SNAKES!

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By Elizabeth Acquista, MD, FACS Southeastern North Carolina is home to a wide variety of reptiles. Snakes are included in this group of cold-blooded animals. Snakes, both venomous and harmless, are amongst our reptilian neighbors. Snakes can be helpers in the garden by eating small creatures such as mice and rats that may be bringing… Read more »

WHAT ARE YOU TAKING FOR PAIN?

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Every day I am asked to see patients who develop kidney injury or failure.  Many of these patients have diabetes, high blood pressure, or arthritis.  One of the first questions I ask is: “Do you have pain?”  The next question follows: “What do you take for pain?”  These may seem odd questions for a nephrologist… Read more »

What’s New in Orthopedic Surgical Therapeutics

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Since we introduced cellular therapeutics for orthopedic problems like knee arthritis to the US in 2006, many studies from other authors have confirmed the safety and efficacy of the easy-to-perform office procedures.  By now, most orthopedic clinics across the country, but particularly in Florida, Texas and California have jumped on board with this treatment modality… Read more »

Colon Cancer Screening 2021

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By Frederick H. Opper, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women combined.  The incidence of both new cases and deaths has rapidly declined in the past 30 years due to increased screening and surveillance measures. The vast majority of CRC’s start out as… Read more »

Diverse Healthcare Teams Lead to a Healthier Community

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By Claude Jarrett MD, FAAOS Despite our nation’s dramatic history, providing high-quality healthcare equally to our culturally diverse community remains difficult.  Stereotypes and biases remain rampant in our healthcare system despite good intentions.  Unfortunately, research has shown that many versions of “diversity” training for health care professionals have a low success rate.   The overwhelming majority… Read more »

When A Second Opinion Is Your First Choice

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What does a patient do when faced with a decision that is uncomfortable, a choice that is difficult or feeling a sense of lacking information? It’s a familiar position of hesitancy to proceed.  I would say that every patient deserves a clear understanding of their medical situation and a high level of confidence on the course they… Read more »