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Last year for Thyroid Awareness Month, I wrote about the advances in ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy to identify patients requiring surgery for thyroid cancer. This year I would like to introduce next-generation sequencing (NGS). NGS can look at...
Many women of, all ages, contemplate changing the size and or shape of their breasts. This may be to improve perceived beauty, femininity, sexuality or improve body proportions or correct asymmetries. The decision to have a breast augmentation is a very personal...
As we quickly approach the holiday season, I hope that many of my patients will be experiencing much-needed relaxation and quality time with friends and family. However, they may also celebrate with some little overindulgences in fine food and alcohol, which could...
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men in the U.S., with 1 in 7 men diagnosed in their lifetime and approximately 30,000 deaths annually.   The prostate is a gland that is part of the male reproductive organs. It is situated below the bladder...
If you think you might need a hysterectomy or if one has been recommended for you or someone you love, there are many things to consider. Dr. Harsh Adhyaru, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at UT Health East Texas Physicians in Jacksonville, shares...
Have you ever walked into your doctor’s office and wondered why they are so concerned with your blood pressure and what the numbers mean? After all, aren’t we all “under enough pressure?” Blood pressure is a measure of how hard your blood is pushing against the...
It’s not too late! There is still plenty of time to get your child caught up on vaccines as school starts. With the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have missed their child’s annual pediatric visit, which may have led to missed immunizations. Texas...
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common chronic sleep disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of complete or partial upper airway obstruction during sleep. This obstruction often is not perceived while we sleep, but results in oxygen desaturation (low...
June is Men’s Health Awareness Month and a great time to shed light on factors that can lead to hearing loss and signs that hearing aids are needed.   Job occupation can be a significant reason for hearing loss. Occupations such as firefighters, police officers...
Strep throat, also known as streptococcal pharyngitis, is an infection caused by bacteria called group A Streptococcus (group A strep). Strep usually causes a sore throat or painful tonsils in children. However, other symptoms that can be seen with strep throat...