Prevention Archives

Peripheral Artery Disease: Are you at risk?

Kelley A. Gillroy, D.P.M., a podiatrist at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic

September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. PAD is a serious circulatory problem in which the blood vessels that carry blood to your arms, legs, brain, or kidneys, become narrowed or clogged. An estimated eight to 12 million people have peripheral artery disease, but because many people do not know the warning signs or… Read More →

Do your kids eat right?

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Every parent wants good things for their children: a positive outlook on life, a healthy respect for authority, a strong sense of self, a disease-free body…a healthy body weight. Despite our best intentions, a recent report suggests that for the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children may have a shorter life… Read More →

Why Kids Shouldn’t Be Guzzling ‘Energy’ Drinks

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Anxiety, hypertension, elevated heart rates, interrupted sleep patterns and headaches are just some of the side effects commonly associated with energy drinks, and those problems are more pronounced in children, according to a recent University of Miami study. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. These drinks have also been linked to heart palpitations,… Read More →

Heat Increases Danger for Seniors Taking Prescriptions

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A potentially deadly danger lurks in the medicine cabinets of local seniors this summer. Did you know that heat, when combined with certain medications, can seriously harm seniors? That’s why SYNERGY HomeCare, one of the nation’s largest non-medical in-home care franchises, with local offices in our area, recommends that families pay special attention to seniors… Read More →

Hormonal Happy Hours come to Valley

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A Valley Internal Medicine doctor has a unique way of reaching out to women of all ages about their health. These quarterly free events are called Hormonal Happy Hours and they are educational, enlightening, approachable and fun. September is Menopause Awareness Month. Dr. Angela DeRosa, D.O., M.B.A., C. P. E. will answer your questions about… Read More →

Does that hurt? Tips to prevent exercise injuries

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Can you relate to this scenario? After putting it off for too long, you commit to get fit—only to find yourself injured the minute you start working out. All of the sudden your fitness goals go back on the shelf and you are left to deal with the pain. Whether your injury occurs right off… Read More →

Expert offers tips on heat-related emergencies

Exercise Addiction: Do You Know When To Stop?

Dr. Kevin Haselhorst, an emergency medicine physician at ’s Arrowhead and West Valley hospitals, answered questions about how to prevent heat-related emergencies. Question: What can be done to prevent heat-related medical emergencies? Answer: The high temperatures we experience in Arizona make us vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, so it is important to know how we can… Read More →

How to Cope with Depression from Disease

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Sometimes, not knowing the truth about something of immediate importance can create some of the most intense stress, says former chronic pain sufferer Janet Komanchuk. “The families of victims who’ve been missing for years or decades – identifying the body of their loved one, for example, can bring closure. For me, being diagnosed with fibromyalgia… Read More →

Fireworks safety tips from Abrazo Health

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While fireworks are beautiful to watch, they are dangerous to play with, Abrazo Health medical professionals warn. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause severe injuries to eyes and skin. Even just watching a friend light fireworks can put you at risk. Play it safe, allowing for everyone to enjoy the holiday, said Kevin Haselhorst,… Read More →

The Germiest Places and how to Protect Yourself

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The professional cleaning industry generally focuses on specific surfaces that can harbor germs and contaminants-as well as how to eradicate these unwanted guests. But according to Dr. E. Neil Schachter, a professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, there are also specific places that tend to harbor more germs and… Read More →

Grill Your Way Lean

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Grilling is the most popular pastime of summer. While outdoor cookouts are a great opportunity to relax and visit with friends and family, did you know that the average barbecue meal exceeds 1500 calories? That’s almost an entire day’s worth of calories in one meal. That type of eating will do some serious damage to… Read More →

Boost heart health with stress management

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By Dr. Anne-Marie Feyrer-Melk In today’s fast-paced world, stress is somewhat unavoidable. While we know that excessive stress isn’t good for us, just how bad is stress for our overall health? Stress can cause minor symptoms such as headaches, insomnia and stomach pain, but when left unchecked, stress can take a major toll on our… Read More →

Don’t be at a loss when it comes to hearing loss

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Each year like clockwork we visit our eye doctors, dentists and optometrists to protect our vision, teeth and eyes. But what about our hearing health? As a rule, everyone should get their hearing checked every year. And, as the number of people with hearing loss increases, never before has this been more important to remember.… Read More →

Myths and untruths surrounding Fibromyalgia

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One in 50 Americans are estimated to have fibromyalgia, a common chronic illness that causes widespread pain and stiffness that is intermittent and migrates throughout the body. While little is known about the cause, patients diagnosed with the disease are faced with myths and untruths that result in improper care and a misunderstanding of how… Read More →