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  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

When is it time to talk to a doctor about memory loss?

Tom Shanley calls himself a political junkie. Or at least that’s what he used to be. For the past year, he has been having dif­ficulty remembering things, like names and dates, even words. “I find myself more and more lacking in conversation because I can’t think of a word that’s as simple as my name,” the 79­year- old San Tan Valley man told the Inde­pendent during a phone interview. “I’m a political junkie and now I can’t remember what I want to tell the guy I’m arguing with over certain points. It’s frustrating.”

In a recent press release, Banner Health speaks about their recent decision to ban elective inductions of labor and elective repeat Caesarian sections before 39 weeks of pregnancy (seven days before the due date). A recent article at AZCentral.com reports this as a positive and innovative development. It is a positive development, but scarcely innovative – our Practice originated and strictly enforced this policy over four years ago, and it has since been adopted at several of the hospitals we use.

A portal just as is suggested by the Latin derivative, is basically a gateway or access into some space or situation. Enter, the 21st Century! with yet another new technology: A Patient Portal. Alas! Patients can now enter and see aspects of their own health records online! Technology and the sometimes friction laden-ride with the practice of medicine may have found a perfect fit.  Medicine today as an art form has many antecedents from the past, from Hippocrates through the Renaissance and the post WWII era that still shape many aspects of patient care and health care delivery and research.

Our expert gives tips on ending the cigarette habit for good.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is addressing the latest in Alzheimer’s prevention, research and caregiving in a free community lecture series in a program called “Giving People Strategies (GPS) for Memory.”

CAM is an acronym for complimentary alternative medicine. The arm of the National Institute of Health (NIH) dedicated to providing information on CAM therapeutic options, and evidence for efficacy defines CAM as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D., D.O. degrees and by other allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, physician assistants, registered dieticians, psychologists, and registered nurses. 

Dental insurance is one of the most valued benefits offered by employers. However, many employees do not understand their dental insurance policy and how the plan works.

Cosmetic Dentistry is a bit of a buzz word these days and is often used to describe dental services provided at various dental practices. But what is it?

It is widely known that BOTOX® is an effective method to counter wrinkles. BOTOX® works by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, softening the appearance of wrinkles. BOTOX® is effective at treating current wrinkles as well as preventing wrinkles which is why many are choosing to begin BOTOX® treatments when they are younger and wrinkles have not fully formed yet.

There’s a lot of information regarding the benefits of exercise on the body, of course on weight loss, adipose (fat) tissue, lean muscle mass, metabolism, even on long-term health and preventing disease. What’s not often emphasized is the affect exercise has on another very important aspect of the human body. The brain.

Oral contraceptives are wonderful for convenient, effective birth control.  They are also great for improving your complexion and shortening your menstrual cycle.  However, they can be hazardous to your sexual response.  Studies have shown that taking oral estrogen, as well as Nuvaring, can cause increased production of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) by the liver.

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude” - Maya Angelou I am a strong believer in the power of Attitude. I have seen the power of attitude dramatically alter the lives of many, both positively as well as negatively. I imagine we can all think of a person that’s been through the ringer, kicked a few times when they’re already down, yet still gets up with a smile to go on. They’ve been given every reason to drown in self pity, yet they choose the better attitude. I believe a person’s attitude dictates the very path to which they achieve their highest success… or alternatively, wallow in what feels like a dark hole. Success doesn’t choose people, people choose success. Each of us holds the key to our own success in life, and this absolutely pertains to our own health & fitness.

The parents of, 4 year old Sally are concerned about the stuttering they observed a few months ago in their daughter. The stuttering hasn’t improved despite efforts to correct and help the child overcome the stutter whenever it arises. Language and Speech problems in the pre-school age group have become one of the most common problems we face in primary care pediatrics. There is a garden variety of potential neuro-developmental problems that may manifest as different forms of speech or language disorders.

You may know that spike heels can be painful, dangerous shoes, but what about ballet flats or flip flops? WebMD discusses the worst shoes for your feet.

Work in the United States has become a 24-hour phenomenon. Many workers, such as healthcare providers, must be available at all hours, and increasingly, companies are adding shifts to accommodate customers and vendors in different time zones. Non-standard work schedules, which includes evenings, nights, weekends, and shift work are common....

A satisfying relationship with a special someone doesn't happen overnight. If you're looking for love, you may wonder why it's just not happening. You may find the process much easier if you learn to love yourself first, experts say. "If you don't put yourself first, then you are denying your abilities to the world around you," says Carolyn Bates,...

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