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Hemophilia

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Hemophilia is the name given to a group of bleeding disorders that make blood clotting take a longer than normal time to occur. When the skin is broken and a person starts to bleed, the body takes action and begins a series of events that help the blood to clot. The name of this process is the “coagulation cascade.” The process includes the utilization of proteins called “coagulation factors.” When one or more of these factors are missing, there is a higher chance of excess bleeding because clotting takes longer than it should. In fact, bleeding is the main symptom of the condition. Hemophilia is genetic and affects males more often than females.

P.S. Often hemophilia isn’t diagnosed until a person suffers an abnormal bleeding experience. People with a family history of hemophilia should inform their doctors.


Dr. Riffat Sadiq on Aging Gracefully

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Dr. Riffat Sadiq, the President and Founder of WNYMedical, PC gave a captivating lecture at Baptist Manor on aging gracefully. Watch this short video and hear what wisdom she shared with her audience


Trick or Treat

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This month is breast cancer awareness month so before you hand out the treats to your trick or treaters, treat yourself to maintaining good breast health. The incidents of breast cancer are on the decline and is in part due to early detection by making sure we complete our monthly self –exams, and getting our yearly mammograms. Checking for lumps in the breast and the arm pit is essential when we perform our self-breast exams. You can perform a self exam by standing in front of your mirror inspecting your breasts for changes in color, shape or contour. If your breasts are not equally sized do not be alarmed; this is normal. You can also perform your exam in the shower by raising each arm and checking for lumps in the breast and armpit. Another way to check your breasts is by lying down and slowly moving your fingers over the entire breast area in a circular motion. Sometimes no symptoms appear with breast cancer which is why our yearly mammogram is important to detect any abnormalities. Help keep breast cancer decline. Contact WNY Medical, PC at 923-4380 or stop by our office at 4979 Harlem Road.

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Diane Woolverton


Treatment for Arthritis

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Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis. Did you know that there are a many types of arthritis? The more common forms we hear about are rheumatoid and osteoarthritis but there is a variety of arthritic conditions that not commonly discussed.

As the weather gets cooler or we overdo our activities we may think we just have common aches and pains but it could very well be arthritis. There are many causes of arthritis from family history to foods and from allergies to immune disorders. Common symptoms of arthritis can include inflammation, swelling, and stiffness of joints. Some types of arthritis can cause deformity of joints and others can cause fatigue and pain. To determine whether your aches and pains are simply from over activity or are caused by something more serious a doctor visit is necessary to properly diagnose the cause of your discomfort and recommend treatment. Visit the friendly, professional staff of physicians at WNY Medical, PC located at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst. For an appointment call 923-4389. Don’t put off taking care of those aches and pains any longer. Feel the best that you can so you can get out there and enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage.

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Diane Woolverton


The Women of WNY Medical, PC

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It is not often that you find a doctor’s office staffed and run all by women. WNY Medical is one of those rare offices. Dr. Riffat Sadiq, president of WNY Medical, PC is an Internist and Geriatrician. Educated at Fatima Jinna Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr. Sadiq fulfilled her residency and post graduate education at the University of Buffalo. Dr. Sadiq is a not only a dedicated professional at WNY Medical, but is also Director of Medical Services at the Community Health Center of Buffalo, President of the Geriatrician Associates Services, and Director of Acute Geriatric Services at ECMC.

Dr. Linda Benjamin is a Physician at WNY Medical, PC. She is also assisted by Physician Assistants Amy Munroe, Kara Woods, Allyson Kirk, Vanessa Santiago, and Debbie Longbine. The woman who operates and keeps the office running at maximum efficiency is Robin Nacca. WNY Medical, PC is a highly organized, professional, and very caring doctor’s office. If you are looking for an office with compassion and heart, contact the secretary, Joanne Wiskup for an appointment at 923-4380, or stop in to the office located at 4979 Harlem Rd. in Amherst.

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Diane Woolverton


Preventing Falls in the Elderly

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The well-known phrase, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” is an unfortunate reality for many elderly men and women. One out of every three Americans over the age of 65 fall at least once a year suffering injuries such as bone fractures, joint dislocation, and other serious trauma. Nearly one-half of those who do incur a serious injury never fully recover making falls one of the most substantial health threats facing older Americans. For the geriatric population, that is a frightening statistic.

Why do the elderly fall? Our immediate response would be to think that most of these accidents occur as a result of unsafe areas in the home, but research has shown that most of these types of accidents have less to do with whether we have our rugs safely tacked down and more to do with our health. Surprisingly, most falling accidents occur as a result of weak leg muscles, poor vision, and prescription medication that affect balance.

There are a few things we can do to help prevent falling: remain active, focus on leg-strengthening exercises, eat calcium-rich foods, or invest in Tai-Chi classes that will help increase strength and balance. For further information on what you can do to protect yourself contact Dr. Riffat Sadiq, a geriatrician at WNY Medical PC, located at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst. For an appointment call 923-4380.

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Diane Woolverton


Now is the Time to Exercise Your Brain

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With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner now is the time to not only exercise our bodies but also our brains. Healthy eating is beneficial to both the body and the brain. All the refreshing fruits and vegetables are back in season and not just bursting with flavor but Omega 3s and other nutrients vital to brain health. Getting outdoors, and participating in leisurely activities like gardening, walking, and bike riding can send oxygen-rich blood to our brain energizing all those brain cells. Even taking an outdoor yoga class at the park or taking in the sights and sounds of a concert or festival can all help relieve brain stress, improve mood, and rejuvenate our brain power.

