The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total of 35 Zika cases in Florida are from local mosquito-borne transmission, while an additional 507 cases in Florida are “travel related.” The CDC also precautions that anyone living in, or traveling to, the Wynwood and Miami Beach area of South Florida need to be especially cautious, as these areas have been directly [...]

Why do we have heart attacks? Each year, more than 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. A heart attack usually happens as a result of underlying heart disease. Heart disease is a chronic condition that is the leading cause of death for both men and women [...]

In a recent study, researchers revealed that one in three healthy kids suffer a bone fracture at some point in their young life. The most common fracture is a distal forearm fracture, or a break in between the elbow and [...]

An MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a non-invasive imaging tool that provides detailed 3-D images of the body without the use of radiation. The test uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to ma [...]

What You Need to Know About Measles

Posted on Mar 17th 2015 by Dr. Carm

Before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age. It is estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year. Also each year an estimated 400 to 500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling [...]

Managing the Holiday “Spread”

Posted on Dec 18th 2012 by Dr. Carm

As we all know, there are two kinds of spreads during the holidays: the buffet spread of all the great-tasting foods we know we shouldn’t eat and the spread that happens in our bodies as a result: the belly spread, the thigh spread and the butt spread. This last spread is the one that will see us running for our “fat pants” with the elastic waist. How do we enjoy the first and avoid the second? H [...]

In residency, as I was studying to become a doctor, I clearly remember one of my instructors referring to diabetes as a “metabolic cancer.” She said that the disease ravaged the body like a cancer, destroying the eyes, limbs, kidneys and in fact, every organ in the body. She said that she had to choose  between Hodgkin’s disease (a cancer of the immune system) or diabetes, she would choose Hodgkin [...]

You said what?

Posted on Sep 25th 2012 by Dr. Carm

Getting the most out of any personal interaction, whether it be shopping for a car, groceries, new shoes (YEAH!), or a visit to the doctor’s office depends on several important steps. [...]

I was an obese child. I often wondered why my parents fed me the way that they did. One day, after the fat was gone, my mother and I were looking through a photo album. There I was as a baby, completely naked.  Funny thing was, I was skinny.  Not “kid with malnutrition” skinny, but very thin. I said, “Look at me! I was a thin baby. What happened?” Mom said, “Oh, I was so upset with you being skinn [...]