Atopic Dermatitis

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Eric W. Baum, M.D., M.Sc. Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology UAB Medical Center Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with a multi-varied etiology. It is characterized by pruritus, which can be quite severe and unrelenting. The skin lesions are polymorphic in nature and may present as erythema, excoriation, papules, papulovesicles, lichenified and have a serous exudate. It is …

The Evolution of Radiosurgery

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By: G. Lowndes Harrison, MD, FACRO Radiation therapy traditionally utilizes the delivery of megavoltage radiation directed to cancerous tissues. Early in its use, it was discovered that radiation in large doses would cause severe and often fatal side effects. However, if smaller fractions of radiation were given on a daily basis, many tumors could be controlled while allowing the normal …

AMYViD PET imaging now available in Gadsden

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BY: David Simmons, MD Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia in America. The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is increasing and is now greater than five million. Alzheimer’s is currently the 6th leading cause of death in America, accounting for more deaths than breast and prostate cancer combined. Previously, Alzheimer’s disease could only be definitively …

SURGERY: Not Always The First Option

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I think there is a misnomer that visiting a surgeon means you are getting surgery. For the most part, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most surgeons worth their weight in salt will do everything in their power to keep you out of the operating room. Our oath states “First do no harm.” Though surgery may be curative, it …

SWEET DREAMS

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By: Dr. Sandra Carpenter Sleep is an essential process the body must transition through for physical and mental well-being. The brain and your body use sleep to complete the restorative functions necessary to lower your blood pressure, restore your energy, producing hormones that build muscle, repair cells and tissues, fight infection, control your appetite, and control your mood. When the …

Why does Healthcare in the United States COST so Much?

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By: Lucian Newman, III, M.D., F.A.C.S. One of the most interesting but poorly understood topics in medicine today is “why does healthcare in the United States COST so much?” The answer to this question has many angles of explanation. There are technological changes that we have access to that impact care. However, the reality is that healthcare delivery is VERY …

Sinusitis Symptoms and Treatment

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  By Dr. Richard K. Caldwell, M.D. The term sinusitis refers to inflammation of the para-nasal sinuses, the sinuses associated with or connected to the nose. The inflammation can be caused by infection (viral, bacterial, fungal), allergies, chemical irritation or injury, or others such as sarcoid or Wegener’s disease. For this discussion the focus will be infection. The sinuses require …

Dental Implants Are Evolutionary

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By Dr. Cecil Dorsett, DDS Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face, and their supporting structures. After completing four years of college and four years of dental school, oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive an additional four to six years of hospital-based surgical and medical training. This prepares them to do a wide range of …

Kidney Stones ….. They can be prevented!

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By Dr. Mahathma Gandhi, M.D. Nephrologist, Davita Kidney Specialists of Alabama. Kidney stones are crystalline deposits of minerals that form in the urinary tract. Most kidney stones result from the deposition of calcium in combination with phosphate or oxalate. Uric acid or cysteine stones are rarer. The Southeastern part of the United States forms the “stone belt” of America. The …

Current Trends in Orthopedics

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By Dr. William Haller, The world of Orthopedics is always advancing. There are new technologies and treatments being introduced regularly. In this article, I will attempt to bring you up to date on the standards of care and the emerging trends in some of the various areas of musculoskeletal medicine. The first area I want to discuss is that of …