What causes trouble swallowing?
Dysphagia, or difficulty with swallowing, is a little-known and often neglected medical disorder. Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatments.
Depression: Understanding the symptoms and finding the support you need
To prevent depression from becoming life-threating, it is vital to raise awareness of its seriousness and understand the common symptoms, risk factors, and treatments.
How to manage and reduce stress
Stress, chronic stress, and anxiety can take a physical toll on your body and health. To minimize the effects of stress on physical and mental health, it’s vital to manage and reduce stress.
A stroke, or an attack of the brain, happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or becomes blocked. The brain is an organ that cannot store oxygen, so blood vessels deliver oxygen through the blood. A lack of blood supply can cause a stroke, therefore causing surrounding nerve cells to be cut off from nutrients and oxygen. If the brain tissue lacks oxygen for more than three or four minutes, the tissue begins to die.
Do You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
If you or someone you know seems to be rushing to the restroom more often than normal, they could be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. A chronic condition, IBS is something that will need to be managed long-term and can affect your quality of life if not treated correctly. April is IBS Awareness Month, which brings greater attention to the condition.
Vaccinations Don't Only Protect You - They Protect Others, Too!
Let’s face it. Any topic can be up for debate. By now, you have probably heard the pros and cons to vaccinations. However, the truth still remains that vaccinations help protect us (and others!) from infectious diseases.
Our team at Medical West wants to dig deeper into the importance of vaccinations and why you should consider making a visit to our medical facility if you are unsure whether or not you are up-to-date on your vaccinations.
Regain Your Quality of Life by Overcoming Allergy Season
Spring has sprung! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the pollen is flowing!
According to the Food and Drug Administration, more than 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Fortunately, if you are one of them, Michael Latshaw, MD, otolaryngology specialist/ENT and his team at Medical West are here to help you live your best life by finding allergy relief this season!
5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Health
Family Medicine or Internal Medicine: Which is Right for You?
When looking for a primary care physician, you may wonder what the difference is between Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, the two categories of primary care. While both provide primary care, there is a difference between the two specialties. To decide which is best for you, take a look at how either can serve you.
What To Do In the Case of a Heart Attack
Heart attacks can be a looming danger for many and for good reason, as it is estimated that an American has a heart attack every 40 seconds. Tens of thousands survive heart attacks every year due to preparedness and knowledge on what to do.
When To See a Neurologist
Much of our actions, thoughts, reactions and pain can be traced back to a complicated physical makeup in our body called the nervous system. This system can be hard to understand but is important to care for, as it is the hub of our physical and mental activity.
Case Study: Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers Sports Injury
Injuries are something no athlete wants to face. Yet, orthopedic injuries happen more than anyone would like to admit. In fact, more than 3.5 million injuries among high school athletes occur each year. Fortunately, an orthopedic injury, while it might cost you the season, doesn’t have to cost you the career.
American Heart Month: Ways to Protect Your Heart
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States. During American Heart Month, our team at Medical West wants to provide you with information on how you can improve upon your heart health by establishing better habits, including eating and exercise.
Sleep Easier, Breathe Better: Identifying Sleep Apnea
Are you tired of feeling tired after a night’s sleep? Perhaps you didn’t get as good of a night’s sleep as you thought.
Our team at Medical West wants to help you get to the root of the problem so that you can start obtaining a good night’s sleep and conquering the day every day!
Primary Care, Urgent Care, or the Emergency Room: How To Choose
Some decisions are straightforward: If your car needs repairs, you go to the mechanic. If you need a haircut, you go to a hair salon. But when it comes to healthcare, the choice is not always so clear.
Scale Back with Medical West Hospital
Medical West is once again proud to be an official Weigh-In Site for Scale Back Alabama. Starting the week of January 15th, local residents are invited to sign up for a statewide weight loss contest called “Scale Back Alabama”. The twelfth annual 10-week competition encourages Alabamians to lose weight, exercise, establish healthy lifestyle habits and have fun while doing it.
What Is Cervical Cancer?
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and to increase awareness about the disease, Medical West is explaining just what cervical cancer is. Continue reading to find out!
Spread Holiday Cheer, Not Germs
Allergies This Fall? Protect Yourself with These Tips
It’s easy to assume once summer is over, allergies are history until next spring. We have bad news: even though it’s fall (and you thought the allergies of spring and summer were gone), allergies can still crop up. With each new season, new irritants can form, giving you and your family reason to stock up on tissues.
