Pet Turtle Risks
In recent months, salmonella outbreaks associated with pet turtles have more than tripled. Turtles can carry salmonella, and if children handle the reptiles, the risk of catching the disease increases. If you have a turtle at home, contact your veterinarian to learn how to keep your family safe.
HPV Vaccine for Boys
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. The Gardasil vaccine, intended to protect against four types of HPV, which cause 90 percent of cervical, oral and anal cancers, is currently available for girls and young women. The vaccine is now under review by the Food and Drug Administration for use in boys ages 9 to 15.
"The vaccine has been given to women, but women are the ones who will really suffer from cervical cancer, obviously," OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "Men don't know they have [HPV] and they can't be tested for it."
HPV can be spread by both men and women.
"You still have to wear condoms, you still have to protect yourself," Dr. Lisa says. "There's still a whole plethora of STDs."
Chronic Ear Infection Remedy
Chronic ear infections are the most common bacterial infection in children and occur when fluid build up in the middle ear. Not only are they painful, but they can cause permanent hearing loss.
Twenty-month-old Madison has had more than six ear infections since she was 6 months old.
Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, performs an ear tube surgery on Madison, which will allow Madison's ear to drain and prevent future infections. Dr. Shapiro demonstrates how the ear tube procedure works.
"We make a little opening in the eardrum, and that drains out the fluid, and we put the little tubes in," Dr. Shapiro says. "It's sort of like putting a button in a button hole; it just sits in the ear. The tube creates a constant opening between the outside world and the inside world of the middle ear."
Quick Fix for Crowns
For many people, a trip to the dentist is one to put off, avoid or skip altogether. Painful drills, needles, poking and prodding make most dental procedures unpleasant. Two new developments may reverse that experience.
Kevin, 39, cracked his molar while eating popcorn and needs a crown placed over his tooth. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman uses the Cerec technology, which takes a digital impression of the afflicted tooth, then mills, or builds, a crown instantly.
"The great thing is Kevin doesn't have to leave with a temporary [crown]. He doesn't have to come back for a second appointment. He doesn't have to have anesthesia twice," Dr. Bill says. "It will all be done now, today, here."
See how the Cerec technology mills a crown!
Once the crown is in place, Dr. Bill injects Kevin's mouth with OraVerse, a solution that reverses the effects of anesthesia in approximately half the time it normally takes. No more numb lip!
See more quick fixes with Dr. Bill!
Back Pain Remedies
Americans spend an estimated $50 billion a year to treat back pain. Chiropractor Dr. Jennifer Jara introduces two chiropractic methods to restore spinal function and eliminate pain.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
Non-surgical spinal decompression DRX9000 is a new technology designed by Axiom Worldwide.
"It works amazingly for degenerative conditions of the spine," Dr. Jara explains. "It works by basically reversing herniated discs, protruding discs that cause numbness, tingling and sciatica down the legs."
The spinal decompression procedure essentially suctions the afflicted compressed disc. "We want to decompress the disc," Dr. Jara says. "The suction force pulls water, oxygen and nutrients back into the disc. It rehydrates, and literally, you can rebuild back a disc naturally."
Cold Laser Therapy
Alicia, 29, experienced neck and shoulder discomfort for the last two-and-a-half years. Rather than take medication, she asks The Doctors for an holistic approach to manage the pain. Dr. Jara describes cold laser therapy, which uses light to heal.
"It helps patients hold their [chiropractic] adjustments," Dr. Jara explains. "It literally creates a cellular regeneration, so it rebuilds the soft tissue that's been damaged. It decreases pain, swelling and increases patients' overall mobility and range of motion."
Sunshine52987 tweeted @TheDoctors and asked for a cure for her red, itchy armpits. Dr. Travis explains that when skin reacts in this manner, the clinical term is contact dermatitis. It's an allergic reaction characterized by red, itchy skin, or in more extreme cases, blisters or scales.
Contact dermatitis can be caused by many agents, such as antiperspirants, detergents, soaps, perfumes, dyes and clothing. Many people are allergic to aluminum as well, which is commonly found in antiperspirants and deodorants.
Combat contact dermatitis by trying:
• Aluminum-free antiperspirants or deodorants
• Natural crystal and salt mineral antiperspirants
• Baby powder
• Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream