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Jan 15, 2021

New Year Resolutions to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

For many of us, tradition dictates starting the new year with resolutions for better health. Often, we promise ourselves we’ll get more exercise, eat a healthier diet, or quit smoking. And that’s all great—especially since the benefits of those resolutions have a ripple effect you may not expect: They all benefit our eyes.

Dec 08, 2020

Dry Eyes? Maybe It's Your Mask

Ophthalmologists have noticed an uptick in patients with new dry eye symptoms—especially among the elderly, immunocompromised, and clinical staff who wear masks almost full-time.

Nov 04, 2020

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetes cases are growing rapidly across the world. In the United States alone, more than 34 million people have diabetes, and a significant percentage of people in the US may have elevated blood sugars without realizing it. Because having diabetes increases the risk of complications such as heart disease, eye disease, and kidney disease – it is important for people with diabetes to meet regularly with healthcare providers.

Oct 23, 2020

You've Heard of LASIK, but What About PRK?

You’ve probably heard ads encouraging you to “find out if LASIK is right for you.” But what if you find out it’s not? There’s good news. If you want to be less dependent on eyeglasses or contacts, you may have several other options.

Oct 14, 2020

Halloween Contact Lenses: Beware!

Love the look but aren't sure if it's good for you? Don’t let a bad Halloween costume decision haunt you for life.

Sep 18, 2020

Exercise & Prevention: Keys to Maintaining Healthy Vision

You know regular exercise benefits your heart, lungs, energy level, and waistline. But did you know it can also help preserve your vision? From the minute you wake up until you go to sleep, your eyes work to bring you the world, delivering 80 percent of the information you take in every day. Fortunately, vision is the one sense you can deliberately protect and monitor.

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The Scope

Will a Septoplasty Fix Snoring and Improve Sleep?

Jan 22, 2021

The nasal surgery to straighten a deviated septum, or a septoplasty, is commonly thought of as a way to improve a person’s sleep. According to ENT physician Dr. Marc Error, the surgery is not a reliable treatment for sleep issues. Find out what the procedure is good at treating and what non-surgical options are available to improve your sleep.

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Pioneering the Future: From Basic Discovery to Bedside

Jan 20, 2021

In this episode, host Kyle Wheeler interviews Wesley Sundquist, PhD. Dr. Sundquist is the Samuels Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. He is also a member of the Cell Response and Regulation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Kyle and Dr. Sundquist discuss the ordeal of discovery and how a career’s worth of workcan lead to interventions. Additionally, they discuss Dr. Sundquist’s work on HIV that has led to Gilead developing a new intervention. Dr. Sundquist also shares thoughts on the impressive work on HIV done by the Michael Kay, MD, PhD lab.

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What Is Pigeon Chest and How Is it Treated?

Jan 20, 2021

Pectus carinatum or pigeon chest, is a genetic disorder that makes the chest wall jut out during puberty. While the condition may cause only minor physical issues, it can have a significant impact on a teenager’s self-esteem. Pediatric surgeon Dr. Stephen Fenton explains what causes the condition and what corrective treatments are available.

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Does My Child Need an Emotional Support Animal?

Jan 12, 2021

Animals can provide comfort, this is a fact. But an emotional support animal is not a pet or a service animal and requires specific training and certification. Some parents may think to request a letter from their child's pediatrician if the child has an emotional disability and a pet helps calm their symptoms—pediatrician Dr. Cindy Geller talks about the criteria for a diagnosis that qualifies your child for an emotional support animal.

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