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The Importance of Nutrition

This month, we are emphasizing the importance of nutrition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthy nutrition is profoundly important in keeping Americans in good health throughout their lives. People with healthy patterns of eating have been shown, on average, to live longer and to be at lower risk for several significant health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. For patients already affected with chronic diseases, healthy eating can often help in the management of these conditions and in the prevention of complications.

Fact vs. Fiction: Cranberries and Bladder Health

About 60 percent of women will experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their life. One of the most widely held beliefs about UTIs is that you can prevent or even cure a UTI by drinking cranberry juice.

Cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins, an active ingredient that may prevent the adherence of bacteria to the bladder wall. However, most studies suggest that both pure cranberry juice and cranberry supplements do not have enough of the active ingredient to prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls.

HoLEP Surgical Procedure

TURP, PVP, OP, REZUM, TUNA, TUMT – These are not just random assortments of letters. They represent different prostate surgical therapies for symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Some are obsolete and some have their continued place in routine BPH management. Prostate size is the most important factor in selecting the right therapy from the list above. Some procedures are reserved for only the largest prostates, require incisions on the abdomen and have long catheter times; while others are only for the small-to-moderate-sized prostate.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month! Let’s take a look at the importance of cervical cancer screening tests for women.

Cancer of the uterine cervix is the third most common gynecologic cancer diagnosis in the United States. The good news is that the rate of cervical cancer has declined significantly due to widespread use of Pap smear screenings, HPV vaccines and the availability of treatment of precancer.

How to set and achieve goals

This time of year brings many new opportunities. Venturing outside of your comfort zone to create new goals could be something you are ready to take on. If so, there are five steps commonly known as the SMART process to help you get started on the path to success. As you determine what you want to accomplish in 2021, ask yourself these questions:

Surgical Thyroid Options

The development of a benign multinodular goiter is a normal aspect of aging and a majority of women will develop goiters later in life. Very few of these nodules are cancer. However, as a result of the increasing use of diagnostic imaging involving the neck, more and more thyroid nodules are discovered; therefore more cancers are being detected in patients.

What to Expect When Diagnosed with Head and Neck Cancer

There are few diagnoses more difficult to share with a patient than head and neck cancer. Head and neck cancer is synonymous with squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCCA). When talking about HNSCCA we are referring to cancer that has developed on a mucosal surface somewhere within the upper aerodigestive tract; for instance, on the tongue or on a vocal cord. Squamous cell carcinoma can also develop in the lungs and on the skin, as well as on other sites.