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June 17, 2011

When a couple is ready to get pregnant and start a family, any delay in these plans can be nerve-wracking, and the longer it takes to get pregnant, the more fertility problems become a consideration. Clinically, a couple is said to be experiencing infertility if they have been unable to...
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June 14, 2011

Good vision is an important part of performing daily tasks and overall health. The interaction between the cornea, lens and the retina is what creates good vision. Aging and disease processes can change the function of the lens over time. Cataracts are a common occurrence in the eyes of older...
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May 13, 2011

May 1 marks the beginning of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month across the nation. Each year the number of people diagnosed with melanoma increases – with an estimated 114,900 new cases in 2010 alone, says McFarland Clinic Dermatologist Daniel MacAlpine, MD. In recognition of this month and in preparation for summer,...
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May 3, 2011

What causes a woman to have a heavy period (menorrhagia)? Menorrhagia is an abnormally heavy and prolonged menstrual period at regular intervals. This condition may be present due to many different causes. The first step is to make sure that pregnancy is not the cause since a spontaneous miscarriage may...
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April 18, 2011

As the mercury continues to climb this spring, people begin working in their yard and frequenting parks all in preparation for a summer full of outdoor fun. But for those who suffer from spring allergies, warmer temperatures often mean enjoying the weather while managing their symptoms. Allergies (allergic rhinitis) occur...
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April 14, 2011

In 1998, then 37-year-old actor Michael J. Fox revealed to the public that he had Parkinson’s disease. Through his revelation, this silent, debilitating disease that affects 1 million people in the United States was suddenly brought into the homes of everyone in America. Parkinson’s is a progressive, neurological disease that...
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April 1, 2011

Sleep apnea is a relatively common sleeping disorder, but one that is important to manage for a patient’s overall health, says McFarland Clinic Neurologist Selden Spencer, M.D. This disorder is caused by blocked or narrowed airways in your nose, mouth or throat while you sleep at night, which in turn...
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March 16, 2011

The gradual loss of kidney function is called chronic kidney disease or failure. When this occurs, a patient’s kidneys are damaged and left unable to filter waste and excess fluids from the blood that are normally emitted through urine. As a result, dangerous levels of waste and fluid to build...
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December 29, 2010

Receiving routine eye exams or screening can detect damage to the eye before a patient visually or physically notices any changes. If caught early enough, treatment usually helps several common eye disorders and problems. Dr. Nicolas Hamouche, a McFarland Clinic Ophthalmologist, explains why it is important for a patient to...
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December 7, 2010

Dr. Donald Skinner, family medicine physician, took some time to discuss what meningitis is and how it affects people. “Meningitis is inflammation and usually infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord,” said Dr. Skinner. “As in most infections the young and elderly are at greatest risk but...
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