Tips For Building a Healthier Thanksgiving Plate
Medical West Hueytown Health Center Welcomes Dr. LaShaundra Thedford-Smith!
Medical West Hueytown Health Center is proud to welcome Dr. LaShaundra Thedford-Smith as an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Physician, effective September 2018!
Meet Harveen Sodhi, MD: Hoover Health Center's Newest Family Medicine Physician!
Stuffy Nose This Fall? It Could Be One of These Three Causes
The Measles... What You Need to Know!
You may be hearing a lot about measles lately. And all of this news on TV, social media, Internet, newspapers and magazines may leave you wondering what you as a parent really need to know about this disease. Here’s a list of the most important facts about measles for parents like you.
Breast Cancer Prevention
Breast cancer prevention starts with healthy habits - such as limiting alcohol and staying physically active. Understand what you can do to reduce your breast cancer risk.
Help Your Child Form Healthy Eating Habits
Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong
Can You Hear Us Now?
Could My Thyroid Be Out of Whack?
The Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Each year over 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Learn more about ovarian cancer, the signs and symptoms and when you should see a physician.
Sick Day: When to Keep the Kids Out of Class
Preventing the spread of illness sometimes requries taking a sick day, but there can be some gray area on when it's appropriate to keep the kids home from school.
Had your family's eyes checked lately? They could be at more risk than you know
When we start gearing up for back to school, we think about vaccines, school supplies, sports’ physicals, etc. However, how many times do you also think about your eye health?
What You Need to Know About Vaccines
August is National Immunization Awareness Month! As your children head back to school, it's important to keep them vaccinated to prevent them from contracting debilitating diseases. Here's what you need to know about vaccines.
Anxiety Disorders: The All-Too-Common Ailment of Americans
Mental health awareness has increased in recent years, but still roughly 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. Anxiety sufferers are three times more likely to suffer from depression as well, so there's never been a better time to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of this common disorder.
Swim Your Way Out of Swimmer?s Ear This Summer
Prevent swimmer's ear with these valuable tips from Michael J. Latshaw, MD, Otolaryngologist and ENT at UAB Medical West.
What is tongue-tie?
What is tongue-tie? Dr. Latshaw explains.
Summer Safety on the Go!
Oh, the good ole’ days of summer. While some summer days might allow for late night’s out and sleeping until noon, most days for the average household is go, go, go! However, even when on the go, you need to make sure you make safety a priority.
Is it time to get your hearing tested?
Do you often ask your friends or family to speak up or repeat themselves? Are you turning up the TV or radio louder than usual? If so, it may be time to get your hearing tested. Take a look at this article to find out if you should see a doctor!
Exercise Your Way to Arthritis Relief
I’ll bet you’re either living with someone with arthritis, or someone near and dear to you has arthritis.
And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 54 million Americans are diagnosed with arthritis. By 2040, many studies have stated the number will grow to over 78 million people living with arthritis in the United States.
Sunscreen Do's and Don'ts
It's easy to reach for the sunscreen as the sun grows hotter and the summer days draw you outdoors, but blocking rays should be a year round habit! Check out these tips to ensure you're getting the most out of your sunblock.
Helpful hints to get rid of painful "tennis elbow"
What is going on with my elbow?
When you think about sports injuries, the last body part you probably think about is your elbow. Between knee, hip, ankle, and shoulder injuries during sports season, the idea of an elbow injury isn't the first thing that usually comes to mind.
Have a Safe Summer!
What better way to kick off summer than with National Safety Month? During the month of June, and the rest of your summer, pay special attention to these tips to have your safest summer.
Memorial Day Safety Tips
Enjoy a fun and safe Memorial Day by following these tips!
Sunny with the Chance of a Cold
Summer days are meant for enjoying the beaming sun, fresh air, and warm weather. However, a common cold, which can be mistaken for allergies, can quickly interrupt the fun. Keep reading to find out how you can avoid the summer cold!
Are You Drinking Enough Water?
You've probably heard that the human body is made up of over 70 percent water, and that drinking enough every day is essential for everything from maintaining a healthy weight to energy levels and flushing toxins out of the body.
Sunscreen: Why You Should Be Lathering Up Year-Round!
It may not be summer yet, but sunscreen is vital year-round. Here are reasons why you should always wear it!
Stress Less at Work
April is Stress Awareness Month and while we can't always avoid the stressful situations in our lives, we can always find ways to better cope with them. Here are a few ways to prevent stress at work!
