November 19, 2017
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  • The Importance Of Leaving A Legacy

    One of the most difficult conversations that I have with clients is about death and what will happen after they die. Of course, we leave the philosophical part of that question to more learned and religious people, but someone like me can address the practical part. Planning for death, and the...
  • Don’t Be In “Flea”Nial! Know The Risks Of Fleas And Ticks

    It is that time of year again — cooler evenings, shorter days and kids are back in school. That also means it is primetime for ticks and fleas as the weather conditions become more favorable. Don’t be caught off guard, and don’t stop using flea and tick preventatives on your pets...
  • Protecting Yourself Against Influenza And The Common Cold

    As fall begins, we begin to see symptoms associated with the common cold and influenza (flu). But while you may think you are suffering from either a cold or flu, you may be suffering from the other illness. Knowing the difference between the cold and the flu and their symptoms can help determine...
  • HPV And Oral Cancer

    If you are a smoker or if you abuse alcohol, you should be concerned about these traditional risk factors for oral cancer. We are now faced with an epidemic: A common viral infection is causing oral cancer to develop in young non-smokers and casual drinkers. Research now shows links between human...
  • News From The Department Of Health

    Website Provides Parent’s Guide to School Health Parents and guardians in Anne Arundel County can visit the “Parent’s Guide to School Health” at www.aahealth.org/parentsguide to find information on school health services for the 2017-2018 school year. The page provides...
  • Tackling Concussion Head On

    “When In Doubt, Hold Them Out” Concussion is not new. Sports-related concussions are often associated with immediate and transient symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here is a more common definition: A type of mild traumatic brain injury that usually occurs as a result of a bump...
  • Are You Making The Most Of Medicare Part D Open Enrollment?

    Are you making the most of Medicare Part D open enrollment? Sadly, the answer to this question, for most people, is “no.” Recent surveys show that more than 80 percent of Medicare Part D patients pay more than they have to, some as high as hundreds to thousands of dollars more than...
  • Partnering With Families To Provide Quality Vision Care For Aging Adults

    As we age, our eyes age right along with us. It’s a natural part of getting older, but that doesn’t make it any less scary. We all fear losing our independence, but there comes a time when we find ourselves relying on another person, often an adult child, to help with day-to-day...
  • Palliative Care? But I’m Not Dying!

    Somewhere along the way, the term “palliative care” picked up a scary reputation. Should a medical professional bring it up as a treatment option, many people will think it a death sentence. Nothing could be further from the truth. Palliative care is all about living. The field is...
  • What The Cups?

    If you watched Baltimore native Michael Phelps swim in last summer’s Olympic Games, you’re probably familiar with those circular markings seen on his shoulders prior to a big race. The big question of 2016 was without a doubt, “What in the world did Michael Phelps do?” The...
  • Recovery Is A Reality

    Recovery doesn't happen alone. Treatment is an integral piece for recovery from substance abuse because it empowers the individual to select the path for change. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, “Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of...
  • See The Eclipse Safely

    Because I am an ophthalmologist, people have been asking me how to view the upcoming solar eclipse safely. By taking some simple precautions, you should be able to enjoy this rare celestial event. As you have heard by now, the solar eclipse will be visible on Monday, August 21. People in a narrow...
  • What You Can Do At The First Sign Of A Heart Attack

    When you think of someone having a heart attack, what images enter your mind? Most people think of someone older, usually male and out of shape, clenching their chest in excruciating pain. However, heart attacks can occur in anyone, at any age, and women are just as likely to suffer a heart attack...
  • Stop Sports Injuries By Wearing Mouthguards

    Football and soccer seasons are here, which means that sports-related oral and dental injuries are commonplace. School-age children are the most likely group to suffer injuries to their mouths and teeth. By wearing athletic mouthguards, children can protect their teeth and the surrounding bone...
  • Are Your Eyes At Risk?

    If You Stare At Screens, The Answer Is Yes If you’ve noticed lately that your vision is blurring, you’re getting more headaches than you used to, your eyes are dry and your neck hurts, you could be suffering from a 21st-century health problem: computer vision syndrome. One in three...
  • Medical Cannabis

    Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine being a physician who would one day recommend the use of cannabis for any reason. However, after hearing anecdotal stories from patients who have benefited immensely from the use of cannabis, learning about the current state of emergency associated with...
  • Don’t Ignore The Ringing In Your Ears

    Do noises in your ears make it difficult to concentrate? Do these sounds make it difficult to fall to sleep at night? Do you feel that these noises make it difficult to enjoy your life? These are all common reports from people with persistent tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Relief from these...
  • Pets And Loud Noises — Not A Good Combination

    Is your dog scared of thunderstorms or loud noises? Does he or she hide or pant and pace at the sound of fireworks? Have you ever come home to find that your dog has chewed a hole in your wall? Behavior problems are one of the most common causes for pets ending up in shelters or, even worse, being...
  • Dental Implants Are Not Teeth

    Modern technology has given dentists more ways to replace teeth. For example, dental implants can replace teeth and secure dentures. What is best for the patient? What are the benefits and risks? Q: How can I have my missing, broken and diseased teeth replaced to look like and function like my...
  • Sun And Water Safety

    Did you know that exposure to the sun during childhood and adolescence plays a role in developing skin cancer in the future? And did you know that drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death among children ages 1-9 in the United States? Summer is here and with it comes pool parties,...
  • Chesapeake Life Center Announces Grief Support Schedule

    Chesapeake Life Center will offer a variety of grief support groups through the end of this year on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus at 90 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena. Registration is required for all groups and can be completed by calling 888-501-7077 or by visiting www.chesapeakelifecenter.org...
  • Tips For Staying Cool In The Summer HeatExclusive

    When the temperature rises and more people are enjoying outdoor summer activities, it is important to avoid dehydration and excessive exposure to the sun. The humidity also makes it harder to handle the hot temperatures. The Department of Health encourages all residents to be cautious of heat-...
  • Pets And Loud Noises — Not A Good CombinationExclusive

    Is your dog scared of thunderstorms or loud noises? Does he or she hide or pant and pace at the sound of fireworks? Have you ever come home to find that your dog has chewed a hole in your wall? Behavior problems are one of the most common causes for pets ending up in shelters or, even worse, being...
  • Resistant Antibiotics Are Caused By Use

    Widespread antibiotic usage began in the 1940s when they were used to treat infections. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have developed over time and threaten the usefulness of these drugs. Resistant antibiotics are caused by antibiotic use. Q: When do I need to take an antibiotic drug? A: Disease-...
  • Pets Fight Cancer, Too

    What Is Cancer? Cancer is defined as “a group of diseases in which abnormal cells in the body grow and divide uncontrollably.” There are two broad groups of cancer: benign and malignant. Benign tumors increase in size over a period of time but do not spread or grow in other parts of...

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