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How to Screen and Test for Thyroid Problems

What Is the Thyroid Gland, Exactly? Many of us only consider the health of our endocrine system—particularly the thyroid gland—when we’re trying to lose weight, but the thyroid plays an important role in the control of a wide variety of bodily functions. By producing unique hormones, the thyroid enables the healthy function of the brain, heart, liver, kidneys, and much more. When the thyroid is unable to produce these hormones properly, it…

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What Do the Different Stages of Cancer Mean?

In diagnosing patients with cancer, healthcare providers use a staging system. This system refers to how advanced the cancerous cells and tumors are, within the body, and the extent the cancer has spread to other tissues and cells in different areas of the body.

In addition, these stages provide useful information for the patient, the family, and the doctor, including:

Developing an appropriate treatment plan, such as consulting with a…

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Watch! Dr. Nasseri performs a Robotic Sigmoid Resection

One of the many great advantages of Robotic Surgery is the three dimensional visualization and seven degrees of instrument articulation which allow for meticulous dissection. Another amazing feature of the da-Vinci robot is the Firefly Imaging System which enables real-time visual assessment of vessels, blood flow and related tissue perfusion. As you’ll see in the video,using the Firefly System in conjunction with an injectable fluorescent…

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What Are the Best Food to Eat After Surgery?

If you have an upcoming surgery planned, it is important to discuss what foods you should be eating after surgery with your general surgeon. Certain types of foods serve specific functions to help heal the body and can speed recovery of wounds, tissues, tendons, and more, while keeping the immune systems boosted to prevent infections.

What foods you should be eating can and will vary based on the procedure, as well as any medications you…

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Vital Organs Replaced with Prosthetics & Bionics: Could Humans Live Longer than 100 Years?

“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster.”—the opening line of the 70s hit series “The Bionic Man.” Back then, it was pure fiction to replace body parts with prosthetics or bionics. Today, it’s a reality. However, what if vital organs like the heart and liver were replaced with bionics or prosthetics—could man live longer than 100 years? It’s an interesting…

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Parathyroid Surgery: Understanding Through Animation

Unlike thyroid disease, there are no pills or drugs you can take to help regulate hyperparathyroidism and the PHT production and calcium levels by the parathyroid glands. The only course of treatment is parathyroid surgery. Since surgery is the only form of treatment for this disease, thyroid doctors and surgeons are utilizing animated videos to help people better understand how their bodies are affected and how surgery is performed.


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Breaking the Stigma: The Importance of Talking Openly About Colonoscopies and Colon Health

Colon cancer is responsible for roughly 50,000 deaths in America every year, making it the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country, and the third most common cancer in men and women in the U.S. 1 Tragically, many of these deaths would be preventable with early detection. However, colorectal cancer often presents without symptoms, and when symptoms do appear, patients may be reluctant or too embarrassed to talk about…

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Mole Patrol: How to Protect Against Skin Cancer and What to Watch Out For

Cancer is one of the most terrifying diagnoses a person can have, and skin cancer is particularly prevalent. There are more new cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually than there are for breast, prostate, colon, and lung cancer combined, and as many as one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer at some point in their lives. Even more surprisingly, one person dies from melanoma skin cancer every 54 minutes. 1

Signs of Skin…

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