— By Dr. Susannah Spiess, MD Rich, delicious foods are irresistible during the holidays but heavy meals can leave us with that all-too-familiar burning pain that moves up to the throat. Heartburn may be a symptom of a more severe condition like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). What is GERD? GERD is a disorder of the digestive tract that can lead to serious complications if left untreated. GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the valve that connects the esophagus to …

— By Dr. Smita Patel There is a growing body of research that our vascular and metabolic health during mid-life matters when it comes to developing Alzheimer’s disease; a new study further adds to our understanding. Researchers analyzed over 30 years of follow-up data from the Whitehall II study, a well-known British public health study from 1985.  More than 10,000 men and women employed by the British Civil Service in London were studied. The researchers discovered that obesity at age 50 …

—   By Dr. Smita Patel We all know that maintaining good oral hygiene is good for your teeth and gums, but did you know that it is beneficial to your brain as well? Research has identified chronic periodontitis as a risk factor for dementia. In fact a recent study showed that having periodontitis for ten years increases risk of dementia nearly two fold. To understand why periodontitis increases risk for dementia we have to consider inflammation and oxidative stress (which …

— More and more patients are hearing the words “regenerative medicine” but don’t know what it means in terms of their care. And billboards and advertisements are popping up for stem cell therapy, but there are still misconceptions about it and how it works. As a primary care sports medicine physician who uses this innovative therapy for musculoskeletal issues, such as torn ligaments, tendons, strains and arthritis, I’m pleased to answer some common questions about regenerative medicine: How do Intense workouts …