Weight and Your Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 70 percent of American adults over the age of 20 are either overweight or obese. Over 12 million (or 1 in 6) American children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or obese. In addition to the negative effects that being overweight or obese can have on a child or adult's quality of life and self-esteem, the obesity epidemic in the United States is also taking a toll on health and life span for many Americans.
Go Green for St. Patrick's Day the Healthy Way!
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and how you put your own spin on the celebration is up to you. There is one requirement, however... green! Instead of eating the greasy pub food and chocolate coins you found at the end of the rainbow, try whipping up a green diet. Keep reading to find out how!
The Clearest Ways to Save Your Vision
March is National Save Your Vision Month, and Medical West wants to share some simple tips to keep your eyesight clear. Continue reading to find out how!
The Link between Diabetes and Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America, and that is true for both men and women. It takes the lives of approximately 630,000 Americans a year – every year. There is another disease, however, that research shows increases your risk of not only developing heart disease, but also dying from it. That disease is diabetes.
Surprising Ways Your Valentine's Day Chocolate Can Improve Your Health
Were you given chocolate this Valentine's Day? Thank your admirer, because he or she may just be looking out for not only your happiness, but your health! Continue reading to see how this sweet treat can improve your health.
The Heart of Health
February is American Heart Month, which brings awareness to heart disease, stroke, and overall heart health. A healthy heart is the key to a long, happy life, so take note of these tips!
The Signs of Alzheimer's Disease - What You Should Be Looking For
More than five million Americans live with Alzheimers, so it is important to know the signs. Early detection is key to slowing the effects of symptoms and improving overall quality of life. If you believe you or someone you know may be at risk, take note of these signs.
Get Some Rest and Be Your Best!
Getting a good night's rest can be a novelty concept to many. With life becoming busier by the day, Americans begin to put sleep on the backburner. However, if you want stay healthy and productive, making sleep a top priority is essential. Check out these tips on how to get some rest and be your best!
The Most Effective Ways to Maintain Your New Year's Resolution
The New Year: a time when people across the globe can turn over a new leaf. Almost everyone has a goal for the upcoming year, so whatever yours may be, start pursuing it the right way. Use these tips to make this year your best year.
Managing Your Arthritis Pain During Winter Weather
During the heart of winter, the climate can be bone-chilling. Ease the pain by following this advice from health professionals!
Warm Up to Winter Running
For some runners, winter is a dreaded season. Staying warm while enjoying a nice job outdoors can seem impossible, and trying to keep up your times is quite the task. So follow these steps to keep up your habit despite the chill!
Quitting Smoking. A Gameplan.
Quitting smoking is hard, it’s painful, and it’s a slippery slope if you fall back into it. Here are a few tips on how to stay strong and beat smoking. Try these, or a combination of them to get you on track.
Healthy Thanksgiving Tips
Thanksgiving is an ideal time to dine with friends and family. But it's also associated with holiday weight gain. Much of that holiday weight gain is due to overeating, consuming nutrient shallow foods and beverages with empty calories, and practicing poor diet habits. Instead of binging on Thanksgiving desserts, have a plan in place. Here are some tips to get you eating healthy this Thanksgiving:
The Common Cold
What you need to know!
Halloween Safety Tips
When you’re a kid, Halloween is a ton of fun. Candy, friends, dressing up, and more candy. But when you are a parent… different story altogether. While there is still fun to be had - you are also responsible for the little ones. Take a little stress off of the holiday and have a plan!
Here are some tips on how to safely navigate Halloween:
Autumn Safety Tips
5 Tips to Get You Through Flu Season
Flu season typically begins in October and spans the fall and winter months. Although every season is different and some flu strains are more severe than others, approximately 5 - 20 percent of Americans contract the flu every year, resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Taking a few simple precautions can help to reduce your risk of getting sidelined with the flu this year.
Flu Season Precautions
Flu season is back! You’re going to be hearing those commercials about flu shots, and you’re going to be on guard around the office when one of your co-workers starts sneezing and coughing.
So what can you do to best prepare? Here’s a list:
Digestive System Health
America may run on Dunkin’, but our bodies run on ENERGY. (Although we personally prefer Krispy Kreme…)
Where does energy start? With your digestive system! If you don’t digest and break down nutrients, then you don’t supply your body with the energy it needs to function! So, it’s important we keep that digestive system healthy! Here’s how:
Childhood Obesity and What to Do
Let’s get started by defining what childhood obesity is. Generally, obesity is defined as having excess body fat, while overweight is defined by having excess body weight relative to that individual’s height. And then there’s BMI - Body Mass Index - which is a screening tool for measuring both overweight and obesity.
