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Eastside’s Physician Spotlight

Michael T. Stechison, MD, PhD.

Meningioma Brain Tumors: Symptoms & Treatment

The diagnosis of a brain tumor can be life-changing for a patient and their family. The good news is that not all tumors that originate in the brain are malignant. Approximately 1/3 of primary brain tumors are meningiomas. Usually, these are benign. Depending on their location, they can often be cured with surgery and in many cases, the patient can return to their work and normal activities.

Cardiac Odds That Men May Want to Consider

I’m not a gambler. I don’t like the idea of dropping quarters into a machine, hoping that a waterfall of coins will pour out at some point. I don’t try to beat a train at a railroad crossing. But, I do call my philosophy when thinking about men’s heart health as “The Las Vegas Philosophy.”

Dr. Joshua Morris

Treatment Resistant or Misdiagnosed?

Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is a hot topic for psychiatrists right now. With the approval of SpravatoTM earlier this year, there are now three treatments for TRD including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Dr. Vonda Ware, OB/GYN at Gwinnett Gynecology and Maternity

Knowledge is Power: Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening in Pregnancy

Having a baby can be the most joyous time in a mother’s pregnancy. It may also bring great concern due to risk factors such as age or other concerns determined by a physician. With state-of-the-art genetic testing, there is a low-risk way to learn about the health of a fetus and the risk of certain birth defects.

Dr. Andrew Kramer

Gallbladder FAQ

What is the gallbladder?
The gallbladder is a storage sac under the liver that holds bile made by the liver until it is needed to help digest a meal. After a meal, the gall-bladder contracts squeezing the bile down the bile duct into the intestines to help digest food.

Dr. Demir Baykal, Cardiologist

What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure, a major public health problem, is a constellation of signs and symptoms originating from structural and functional abnormalities of the heart. It leads to a generalized maladaptive chronic inflammatory stress reaction in the body. It can be caused by common conditions such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in arteries) or exogenous factors such as viruses, alcohol, toxins. It can also be hereditary.

Fibroids: What to do about them and when to do it

Uterine fibroids (“leiomyomas” in medical terms) are very common benign tumors of the uterus. They are not cancer and don’t become cancer. At least 50% of all women will have fibroids by age 50, and that percentage may be as high as 80% among black women.

Dr. Aliu Sanni

Breakthrough procedure helps those with Acid Reflux Disease

Did you know 10-20% of Americans have acid reflux disease? For many, it is an annoyance that occasionally happens if they eat the wrong food or drink too much coffee. However, for others, it can be a more frequent and serious problem that needs medical attention.

Dr. Michael T. Stechison, MD, PhD

What does it mean when you have a herniated disc in your back?

At least 80% of people will experience back pain at some time during their life. One common cause of back pain is a lumbar disc herniation. Most frequently, this occurs at the lowest two levels, L4-5 and L5-S1, where most of the forces in movement are greatest.