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    Causes and Risk Factors of Bacterial Meningitis

    Last updated 16 days ago

    The human body is both strong and vulnerable. Though the average immune system can stave off a wide range of diseases, there are some dangerous diseases that manage to get past the body’s defenses. Bacterial meningitis, for example, is a potentially deadly disease that affects roughly 4,000 Americans every year. If you suspect that you have bacterial meningitis, it’s important that you receive prompt treatment at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, FL.

    Overview

    Meningitis is the inflammation of the areas surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial meningitis specifically refers to cases of meningitis caused by bacteria. Since meningitis affects such a sensitive area of the body, it’s considered very dangerous. Bacterial meningitis can cause serious permanent damage, including learning disabilities, hearing loss, and brain damage. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis include sudden fever, headache, neck stiffness, nausea, confusion, and increased sensitivity to light.

    Causes

    There are many potential culprits behind the development of bacterial meningitis. Newborns are vulnerable to bacterial meningitis caused by exposure to E. coli and group B streptococcus, while adults commonly contract the disease from listeria monocytogenes or streptococcus pneumoniae. Most types of bacteria that cause bacterial meningitis are not as contagious as other pathogens, such as those that cause the common cold.    

    Risk Factors

    Though anyone can come down with bacterial meningitis, some people are more at risk than others. Infants suffer the highest risk of infection, as their immune systems are not as strong as those of adults. People who live or work in close quarters with others—including college freshmen or military personnel—are also at risk. People who travel to developing countries have a higher risk than average.

    If you or someone you love has a high risk of contracting bacterial meningitis, have a doctor at JFK Medical Center help with risk management. We can also provide top-quality care for those who have already been infected. Call (561) 693-4603 for a physician referral or to learn more about our Atlantis facility.

    Understanding the CyberKnife Difference

    Last updated 19 days ago

    A tumor diagnosis is always frightening. Even if a tumor is benign, it may cause discomfort somewhere within the body. For some people, the idea of removing a tumor is even more frightening than the tumor itself. Fortunately, CyberKnife provides an excellent alternative to traditional surgery.

    Though the name may suggest otherwise, CyberKnife does not actually involve any kind of incision. Instead, it sends a highly focused beam of radiation onto the tumor. This causes the tumor to shrink while minimizing damage to the nearby healthy tissues. CyberKnife uses sophisticated software to continuously adjust itself to accommodate tumor or patient movement. Since there’s no incision, patients who undergo CyberKnife require no recovery period. CyberKnife is ideal for shrinking tumors that are inoperable or complex.

    For more information about CyberKnife, call the JFK Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 693-4603. In addition to cancer care, we provide our Atlantis, FL patients with cardiac care, orthopedic care, and emergency care.

    How Inflammation May Link Diabetes to Heart Disease

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Heart disease and diabetes are the number one and number seven causes of death in the U.S. Unfortunately for sufferers of either disease, the two are linked in a number of ways. For example, recent research has shown that inflammation is a key link between diabetes and heart disease.

    People with diabetes often suffer from damage to their blood vessels. Researchers believe that this is caused by inflammation, which makes it easier for high blood sugar levels to cause vessel damage. Vessel damage in turn causes blood clots to form, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. This discovery paves the way for the development of sophisticated anti-inflammatory medications that could help manage diabetes and heart disease.

    If you have heart disease, the cardiac care team at JFK Medical Center can provide prompt and effective treatment. The medical professionals at our Atlantis facility can also help people with diabetes manage their condition. Call (561) 693-4603 for help finding a cardiologist.

     

    Answering Common Mammogram Questions

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Breast cancer is the second-most commonly diagnosed type of cancer among American women. According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 250,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment. That’s why it’s important for women in and around Atlantis, FL to receive annual mammograms at the Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center.

    What happens during a mammogram?

    A mammogram is an imaging procedure that allows physicians to examine interior breast tissue, and is the gold standard in breast cancer screening. During a mammogram, your physician will ask you to undress from the waist up and stand in front of a specially designed x-ray machine. You will then place your breast onto a platform and wait for another platform to press down on your breast from above. Spreading the breast tissue is important for identifying abnormalities. If a doctor identifies any lumps or masses, she will likely order a biopsy to determine whether it’s cancerous.

    Do mammograms hurt?

    Many women are hesitant to get mammograms because they think it might hurt. Though many women find a mammogram to be uncomfortable, the whole procedure only takes a few minutes. A few minutes of discomfort is a fair price for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

    When should I start getting mammograms? 

    One out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Since breast cancer is so common, cancer care experts recommend that all women get annual mammograms after they turn 40. Women who have a family history of the disease should consider getting annual mammograms beginning at age 35. These women should also consider having their breast tissue examined via ultrasound or MRI.

    JFK Medical Center is proud to offer mammograms and provide high-quality cancer care. Atlantis, FL patients can call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 693-4603 if they have any questions about our breast health services. If you or someone you love is experiencing an emergency, consider visiting one of our two off-site ERs.

     

    Managing Your Risk of Diabetes

    Last updated 1 month ago

    According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which can develop during adulthood, poses the highest risk to Americans.

    This video discusses the importance of managing your risk of type 2 diabetes. If you are overweight and older than 45, you have a higher risk of developing diabetes than the general population. It’s a good idea to have a doctor assess your risk of diabetes—especially if you have a family history of the disease.

    If you’re curious about your risk of diabetes, don’t hesitate to contact JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, FL. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (561) 693-4603 for a physician referral or to learn more about our emergency care services.  




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