When it comes to risks, certain ethnic and genetic groups have been found to be more prone to the disease than others. In the US, prostate cancer is greater than 60% more common among black men, and it is 2-3 times more deadly. It’s in the genes as well. If an identical twin has it, then the counterpart is at extreme risk. For men whose brothers or father had prostate cancer, the risk is twice as high.
Sun and the Non-Summer
Summer may be winding to a close, but you don’t leave skin protection from the sun behind! The risk of skin cancer continues throughout your life, no matter the season.
Which Is It? A Headache or a Migraine?
Pressure! Pressure and pain… and just how much you are feeling in your head can make it difficult to determine whether or not you have a headache or a migraine. Knowing the difference can help you get relief more quickly. So, how can you tell the difference?
Young Children's Vision: What You Need to Know
Visual acuity for a child really sharpens and improves around the six-month range. If all is normal, parents will see a great improvement of hand-eye coordination right around the time this develops. To make sure things are normal, schedule an appointment with an optometrist or ophthalmologist at 6 months. This will put you on the right foot should any steps or precautions be taken.
Vaccines Are For Adults, Too
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and when we generally speak about vaccines and immunizations, most people think about children. And you should - as vaccines for children can help reduce the risk of all kinds of diseases that at one point of our history were major health issues.
But vaccines aren’t just for children. People of all ages can get shots to protect them from serious disease. Just like you hear about every year regarding flu shots - it’s important that you get it done.
Understanding Blood Pressure
Why do we measure blood pressure? It’s a tool doctors use to help identify if a person is at risk for heart disease or stroke. Keep in mind, it’s not the only tool, and it doesn’t necessarily indicate that a person will or won’t have heart disease, but it does help doctors in the management of their patients’ care. Doctors are primarily checking for hypertension, hypotension, or other heart conditions.
The Fear of Dry Drowning
One of the scarier headlines on social media for parents contains the phrase “dry drowning” - and it can be a scary thing. While extremely rare, these incidents can be prevented. So let’s discuss what dry drowning is, the signs of it, and how it can be prevented.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hard-to-heal wounds can be a problem for many people. One way that Medical West is offering treatment is through hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the Advanced Wound Center.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the application of 100% oxygen that is applied to a patient under pressure. The therapy is used for decompression sickness, for infections, air pockets in blood vessels, and for diabetic wounds that won’t heal.
Before we say anything further, let’s say what swimmer’s ear is…
Swimmer’s ear is painful, and it is awful to get.
Fourth of July Safety
When it comes to the Fourth of July, let’s make sure that the truth of SAFETY is held to be self-evident!
So, with that in mind, here are a few quick tips to keep on your radar this Fourth of July:
Sleep! Are You Getting Enough?
Sleep is a major factor in an individual’s physical health, because a lot goes on while you are snoozing - you just don’t realize it!
As an example, your heart and blood vessels heal and repair themselves while you are sleeping… it’s true. Also, dreaming is an essential exercise for our minds to process and consolidate stress, memories, and emotions. There are many theories that suggest that it improves learning of new skills.
And with all this good stuff that it does… why aren’t we getting enough? And just what is the right amount of sleep? Let’s lay it out for you.
How Well Are You Hydrating?
Water is constantly escaping our bodies, through breath, urine, sweat, etc. And yes, if you live in a warmer climate, then you’re losing water even more rapidly. And what goes out, we need to replace.
That’s why doctors (and mothers) are always telling you to drink more water. So, how much is the right amount?
The team at Medical West loves a good barbecue! But we are also a fans of safety! Can the two co-exist? Of course! Just take the proper precautions…
Things you definitely DON’T need to do on the grill…
Check Those Moles! Skin Cancer Detection.
The most common form of cancer is…
Skin Cancer. Learn how to check yourself.
Geriatric Psychology - The Struggle of Addressing the Changes in Our Mental States as We Get Older
One of the many services we provide at Medical West is our Geriatric Psychiatric Program, which provides quality care for geriatric patients suffering from various psychiatric symptoms and disorders.
Geriatric psychiatry focuses on the biological and psychological changes as we age normally, and how these changes affect people psychiatrically. This area of psychology is becoming more applicable, as across the globe the average human life span has increased significantly in the past 100+ years.
Spring Allergy Remedies
36 million Americans have seasonal allergies! And YOU just might be one of them… this article is for you.
