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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sleep Apnea Can Make Managing Diabetes More Difficult: What You Need To Know

If you have type 2 diabetes mellitus (the common adult-onset type), you likely have sleep apnea. The two go hand-in-hand. Failure to treat the underlying sleep apnea often leads to poor blood sugar control despite escalating medications which frustrates both patient and physician. Treat your sleep apnea for better diabetes control.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Here’s the right time to get a flu shot, according to doctors

“Because of the typical seasonality ... the optimal time to get a vaccination is October because it takes 2-4 weeks for the peak antibody levels” to build up in a person’s body." October is flu shot month. Get your shot by October 31st!
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Children with Down syndrome may need more screening for sleep-disordered breathing

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children with Down syndrome undergo a sleep study by age 4.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Sunday, September 22, 2019

How Often You Exercise Can Be Predicted by This One Personality Feature

"Planfulness" (a component of conscientiousness) also predicts financial wellness. Financial wellness, in turn, correlates with wellness. That's why your health insurer is interested in your credit score. It turns out one's credit score correlates with the likelihood of having chronic health issues. More and more, health systems and insurers are utilizing what is called "social determinants of health" to better understand and risk-stratify their customers/patients.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Why weight matters when it comes to joint pain - Harvard Health

For every 10 lbs of weight gain, your leg joints like the knees experience about 30 lbs of force when climbing stairs and when bending or kneeling such as to tie your shoelaces. The inverse relationship is true, for every 10 lbs lost, the leg joints are offloaded 30 lbs of like activity force. A little has a great effect--gaining or losing. #getupandgo
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Saturday, September 7, 2019

TAVR: A minimally invasive procedure for Aortic Valve Stenosis

Aortic valve replacement without surgery in the Brazos Valley. Other heart valve procedures include the MitraClip and TriClip procedures (mitral and tricuspid valves, respectively). Diagnostic monitoring for heart failure include the CardioMEMS device which may give your doctor a warning that your heart failure is worsening days before you start to develop symptoms or your legs start to swell. If you have an existing pacemaker, some devices can calculate an impedance which may provide similar guidance as does the CardioMEMS. Chat with your friendly neighboorhood cardiologist.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Vape lung has claimed its first victim, and the CDC is investigating – TechCrunch

The lungs are designed to inhale clean, fresh air...that's it. If one inhales any pollutant, actively or passively, there will be an inflammatory response from mild to life-threatening. On the most concerning end of that spectrum are lung inflammation such as Hamman-Rich syndrome, desquamative interstitial pneumonia and respiratory bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease. Inhale clean, fresh air.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD