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Anita Bennett MD

Introduction to Diabetes

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Diabetes mellitus, usually simply called diabetes, is a disease the affects the way your body uses glucose (blood sugar).  Glucose is an important energy source for your body, so when your body can’t use it the way it should, all kinds of bad things can happen.  Diabetes can cause complications…

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Ganglion Cysts

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A ganglion cyst is the most common thing that will cause a lump in the hand.  They are not cancerous or dangerous, but they can be bothersome for some people. What is a ganglion cyst? A ganglion cyst is a benign cyst that can develop from the tissues surrounding a…

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Atrial Fibrillation – Part II

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Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular heartbeat that often causes the heart to beat too fast.  There are several risk factors and underlying causes, which we discussed last week, including different types of heart disease, thyroid disease, heavy alcohol use, and family history.  This week we will talk about the…

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Atrial Fibrillation

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Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat that often causes the heart to beat too rapidly.  AFib can cause some serious complications so it is important that we recognize and treat it. What is AFib? AFib is an irregular heartbeat that is often very rapid.  During…

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Parkinson’s Disease – Part II

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As we talked about last week, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain, primarily the nerve cells that produce dopamine.  We talked about the common symptoms of tremors, slow movements, muscle stiffness, and walking and balance problems.  Today we will talk about…

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Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s a progressive disease of the nervous system that affects movement.  People often think of tremors when they think of Parkinson’s disease, as this can be the most noticeable symptom in the early stages.  The tremor is just a part of this disorder though.  Today we will talk about the…

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Kidney Disease – Part II

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Last week we started our review of kidney disease with some basic information about the function of the kidneys.  Today we will talk more about chronic kidney disease, including causes, symptoms, and how it is diagnosed. What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)? CKD is defined as having some type of…

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