Ask the Doc: “Superbugs”

by Teresa Smith-Knuppel, M.D.
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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 as antibiotics. A superbug is a type of microbe that builds up a resistance to a certain type of treatment. This makes it harder to treat compared to a more common illness.

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Advance care planning can be a gift to your family members

By Elizabeth Glazier, MD
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 when you may no longer be able to voice your opinions. It is an opportunity to begin documenting your wishes as part of routine care before a stressful health crisis arises.

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Attention grocery shoppers: Healthy options are available!

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By Mary Helen Vasquez, RN, CDE

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 outskirts of the store. That means shopping in the produce, meats and frozen areas. The center part of the store is where many of the boxed and canned foods are kept, where you are more likely to find foods high in sodium, sugar and preservatives. When forced to make a choice, go with fresh instead food in a box or can.

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Ask the Doc: What you should know about osteoarthritis

With Leigh Romero, MD

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 to the joints can also lead to osteoarthritis. It can also affect the hands since we used them so much.

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

By Dr. Mario Siervo, WellMed Medical Director

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 for mosquito-borne viruses live in tropical or rural areas, including areas with heavy rainfall, near lakes, streams, ponds or marshes. Also at risk: Anyone who travels to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, and certain Pacific Islands where these diseases occur more frequently.

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