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Recognizing and addressing acute pancreatitis

Lifestyle changes can reduce your risk   By David Dunaief, M.D. Acute pancreatitis is the most frequent gastrointestinal cause for patients to be admitted to a hospital (1). Typically, severe abdominal pain is what compels patients to go to the emergency room. A...

Step Away from the Television

By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Comcast, one of America’s largest cable and internet providers, reported in May that Americans were watching an additional 8-plus hours of programming a week, whether on a television, computer or a portable device since the...

Saving your vision if you have Type 2 diabetes

Early diagnosis is crucial to treatment success By David Dunaief, M.D. Diabetic retinopathy is an umbrella term for microvascular complications of diabetes that can lead to blurred vision and blindness. There are at least three different disorders that comprise it:...

Preventing Gallstones

Weight and inactivity are among the greatest risk factors By David Dunaief, M.D. Gallstones affect up to 20 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 74, with a more than two times increased occurrence in women than in men, according to the NHANES III survey (1)....

The effects of iron overload

Excess iron may contribute to diabetes, eye disease and cardiovascular disease By David Dunaief, M.D. When we think of iron, we associate it with reducing fatigue and garnering energy. Therefore, the more we get, the better, right? For many of us, this presumption is...