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Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Be Like a Wildfire When Not Diagnosed Early
Jan 17, 2019

Humans have walked the Earth for nearly six million years, so you can be sure arthritis isn’t anything new. Even our earliest ancestors suffered through their fair share of stiff, aching joints. The struggle to remain flexible and mobile can become more difficult as we age—and some form of joint disease is usually the culprit, […]

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Advice for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Dec 17, 2018

Every day nearly 16 million Americans find themselves in a tough position they weren’t really prepared for—caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. In the medical community, they are often referred to as “informal caregivers” because they aren’t paid or professional care providers, but rather loving family members simply trying to do their best […]

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My mammogram is abnormal? Now what?
Nov 29, 2018

Every woman breathes a sigh of relief when she gets the word that her breast mammogram is normal. But what happens when you don’t get the all-clear? What happens when the radiologist sees something suspicious? Getting called back for a follow-up can be a bit nerve-racking, but Kathie Edgington, a breast imaging specialist with USMD […]

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Wondering Which Type of Birth Control is Right for You?
Nov 19, 2018

It could be argued that nothing has had a bigger impact on the sex lives of men and women than the first oral contraceptive approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration back in 1960. Since then, birth control has come a long way. But as Marissa Kirchenbauer, a certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-C) who […]

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Friendship Is Always Good Medicine
Oct 31, 2018

Shelia Carwile (left) and Trellis Dillon (right) are all smiles during their chemo session at USMD. You never know when a great new friendship might be forged. You might meet your lifelong best friend on the first day of grade school, during a college class, at work—or sitting in a chemo chair fighting for your […]

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Smart Strategies for Preventing Painful Kidney Stones
Oct 25, 2018

For the nearly one million Americans who suffer from excruciating kidney stones, Dr. Niraj Badhiwala feels your pain—literally. “I get a lot of kidney stones,” says the urologist with USMD. “My sister recently had a pretty bad episode, and she lives in Texas too.” Like many of us living in the Lone Star State, Dr. […]

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Make Sure Your Kids Get These Childhood Vaccinations
Oct 22, 2018

Most parents would try to move heaven and earth to protect their children. So it’s puzzling that a significant number of parents are choosing to not have their kids vaccinated against childhood diseases—diseases that have been effectively controlled, if not eliminated, thanks to childhood vaccines. As a pediatrician and mom, Katrina Willie-Musoma, M.D., with USMD […]

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Accidents Happen. Here’s How You Can Put Together a First-Rate First Aid Kit.
Oct 21, 2018

What’s the old saying? Expect the unexpected. It’s a great reminder to be prepared for accidents and injuries that can happen at home. In fact, more accidents actually happen at home than anywhere else. That’s why Denise Bruckerhoff, D.O., a board-certified internal medicine physician with USMD Midlothian, says it’s important to put together a first […]

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There are Good Ways to Manage Pain without Prescription Medications
Oct 9, 2018

It’s hard to go a day without reading a headline or hearing a news story about “the opioid crisis.” Awareness about the dangers of addiction to prescription opioid pain medications is now front and center—and for good reason. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 115 people in the United States die every day […]

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You Found a Lump in Your Breast. Now What?
Oct 5, 2018

One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from breast cancer is a monthly breast self-exam. In fact, self-exams can be a life-saver. More than anyone, you are your own best advocate against the disease because you know how your breasts normally look and feel. “Remember, breast cancer does not usually […]

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