Medical Conditions

Allergies: From Mild to Wild

What are allergies?

That is an excellent question, and it's one you should ask.  There are a couple of different ways we can define what an allergy is.  An allergy occurs when a person with a heightened sensitivity encounters a substance that is ordinarily harmless (allergens), but their immune system interprets it as dangerous, and then overreacts. 

Everything You Need to Know About Shingles

n the United States, herpes zoster (shingles) occurs in nearly one million individuals annually. Shingles will affect 32 percent of persons in the United States during their lifetime. The incidence of shingles increases with age, presumably due to the decline in cell-mediated immunity for the virus that causes shingles.  A dramatic increase in disease rates begins to occur after 50 years of age. It is estimated that approximately 50 percent of persons who live to age 85 will have an episode of shingles.  Older patients with shingles account for the majority of medical consultations and hospitalizations for this diagnosis.