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Medical Deductions for Seniors

by Karl Schroeder for Finance, Health

The 2009 tax filing season for tax professionals was both challenging and rewording. An issue that appears to be seen with increasing familiarity is Medical Deductions for
Seniors.
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Stem Cells in Urology

by Matthew E. Karlovsky, M.D. for Health

There is hot debate about stem cell use, their ethics and potential for curing diseases. Although promising, the application to disease states should not be overblown. We may all feel bad for Christopher Reeve, but injecting him with stem cells is simply not going to make him miraculously walk. Some cold water needs to be thrown on the loudest proponents, since common sense dictates that all advancements in science don’t always happen out of sheer will and hope. Like all medical experiments, we ask the question: will it work and is it safe, and this applies equally to stem cells.
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No Friend Left Behind – free breast cancer presentation and breakfast – Oakwood Club House

by The Editor for Health

“No Friend Left Behind” free presentation and breakfast to celebrate breast cancer awareness week at the Oakwood Club House in Sun Lakes. The purpose of the presentation is to educate our local community and to provide education and hope for breast cancer survival.
 
Denise Hooper, MD is one of our Sun Lakes residents who will present during this breakfast. She is a Board Certified Radiologist with fellowship training in Women’s Imaging.
 
Date & Time: Please join us on October 8, 2009 from 8 am to 10 am in the Bradford room Oakwood.
 
RSVP by October 5, 2009 by calling:  480-728-2008.

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Blood in the Urine: Hematuria

by Matthew E. Karlovsky, M.D. for Health

Blood in the urine is never normal, but it can be present for benign and not-so-benign reasons. “Microscopic hematuria” is when blood is only seen on a urine test (urinalysis), or “gross hematuria” where actual blood or clots are seen in the urine.

There are many urinary tract issues that can lead to both, but essentially, blood in the urine can come from the kidney, ureter, bladder or urethra. Often menstural blood, or if urine contacts labial skin/hair on the way out prior to hitting the cup, can both lead to false positives.
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Kegel Muscle Exercises: Pelvic Floor Muscle (PFM) Training

by Matthew E. Karlovsky, M.D. for Health

“If you don’t you use it, you lose it” principle also applies to the muscles in the pelvis. Age, menopause and childbirth can cause weakness and looseness to the pelvic floor muscles known as the levator ani. They wrap around the anus, urethra and vagina in the female pelvis and support the organs in the pelvis: the bladder, vagina/uterus and rectum. When pelvic muscles and their connective tissue covering (fascia) weaken or tear, women may experience urine leak when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising (stress incontinence), or have the sense that the bladder or other pelvic organs are dropping or pushing into the vagina. Overactive bladder symptoms can also occur with a dropped bladder, such as urgency , frequency and urine leak (the “I gotta go and I can’t hold it any longer” feeling).
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Cranberry Juice: Does It Really Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)?

by Matthew E. Karlovsky, M.D. for Health

This is a very common question I get from my female patients, both young and old. Many seem convinced that cranberry juice or pills can stop a urinary tract infection (UTI) in its tracks when they feel it coming on, or take cranberry to prevent them. Well…they may not be wrong.

After many years of grandma’s advice, in 1994 a study was done on elderly women who consumed 300 ml of cranberry juice for three months and showed less bacterial counts in the urine. This is where the whole cranberry-UTI link picked up some steam. But there is more…
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