What is OSA – Sleep Apnea – and How Do I Treat It?
OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea, is the intermittent blockage of airflow during sleep. It is caused by the relaxation of muscles which support the throat’s soft tissue (i.e. the tongue or soft palate), causing the upper airway to close or narrow and thus momentarily cutting off breathing. OSA is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder, with more than 3 million cases in the U.S. each year. It can be present in
I Have A “Spot On My Lungs.” What Does That Mean?
A spot on the lungs – or a “pulmonary nodule” – is a small mass of tissue that appears on an X-ray or CT scan of the lungs. Pulmonary nodules are never a cause for panic, as they are usually benign or non-cancerous. Typically, if you have a pulmonary nodule, you will undergo further medical evaluation to confirm what the mass represents. Pulmonary nodules are found on up to half of
Recommendations for Reopening Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
One of the top questions on everyone’s mind regarding moving toward a “new normal” in our community is how to safely open schools again. With COVID-19 cases continuing to climb in the United States and parents feeling the financial burden of keeping their children at home, everyone is wondering what the best plan of action is for reopening schools in the next few weeks. On a local level, the Hamilton
The New Normal: Adjusting to Life After COVID-19 Quarantine
Several weeks after “shelter-in-place” orders effectively shut down businesses all across the country, many states are beginning to slowly lift those orders. The speed with which this is done and what type of businesses are open first varies from state to state. Many people are wondering what comes next - is it really safe to patronize our favorite restaurants, get a haircut, and participate in daily activities that we took