What Does an Eye Doctor See in a Patient’s Eyes?

What Does an Eye Doctor See in a Patient’s Eyes? By Michael J. Dodd, MD Many patients ask me what I can see when I examine their eyes. I will try here to outline briefly in lay terms what we see during an eye exam and describe what we are looking for. Perhaps the most […]

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Solving the Mystery of Dental Fees and Insurance

Solving the Mystery of Dental Fees and Insurance By Elaina O’Toole It’s no secret that dental care costs are always on the rise. Dental care is not a commodity. It’s not coffee or milk or wireless minutes. It’s a professional service that’s both art and a science. The skill and experience of dentists varies widely […]

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What is Rotator Cuff Disease?

What is Rotator Cuff Disease? Cyrus Lashgari, MD Rotator cuff disease is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders treated by orthopedic surgeons. Patients complain of pain over their shoulder that radiates to the elbow. The pain is often worse at night and can wake patients from sleep. Lifting the arm up or back exacerbates […]

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Lyme Disease and the Eye

Lyme Disease and the Eye By Michael J. Dodd, MD Lyme disease is an infectious disease which was first described in Old Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975. It is caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria (spirochete) called Borrelia burgdorferi. This organism is transmitted to humans by a deer tick, Ixodes scapularis. The deer tick actually gets the […]

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Healthy and Happy at Sea

 Healthy and Happy at Sea By Kathryn Marchi It’s always big news when a cruise ship has to return to port because of an outbreak of illness among the passengers. Hard-earned vacations are ruined and the cruise line loses money and time, right along with its employees. The cruise line’s reputation is greatly diminished which […]

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Eight-Legged Terrors By the Bay

Eight-Legged Terrors By the Bay         By Henry S. Parker             This is not an article about the octopus. Those eight-legged sea creatures don’t inhabit Chesapeake Bay, and they’re far less scary than the subject creature here. The Bay Area offers some of the finest walks on the East Coast. The region abounds with charming […]

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Be on Guard Against Hurting Your Back

Be on Guard Against Hurting Your Back By Alessandro Speciale, MD An entire front line protects a quarterback. But what about your back? Who’s making sure it doesn’t get roughed up? You need a game plan to guard against back pain. That’s especially true if you’re at high risk. Nearly 80 percent of adults have […]

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Polio: 60 years after Unveiling the Salk Vaccine

Polio: 60 years after Unveiling the Salk Vaccine By Bill Fine It began in 1954 as children from Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburg received the first polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. This was the beginning of a test that would involve nearly 2 million children in 44 states. The test would show the vaccine […]

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Oral Cancer and the Scary Truth

Oral Cancer and the Scary Truth By Dr. Joe Passaro The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that each year, more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States. More than two-thirds of the cases occur in men and most are over the age of 60 years old. Oral cancer can develop […]

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What is an Eye Doctor?

What is an Eye Doctor? By Michael J. Dodd, MD Even today there is confusion in the mind of the public about exactly what an eye doctor is. In this brief article I will outline the definition of the three types of “eye care providers,” sometimes referred to as the three “Os.” First I will […]

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Dental Implants: Not Such a Clear Choice

Dental Implants:  Not Such a Clear Choice By Dr. Woody Wooddell, D.D.S.  Perhaps no single development in dentistry has been more profound than dental implants. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root upon which a tooth restoration is built, such as crowns, bridges or dentures. They are made from titanium, a strong and lightweight metal […]

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What’s True, Flu?

What’s True, Flu? By Melissa Conroy Chicken noodle soup and orange juice to sooth a cold. Sweat it out under a blanket with a growling stomach to cure a fever. Wear a hat every time you go out in the cold. Old wives tales abound when it comes to the annual sniffle fest that is […]

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How Contact Lenses Have Evolved

How Contact Lenses Have Evolved By Michael J. Dodd, MD Contact lenses are an option to correct optical (refractive) errors of the human eye. There are four general types of refractive errors: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia (aging eyes which requires reading glasses). Combinations of these can occur. For example, a patient may have myopia with […]

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What Does Mary Say?

What Does Mary Say? Dear Mary, My dad was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He is willing to sell his house and move in with my husband and me, but I don’t know what to do or where to go for help when we need it. Dear Reader, You are fortunate to live in Anne […]

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Grams Versus Teaspoons

Grams Versus Teaspoons By Melissa Conroy America’s nonsensical measuring system is a favorite topic of ridicule in other countries. France, Spain, Canada and other nations have their liters, milliliters, meters, grams and other standardized forms of measurement. In contrast, Americans have to grapple with ounces, gallons, miles, yards and cups, making each measurement attempt an […]

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Floaters in the Eyes

Floaters in the Eyes By Michael J. Dodd, MD A common complaint I hear from patients over age 50 is about “floaters.” In this article I will discuss the cause of these annoying symptoms and what, if anything can be done. To understand the cause of floaters a little eye anatomy background is helpful. Behind the […]

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The Link between Periodontal Health and Overall Health

The Link between Periodontal Health and Overall Health By Dr. Joe Passaro If you’ve been told that you suffer from periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, you aren’t alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 70 percent of Americans age 65 and older suffer from gum disease, an […]

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The Aging Athlete: Arthritis is Joint Inflammation

The Aging Athlete: Arthritis is Joint Inflammation By Dr. Stephen Faust Joints are formed where two bones meet, allowing for movement and flexibility. In healthy joints, the ends of the bones are covered by a smooth, very slippery substance called cartilage. Cartilage allows a normal joint to move smoothly and painlessly. The average person takes […]

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Melanoma: Spotting the Problem

Melanoma: Spotting the Problem By Glen Gibson, MD There’s a form of cancer you can spot with your own eyes: melanoma, or skin cancer. When caught early, it almost always can be cured. But left untreated, melanoma can become deadly. What is melanoma? This cancer develops when pigment-producing skin cells, called melanocytes, begin to grow […]

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Maintaining Healthy Feet

Maintaining Healthy Feet By Kathryn Marchi Until eight years ago, a podiatrist wasn’t on my doctor list. A very painful ingrown toenail prompted me to visit a local podiatrist, surgery was performed and that was that. However, after my husband was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, he was sent to a podiatrist by our primary […]

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