On 4:24 PM by NY Drs. Urgent Care
Recently, the numbers for Arthritis has risen in the past few years; recently in children. Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints.
 
There are over 100 different forms of arthritis.The most common form, being osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis,psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection.
 
The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often a constant and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis is due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff, painful joints and fatigue.

Regardless of the type of arthritis, the common symptoms for all arthritis disorders include varied levels of pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and sometimes a constant ache around the joint(s). Arthritic disorders like lupus and rheumatoid can also affect other organs in the body with a variety of symptoms.
  • Inability to use the hand or walk
  • Feeling of tiredness 
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Poor sleep
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty moving the joint
For more information on Arthritis, visit www.arthritis.org
On 8:30 AM by NY Drs. Urgent Care
New York Doctors Walk-In Urgent Care has been awarded the Certified Urgent Care Center Category 1 designation by the Urgent Care Association of America! 
Below is the Press Release: 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New York, NYNew York Doctors Urgent Care Receives Certified Urgent Care Designation from the Urgent Care Association of America

New York Doctors Urgent Care, located in New York City, has received the Certified Urgent Care designation which distinguishes it as a true urgent care center.  The clinic provides patients with walk-in, extended-hour medical attention with licensed providers for a large scope of medical conditions and has met all of the Urgent Care Association of America’s established criteria.

The health care environment is changing and it is becoming more and more important for patients to understand their treatment options.

Urgent care is a convenient and viable option for medical conditions that cannot wait for a scheduled appointment with a primary care physician.  New York Doctors Urgent Care accepts unscheduled, walk-in patients during all hours of operation.

When a medical condition cannot be handled by a patient’s regular doctor – such as unexpected cuts, burns, sprains or fractures that do not require a visit to the emergency department, New York Doctors Urgent Care is equipped with x-ray, laboratory services and a licensed provider is always available to perform minor procedures like casting and suturing.

Urgent care fills the gap between primary care and hospital emergency rooms, offering increased convenience and cost savings. 

With its certification, New York Doctors Urgent Care and the Urgent Care Association of America demonstrate their commitment toward providing patients with access to appropriate levels of care.

About New York Doctors Urgent Care:

A walk-in urgent care facility:
·         65 West 13th Street, NYC
·         1 and a half years
·         Monday – Friday 8-8, Saturday & Sunday 9-6
·         Bumps, bruises, sprains, cuts, occupational medicine,  sore throats
·         All Major Insurance Accepted
·         www.newyorkdoctorsurgentcare.com

Contact:

212-414-2800
On 5:56 PM by NY Drs. Urgent Care
Obesity is a disorder that many people in all of America (specifically the United States) have or have had a problem, with. With the percentage growing it's up to society to know how to bring down these numbers.

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on a persons health. This can lead to a reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. This shouldn't be confused for being overweight, where a person has a little more fat then deemed healthy.

The Body mass index (BMI), is a measurement that compares your weight and height. This measurement defines people as overweight (pre-obese) if their BMI is between 25 and 30 kg/m2, and obese when it's greater than 30 kg/m2.
 
A person who does experience obesity has an increased likelihood of various diseases. Particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. Obesity is commonly caused by a combination of excessive food intake, lack of physical activity, amongst other things; although a few cases are caused by medications or psychiatric illness. Though many people have said that some obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism is limited. On average, obese people have a greater energy than their thin counterparts due to the energy required to maintain an increased body mass.

Dieting and physical exercise are the mains ways of treatment for obesity. Diet quality can be improved by reducing the consumption of energy-dense foods such as those high in fat and sugars, and by increasing the intake of dietary fiber. Anti-obesity drugs may be taken to reduce appetite or inhibit fat absorption together with a suitable diet. If diet, exercise and medication are not effective, a gastric balloon may assist with weight loss, or surgery may be performed to reduce stomach volume and/or bowel length.

Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing prevalence in adults and children. Authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century.Obesity is labeled in much of the modern world (particularly in the Western world), though it was widely perceived as a symbol of wealth and fertility at other times in history, and still is in some parts of the world.

For more information regarding Obesity, click HERE!
On 8:22 AM by NY Drs. Urgent Care
Cholesterol is a fat that is produced by the liver and is crucial for normal body functioning. Cholesterol exists in the outer layer of every cell in our body and has many functions. It's a waxy steroid and is transported in the blood plasma of all animals. 

