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Consider enrolling in a clinical study specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients. Here you will receive a diagnostic review and specialty care all at no cost. Research shows that people involved in clinical studies do somewhat better than people in a similar stage of their disease who are not enrolled, regardless of whether the experimental treatment works, and you may be able to gain access to new drug therapies that are not available to the general public.

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Is laser dentistry really pain free? Unlike drills, which require patients to have anesthesia, most patients don’t need anesthesia and experience no pain with laser dentistry. In fact, most patients don’t feel anything when having a dental procedure done with a laser. New advancements in laser dentistry, such as the new Solea CO2 laser, mean that lasers are more precise than ever before. The precision of the CO2 laser prevents nerve damage and allows more of the natural tooth to be preserved.

I recently heard some friends talking about the dangers of running on hard surfaces. Is this really a risk? What should I do to protect myself? Running on hard surfaces like asphalt does place a slightly higher level of stress on your bones and joints compared to running on grass or unpaved trails. However, running is inherently stressful on these parts of the body, regardless of the surface you’re on. The key to protecting yourself against stress injuries is to give your body a break from running. Biking, swimming and hiking are great alternatives to help mix up your routine.

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Lawrence Bircoll, MD Resurgens Orthopaedics

Can I get influenza from the flu shot? The injection version of the flu shot is not a live viral vaccine, so patients cannot get the flu from this method. Common side effects include local reactions at the site of injection, mild fever and minor achiness. What is most confusing for my patients is that the flu shot does not protect from everything they consider the flu – it will not prevent patients from getting other common winter colds.

I recently started an exercise program, and now my heels are painful when I first wake up in the morning. What could this be? Low arches, high arches, unsupportive shoes and activities such as running or aerobic exercise can all cause heel pain. The most likely diagnosis is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of a ligament that starts from the heel and attaches in the ball of the foot. Treatment includes calf stretching, more supportive shoes, cool water soaks and anti-inflammatory medications. Cortisone injections, night splints and custom arch supports can also be used to relieve heel pain. Very rarely does heel pain require any surgical intervention.

Stephanie Michael, DPM Village Podiatry Centers

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Photos (top to bottom) courtesy of Institute for Advanced Medical Research, Brian Crumb, Resurgens Orthopaedics, MedZed, Village Podiatry Centers

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I just learned that there have been no new treatments for Alzheimer’s in over 10 years. What are the options for my elderly mother?

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