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Gamma knife surgery lessens the side effects of Parkinson’s disease

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Gamma knife surgery can assuage the uncontrollable tremors experienced with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is progressive disorder of the nervous system that is more common in the elderly – most cases occur after the age of 50. A characteristic side effect of Parkinson’s disease is an uncontrollable shaking and/or tremors in the arms and hands.

Although Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured, several procedures are available to lessen the severity and aggravation of its symptoms. When a patient cannot undergo traditional surgery or take the suggested medicine, gamma knife surgery provides another option for treatment.

When a person has Parkinson’s disease, their brain cells send electrical impulses to the motor cortex in repetitive bursts that cannot be silenced. These bursts match the frequency of the shaking and tremors. By immobilizing the patient in a head frame, the gamma knife non-invasive surgical treatment accurately and precisely aims gamma radiation at these specific brain cells. A 2012 study published in the journal Neurosurgery found that 81.1 percent of patients treated with gamma knife surgery had excellent or good results.

Other benefits of gamma knife non-invasive surgical treatment include:

  • Fewer complications with comparable or better outcomes than with traditional surgery.
  • No incisions or shaving, and only minimal discomfort for the patient.
  • Completion of the treatment in a one-time visit, and most patients are able to return to normal activities the following day

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Dismal Outlook for Social Security and Medicare

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The Obama administration is reporting a dismal outlook for Social Security and an unsustainable future for Medicare, the national social insurance program that is administered by the United States federal government in order to guarantee access to health insurance to all Americans age 65 and older as well as younger citizens with disabilities.

Medicare over the years has faced many medical revenue cycle management challenges due to increasing costs of overall health care and increased enrollment numbers at the U.S. population ages.  In fact, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report total Medicare spending is estimated to increase from $523 billion in 2010 to $932 billion by 2020.

In Washington, the Obama administration has projected that the social security trust fund will be exhausted in 2033, about three years earlier than was projected last year. They are predicted that the Medicare hospital insurance trust fund will be depleted by 2024. This estimate has not changed since last year. Such news can be very worrying and unsettling for U.S. citizens hoping to retire during those years.

The core message from Washington was that these two heavily relied upon programs are not sustainable as they are currently operating and designed. Something has to be changed and soon whether it is in the healthcare revenue cycle management or the way the entire system is operated.


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Dermatologist Joined By California in Fight Against Melanoma

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In efforts to prevent melanoma cancer, Edmund G. Brown, Jr., California Governor, signed a law on October 9th that restricts persons under age of 18 from using indoor tanning devices. Not only will youngsters have to listen to their parents and dermatologist warnings, they will now have to obey the law, which will take effect starting January 1, 2012.

It is the first time in the U.S. when a state prohibits tanning bed use to minors. Tanning salons, regulated by the state Department of Consumer Affairs and the federal Food and Drug Administration, will have even further regulations as U.S. States continue to evaluate the dangers and to impose restrictions.

Research linking tanning devices and melanoma is behind these legal changes. In 2002, The United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that,

“ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial sources (tanning beds and sun lamps) is a carcinogen”.

Dr. Dale Abadir, dermatologist Westchester, New York, reports that melanoma is sometimes not discovered until they have spread beyond the skin, making them potentially deadly cancers. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during the lifetime.

Although the recent law passed in California is intended to protect minors from harm, the risks of tanning beds apply to all ages. The UV lights in tanning beds have been linked to malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma.

The main idea of tanning is to look better, however, over time it will actually leave your skin looking older. While tanning beds are still legal for the time being for adults, we are left to decide if it is really worth it.

If you are concerned about melanoma, you should see your dermatologist. Given the time sensitivity of the cancer, Dermatologist Westchester County, Ababir Associates, recommends melanoma screenings for all ages.


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Got “Runner’s Face?” Westchester Patients Use Juvederm

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Sometimes, staying healthy means sacrificing your looks – and Juvederm Westchester patients are seeking treatment for more complex reasons than simple aging.Running

There’s no doubt that exercising is a fantastic ways for adults to stay in shape, fight obesity and prevent disease.  But older and middle-aged adults who run may notice that their faces are gaunter and thinner, with looser skin and less fullness to the cheeks.

This phenomenon, called “runner’s face” or “race face,” occurs because running burn away fatty tissue beneath the skin and leaves it less elastic.  With less fatty tissue in their faces, adults over forty who run frequently may notice deeper wrinkles and a somewhat “skeletal” appearance to their faces.  Runners who frequently run outdoors without sunscreen may also be at risk for premature aging due to UV ray exposure.  And if a runner has used running as a weight loss technique, he or she may already have less elastic skin due to previous fat loss in the face and neck.

So while running may help your health tremendously and improve your body, it can also damage the appearance of your face (and your self-esteem).  Many dermatology Westchester clinics offer safe and simple solutions to runner’s face, such as facial fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse.  These fillers use either natural or synthetic substances to fill in hollow areas of the face, giving it a fuller look that’s totally natural and lasts for 6-8 months.  Juvederm treatments are affordable, and a talented dermatologist can use the material to sculpt the face and form it exactly the way their patient envisions.  There are a number of other options for dermatology patients with runner’s face – fat grafting, fat implants, chemical peels, and even face lift surgery are also potential solutions.  With such a wide range of solutions available, hardcore runners need not worry about how their favorite hobby will affect them in middle age.


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