The Relation Between Gum Disease and Arthritis

Perry McLimore, MD., JD. Periodontitis and Arthritis Both arthritis and diseases of the oral cavity or mouth are common and severe health problems. Recently, researchers have found evidence of an association between periodontitis (gum disease) and arthritis (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)). Bacteria that cause periodontitis have now been…

Trachea Transplants: The Stocholm Story

There are many medical topics that are of an ongoing interest and importance. One of them is the rebuilding or restoration of the trachea caused by tracheal defects. In fact, tracheal defects are one of the most complicated problems found in a person’s head, neck and chest. People often…

Electronic Cigarettes, What's The Scoop?

Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Electronic Cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or vaping, have been around since the early 2000’s and are advertised to be a safe, tobacco free alternative to cigarettes. E-cigarettes came to the United States about 7…

Turf Toe

 [icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Perry McLimore, MD., JD. Turf toe is an injury to the first metatarsal-phalangeal joint (MTP joint) in the foot. There are 5 metatarsal bones in the foot. Each articulates distally with the proximal phalanx of the toe. The big toe has a proximal and…

Telomerase to Turn Back Internal Clock

In Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous play's chapter Hexenküche (Witches’ kitchen) Faust, the protagonist poses the question of immortality to Mephistopheles to which the devil gives the following advice: Seek out a life of moderation, stop being lazy, exercise regularly by ploughing the field and avoid unhealthy…

Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2

 Neerja L. Bisht, MD Summary Diabetes or diabetes mellitus (Type I or Type II) is a long-term condition leading to increased blood sugar levels, also called hyperglycemia. The need to control these levels is very important as uncontrolled increase in blood sugar levels can lead to serious damage to…

Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup more harmful to your health than Sucrose?

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Gary Franke, Ph.D. Background Given the current obesity epidemics in the U.S. and around the world, the role of various nutrients on our health is increasingly important yet controversial. In general, there are vast amounts of scientific data and information available. At the…

The Human Microbiome

The establishment of Koch’s postulates in microbiology that links specific microorganisms to specific diseases gave rise to the concept of ‘one microbe-one disease’. Since then the thought that microbes cause disease has always overshadowed the effect of good microbes present in the body. Through the Human Genome Project…