Tag Archives: internal medicine specialist

More Men Need to Schedule an Annual Physical

Men will take their car to the mechanic for an annual inspection and perform regular maintenance around the house – but many of them will forgo the same level of commitment to their own health. According to a recent study, up to a third of the men surveyed haven’t had a doctor’s checkup in over […]

Lowering Your Risk for Cardiometabolic Syndrome

I’m speaking this week at a Bon Secours for Women lecture series at Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Register online today!). My topic is cardiometabolic syndrome. Since I know how busy women can be, I thought I’d touch on a few key points from my presentation for those of you who can’t attend the seminar. (If you […]

Preventing Recurrent MRSA Infections After Treatment

Most patients have heard media coverage about drug-resistant bugs or bacteria. One of the most common antibiotic resistant bacterial infections is referred to as MRSA. MRSA stands for “methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.” Staphylococcus, usually called “staph”, is a group of bacteria that is normally found on human skin and in the nose.  Though it’s harmless while […]

3 Ways to Slow and Prevent Memory Loss in Old Age

Do you have difficulty remembering where your car keys are?  Can’t remember that last item on the grocery list?  Don’t worry – you are not alone.  People often come to me with complaints about their memory.  The good news is that the majority of time these are normal memory issues associated with aging. Even better […]

Managing Spring Allergy Symptoms in Hampton Roads

As I look out my office window, there are trees in bloom and flowers freshly planted everywhere.  Allergy season is here!  If you are sneezing, rubbing your eyes or have a runny nose or nasal congestion, you are not alone.  Here are some easy tips to alleviate these symptoms so you can enjoy spring: Reduce […]

Fish Oil Supplements May Not Be as Beneficial for Cardiovascular Health as Previously Thought

Fish oil supplements have long been touted as providing cardiovascular benefits. Since the 80’s, physicians have been recommending that patients with heart disease eat 2 fish-containing meals per week or take fish oil supplements. However the majority of these studies were conducted prior to the advent of statins (Zocor, Lipitor, Crestor, etc). A recent review […]

That Pesky Cough: Common Misconceptions About Getting Rid of a Cough for Good

Do you agree with these statements below? A cough should improve after two days. A cough should be completely gone in 1-2 weeks. Antibiotics will make a cough resolve faster. All of the above commonly held beliefs are false, but a  recent survey of patients published in Internal Medicine News revealed that most patients agreed […]

Primary Care Physician Shortages Are on the Horizon

The full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014 will provide health insurance to more people.  And when people gain insurance, they tend to use more services. All the aches and pains that weren’t addressed for years, will now need to be evaluated. Analysts estimate there will be 20 million more primary care visits […]

U.S. Life Expectancy Low Due to Obesity Epidemic

There was recently an article published in American Medical News that ranked 17 high-income countries according to life expectancy and health status. Where did the US come in? American males ranked last and American females ranked 16th of 17. Our average male life expectancy was 75.64 years. Switzerland came in first for males, averaging 79.33 […]

Had a Heart Attack? Avoid Ibuprofen.

We are all familiar with the cardiac risks of anti-inflammatory medications, called COX-2 inhibitors, such as Vioxx.   In fact, this medication was pulled off the market in 2004 due to its proven association with heart attacks. However, more and more evidence is being published about the dangers of other, more common, NSAID use in patients […]