The function of Cholesterol are as follows:
  • It builds and maintains cell membranes (outer layer), and prevents crystallization of hydrocarbons in the membrane
  • It is essential for determining which molecules can pass into the cell and which cannot
  • It is involved in the production of sex hormones (androgens and estrogens)
  • It is essential for the production of hormones released by the adrenal glands (cortisol, corticosterone, aldosterone, and others)
  • It aids in the production of bile
  • It is important for the metabolism of fat soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K. Amongst many other functions
Cholesterol is carried in the blood by molecules called lipoproteins. A lipoprotein is any complex or compound containing both fat and protein. The three main types are:
 
LDL (low density lipoprotein) - This is often refered to as the "bad cholesterol". It carries cholesterol from the liver to cells. If too much is carried, too much for the cells to use, there can be a harmful buildup of LDL. This lipoprotein can increase the risk of arterial disease if levels rise too high. Most human blood contains approximately 70% LDL, depending on the person.

HDL (high density lipoprotein) - This is often refered to as the "good cholesterol". HDL can prevent arterial disease, as it does the opposite of LDL - HDL takes the cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver. In the liver it's either broken down or expelled from the body as waste.

Triglycerides - These are the chemical forms where most fat exists in the body, as well as in food. Triglycerides, with cholesterol, form the plasma lipids (blood fat). Triglycerides in plasma originate either from fats in our food, or are made in the body from other energy sources, such as carbohydrates. Calories we consume but are not used immediately by our tissues are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat cells. When your body needs energy and there is no food as an energy source, triglycerides will be released from fat cells and used as energy.
The amount of cholesterol in human blood can vary from 3.6 mmol/liter to 7.8 mmol/liter. The National Health Service (NHS), says that any reading over 6 mmol/liter is high, and will significantly raise the risk of arterial disease. The Department of Health recommends a target cholesterol level of under 5 mmo/liter.

Below is a list of cholesterol levels and how most doctors would categorize them:
 
  • Desirable - Less than 200 mg/dL
  • Bordeline high - 200 to 239 mg/dL
  • High - 240 mg/dL and aboveOptimum level: less than 5mmol/liter
  • Mildly high cholesterol level: between 5 to 6.4mmol/liter
  • Moderately high cholesterol level: between 6.5 to 7.8mmol/liter
  • Very high cholesterol level: above 7.8mmol/liter
High cholesterol levels can cause:

Atherosclerosis - narrowing of the arteries.

Higher coronary heart disease risk - an abnormality of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.

Heart attack
- occurs when the supply of blood and oxygen to an area of heart muscle is blocked, usually by a clot in a coronary artery. This causes your heart muscle to die.

Angina
- chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart muscle does not get enough blood.

Other cardiovascular conditions - diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

Stroke and mini-stroke - occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or vein, interrupting the flow to an area of the brain. Can also occur when a blood vessel breaks. Brain cells begin to die.
If both blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels are high, the risk of developing coronary heart disease rises significantly. So be sure to check on your cholesterol as it can go up and down frequently. Nothing is more important than your health!
On 2:19 PM by NY Drs. Urgent Care
With common Disorders come Eating Disorders. Eating Disorders are conditions specified by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the loss of an individual's physical and mental health. Disorders such as:
 
Bulimia- An illness where a person binges on food or has regular episodes of overeating and feels a loss of control. The person then uses different methods -- such as vomiting or abusing laxatives -- to prevent weight gain.
 
Anorexia- An illness characterized by excessive food restriction and irrational fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body self-perception. It typically involves excessive weight loss. Anorexia usually develops during adolescence and early adulthood.

Binge Eating- A serious eating disorder in which a person frequently consumes unusually large amounts of food. Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, overeating crosses the line to binge-eating disorder and it becomes a regular occurrence, usually done in secret.

Though primarily thought of as affecting females, eating disorders affect males as well. Although eating disorders are increasing all over the world among both men and women, there's evidence to suggest that women are at the highest risk of developing them; especially with the societal norms to look/be "skinny."

The cause of eating disorders aren't known, but there is evidence that it may be linked to other medical conditions and situations. One study shows that girls with ADHD have a greater chance of getting an eating disorder than those not affected by ADHD. Another study suggested that women with PTSD, especially due to sexually related trauma, are more likely to develop anorexia . One study showed that foster girls are more likely to develop bulimia. Some also think that peer pressure and idealized body-types seen in the media are also a significant factor. Some research shows that for some, there's a genetic reason why they may be prone to developing an eating disorder.

While proper treatment can be highly effective, the consequences of eating disorders can be severe, including death.
 
For more information on Eating Disorders visit the National Eating Disorder Association HERE!