Medical & Dental

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

April 27, 2017

Definition: A slow decline in memory,thinking and reasoning skills. Common signs: Memory loss that disrupts daily life—forgetting important dates,information,and having to rely on memory aids. Challenges in planning or problem solving–difficulty concentrating,following plans or directions,takes longer to complete things. Difficulty completing familiar tasks or work–trouble driving to a familiar location,managing budgets,following rules Time and place […]

Contact Lens Safety

June 11, 2015

In the news recently there have been concerns about contact lens safety( risk of infections etc.) A few rules to follow for contact lens wearers -Have eyes examined regularly(every 2-3 years) -Make sure you get a copy of your lens prescription following the exam( You can purchase your lenses elsewhere if you wish) -Contact lenses […]

Is Yoga the Answer to your Back Pain

February 23, 2015

“Is Yoga the Answer to your Back Pain?” By: Asha Nookala UMKC-School of Medicine Pain is both a common patient complaint & a difficult process to treat. Unlike the common cold, this disease process can plague a person’s life for weeks, months, or years. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that can cure pain. 100 […]

7 Ways to Protect Senior Skin from Winter Weather Damage

January 25, 2015

By Vidi Shah-UMKC School of Medicine Don’t icy, cold winters make us all wish we had hot flashes to keep us warm? As our skin ages, it becomes more fragile, dry, and less able to handle the extremes of weather. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) distinguishes the difference between “intrinsic” and “extrinsic” aging of […]

The Shingles Vaccine

January 23, 2015

The Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax®), In a Nutshell By Ingrid Hsiung-UMKC medical student   First off, what is shingles? What happens if you don’t get vaccinated? Shingles is a painful skin rash that newly affects 200,000 healthy adults (age 50-59) each year. As a kid, you might have gotten chicken pox. The same virus that causes […]


December 26, 2014

Polypharmacy By: Peter Vayalil, Sagar Patel, and Seenu Abraham Polypharmacy or “many drugs” is the use of multiple drugs by a patent. It is a growing problem in modern medicine. Many patents are taking multiple medications to control the different conditions that they are diagnosed with. The use of medications has gradually increased over the […]

Vitamin B12

November 19, 2014

A Vitamin that may be a good idea to consider supplementing: Vitamin B12 By Sahar Safavi Vitamin B12, or cobalamin (koh-bal-uh-min) deficiency occurs in greater than 20% of people over the age of 65.   Clinical symptoms may be subtle which is why B12 deficiency can be unrecognized.  What is the significance of Vitamin B12 and […]

Product Review for Estroven

November 18, 2014

By Tammy Ruggles Belinda is a healthy 45-year-old, but has recently divulged to her good friend Margaret that she doesn’t feel as well as she used to, and is experiencing things she’s never experienced before—forgetfulness, weight gain, fatigue, and irritability. “It’s probably menopause,” Margaret said. “Aren’t I a little young for that?” Belinda asked. “I […]

What do I need to know about colonoscopies?

November 2, 2014

  By Hima Atluri, Medical Student As people reach the age of 50, one of the questions they will get asked by their doctor is “would you like a colonoscopy?” A colonoscopy is not the most pleasant thought to cross anyone’s mind. What exactly is a colonoscopy and why is it necessary? First, a little […]

Advanced Directives-Allow Your Wishes To Be Heard

October 24, 2014

By Evan Martin, Medical Student Have you ever wondered what would happen if you became ill and were unable to articulate what treatments you preferred? The treatment you would decide on or prefer being ‘guessed’ by family members and medical providers. These are very real and tough decisions for anyone to make especially during emotional […]