This is a great discussion about many issues facing baby boomers these days: eating well, gaining weight, mobility, exercising and staying social. Our very own, Dr. Riffat Sadiq, was featured as a commentator. She offers great insight into this discussion of what it means to be a senior. She states at one point that as we get older, we trade arthritis for wisdom. This is an interesting discussion. Feel free to take a few minutes to listen to it.
The Tonawanda location of WNY Medical has recently merged with the Harlem Office. Tonawanda patients can schedule appointments at any of the seven WNY Medical locations or if they’d prefer, Dr. Joe at 15 Northland Avenue, is accepting walk-ins on Tuesdays or Fridays. We are excited to extend our competent, compassionate and courteous service to all our patients.
“Caring for the Aging” Seminar Happening this Saturday
Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, NY 14225
On April 20th at 2pm, WNY Medical, PC and Health, Wealth and Happiness are co-sponsoring an event called, “Caring for the Aging.” This will be a free, informative seminar led by Dr. Riffat Sadiq. She will discuss home care options for aging seniors—including, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. There will also be a Free Mini-Mental Screening that begins at 1:30pm. This event is also sponsored by Busy Bees Senior Care and Encompass Agency, Inc.
This event is the first of many “Caring for the Aging” seminars. It is meant to empower the elderly and their families by providing them the resources to make the decision that is right for them.
Dr. Riffat Sadiq founded WNY Medical, PC in 2002 and serves as its president today. She has also served as the Medical Director at Community Health in Buffalo. Dr. Sadiq has been recognized by Business First Magazine as one of the top fifty medical professionals in the Buffalo area for her contributions to improving health care in Western New York.
WNY Medical provides health care for the Western New York region. It has eight locations in Amherst, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Depew, Derby, Hamburg, South Buffalo, and Tonawanda. It provides primary care, geriatrics, psychiatry, and occupational medicine among other things.
This event is free and open to the public.
Please register at www.caringfortheaging.org.
For more information, regarding this event, please contact Samantha Martinez at
716-362-2532 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Nighttime coughing can lead to more than just a poor night’s sleep. Too much coughing at night can actually irritate the airways enough to prolong the reason for the cough. The trick, then, is to manage that nighttime cough to keep it at bay. Start by drinking an herbal tea with honey. Warm liquids break up mucus in the airways. Prop up some pillows to sleep at a slight incline to keep post nasal drip draining. Take a warm shower before bed unless asthma is a problem. Keep a glass of water and some cough drops by the bed to relieve coughing upon awakening. Keep the sheets clean, especially if you also suffer from allergies.
P.S. Call the doctor about a cough that lasts longer than seven days.
A migraine is so much more than just a headache. For some sufferers, the word “headache” cannot come close to describing the intensity of the pulsing and throbbing pain that comes along with a migraine. Migraines can be heralded by certain warning signs. For example, some people see an aura, flashes of light, or blind spots, or feel tingling in an arm or a leg. It can be helpful to keep track of what triggers migraines as well as pay attention to what offers relief. Keep a migraine log book, and talk to your doctor about trying a medication that may help with the pain. Look for relief by seeking a balance between medication and lifestyle changes.
P.S. Migraines can cause tremendous pain that lasts for days and can interfere with work and everyday activities.
It might sound like science fiction, but there’s a new test available that can actually detect colorectal cancer in a way similar to how a breathalyzer test can detect whether or not a person has been drinking alcohol. The test works because a person’s breath functions similar to the way the exhaust in a vehicle works. That is to say, there are many different chemical compounds that are given off, and tests can tell by the makeup of these compounds exactly what is going on inside the body. More research is underway to develop similar tests that will be able to detect lung cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer, along with other types of cancer.
P.S. Breath has long been used to determine health. For example, uncontrolled diabetes gives off a fruity smell, and liver or kidney failure emits a fishy odor.
While there certainly is nothing wrong with an occasional glass of wine, the fact is that the long-term effects of heavy alcohol use can be startling and quite debilitating. Aside from the obvious major dangers we hear so much of in the news, such as car crashes, injuries from falls, drowning, and firearms injuries, there is also the real risk of permanently damaging the brain. The risk for high blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular-related conditions increases, as does the likelihood of liver disease, malnutrition, and certain cancers. Sometimes heavy drinkers will experience a vitamin B1 deficiency, which can cause amnesia, apathy, and disorientation. Stomach ulcers and gastritis are also side effects of too much alcohol.
P.S. Limit your alcohol consumption, and if you suspect you have developed a dependency, discuss treatment options with your doctor.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which is a part of the body’s immune system. The disease causes cells in the lymphatic system to continue to grow and stay alive when healthy cells should otherwise have died. Symptoms of the disease include a painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, underarms, or groin area; persistent tiredness; fever and chills; night sweats; and unexplained weight loss. There may also be a loss of appetite, itchiness, coughing, chest pain or having a hard time breathing, and a sensitivity to alcohol. Any of these symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor. Treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma usually involves chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
P.S. People who have had Hodgkin’s lymphoma have an increased risk for developing other kinds of cancer later in life.
Lowering the risk for stroke and heart attack is not as daunting a task as it might seem. Start by making lifestyle changes. Get a little bit of exercise each day, and lose weight if obesity or being overweight is an issue. Be sure to eat well, and take prescribed heart medications. Limit alcohol consumption, quit smoking, and visit the dentist regularly. The even better news is that lifestyle changes made to lower stroke and heart attack risk also lower the risk for other chronic illnesses and can lead to an improvement in overall well-being. Be diligent about paying attention to unusual symptoms and let your doctor know of them. Problems caught early on are easier to manage.
P.S. Eating small amounts of dark chocolate a few times a week can actually lower heart disease by as much as 40% and the risk of stroke by 30%.
Between the on-going wars overseas and the long-term consequences of head injuries in sports making headlines, traumatic brain injury (TBI) has received plenty of attention lately. TBI occurs when the head or the body sustains a violent blow. Sometimes an object that actually penetrates the skull can also cause TBI. A mild case of TBI may temporarily disrupt the function of brain cells, but a more serious injury can result in long-term damage and can be fatal. The symptoms of both mild and severe TBI include loss of consciousness, confusion, nausea, and mood changes. It is critical to be evaluated by a doctor following a head injury even if the person feels fine after a few minutes.
P.S. TBI can increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.