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The Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Teens

The ingestion of heavily-caffeinated energy drinks has dramatically risen in the last few years with revenues currently exceeding $3.5 billion a year and growing. Many of these beverages boast a variety of ingredients like ginkgo, ginseng, amino acids and vitamins, but they also often contain high amounts of sugar, and the primary active ingredient: caffeine. […]


Sleep Apnea and Erectile Dysfunction

Men with sleep apnea may suffer from a treatable form of erectile dysfunction caused by regular deprivation of oxygen experienced during these episodes of obstructed breathing, a new report says. Those findings come from lab tests on mice, but the researchers say that erectile dysfunction (ED) is common among men with obstructive sleep apnea, a […]


The Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Test

A brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) test measures the quantity of the BNP hormone in your blood. BNP is made by your heart and shows how well your heart is performing. Usually, only a small amount of BNP is found in your blood, but if your heart has to work harder than usual over a long […]


What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease that causes the bones to thin and become brittle. Without proper treatment, the bones can become brittle and break easily. There are many different factors that cause osteoporosis. Some of these include: Menopause Certain medical conditions Medications Hormones Unbalanced diet Since it may not be known what causes osteoporosis for […]


Are You Going Through Menopause?

Some of the first signs of menopause can be irregular periods, hot flashes and feeling more forgetful. If you are having the first signs of menopause and feeling apprehensive, it’s a good time to discuss it with your women’s health specialist. You may even want to ask some questions that will help you decide whether […]


Why Regular Check-Ups Are Important

Scheduling medical appointments when you’re feeling fine may seem like a waste of your time. But the old saying “prevention is better than cure” is very true. Regular medical check-ups will pick up any potential problems, allowing you to take steps in either preventing them or beginning early treatment. Many large corporations insist that their […]


Depression in Seniors

The difficult changes that you may face as you grow older—such as the death of a spouse or medical problems—can lead to depression, especially if you don’t have a strong support system. Left untreated, depression prevents you from enjoying life like you used to, and its effects go far beyond mood. Depression not only makes […]


San Pedro Doctor’s Discuss Fall Prevention

Falls among older adults cause over 90% of broken hips. Less than 50% of those who break their hip will get around as they did before their fracture, and 20% will die within one year. Serious falls very often result in loss of independence and quality of life for older seniors. Falls are often preventable […]


Is Traditional Medicine Failing You?

Ever feel like you have to take a number at your doctor’s office? Or do you often sit and wait well past your appointment time, only to be rushed through your appointment and walk away feeling that your doctor didn’t really listen to you? The problem isn’t with your doctor; it lies within our health […]


Pollen and Food Allergies

Did you know that having a pollen allergy puts you at risk for having a food allergy? Many people with hay fever notice that when they eat fresh fruits or vegetables, their mouths itch, burn and sting. They also may experience a sense of tongue fullness or swelling, throat itching, and rarely systemic symptoms including […]