E-cigarettes are perceived as “safer” and marketed as a method to quit smoking – but is there any truth to that story? What are e-cigarettes? E-cigarettes are a battery-operated nicotine delivery system designed to deliver nicotine through inhalation. Also known as “vaping,” e-cigarettes have been in the United States since 2006 and appeal to both
The Disruptive Snorer Is there a snorer in your house? Whether it’s you, your partner or your child who is doing the snoring – it can disrupt the entire family’s sleep. St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s partnership with ENT & Allergy Specialists (ENTAS) is the answer to your household’s snoring situation. Our specialized staff of physicians and
What is Movember? Right after Halloween, you might be noticing that your normally clean-shaven neighbors or co-workers are now sporting mustaches. During the month of November, men across the country pledge to grow mustaches as part of “Movember” – an effort to raise awareness for men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux disease, affects as many as one in five Americans. If the valve at the bottom of the esophagus leading to the stomach doesn’t close completely, food particles or acid from the stomach can flow back into the esophagus, leading to heartburn and/or regurgitation. But many people
Did you know, exercise can help reduce joint pain caused by degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis? It sounds crazy, right? You are probably thinking that exercise makes your muscles and joints sore. But the truth is, regular low-impact exercise and stretching is important for lowering inflammation, increasing flexibility, strengthening muscles, boosting circulation and supporting a
It’s that time of year—you notice a woman on the elevator sneezing and you look for an escape, or one of your co-workers insists on coming to work even though he is coughing and sneezing. Then, you wake up one morning and you are feeling sick but you aren’t sure if it is a common
We’ve all heard the saying about being caught flat-footed. But what may really catch you by surprise – your flat feet could be causing your knee pain. If you suffer with knee arthritis, you understand the familiar symptoms of joint stiffness in the morning or pain when walking and standing for long periods of time.
The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which helps to regulate the body’s metabolism. Thyroid disease can manifest as hyperthyroidism (excessive production of the thyroid hormone), hypothyroidism (under-active production of the thyroid hormone) or abnormal growth of thyroid tissue (nodules, goiter, cysts and/or cancer.) Our primary care physicians generally begin by taking a medical history, performing