Screens are ubiquitous in most peoples’ lives from the moment you wake up with a morning alarm clock, checking the weather or the news, texting, checking e-mails, social media, and the constant, and often unimportant, notifications. When I discuss this issue with people, everyone seems to agree, we’re on screens too much. Some of the concerns I hear include: True human connection has been replaced by a more superficial level of interaction. Many people, especially in younger generations, have less confidence communicating by phone or having longer and more meaningful conversations.We have moved into an age of fast information rather
Did I Have It? This is the question many of us are asking. As our society adapts to living in a world with Sars-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 illness, efforts have turned to not only testing to see if someone is currently infected, but also testing that can help us determine if someone has had the infection in the past. This has the potential to open the doors for safely reintegrating people into normal society without the risk of transmitting the virus. Here is what you need to know about this testing, including some potential problems. What is
Confused about whether a mask is effective? You are not alone. Depending on the type of mask you are using it may be able to help prevent you from getting sick, or it may be reducing the chances you are spreading the virus to other people. N95 masks are some of the most protective masks for the wearer, filtering out at least 95% of small 0.3 micron particles when worn properly. Currently, due to short supply of masks and other protective gear for healthcare workers on the front lines, the most protective masks such as N95s should be reserved for them
Acid-blockers are very effective at controlling the symptom of heartburn but do not address the underlying cause, and long term they can cause a number of health consequences.
Dr. Aylah Clark Lipedema is an adipose tissue (fat tissue) disorder primarily affecting the lower extremities and sometimes arms that spares the hands and feet. It almost exclusively affects women with symptoms beginning often after hormonal change like puberty, menopause, or pregnancy. Lipedema (Wikimedia Commons) There is a lot we don’t know about lipedema. We don’t know exactly why it happens or what sets it off. It is thought to have a genetic component as it is common for people with lipedema to have family members with it (or suspected to have it). It is also thought that estrogen, or
By Dr. Aylah Clark Inflammation comes up a lot in my practice. It promotes many chronic diseases and correlates with worsening signs and symptoms of many conditions, whether it be autoimmune disease, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, or others. Inflammation is also intrinsically tied to obesity. How are inflammation and body weight related and what can we do about it? What is inflammation? Inflammation is your body’s attempt to protect itself. It involves complex biological processes that are activated by things like foreign invaders (bacteria and viruses for example) or damaged cells (injury). We need inflammation to protect ourselves from these harmful events and