Marina Peric, M.D.

January 19, 2022
What a Pain in the Knee! Occasional Knee Pain and How to Deal With It

The knee is the largest joint in the body, one of the most complex, and one of the joints that suffer the greatest load. The risk of knee injuries and degenerative diseases is high, and few can say they have never experienced knee pain. In most chronic diseases, the pain is persistent and dull. On […]

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December 20, 2021
Is Peroneal Tendon Tear Dangerous?

If you’ve just received the diagnosis of peroneal tendon tear, you may be wondering whether this is a serious injury. ‘A tear’ sounds quite concerning, and you’re probably worried about treatment possibilities and potential consequences. Let this text help you learn more about what to expect during and after diagnostics and treatment.   Understanding the […]

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November 2, 2021
Viral Arthritis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Arthritis, or joint inflammation, is a health issue commonly seen in general practitioners’ and rheumatologists’ offices.  The severity of symptoms and prognosis vastly vary, and the potential causes are numerous: from injury and infections to metabolic and immunity disorders. Viral arthritis is an acute inflammation of the joints caused by a viral infection. It usually […]

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September 9, 2021
Can Stretching and Exercise help with Low Back Pain?

Chronic low back pain is a pain in the lower back (between the lowest rib and gluteal area)that persists for more than three months. Many conditions can cause a painful back, yet, chronic back pain has no evident cause in most cases, and is therefore referred to as non-specific. Studies say that 80-90% of adults […]

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August 3, 2021
Can a Back Brace Fix Scoliosis? Here's the Recent Research

Scoliosis affects 1% to 3% of adolescents in the United States - a significant number of young people with a deformity that impairs their physical appearance and brings a potential risk for complications. Precisely those, who are at risk from complications, usually need bracing, which may be equally aesthetically unacceptable for an adolescent as the […]

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July 22, 2021
Disabled-friendly Country and Travelling Ideas

Now that the borders are finally slowly reopening after over a year of the Covid19 pandemic, many are thinking about hitting the road and charging their batteries up in an exciting travel destination. But if you, a friend, or a family member of yours have some sort of disability, then you know how difficult finding […]

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July 7, 2021
All Eyes on Guts: Could Gut Bacteria Be a Target for Treating Psychiatric Conditions?

Ever since a 2004 study by Sudo and associates has shown that gut microorganisms affect the stress response in mice, the interest has been growing in uncovering the relationship between the gut with its microorganisms and the brain. The research in this field has accelerated over the past few years, partly due to the low […]

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June 5, 2021
Anemia in Elderly: Risks and Causes of Low Hemoglobin

Have you noticed a red flag marking low hemoglobin levels in your last laboratory results? You might be having anemia, a low number of red blood cells, or a low hemoglobin concentration in your blood. It is a common medical issue – studies state that more than 10% of people over 65 suffer from anemia, […]

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May 19, 2021
Parents Growing Old: A Guide for the Caring Kids

Aging is a part of the circle of life. Your once young parents, who brought you up and were there for you whenever you needed it, may need your help now. You probably want to do everything to make the final chapters of their lives happy, and their end dignified. But how do you achieve […]

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May 8, 2021
Does the Key to Understanding Alzheimer’s Lie in the Gut?

The human body is a home for a variety of microorganisms. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi reside on the skin, the eyes, in the upper parts of the respiratory system, lower parts of the urinary system, the vagina, and alongside the whole digestive tract – from the oral cavity to the anus. All these human body […]

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April 16, 2021
“It Is Not As If I Am Paralyzed”: Anosognosia, a Lack of Insight

Do you happen to know a person with dementia? As their condition progresses, you can see how their memory and other cognitive functions deteriorate. But can they prevent it? According to researches, 20-81% of patients with dementia are unaware of their impairment. This is what we call anosognosia, a neurological condition in which the patient […]

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April 13, 2021
Keeping Your Mind Sharp After 65? Take This Advice!

A decline in cognitive functions is a normal part of aging. While vocabulary, for example, doesn’t change or even improves with age. Other abilities, such as reasoning, processing, attention, and memory, inevitably worsen. This is more pronounced in patients with dementia or a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) but is not strictly reserved for them. The […]

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April 8, 2021
Beware of the Bone Thief - A Guide to Osteoporosis

More than two decades ago, the famous NHANES III study found that approximately 10% of people aged 50 and over suffer from osteoporosis. In 2010, these results were supplemented with the new findings: apart from 10% suffering from osteoporosis, 43% more have osteopenia. In other words, over 50% of people older than 50 have low […]

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March 9, 2021
Dynapenia, A Silent Killer of the Elderly

Dynapenia is the age-related loss of muscle strength and force. Tough it is a normal process that happens with aging, as the population grows older, dynapenia is gaining in importance, just like many other geriatric conditions. In 2008, CDC reported that 16-18% of women and 6-8% of men cannot stoop, kneel, or lift 10lbs (ca. […]

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February 27, 2021
Foods That Can Help Build Cartilage

According to Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the USA. Though there are several other causes of different types of arthritis, the most common cause is cartilage degeneration. The type of arthritis that develops, in that case, is called osteoarthritis. Cartilage is a cushioning surface in the joints - it covers […]

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