Appendicitis affects over 200,000 people a year in the US. There are a few main causes for this common condition.   Viral or bacterial infections are two of the main reasons. The blockage of the appendix by stool, a tumor, a foreign body or roundworm/threadworm is another common cause. Genetics can also play a role.  The…

When it comes to vaccines, with the Tdap you get 3 for the price of 1.   It protects people from 3 horrible diseases. They are tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (also known as the whopping cough).  Though not necessarily common, these 3 diseases can cause some serious problems for those who get them. So, in the…

A pap smear is a test that can help detect cervical or vaginal cancer in the early stages. It can detect both cancer and precancer in the cervix. By detecting it early, there is a higher chance of successful treatment.  A pap smear test can detect other issues as well. These include sexually transmitted diseases…

High blood pressure (aka hypertension) affects millions of people in the US.   Hypertension is one of the main reasons why it can be a good idea to track your blood pressure at home. And one of the easiest ways to track blood pressure at home is through the use of at-home blood pressure monitors.   So a common question…

An endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure doctors use to examine a person’s digestive tract.   The procedure uses an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a small camera on the end of it. This tube and camera are then inserted in an opening, either your mouth or anus. The doctor can then view the video…