma, many times they believe that they will go blind and there’s nothing they can do about it. But Scott & White ophthalmologist Glen O. Brindley, MD, who is the director of the division of glaucoma at the Scott & White Eye Institute, said that is not true. “[Glaucoma] … Continue reading Glaucoma: The silent thief of vision
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 … Continue reading Is your ingrown toenail too much to handle?
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 … Continue reading Pancreatitis: How drinking too much may affect you
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 … Continue reading How safe is cataract surgery?