Aging goes hand in hand with physical and mental changes in our lives. According to the latest census data, approximately 13 percent of the current U.S. population is at least 65 years old. People are living longer now than at any time in history. People are living longer, but are we necessarily living better and healthier? There are some simple things people can do to remain healthy and happy as they age. Continue reading “Healthy Living Tips for Seniors”
Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin of the penis, which is a fold of skin that covers the head of the penis while it is not erect. This is common practice among male infants in the United States. Even though the circumcision rate among newborns in the United States has dropped over recent decades, it is still above 75 percent. Circumcision most commonly occurs within the first month of a newborn’s life, but some men decide to get circumcised once they have already reached adulthood.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate gland that is a common urologic issue among men, especially ages 50 and older. WebMD states that 50 percent of men will show signs of BPH by age 60. This percentage jumps up to 90 percent by age 85. Most men will experience some of the side-effects of BPH at some point in their lives. Continue reading “TUMT Procedure for BPH”
Many urology patients require catheterization for one reason or another. The cause may be urinary leakage, urinary retention, a surgery resulting in the need for catheterization, or other health problems. Men specifically often need catheterization due to prostate problems. Continue reading “Urology and Self-Catheterization”
Cosmetic surgeries and procedures have seen a substantial rise in popularity in the United States over the last 20 years. The technology that helps perform such procedures has improved dramatically as well. The more commonly known cosmetic procedures are invasive and require surgery, such as breast augmentation, liposuction, and facelifts. When does it make sense to consider non-invasive alternatives? Continue reading “When to Consider Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures”
Prescription opioids are medications used to treat pain. They provide a powerful way for people to combat pain, but the benefits can be outweighed by the side-effects when misused. This is largely due to the high risk of developing a dependency or addiction to painkillers. Worldwide, somewhere between 26 and 34 million people are abusing opioids; more than 2 million of which are Americans who are abusing prescription opioids. To fully understand this issue, we must first dive into how these medications function.
Bacteria are microorganisms that live all around us. There are bacteria on your kitchen counter, on your skin, and even inside your body. Most bacteria are harmless, some actually help us with regular bodily functions such as digestion. However, some bacteria are harmful and can cause serious problems if left untreated. This is where antibiotics come into play.
October, which is breast cancer awareness month, serves as a great time to discuss the risk factors associated with breast cancer. This is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, trailing only skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The best form of prevention is a proper understanding of the risk factors related to this disease. Continue reading “Breast Cancer: Prevention, Risk Factors and Relief”
Electronic healthcare records (EHRs) have become the standard for medical practices in recent years, with over 80 percent of doctors utilizing them. EHRs provide a level of convenience and efficiency not available with physically stored information. Quicker access to information, a decreased likelihood of critical information being “lost in the cracks,” and better patient engagement capabilities are among the key benefits. The best part for the patient is the addition of a dedicated patient portal.