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June 9th, 2017

Dad (or Mom) Has Had a Heart Attack: What Do We Do Now?

By Dr. Michael Almaleh Take a sip of coffee. Too hot? Let it cool for half a minute, then try it. Done? Ok. In that time someone in the United States died from cardiovascular disease.  Every 33 seconds, heart disease takes a life in the United States – about 600,000 people annually – making it […]

March 31st, 2017

Lightening our load by opening our baggage

WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director Carol Zernial is a noted gerontologist, radio show host, and Chair of the National Council on Aging. The non-profit WellMed Charitable Foundation focuses on complimentary programs impacting seniors and family caregivers, including weekly telephone learning sessions, evidence-based classes on stress reduction and more. Find out more at www.CaregiverSOS.org or toll-free […]

March 14th, 2017

Still not too late for a flu vaccine

John Jason Sutton, MD, earned his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in Houston, TX. He completed a categorical internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Sutton has been a hospitalist with WellMed for over […]

March 1st, 2017

The layers of caregiving

My mother recently passed away. This is the common ending of so many caregiving journeys. For us, it was six years after the official Alzheimer’s diagnosis. But it could have been cancer, end-stage renal disease, heart failure, pneumonia, or a number of other conditions that prompt people to pick up the mantle of caregiving. I […]

February 14th, 2017

Does that spot on your foot need medical attention?

How can you tell if that spot on your foot needs to be seen by a Podiatrist? There are a few simple questions you need to ask yourself. Does it itch? Does the spot have scalloped or irregular borders? Does the color of the spot appear lighter or darker in the middle compared to the […]

February 1st, 2017

Ask the Doc: “Superbugs”

What is a “superbug?” To better understand a superbug, it’s best to first understand microbes. A microbe is something that we can’t see with our eyes. Microbes are found all over and include things such as bacteria. Most microbes are harmless, but some can cause infection. These infections sometimes must be treated with medications, such […]

January 14th, 2017

Advance care planning can be a gift to your family members

Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, making healthcare plans for the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, even […]

January 1st, 2017

Attention grocery shoppers: Healthy options are available

A balanced diet is important for everyone, but it’s so easy to get lost at the supermarket in the wonderful world of convenient TV dinners, sodas, chips and other unhealthy foods. With some simple adjustments, however, trips to the grocery store can become healthier. An easy way to shop healthier is to stay on the […]

December 15th, 2016

Ask the Doc: What you should know about osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. Basically, it’s wear-and-tear on your joints. It affects approximately 27 million Americans in some form. The disease can happen at any joint in the body, with weight-bearing joints such as the knees and ankles being the most commonly affected. Meniscus tears, torn ACLs and other injuries […]

December 1st, 2016

From A to Zika: A Primer On Mosquito-borne Diseases

Hardly anyone can get through a summer season without getting a few mosquito bites — especially in the South and Gulf Coast states. Mosquito bites are definitely annoying and have the potential to be harmful. Mosquitos can spread viral, bacterial, or parasitic diseases to anyone, young and old, through their bites. People most at risk […]

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