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New Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Impact Over 3 million People
Ever since the American College of Cardiology (ACC) & American Heart Association (ACH) came out with new blood pressure guidelines in 2017, many have discovered that their blood pressure averages may put them into a category in which medications are recommended. With the new guidelines, patients whose BP readings from 130-139/80-89 are classified as having… Read more about New Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Impact Over 3 million People
If you have been paying attention even a little, you have probably heard the words “super gonorrhea“ over the past few years. It is true that there are some major concerns for growing antibiotic resistance associated with Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This has triggered the research and development of new treatment options. In a recent publication in… Read more about New Treatment for Gonorrhea Looks Promising
The CDC recently published data that examined rates of HIV infection and prevalence from 2008-2016. While there were no big surprises, there are some important points to note. Two-thirds of new HIV infections in the United States in are men who have sex with men (MSM). 45 percent of new diagnoses were in the 13… Read more about A Recap of Current HIV Trends in MSM
2017 was a record-breaking year but maybe not for the reasons we would have hoped. The number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) reached an all-time high in 2017. This number has continued to increase every year from 2013 and reached a record 2.3 million cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Syphilis and gonorrhea infections have… Read more about STI Rates Continue to Rise
Jeremiah Robinson PA-C discusses PrEP and answers FAQs HIV continues to infect around 50,000 people in the United States each year, where 65 percent of newly diagnosed are men who have sex with men (MSM). Young African-American MSM are most disproportionately affected. In fact, did you know that half of gay latino and black men are projected to… Read more about PrEP: It’s Time for a Refresher
You’re not alone! Forty percent of the U.S. population are obese and losing those extra pounds can be challenging to say the least. There are so many different diets, exercise routines, and professional opinions, making the path to your ideal weight seem overwhelming and speaks to the fact that there isn’t a one size fits… Read more about Are You Struggling with Weight Loss?
Abdominal wall hernias are fairly common, affecting 1.7 percent of people of all ages and 4 percent of people 45 and older. Inguinal hernias make up 75 percent of abdominal wall hernias and disproportionately affect men more so than women. Surgery to repair an inguinal hernia is one of the most common types of surgeries… Read more about I have an Inguinal Hernia: Do I Need Surgery?
All medications come with a warning label. If you read the small print, you may never want to take another pill for the rest of your life. One must weigh the therapeutic benefit with the potential side effects for any medication, including PPIs. One thing I still hear from time to time is: “Should I… Read more about Do PPIs cause Dementia?
Hepatitis B vaccinations in the past have typically been a series of three shots over a six month period but that is no longer the case. In November 2017, the FDA approved a new two-shot Hep B vaccination called Heplisav-B – Dynavax (What a name, right?) The Heplisav-B vaccination is a series of two shots… Read more about New 2 Dose Hepatitis B Vaccination
Do you Run? Learn How & What to Eat to Optimize Your Training
I recently had the chance to speak with Registered Dietitian Alissa Palladino from Good Measure Meals. Alissa provides nutrition consultations at Good Measure Meal’s office in Midtown, Atlanta with a focus on sports nutrition, weight management, and disease prevention/management. She is an avid runner who, on the weekends, you can usually find running in races… Read more about Do you Run? Learn How & What to Eat to Optimize Your Training
We’ve all heard of those people who, without fail, have high blood pressure when they come for their check-up at the doctor’s office. They promise their blood pressure is normal when they leave and check it elsewhere. Perhaps they are just a bit anxious from being at the doctor’s office. This is something we commonly… Read more about Is Checking Your BP at Doctor’s Appts Enough?