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Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Craig Wax presents a weekly update on various medical topics.
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Your Health Matters
(Mar 01, 2012) Play Dowanload

Dr. Craig Wax discussed current healthcare trends with Dr. Daniel Palestrant, founder of Sermo and CEO of Par8o. Dr. Palestrant, a surgeon in Massachusetts, founded a free-online community where physicians could discuss topics and further improve patient care--Sermo. In addition, Palestrant talked about today's healthcare system and where he believes healthcare is going in America. Finally, Dr. Palestrant mentioned the changing definition of medical referrals and his new website, par8o.com.

Your Health Matters
(Feb 16, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host Dr. Craig Wax sat down with Dr. Noel Martins, a local gastroenterologist, to discuss endoscopic ultrasound. Martins described the study of gastroenterology which includes the examination of the esophagus, the mouth, stomach, the intestines and rectum. Dr. Martins mentioned the most common complaint among patients as well as common procedures he performs. For more information about gastroenterology, log onto gastro.org.

Your Health Matters
(Feb 09, 2012) Play Dowanload

Osteopathic medicine, which is a medical practice that uses all the common forms of medicine to heal injuries as well as hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Daniel Lopez from Osteopathy New York joined host Dr. Craig Wax to talk about this type of medicine and treatment. He discussed the minor differences between medical doctors and osteopathic doctors. Also, Dr. Lopez mentioned principles he uses to treat patients.

Your Health Matters
(Feb 02, 2012) Play Dowanload

Dr. Marla Deibler, psychologist and director of Center for Emotional Wellness of Greater Philadelphia joined host Dr. Craig Wax for a discussion of trichotillomania, the compulsive urge to pull one's hair. To be considered a trichotillomania sufferer, there must be a significant amount of hair-pulling that causes the person a substantial amount of distress, said Deibler. Trichotillomania occurs in two to five percent of the overall population. More information can be found at trich.org.

Your Health Matters
(Jan 26, 2012) Play Dowanload

Dr. Marla Deibler, psychologist and director of Center for Emotional Wellness of Greater Philadelphia joined host Dr. Craig Wax to discuss hoarding. Deibler mentioned the first mentions of compulsive hoarding as well as the most common age range for hoarders. In addition, she mentioned cognitive behavioral therapy--a way to help hoarders change their behavior. Finally, Dr. Deibler explained why people hoard.

Your Health Matters
(Jan 19, 2012) Play Dowanload

Dr. Jane Orient of AAPS joined host Dr. Craig Wax to discuss the patient-physician relationship. Dr. Orient outlined the main points in the patient-physician relationship: work for the good of the patient, do no harm and the patient-physician relationship is subservient to no one. In addition, insurance and government intrusions in medicine were explained. Dr. Orient suggested patients make a transition to self-paying patients. More information can be found at aapsonline.org.

Your Health Matters
(Jan 12, 2012) Play Dowanload

Dr. Craig Wax talked with Mitzi Dulan, a registered dietitian and nutritionist about New Year's food resolutions. Dulan suggested that the New Year is the perfect time to re-commit to your health. She also suggested some small changes that we can implement--from diet changes to sleep habits--that can help us lose weight. More information can be found at nutritionexpert.com.

Your Health Matters
(Jan 05, 2012) Play Dowanload

Host, Dr. Craig Wax sat down with Dr. Stephen Brown to discuss gum disease, or gingivitis. Dr. Brown mentioned other diseases linked to gingivitis such as cardiovascular disease. Dr. Brown also outlined the symptoms of gingivitis. Finally, new types of surgery were described.

Your Health Matters
(Dec 15, 2011) Play Dowanload

Dianne Shaw, deputy director of communications at University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center joined host Dr. Craig Wax for a discussion on orphan diseases--diseases that do not have a lot of treatment options or information available. Shaw discusses the issues of dealing with such a complex disease such as vasculitis, a disease that inflames the blood vessels. She mentions that there are twelve different kinds of vasculitis that affect all parts of the human body.

Your Health Matters
(Dec 08, 2011) Play Dowanload

Dr. Ashlesha Patel joined Dr. Craig Wax this week. Patel discussed unintended pregnancy and intrauterine devices. Different methods of birth control and family planning were explained. Pros and cons of each method were outlined as well as myths debunked.

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