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Bye Bye Double Chin

by Caroline Garrett, NP-C Let’s talk briefly about a sensitive subject, the “double chin” “double chin.” Many people would say they have it and that they would love to get rid of it. Well, great news! There is a nonsurgical option available known as Kybella. While submental fat, aka the double chin, affects both men and women and can be a result of weight gain, genetics and/or aging, for many people, diet and exercise alone does not eliminate its appearance. Kybella to the rescue!   Kybella is the only FDA-approved prescription medication that can eliminate fat cells under the chin, and it was awarded the Allure Best of Beauty Breakthrough in 2015. The science behind Kybella is its active ingredient deoxycholic acid which is a naturally occurring molecule in the…
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What Exactly is Covid-19

Covid-19 is NOT a virus. It is the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (A virus is defined as microscopic infectious agent that can only replicate in another cell. A virus’s only purpose is to infect and replicate) Covid-19 Stands for: CO- Corono  VI- Virus  D-Disease and 19 –The year it was discovered ( 2019) The virus itself SARS-CoV-2 stands for:  Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a type of coronavirus. There are seven types of coronovirus. Four types cause 15 percent of the common cold: 0C43,  HKU1, 229E and NL63 Three types cause severe respiratory disease: MERS, SARS-CoV and now the novel SARS-Cov-2 (which causes Covid-19) SARS-CoV-2 was first isolated in Wuhan China in December of 2019. It most likely originated in bats and then…
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Handwashing

Hand hygiene is a timely subject these days as we all do what we can to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  I still remember the lessons on proper hand washing I received as a young medical student.  I also remember the poor medical student (not me!) who was ordered out of the operating room in disgrace after a surgical nurse noticed that his sterile technique was less than perfect.  Handwashing before surgery is a very serious affair in medical school – they want to make sure everyone involved does it perfectly every time.  Proper hand hygiene every day can also help keep you healthy.  In general, hand hygiene is a thoroughly researched subject.  Centers of excellence in research across the country have narrowed down the precise techniques crucial to…
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ALLERGIES

An allergy is your immune system's reaction to certain plants, animals, food, insect bites or other things. Your immune system protects you by fighting germs like bacteria a virus. When you have allergies, the immune system overreacts and tries to "fight" ordinary things like grass, pollen or certain foods. The substance that causes allergies are called allergens. Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn't. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system's reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system. When your immune system reacts to one of these allergens and you have symptoms, you may be allergic to it. Symptoms: example of some…
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HEALTHY SKIN 2020

The largest organ of our body is the skin, which contributes to approximately 15% of our weight. The skin can bring about a large number of skin diseases and conditions. The importance of proper skin care and annual screenings are essential in identifying areas which could potentially be life threatening. There are common disorders of the skin that are seen on a routine basis such as rashes, bruises, dry skin, acne, fungus, eczema, seborrheic keratoses, and moles just to name a few. The moles are particularly concerning due to the potential of becoming malignant melanoma. Malignant melanoma is the most common cancer in the United States – and the deadliest. HEALTHY SKIN It is becoming more prevalent in the younger population and this diagnosis has tripled in the last 30…
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