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HopeHealth’s Role in Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS

Pamela Brantley, Community Manager HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) have been affecting our world since 1981. HIV attacks immune cells, which increases the risk of infections and diseases in the body. If left untreated, HIV advances to
December 18, 2023

Total Joint Program Offers New Lease On Life

From an interview with Dr. Eric Heimberger McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast In general, a total joint replacement involves replacing a diseased joint with a new prosthesis. Whether it be a hip, knee or shoulder, the bad portion of the joint is removed and
December 18, 2023

Effective Treatments for Preventing HIV

Harmeet Gill, MD There was a time when an HIV diagnosis was considered a death sentence. Thankfully, we have come a long way! While there is no cure for HIV, with consistent treatment and medication, HIV can become undetectable, and someone with
December 7, 2023

Treating Blocked Coronary Arteries

From an interview with Dr. Alan Blaker McLeod Cardiology Associates Coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle. Like all other tissues in the body, the heart muscle needs oxygen-rich blood to function. Also, oxygen-depleted blood must be carried away. There are
December 5, 2023

Robotic-Assisted Surgery: The Benefits Are Many

From an interview with Dr. Srinivas Kolla McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates Robotic assisted surgery, a form of minimally-invasive surgery, allows a surgeon to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility, and control than traditional techniques. During a robotic assisted
December 1, 2023

Getting to the Root of Plantar Fasciitis

Reviewed by: Dr. Jason O’Dell McLeod Orthopaedics Florence The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that lies directly beneath the skin on the bottom of your foot. It connects the heel to the front of your foot and supports the arch
November 28, 2023

COVID-19 and the Flu: Similar Symptoms, Different Viruses

From an interview with Dr. Richard Alexander Medical Plaza Family Medicine Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus, which was first identified in 2019. Flu
November 28, 2023

Letting Go of Holiday Food Guilt

Kitty Finklea, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Thanksgiving weekend celebrations mean more free time with family and friends, eating leftovers, watching football, and decorating for Christmas if your decorations aren’t already up! Another aspect of the holidays for many people is food guilt, and
November 27, 2023

Women and Stroke: Signs, Symptoms and Outcomes

Medically reviewed by Dr. Ravish Kothari McLeod Health Neurologist Approximately 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year. Surprisingly, stroke is the third leading cause of death in women, and more women die of stroke than men. There are several reasons why women
November 21, 2023

Multidisciplinary Lung Conference: A Different Approach

From an interview with Dr. Vinod Jona McLeod Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. It’s caused by harmful cells in the lungs that grow unchecked. Treatments typically include surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation
November 16, 2023
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