Remember that before undertaking any new activities or change in diet consult with a medical professional. The medical staff at Western New York Medical, PC can also recommend other options to strengthen our mental muscle including assessing medications, sleep habits, and overall general health. The highly skilled medical staff can also offer dietary advice to improve the power and strength of your brain. To schedule your summer check-up contact WNY Medical, PC at 923-4380. WNY Medical, PC is located at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst. Keep your body, and your brain fit.

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Diane Woolverton


Is It the Flu or a Cold?

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As we are well into the winter season, so are we well into the season of the cold and flu. Many symptoms of both are similar, but how can we tell the difference and what are the best ways to protect ourselves? Both occur at this time of year but the two illnesses are very different. It is typical for most people to get a cold every year, but generally we do not get the flu every year. There are several symptoms that differentiate the flu from the common cold. Usually the flu will begin quickly with a fever that can last for 24-48 hours; however it can last as long as five days. Other symptoms of the flu can include body aches, tiredness, chills, nausea, and vomiting. Usually after a few days of experiencing these symptoms they will subside, but a dry, hacking cough may begin and be accompanied by a sore throat, a runny nose and sneezing. Sometimes a headache will also be experienced. For most people these symptoms will dissipate in 4-5 days however the fever may return and the cough and feelings of weakness may continue. For people who suffer from asthma or heart disease the flu can sometimes worsen these conditions.

The common cold is not accompanied by a fever. It usually consists of a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and a cough or sore throat. Sometimes headaches are present due to congestion of the nasal passages. While the first symptom of the flu is an abruptly high fever; scratchiness in the back of the throat or an irritated, itchy nose are the first symptoms of a cold. In adults it is possible to have a low-grade fever, but generally a cold is not accompanied by one.

What can we do to arm ourselves against the flu or the cold? There are some great foods this time of the year that can help boost your immune system and fight off the flu or the cold. Foods high in vitamin D like salmon and mushrooms are good sources along with citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and limes. Other helpful fruits to add to your diet are cranberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Other foods helpful to the immune system are whole-grains, yogurt, and an assortment of vegetables. Especially here in Buffalo, where sunlight is hard to find, we already can use extra boosts of vitamin D to our diet. If you feel you aren’t getting enough of it through your diet speak to your doctor about supplements. The medical staff at WNY Medical, PC can help recommend dietary supplements, flu vaccines, and other lines of defense to help ward off that common winter cold or flu. Visit our office at 4979 Harlem Rd. or call 923-4380 for an appointment.

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Diane Woolverton


Holiday Happiness for Diabetic Patients

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With the holiday upon us people with diabetes may find it difficult to resist all those holiday sweets and yummy temptations. It may be easy to turn away from the candy offered in the mall as we shop, but when it comes to sitting down to those scrumptious holiday meals desserts may be hard to refuse. If you follow a smart plan you may be able to have the best of both worlds.

Whether you have diabetes or a good rule for anyone to follow is to not go overboard. If you choose to have that piece of pie, cut back on your serving of mashed potatoes. In other words, watch those carbs! Worrying about gaining weight can in itself raise blood-sugar levels, so if you want a dessert remember to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume. If you wish you can have a half serving of each, but not a full serving of both.

Planning ahead is important to your holiday success. Decide ahead to only have that half serving of dessert and don’t feel guilty about saying, “No thank you” to the pressures of people wanting to serve you more food. Volunteer to bring a low-sugar desert and don’t take a holiday from your daily exercise. Contact WNY Medical, PC at 923-4380 for additional information, or stop in at the office at 4979 Harlem Rd.

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Diane Woolverton


Healthy Living

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In the last year or so we have seen a number of alternative exercise businesses opening up in our neighborhoods. Places offering yoga, meditation, and massage, are popping up all over Western New York. What these alternative solutions to traditional medicine can offer us are healthy solutions that feed the mind, body, and soul.

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that offers a low-impact exercise that is beneficial to the mind and body. People over the age of 50 can benefit from yoga as it helps to reduce stress, provides relaxation, and can help to improve movement and balance. With the additional benefit of breathing exercises from yoga, it can help to lower blood pressure. If you are a fit senior you may benefit from a more faster-paced form of yoga. Finding which type of yoga is important for the objectives you want to achieve and checking out a few of the places around your neighborhood will help answer those questions.

Meditation can help people reduce pain. It has been used to treat chronic pain by helping patients focus their attention on breathing patterns and distracting them from their pain by letting go of thoughts that center on pain. It can also be helpful for postoperative pain and acute pain situations by reducing the emotional responses to pain in the mind. Meditation can also reduce cardiovascular risk factors and increase longevity by achieving a state of stillness, rest, and an absence of mental chaos.

The benefits of massage can be many. Those with muscular problems can benefit from a professional massage which helps to reduce the amount of lactic acid that builds up in muscles through inactivity which can cause pain. Massage can also help reduce stress and help one to feel rejuvenated and promote overall wellness. Massage can help reduce injuries and help with movements of the joints. Before embarking on a good massage one needs to ask, “What is the purpose of my massage; to reduce stress and provide relaxation or to help deal with a health problem?” There again, before booking a massage let the therapist know what you are looking for.

As with any new form of treatment, one always should consult a doctor to make sure these types of treatment are safe for you to do. These types of alternative treatments can offer many benefits but only if your doctor is aware of what your intentions are and agrees that it will be beneficial and not harmful to you. Consult the medical professionals at WNY Medical, PC by calling 923-4380 for an appointment or stop by the office at 4979 Harlem Rd., Amherst.

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Diane Woolverton