Kidney Transplant or Dialysis-Which is Right for Me?

Government Agencies The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a branch of the National Institute of Health, is an excellent resource for kidney disease information.  The website provides information on transplantation, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides this PDF for people on emergency dialysis, and this … Read more

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Age Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of blindness for those 65 years of age and older. AMD is caused by a deterioration of the retina.  The macula is the center of the retina, and provides the central vision necessary to read, drive, and recognize object. “In the absence of effective treatment … Read more

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Zika Virus Now Appearing in Texas USA

Zika virus is spread to humans by mosquito bites. Common symptoms of Zika virus disease include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). A Zika virus infection is usually mild. Symptoms last from a few days to a week. Severe instances, requiring hospitalization, are infrequent. Initially, the news of Zika centered around an outbreak … Read more

Outline on Cataracts

The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the NIH, defines a cataract as “a clouding of the lens” that affects vision.  More than half of Americans have had a cataract by the age of 80. Cataracts are “a leading cause of visual impairment in the United States.”  Because smoking is an important and avoidable cause … Read more

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Type 2 Diabetes Overview

Diabetes if the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  Deaths due to cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease are declining, but those of diabetes have “increased by about 30% in the past 12 years, and life expectancy for persons with diabetes is approximately 15 years less than those who do not have diabetes” … Read more