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 bennett 01web.jpg Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Menopause, a natural change that typically occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, can cause several physical and emotional symptoms. However, USA obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Donna Bennett said the available treatments for menopause, including hormone replacement therapy, are very effective.

 cash-web-sm.jpg Colon Cancer: Early Detection is Key

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It most often starts as a non-cancerous polyp in patients around 50 years of age - showing with little or only minor symptoms. Follow this link to learn from USA Gastroenterologist Dr. Brooks Cash about what you can do to prevent colon cancer from occurring.

 dr.%20trimm%2001-web-sm.jpg Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step and smiling for the first time are called developmental milestones. Although each milestone has an age level, not all children attain each milestone at exactly the same age. USA pediatrician Dr. Franklin Trimm said there are some milestones that if not attained by specific ages should trigger some concern and further evaluation of a child's development.

 rodriguez%2002-web.jpg Barrett's Esophagus - What You Need to Know

Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which normal cells lining the esophagus are replaced by abnormal cells similar to those in the stomach, has a strong association with esophageal cancer. It is most often diagnosed in people who have long-term acid reflux. Follow this link to learn more and to read about new technology available at USA Medical Center that is used to identify Barrett's esophagus.

 perkins%2001web.jpg Take Charge of Your Health

According to USA family medicine physician Dr. Allen Perkins, knowing your family medical history and following recommended preventive screenings are two of the most important things you can do for your health. Follow this link to see why and to view more tips for staying healthy.

 Tan-web-sm.jpg Surgery for Cancer

For most people, a cancer diagnosis is a foreign experience that is both frightening and confusing. Unfortunately, misinformation on cancer can increase confusion. Follow this link to learn common cancer myths (and their realities) from USA surgical oncologist Dr. Marcus Tan.

 cash-web-sm.jpg Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. Although IBS can have a huge impact on a patient's quality of life, the disorder is not life-threatening.

 Minto-web-sm.jpg Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the body's nervous system and can present with a wide variety of symptoms. According to USA neurologist Dr. Elizabeth Minto, MS affects each patient differently and has a broad spectrum of severity, from being very mild to causing disability.

  Just What Did the Doctor Say?

In order to make the most out of a health care encounter, it is important for both patients and health care providers to learn how to better communicate with each other. Follow this link to learn several health communication tips from USA pediatrician Dr. Rosina Connelly.

  Total Hip Replacement - What You Can Expect

Total hip replacement involves surgically removing a diseased hip joint and replacing it with an artificial joint. Typically, the procedure is used for people with hip joint damage from arthritis or any injury. Follow this link to learn more from USA orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Sudhakar Madanagopal.

  When is a Headache Actually a Migraine?
For many, it is difficult to distinguish between a "normal" headache and a migraine. USA neurologist Dr. Elizabeth Minto said the pain and symptoms of a migraine headache are different than those of a routine headache.
  Take the Bull by the Horns - Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
High blood pressure is a common condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. If left untreated, it can cause serious health consequences such as heart disease and stroke. Follow this link to see why USA cardiologist Dr. Ghazanfar Qureshi recommends home blood pressure monitoring for all patients with high blood pressure.
  Tis the Season to be Sneezin': Allergies in Mobile
In our region, longer pollen seasons mean that people suffer symptoms more months out of the year than in other parts of the country. Follow this link to learn from USA allergist Dr. Druhan Howell about the most common allergens and steps you can take to avoid them
  Flu Shot May Lower Heart Attack Risk
A new study shows that when certain people are vaccinated with the flu shot, their risk of a heart attack is reduced by up to 45 percent. USA cardiologist Dr. Clara Massey said while the flu vaccine is important for many, it is especially important for those with known coronary artery disease.

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