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By: Steve E. Bishop, M.D.
October 29th, 2020

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And in recognition of this topic's importance, we hosted A PMD Conversation: Breast Cancer with Dr. Steven Bishop, Dr. Tamara Sobel, and Dr. Susan Scharpf. Over about 25 minutes, they discussed numerous topics related to breast cancer, including prevention, screening, treatment, and what they discuss with their patients regarding breast cancer. Watch the full conversation below, and read on for a transcript. 

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Medical Perspectives | COVID-19

By: David Pong, M.D.
May 27th, 2020

Cleaning has been a huge focus during the COVID-19 pandemic. It starts with washing your hands, but it also stretches beyond that. How do you reduce the risk, as best as possible, of bringing the active virus into your home or environment? 

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Medical Perspectives | COVID-19

By: David Pong, M.D.
May 20th, 2020

The symptoms of COVID-19 are well known. Cough, fever, chills, headache, and chest pressure that can lead to shortness of breath. Some people have G.I. issues such as an upset stomach of diarrhea. Some people notice a loss of smell. And we're still learning more. 

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Medical Perspectives | COVID-19

By: David Pong, M.D.
May 13th, 2020

Masks are important tools in stopping the spread of COVID-19. How do they work? Why should you wear one? What are the different types of masks? And how often should you wash your mask? Watch the video below for answers to these questions and read on for a recap. 

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Medical Perspectives

By: James F. Bampton, M.D.
August 29th, 2019

When it comes to most any activity involving needles, you are not going to get a lot of hands shooting into the air to volunteer. But, those who have experienced the benefits of dry needling therapy swear by it, and it’s not hard to see why. The technique offers nearly immediate relief from muscular pain with mild, if any, side effects.

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Medical Perspectives

By: David Pong, M.D.
February 11th, 2019

A recent study published by the American Heart Association reports that 48% of American adults have some form of heart disease. Because serious heart conditions can be present without symptoms, a significant number of the population could be completely unaware of poor cardiovascular health or their risk of developing life-threatening disease. Often, the best way to find out about current health and potential risk is through advanced cardiovascular screening.

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By: Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D.
July 5th, 2018

When you have insomnia, each day and each night can feel like an uphill battle. Scientists are getting closer to unlocking the secrets of what sleep does for our brains, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. What we do know is that sleep is a biological necessity. Sleep deprivation has been linked to increased risk of developing a number of serious health problems, such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, and your ability to learn and retain new information may be impaired.

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Medical Perspectives | Lifestyle & Wellness

By: Virginia Kladder, M.D.
April 27th, 2018

A lot of health and wellness articles you see online or in magazines can reel you in with a headline promising the “Top 10 things you didn’t know” -- only to deliver “9 things you already knew”. This is an especially common experience for those of you who pay attention to your health, generally eat well and make time for the gym. If that sounds like you, and you’re interested taking your health and wellness to the next level, this article won’t disappoint.