Dr. Crutchfield, my neighbor recently traveled to Africa and told me he caught malaria when he was there. What is malaria?
Malaria is an infectious disease that is spread by mosquito bites. It is estimated that over 200 million people contract malaria every year around the world, and over 500,000 people die every year from the disease. Most deaths from malaria occur in Africa in children under the age of five.Continue reading Malaria: a disease caused by protozoa carried by mosquitos
Pets are good for your health. If you know someone with a pet, especially a dog or a cat, ask them about their pet, and it is bound to make them smile.
In fact, almost one-half of all U.S. households own a dog, and one-third of U.S. households own a cat. Many doctors are beginning to realize that owning a pet is a significant part of a prescription for a happy, healthy life.
Interacting with pets is good for one’s mental and physical health. Playing with pets decreases blood pressure, anxiety, depression, stress, cholesterol, and the risk of a heart attack and stroke. Studies show that pet owners also benefit from an improved immune system. Continue reading Pets can be excellent for both your mental and physical health
Make bike riding safety a top priority
Riding a bike has many terrific benefits. It is an excellent form of exercise; it is a low impact, joint-friendly workout; it is good for the environment; and, if used as a supplementary form of transportation, bicycling can save money. Continue reading Summertime is a great time to ride a bike
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that video game addiction can be recognized as a mental health disorder. The WHO, based in Geneva, announced that it would list “gaming disorder” in the upcoming 11th edition of its highly respected compendium of medical disorders, the International Classification of Diseases. This publication is used by health professionals around the world to diagnose and classify health conditions. Continue reading For some, video games can become a significant life problem
A life ended far too soon as a result of personal despair is a reality that is happening more and more in the United States. In fact, suicide rates are up a shocking 25 percent since 1999. Continue reading Suicide: a tragic and preventable reality on the rise
Early detection urged for this common but preventable killer
New guidelines released last week by the American Cancer Society recommend that most U.S. adults start colon cancer screening at age 45 – rather than age 50, as was previously recommended.
Colorectal cancer is the third-most commonly diagnosed cancer in both women and men in the United States. Colorectal cancer is also the third-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Annually, over 130,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and approximately 50,000 will die from the disease. Continue reading New screening guidelines issued for colorectal cancer
Dear Doctor: My skin is red and itchy. How do I know if I am having an allergic skin reaction?
An allergic skin reaction is a common skin rash that occurs when your skin comes into contact with a substance you have an allergy to. It is often called “allergic contact skin dermatitis.” There are other types of allergies, namely those from things you eat (peanuts, for example) or breathe in (pollen and seasonal allergies).
Dr. Crutchfield, I have these tiny bumps all over the backs of my upper arms. My mother and sister have them, too. They seem to be worse when my skin is dry. What is going on with my skin?
The condition is called keratosis pilaris. It can be present at any time, but appears worse when the skin is dry. Dry skin and keratosis pilaris are very common. Continue reading How to beat the dry skin blues