COVID-19 "Long Haulers" Most people who have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recover completely within a few weeks. But some people — even those who had mild versions of the disease — continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery. These people sometimes describe themselves as "long haulers" and the conditions have been called post-COVID-19 syndrome or "long COVID-19." These health issues are sometimes called post-COVID-19 conditions. They're generally [...]
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Skin Cancer Overview Skin cancer (the abnormal growth of skin cells) most often develops on skin exposed to the sun. But this common form of cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by [...]
The traditional care delivery is riddled with problems and inconveniences. In a traditional setup, a doctor may see upward to 20 or more patients daily and is unable to make time to really intently understand their patient’s concerns. The true cost of a doctor visit is more than just the copay. The real cost of seeing a doctor is higher as there are several less [...]
Nail Fungus Overview Nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your nail -- fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. If your condition is mild and not bothering you, you may not need treatment. If your nail fungus [...]
Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a payment and practice model in which the patient periodically pays their physician directly for a predetermined set of services. As determined by the service contract, DPC practices typically charge a flat monthly or annual fee for access to a wide range of primary care and medical administrative services. The DPC model is an improvement to the traditional third-party insurance [...]
An internal medicine specialist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses in adults. They are trained to offer care for a wide variety of health problems and help their patients work on their overall health and well-being. It is no secret that early disease detection and prevention improves treatment outcomes. Your doctor will keep track of your health. If they notice something unusual, [...]
Tremors -- Is it Parkinson's? Essential tremor is a nervous system (neurological) disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. It can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands — especially when you do simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass, tying shoelaces, writing or applying pressure to the arm of a chair to get up. Essential [...]
Vascular Disease In this newsletter, I am focusing on vascular disease and I am specifically concentrating on arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis -- the development of "hardening of the arteries" or "plaque" that forms in our arteries leading to bad things like a heart attack and stroke. Atherosclerosis can affect arteries anywhere in your body. Mild atherosclerosis usually doesn't have any symptoms. You usually won't have atherosclerosis [...]
There are several compelling reasons to have a family doctor. Your family doctor keeps track of your health and wellness. A family doctor knows their patients’ family and health history, and during consultation sessions, conducts tests to check if their body systems are functioning properly. In addition to performing regular checkups, a family doctor helps their patients with chronic conditions keep their health in check. [...]
Low Back Pain & Sciatica It is estimated that up to 84% of adults have low back pain at some time in their lives. The vast majority of patients seen in primary care (>85%) will have nonspecific low back pain, meaning that the patient has back pain in the absence of a specific underlying condition that can be reliably identified. For most of these individuals, [...]