Author Archives: Dr. Gerald Morris

12 Common Skin Conditions During Pregnancy

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Common skin conditions observed during pregnancy can be divided into three categories: hormone-related, preexisting, and pregnancy-specific. Normal hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy can cause benign (not cancerous) skin ailments. Preexisting skin conditions may change (improve or worsen) with pregnancy. Lastly, pregnancy can induce its own pregnancy-related skin diseases. A minority of these skin   …Continue Reading


12 Causes of Congestive Heart Failure

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Heart failure refers to a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s metabolic needs.  It is often referred to as congestive heart failure, or CHF.  Heart failure is a common clinical syndrome characterized by shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling (edema) in the legs, ankles, and feet.  It can   …Continue Reading


12 Causes of Left Lower Quadrant Pain in Men and Women

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Abdominal pain is a common ailment that just about everyone will experience at least once in his or her lifetime.  Pain in the left lower side of the abdomen is referred to as left lower quadrant (LLQ) pain.  It can arise in the digestive tract, skin, abdominal wall muscles, urinary tract, blood vessels, or male and   …Continue Reading


12 Skin Pigmentation Disorders

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Special cells in the skin called melanocytes produce melanin.  Melanin gives rise to skin pigmentation, or coloring.  Disorders of melanin can be characterized by increased melanin production causing skin to get darker (hyperpigmentation) or by decreased melanin production causing skin to get lighter (hypopigmentation).  Skin disorders resulting in hypopigmentation may be acquired or congenital (present   …Continue Reading


10 Causes of Chest Pain That Are Not Your Heart

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Everyone worries that chest pain is related to the heart and they could be experiencing a heart attack, or myocardial infarction. But what about causes of chest pain not related to heart disease or a heart attack? Noncardiac chest pain (NCCP) is the term used to describe pain in the chest that is not caused   …Continue Reading


10 Treatments for Acute Low Back Pain

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According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), “Acute low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common reasons for adults to see a family physician.”  Approximately 85-percent of the US population has experienced acute LBP at least once in their lifetime.  LBP has a myriad of causes including muscle sprain/strain, degenerative disc   …Continue Reading


12 Causes of Low Back Pain

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Low back pain (LBP) is the second most common complaint heard by primary care physicians in the US. Approximately 85-percent of the US population has experienced LBP at least once in their lifetime. Most episodes of LBP occur in the lumbar, or waist, region of the spine, which supports most of the weight of the   …Continue Reading


10 Recommendations for Diabetes Health Maintenance

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Diabetes is a family of diseases marked by high levels of glucose in the blood, or hyperglycemia. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates a total of 29.1-million individuals or 9.3-percent of the population have been diagnosed with diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is characterized by the absence of a   …Continue Reading


12 Ways to Manage High Cholesterol

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High cholesterol, or hyperlipidemia, is a condition characterized by excessive levels of fats, or lipids, in the blood.  It is a common disease in the United States with over three-million new diagnoses recorded per year.  The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends all adults 20-years and older be screened for hyperlipidemia at least every five-years.  Screening is   …Continue Reading


Doc Talks: 7 Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common chronic disorder characterized by repeated episodes of upper airway obstruction during sleep.  Apnea is defined as the cessation of breathing for at least 10-seconds, and results in low levels of oxygen in the blood and causes brief awakenings throughout the night.  Symptoms of OSA may include loud snoring,   …Continue Reading