Author Archives: Dr. Gerald Morris

10 Causes of Blood in the Stool

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Blood in the stool typically means an individual is bleeding somewhere in their digestive system.  The occurrence can be frightening and anxiety provoking.  Signs of bleeding may include seeing it on toilet paper upon wiping after a bowel movement, on the outside of a bowel movement, in the toilet water after a bowel movement, or   …Continue Reading


10 Causes of Elevated Liver Enzymes

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Elevated liver enzymes are a marker of inflammation or damage to liver cells.  Inflamed or injured liver cells cause the liver enzymes alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) to leak into the bloodstream.  Mild elevations of ALT and AST are commonly discovered in individuals with no symptoms during routine blood work.  In general, normal   …Continue Reading


12 Causes of Atrial Fibrillation

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Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, is the most common abnormal heartbeat, or arrhythmia. The upper chambers, or atria, of the heart beat very rapidly and out of sync, which results in the quivering, or fibrillation, of the heart walls. The precise mechanisms contributing to atrial fibrillation are not completely understood, but it has strong associations with   …Continue Reading


10 Common Tests to Expect During Pregnancy

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Congratulations!  You are pregnant and going to have a baby in 9-months.  Over the next 9-months, your health and the health of your baby will be monitored with a battery of tests.  Many of these tests have a narrow window of time during which they must be performed.  Pregnancy is usually measured in trimesters, which   …Continue Reading


Hemoptysis: 10 Causes of Coughing Up Blood

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Hemoptysis refers to coughing up blood. The source of the blood is typically the respiratory tract and can originate in the nose, mouth, pharynx (throat), bronchial tubes (airways leading to the lungs), or lungs. Hemoptysis can be classifies as mild or massive. Mild hemoptysis is defined as streaking or a small amount of blood intermixed   …Continue Reading


12 Causes of Acute Pelvic Pain in Women

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Acute pelvic pain may be defined as pain inferior (below) to the belly button and superior (above) to the legs lasting less than three-months.  It can be associated with a vast array of conditions involving the reproductive, urinary, gastrointestinal, or musculoskeletal systems.  As a result, acute pelvic pain can present a clinical challenge to medical   …Continue Reading


12 Medical Causes for Shortness of Breath

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Shortness of breath, known medically as dyspnea, refers to difficulty breathing and is a common complaint seen by many physicians. Its occurrence can be acute or chronic. Different individuals describe shortness of breath in various ways. Descriptions may include a tightening in the chest, a feeling of being suffocated, or an elephant sitting on the   …Continue Reading


10 STI’s Pregnant Women Should Be Tested For

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Women who are pregnant can become infected with same STIs as women who are not pregnant.  Many women with STIs have no symptoms and are unaware they are infected.  Pregnant women should be tested for STIs, because infection can have potentially serious consequences for a woman and her baby.  Many of the STIs that can   …Continue Reading


12 Causes of Red Eye and Ocular Ailments

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Red eye is a sign of eye inflammation and can occur in one or both eyes.  It occurs when blood vessels in the eye become swollen or irritated and can affect any part of the eye.  It is one of the most common eye ailments seen by primary care physicians and has a multitude of   …Continue Reading


10 Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by the progressive thinning and weakening of bone, which is represented clinically by the loss of bone mass and density.  The word literally means “porous bone.”  According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 53-million individuals in the United States either have osteoporosis or are at high risk   …Continue Reading