Dr. Crutchfield, my nephew was diagnosed with mononucleosis last week. What is it?
Mononucleosis (mono) is an infectious disease caused, most commonly, by transmission of the Epstein-Barr virus. It can be caused by other viruses, but that is much less common. The Epstein-Barr virus is a member of the herpes virus family. Continue reading What is mononucleosis?
In a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers at the New York University School of Medicine have come across what some have boldly called a “new human organ.” Scientists call this potential new organ the “interstitium.” In fact, this discovery involves tissue that may account for 20 percent of our total body weight, making this possible organ the largest in the body; even more substantial than our skin, the current title-holder as the largest organ of the human body. Continue reading Doctors may have discovered a new human organ
Glaucoma is the name for several ocular conditions that cause an increased and destructive pressure inside the eye. This elevated pressure produces damage to the optic nerve and, subsequently, vision loss. A common cause of increased pressure is when channels that normally drain fluid from the eyes get blocked, resulting in pressure building up inside the eye. Continue reading Glaucoma: Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent blindness