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Addiction and Recovery

Addiction and Recovery

Second Opinion has been at the forefront of covering the opioid epidemic in our country. On average, 130 Americans die every day from opioid overdose, and there is no sign that this death rate will slow down. How a person moves through the system after an overdose...

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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib. What happens during AFib?...

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Biologics in Orthopedics

Biologics in Orthopedics

Biologics represent the cutting edge of biomedical research, and cover a wide range of therapies. From platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to stem cell therapy, this line of treatment is recasting orthopedics. Source:  Food and Drug Administration What is a biological...

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Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer

While bladder cancer is a cancer not talked about as much as others, the chance men will develop it during their life is about 1 in 27. It’s important to recognize the signs of bladder cancer so it can be treated early, as muscle-invasive bladder cancer needs...

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Cardiac Comeback

Cardiac Comeback

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, yet many people who have had heart attacks never start or continue their cardiac rehabilitation. Source:  American Heart Association What does cardiac rehab involve? Cardiac rehabilitation doesn’t...

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Childhood Vaccines

Childhood Vaccines

Vaccines save lives. However, parents who believe that vaccines are linked to childhood conditions such as autism, are opting their children out. And the current measles outbreak shows just how a deadly disease can make a comeback when vaccination rates decline....

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Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital Heart Disease

A congenital heart defect is a problem with the structure of the heart, and they are the most common form of birth defect. While it is present at birth, some people do not become aware of their congenital disorder until they are older. Many congenital heart defects...

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Corneal Transplant

Corneal Transplant

A healthy cornea is a key to good vision.  If your cornea is damaged by disease, infection, or an injury, the resulting scars can dramatically affect your vision.   Source: American Academy of Opthalmology About Corneal Transplant The cornea is the clear,...

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Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses

Before the beginning of 2020, many people had never heard the word “coronavirus.” But coronaviruses are not new. Researchers have been studying coronaviruses for decades. As COVID-19 appeared in 2019, lives changed forever. However, long before the World Health...

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Depression

Depression

Depression is a treatable brain disease. But while 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from depression, there is still a stigma surrounding the disease, and this prevents people from reaching out for help. Source: Mayo Clinic Depression is a mood disorder that...

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Drug Overdose

Drug Overdose

What Is drug addiction? Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead...

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Head and Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer

What are cancers of the head and neck? Cancers that are known collectively as head and neck cancers usually begin in the squamous cells that line the moist, mucosal surfaces inside the head and neck (for example, inside the mouth, the nose, and the throat). These...

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HIV

HIV

In 1981 the U.S. identified its first patient in what would become the AIDS epidemic. Today, people with access to testing, early intervention, and effective treatments can expect to live long, healthy lives. Source:  Avert.org What is HIV? HIV is a virus that...

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Hospital Delirium

Hospital Delirium

Symptoms Signs and symptoms of delirium usually begin over a few hours or a few days. They often fluctuate throughout the day, and there may be periods of no symptoms. Symptoms tend to be worse during the night when it's dark and things look less familiar. Primary...

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Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism

It is estimated that 20 million people in the U.S. have thyroid disease and 12% of Americans will develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime. Thyroid disease can be life altering and debilitating, especially when left untreated. Source: Mayo Clinic...

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Insomnia

Insomnia

Insomnia can be caused by psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or certain biological factors. No matter the cause, insomnia is the most commonly reported sleep disorder, and can cause incredible disruption in a...

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Menopause

Menopause

The average life span of a woman in the United States is 84 years. That means that many women will spend a full half of their lives as post-menopausal. Source:  Office on Women's Health What is menopause? Menopause is when your periods stop permanently and you can...

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Millennial Health

Millennial Health

In 2019, millennials are the largest living adult generation, and by 2020, nearly half of the U.S. workforce will be millennials, making millennial health and how they consume healthcare an important issue in the healthcare landscape in our country. Source: Keck...

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