In May, the second season of the controversial show “13 Reasons Why” was released. The Netflix series follows a fictional group of high school students following the death by suicide of a classmate who leaves behind tapes outlining 13 reasons she decided to end her life. The series is controversial, as it includes graphic depictions of suicide, substance use, gun violence, and physical and sexual assault.
Adhesive Capsulitis, known commonly as frozen shoulder, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the affected shoulder. Occurring more frequently in women than men, frozen shoulder is estimated to affect approximately two percent of the population, with the majority of the affected patients ranging in age from 40-60 years old. Hence the name, as many patients with frozen shoulder have difficulty moving the shoulder at all as the condition progresses.
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According to the National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of Americans experience low back pain in their lifetime. For some, the pain only lasts for a short period of time then goes away. But for others, back pain can last for years, seriously affecting their quality of life.
As the Medical Director of South Shore Health System's Spine Center, I hear a lot of questions from patients about back pain. Here are some answers to some of their most common questions.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so what better time to talk about alcohol use?
Many people drink alcohol with no issues or concerns. However, when you drink too much, or too often, it can become a problem. Do you know how much you really drink or how much is unhealthy for you to drink?
Mildred McGaffigan of Pembroke was preparing for a busy weekend on a Thursday afternoon in July 2016. She planned to register for an art class when her husband was back with their car. She had a cribbage tournament on Saturday, and planned to play bocce on Sunday. But she was most focused on the garden party she was hosting the next day.
After tidying up her garden, Mildred was rushing back into her garage when she missed a small step. She thought her shin had just grazed the door frame as she fell.
"It was true carelessness on my part," Mildred says.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, most commonly from smoking. The disease affects more than 30 million Americans. Symptoms of the disease include shortness of breath that gets worse with activity and a chronic cough. COPD is diagnosed by a breathing test.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) calls insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. While a huge portion of this mass sleeplessness can be blamed on society’s 24/7 pace, you can also blame these sleep-deprived nights on a disorder known as sleep apnea.
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Chronic wounds affect roughly 6.5 million patients in the US. With recent advances in treatment and more knowledge of wound healing, we can now more accurately assess wound-related problems sooner, allowing better interventions early on to help improve outcomes.
Gary Gibbons, MD, medical director at South Shore Health System's Center for Wound Healing, answers some of the most frequently asked questions he hears from patients about wound care.
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When young athletes get injured, they often embark on a challenging journey that can take them off the field for some time. Star student-athlete, Nick Hall, understands this journey all too well, when an ordinary practice at the start of his senior football season at Cohasset High School ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus.
“As I was practicing a position that had me cutting quickly from left to right, I felt the infamous ‘pop’ and my knee gave out,” Nick recalled. “When I was down on the ground, I knew instantly the extent of my injury and that surgery would likely be necessary.”
Ben Romer of Rockland has an athlete’s spirit. He loves hockey, playing for the Bay State Breakers and loves cheering for the Boston Bruins.
In October 2015, Ben needed that athletic spirit after he suffered a severe bite by a family dog. Ben’s mom, Kristy, brought Ben to South Shore Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department. As the team determined how to treat Ben’s bite, Kristy noticed her son was flushed. The team confirmed he had a fever and saw that his hand was swelling. The Trauma team paged John Kadzielski, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and Director of the Division of Hand Surgery at South Shore Hospital, who was on call that day.