General Medicine

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By Kai Wade, Director of Communications & Social MediaLast modified: October 17, 2011

General Medicine

Many individuals visit a doctor only when symptoms start. Leaving medical check-ups until you feel unwell can lead to multiplying health problems before you receive treatment. Symptoms alert us to the fact that something is wrong but illnesses can be present for some time before any signs appear. Early diagnosis of medical problems ensures an early start to treatment, which in cases of degenerative disease can stop progression using less invasive treatment methods.

In today’s demanding lifestyles, determining when to visit the doctor can often be difficult but it is urgent to not avoid your health.  Regular health check-ups are imperative for all women. Even in the absence of symptoms, yearly doctor visits and physicals should occur for females of all ages. Check-ups for women includes a comprehensive overtake of your general health, heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes, major organ functions, osteoporosis, liver and colon cancer, and extensive screening for ovarian, cervical and breast cancer as well as pelvic disorders.

Is it time for your child’s check-up? Annual child check-ups are monumental in ensuring your child’s health and alertness.  Regular physical exams, growth measurement, immunization shots, vision and hearing testing, and dental exams are commonly performed.

Consistent health check-ups are also crucial for men. Because of the non-appearance of warning signs, many physicians praise routine, yearly doctor visits and physicals for every male regardless of age.

Men remain reluctant in visiting a doctor, however getting a regular physical exam or check-up is the best way to prevent health issues before they progress into serious matters. Inopportunely, conditions escape detection even with paramount medical care. Regular exams and screenings detect and monitor blood pressure readings, colonoscopy, and colorectal cancer.

Louis Harris and Associates piloted a survey of over four thousand men and women, concluding that three times more men than women had not even seen a doctor in the previous year, and one in three had no consistent doctor.

Even as your body is feeling great, scheduling medical appointments seems like a waste of your time, but prevention is better than cure. Regular medical check-ups are half the battle and will pick up any potential problems, permitting you to take steps in either preventing them or establishment of treatments early on.


AIDS & HIV is very common among homosexual men, though any man or woman of any age or race can become infected with the deadly virus. AIDS is the sickness that results from infection of HIV. There are many preventative steps a person can and should take to avoid infection of HIV.


There are over 100 different types of Arthritis, the most common of which is Osteoarthritis. Arthritis causes pain and inflammation to the joints and often results in a lack of mobility around that joint.


Cholesterol is a waxy, fat type substance present in all cells. The body needs cholesterol to build and regenerate cells, produce certain hormones and help with the digestion of fat but there are 'good' and 'bad' cholesterols present. High levels of 'bad' cholesterol are damaging to health  - learn more here

Cold And Flu Symptoms

cold and flu are both curable and preventable illnesses and are not life threatening at all if taken proper care and medications.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a disease caused by the deposition of thick mucous in the lungs and digestive system. This disease is a life threatening genetic disease, but through medical advancements people with Cystic Fibrosis can now expect to live into their 40's and even beyond.


350 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, with an estimated 50 million more undiagnosed. Diabetes is a medical condition that prevents the body from producing or responding to the hormone insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas after eating and helps send the glucose from food to our blood and cells. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are chronic, lifelong diseases. There is no cure for diabetes but medication and diet can be used to control the symptoms and help the body regulate and respond to insulin more efficiently. Gestational diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and pre-diabetes are diabetic conditions that are often reversible.

Emphysema Surgery

Lung volume reduction surgery is a surgical procedure to reduce the size and capacity of the lungs. Pulmonologists remove damaged sections of lung tissue, the enlarged air sacs, to reduce the size of the lungs. By reducing the size of the lungs, the remaining lung tissue can function more efficiently and symptoms of emphysema can be greatly reduced. Learn more about this treatment for emphysema and contact a pulmonologist


Epilepsy is a condition where an individual has recurring and unexpected seizures. Epilepsy is due to brain tissue damage which causes over-excitable brain cells to send out abnormal signals, resulting in random seizures. Though Epilepsy itself is not usually deadly, having a seizure while driving or operating heavy equipment can result in death.


Headaches are most commonly caused problems that one encounters which may lead to serious consequences if left untreated.

Sleep Apnea And Snoring

Sleep Apnea and Snoring are closely related, though they are two separate things. Usually a person who has Sleep Apnea also snores, but many people snore who do not have Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea can be life-threatening, while snoring doesn't cause the individual any harm.

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