Some people (usually doctors and nurses) will call it ‘conjunctivitis’ - but you probably just call it pinkeye. And chances are… you’ve probably had it before. So you know what a pain and inconvenience it can be! Let’s talk a little about what pinkeye is, and how you can avoid it going forward.
Stress is a normal part of life for everyone. But too much stress can have serious consequences for your health. But if stress is constant over time, it can be detrimental to your health. Preventing stress is important!
Safety Tips for Spring Break
It’s time for Spring Break! Toss the winter coat and head to the beach to enjoy the sun. But REMEMBER these safety tips if you are headed to the beach for fun in the sun!
Stay Fit This Holiday Season!
Summer Fruit Salad
Special Diabetic Education Meeting This Month!
Medical West hosts diabetic education meeting with special guest speaker from Birmingham, "The Snowmageddon Good Samaritan"
6 Tips for a Healthy School Year
In those busy last weeks of summer before the first day of school, pediatricians say there’s more to getting your child healthy and ready for school than just filling out medical forms and scheduling booster shots. To give your children the best possible launch, take a look at their overall health to get them physically ready to meet all the challenges of a new school year.
Ten Healthy New Years Resolutions
Every year Americans will make New Years Resolutions to better themselves. Did you know that by June, only 46% are still going strong?
Can Coffee Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
The Truth About Turkey & Tryptophan
Does your Thanksgiving turkey REALLY make you sleepy?
Health Foods or Hype Foods?
Are these heath foods that good for you?
Back to School, Back to Healthy
5 Solutions to Common CPAP Problems
The Dangers of Dehydration
Drowsiness & Driving
Benefits of Eating Local
Eating local has never been easier or more affordable
Ban the "Base Tan"
May is Better Sleep Month
Warm Weather Means Time for Grillin'!
5 Ways to Have a Heart Healthy 2014
A New Year. A New You.
7 Substitutions for the Season
Five Strategies for Staying on Track During the Holidays
9 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving
10 Things You Didn't Know About Cinnamon
Keep the Candy from Haunting You!
5 Foods of Fall
Breast Cancer Awareness
Preventing Prostate Cancer
Fall, Football & Food
There's an App for that!
Let's Get Moving!
Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
Fireworks: Be Safe Not Sorry
Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
Sun Safety and Skin Cancer
Stroke- Know Your Risk!
Runny Nose: Seasonal Allergies or Common Cold?
Know Your Stroke Risk!
It's Not Just the Sugar
Spring Clean Your Refrigerator
Lemon, Garlic & Asparagus Caprese Pasta Salad
5 Tips for Healthy Easter Eating
Healthier Fast Food Choices
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
Have a Healthy St. Patricks Day by Going Green with your Smoothie!
Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples
Greek "Pasta" with Grilled Chicken
High Energy Trail Mix
Southwestern Cobb Salad
Infographic: Heart Disease and its Effects on African Americans
Zucchini & Squash Marinara Over Whole Wheat Pasta
Skip the Candy and Support Your City with these Valentine's Day Gifts!
Wrap it Up!
Try this lightened up version packed with fiber and protein!
Infographic: My Plate - Your Guide to Healthy Eating
Take the guesswork out of your meal planning with this easy to follow infographic!
Lighten up your lunch with this signature salad from Medical West!
Start Your Day the Healthy Way!
Satisfy your sweet tooth and stay fuller, longer with this quick and easy oatmeal recipe.
A New Year, A New YOU
Healthy (& Worthy) New Year's Resolutions
Eat Citrus! It's Good For You!
5 Simple Ways to Stay Fit this Holiday Season
It's Not Just One Thing | Controlling Your Blood Sugar
The Quinoa Craze: Health Benefits, Tips and Recipes
Boost Your Memory By Eating Right!
Halloween Candy- TRICK or TREAT?
Autumn Chopped Salad Recipe
California Sandwich To Go Recipe
Check out this unique and healthy sandwich!
Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe
Kids with More Sleep Cope Better
NYC Bans Drinks Over 16 oz.
Medical West Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Check out these simple steps in detecting breast cancer!
Recognizing the Early Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
"Fun Therapy" for Your Health
Learn how having fun can impact your health and diabetes.
The Heart of Health
February is American Heart Month, which brings awareness to heart disease, stroke, and overall heart health. The key to living a long, healthy life is caring for your heart, so take note of these tips!
The Key to Happiness: Fruits and Vegetables?
Check out this article by Melissa Valliant of HellaWella.com about the key to happiness!
Wellness Inspiration Story: Diane Mason
Skinny Taco Dip
A healthy Mexican treat!