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  • Covid-19 Update: Testing, Monitoring, and Vitamins/Medications January 11, 2021

    COVID-19 Testing

    For patients with symptoms, the sensitivity of both PCR and antigen tests is improved.

    PCR is the most sensitive test but has a long turnaround; antigen testing costs money.

    Options:

    1. PCR
        • QUEST: turnaround time 3 to 4 days
        • LA Curative site: turnaround time 2 days
        • Private sites can cost over $100
    2. Antigen testing: done in our office
        • 89% ...
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  • Pandemic Stress Likely Compounded by Seasonal Affective Disorder January 1, 2021

    Experts Expect Record Numbers of Seasonal Affective Disorder Diagnosis in 2021

    As we continue to weather the storm of COVID-19, seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is also ...

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  • Can We Co-Exist with COVID-19? October 12, 2020

    An Epidemiologist Separates Fact from Fiction and Offers Hope for the Future

    Epidemiologists seek to learn why, how and when some people contract diseases when others don’t. Their findings are used to help monitor public health status, develop new medical treatments and disease prevention efforts, ...

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  • Headaches – Types and Remedies February 1, 2020

    Headache Types and Remedies

    Oh, My Aching Head

    A dull pressure, a sharp pain, an uncomfortable pounding, a vise-like sensation – all can signal the start of a headache. A painful part of the human condition ...

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  • Alcohol: Not Gender-Neutral December 2, 2019

    The Female Factor: Alcohol is Not Gender-aNeutral

    Given the growing popularity of the cocktail culture and wine time, it’s important to know that alcohol affects women very differently than men – physiologically, psychologically and socially. It’s worth asking: For women, is the wine ...

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  • Kidney Stones: Treatment & Prevention September 4, 2019

    This Too Shall Pass: Treating and Preventing Kidney Stones

    More common, frequently less painful and far more preventable than reputed, kidney stones have, thankfully, entered a new era of highly effective, noninvasive procedures. We bring ...

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  • An Update on the Measles Outbreak in the US April 29, 2019

    What are the newest guidelines for measles vaccinations?

    • Adults with no evidence of immunity should get 1 dose of MMR. Immunity is defined as documented receipt of 1 dose, or 2 doses, 4 weeks apart if high risk, of live measles virus-containing vaccine, laboratory evidence ...
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  • Adult ADD April 2, 2019

    Attention Please: ADD/ADHD is Not Just a Childhood Condition

    In the 21stcentury, it’s standard procedure to test unfocused, impulsive and restless children who struggle to achieve in school for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention ...

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  • The Age of Anxiety January 11, 2019

    Higher Anxiety? Our ‘age of anxiety’ began four centuries ago

    It can come on suddenly and intensely, causing shaking, confusion and difficulty breathing for no apparent reason…trigger an irrational avoidance of elevators or public transportation…or ...

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  • The Enemy Within: Autoimmune Disease is on the Rise January 16, 2018

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    A condition that is thought to have tripled in prevalence over the last 50 years, impacting over 23 million people, could justifiably be seen as an epidemic, or at least, a ...

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