How Nasal Sprays Are A Gateway Drug And How Substance Abuse Treatments Help

Do not laugh--nasal sprays can be a gateway drug. Ask anyone who is used to snorting or inhaling an illegal substance, and they probably know. Need the facts? Here is more on how nasal sprays are a gateway drug and how substance abuse treatment can help. Nasal Sprays and What They Do Nasal sprays are designed to open nasal passages and shrink blocked and swollen nasal tissues. Your sinuses are completely open to your brain. Read More 

Three Reasons Not to Write Off Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids As an Option

A few decades ago, all hearing aids were behind-the-ear hearing aids. They wrapped around the back of the ear with a projection that came into the ear to project sounds through a speaker. This type of hearing aid still exists today, but it is one of many varieties of hearing aids that are now available. Many patients opt for newer designs, such as CIC (completely in canal) hearing aids and IIC (invisible in canal) hearing aids. Read More 

Common Mistakes During Your Colonoscopy Preparation And How To Avoid Them

There is nothing worse than not eating all day in order to prepare for a colonoscopy and then somehow messing up your preparation and having to do the entire process all over again. Here are some common mistakes that many people make while preparing for a colonoscopy and how to avoid them. 1. Leaving the House For a Long Period of Time One common mistake that many people make when preparing for a colonoscopy is leaving their homes for long periods of time. Read More 

When Is “Watchful Waiting” The Best Prostate Cancer Treatment Option?

If you or your spouse recently received the sobering diagnosis of prostate cancer, you may be wondering about your next steps—and understandably confused if the treating oncologist doesn't appear to share your urgency in hurrying forward with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment. In fact, many physicians will initially recommend a "watchful waiting" approach for certain types of prostate cancers that are detected in the early stages, monitoring progress to ensure the cancer doesn't spread rather than taking more extreme measures to eradicate it immediately. Read More 

Do You Keep, Keep Bleeding, Love? Nosebleeds’ Effect on Your Health

Nosebleeds are one of the more common maladies that befall mankind; they can be the result of anything from sneezing too hard to a dry nose from seasonal allergies or just taking an impact (say, of a fist, a door, or a telephone pole) to the nasal region of your face. But what effect do these nosebleeds actually have on your overall health? If you get chronic nosebleeds and want to make sure that they're not materially damaging your health every time you feel that familiar rushing sensation, then here's what you need to know. Read More