There are apps for everything from purchasing shoes to scheduling restaurant reservations, but how about an app for your toothache? The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA® Dental Symptom Checker™ on to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms, help them make better-informed decisions about their oral health, help build consumer awareness of the importance of oral health, and recognize the benefits of regular dental visits.

The Compassionate Friends national website was recently given the top spot in the 10 best 2012 resources on the Internet for people experiencing grief and loss.

If you are wondering this thought, you are not alone.  While half of couples achieve a pregnancy by three months without using a contraceptive method, one out of eight couples fails to conceive a successful pregnancy despite trying for an entire year.  These couples are advised to seek medical attention to search for a reason for their troubles.  In most cases there are treatments available that can increase the couple’s chances for a successful pregnancy.  To understand why fertility tests are done, it is best to review the basic components of human conception.

Thomas Johnson-Medland
When I had to co-officiate the funeral for my grandfather, I was a wreck. Aside from blubbering my way through one of the readings and a piece of the homily, I nearly fell into the grave prior to the interment. I hit that astro turf they place around the grave with all my nerves and new pair of slick leather wing tips. Zoom! The Abbot who had been officiating with me grabbed me by the arm, breaking my fall and averting a scene. As he steadied me, pulling me up, he leaned into my ear. “One at a time please, Tom. It’s not your turn.”

Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes damage to the optic nerve fibers and can lead to loss of vision. The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers that connect the brain to the eye, and transmits the images we see. Damage to these optic nerve fibers can cause blind spots to develop which usually go undetected by patients until significant damage has already occurred, and can potentially cause blindness. Early detection by an ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) and treatment are the best way to prevent damage to the optic nerve and vision loss from glaucoma.

Healthy veins aren’t simply a cosmetic issue, but an essential part of your overall well being. No matter what stage you are at in your life—whether you’re planning a pregnancy or playing with your great-grandkids — knowing the symptoms and risk factors for vein conditions can help you stay healthy, happy, and on the move for years to come.

Damon B. Chandler, M.D.
Everybody always wants to look their best in order to feel their best. But time has a way of concealing the beauty we feel inside. One of the major changes that occurs to the face over time is a descent of the eyebrows and forehead. This change can be subtle but has a major impact on whether we are perceived as bright and beautiful, or drab and sullen. People perceived as youthful and attractive have smooth foreheads with the eyebrows resting on the orbital bone above the eye.

Miscarriage is the unplanned loss of a pregnancy prior to the 6th month.  Understandably, most women (and their partners) feel disappointment at the abrupt end of their hopes for that pregnancy.  These women often find some solace in the fact that having a miscarriage is fairly common.  Many of their friends and acquaintances have likely experienced a miscarriage first-hand because one out of four pregnancies ends in miscarriage.  The rate increases to 50% in women over the age of 41.

Thomas Johnson-Medland
We spend a lot of time planning trips and gathering all of the supplies that we need for the journey and the discoveries along the way.  We pick a place to go, how long we will stay, how we will dress, what accoutrements we will need, who will bring the camera and the sunscreen, the bug spray and the travelers cheques. We even make checklists and menus to make sure that we can be free of worry and detail as the
day approaches.

Everyone wants to look and feel his or her best.  I have written a number of articles demonstrating the wonderful benefits of the procedures I perform every day in my practice.  Although typically more women undergo cosmetic procedures, men can benefit just as much if not more.  In today’s high-paced business world, men need to look sharp and fresh to their clients, staff, and colleagues.  A man’s appearance correlates with how capable or competent he is perceived.

The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is on the chopping block. Instead of one apple a day, experts are now recommending two.

If you have diabetes mellitus, your body does not use and store sugar properly.  High blood glucose levels can damage blood vessels in the retina, the nerve layer in the back of the eyes that processes light to send images to the brain. The damage to retinal blood vessels is referred to as diabetic retinopathy.

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects more than 5.4 million people in the United States - and that number is expected to grow.

The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for most adults.

Your doctor may have the cure.  Research study reveals over half of Americans believe doctors should be allowed to prescribe vacations.

Some people do not produce enough  tears to keep the eye healthy and comfortable. This is known as dry eye.

Leslie Madrak, DO
After having a few short bouts of depression during her life, Joanne Malia suffered a massive depressive breakdown after her three sons were killed in a boating accident on Memorial Day 2002.  “I would go to my room and just stay there for days and cry,” relates Joanne. 

Lung cancer is the U.S.’s top cancer killer, claiming approximately 160,000 lives per year. It is a devastating disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity.

Andrea Iannuzzelli, DO
Fibromyalgia.  It’s a diagnosis that was barely recognized 30 years ago, yet now it seems that we all know someone who suffers with this ailment.  Fibromyalgia sufferers appear to be in constant search for some type of treatment that is going to alleviate their symptoms.  But what exactly is fibromyalgia, and how is it affecting so many of our friends between the ages of 20 and 50?  Is there a “magic bullet” that will provide a cure?

Thomas Johnson-Medland
There is an odd thing that happens in our grieving, and there is an odd thing that happens in our mending amid grief. The memories and emotions that emerge in our grieving — those memories and emotions that lead us into sorrow — lead us full-circle through the pain into a tender peace.

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