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What is Integrative Primary Care Medicine?

Just what is Integrative Family Medicine? Google the phrase and you come up with different answers. Traditional medicine is integrated with what -- acupuncture, yoga, special diets, massage therapy, hypnosis, meditation or some combination of all of these? Why? Tune in to SMG Radio to hear Dr. Marianna Shimelfarb demystify the issue and explain how integrative family medicine works, which holistic practices can be incorporated in patient treatment, and the health benefits you and your...


Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is a nonsurgical procedure in which the areas of the atrium responsible for the generation of arrhythmia are mapped and then destroyed using either radiofrequency energy (heat) or cryoenergy (freezing). Tune into SMG radio to hear Jonathan Steinberg, MD explain how Catheter ablation is used to help treat atrial fibrillation.


Life Off Beat - - Living with AFibrillation

According to the CDC, up to 6 million people in the US have Atrial Fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation, often called AFib, is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. With the aging of the U.S. population, this number is expected to increase. An arrhythmia is when the heart beats too slowly, too fast, or in an irregular way. Tune into SMG Radio to hear SMG cardiologist Dr. Robert Altman discuss the latest effective treatment options to help patients with A-fib.


Preventative Care in Family Medicine

Family physicians at Summit Medical Group treat all aspects of whole family health. In addition to diagnosing and treating a range of illnesses and conditions, your family doctor can provide routine health checkups and counseling. He or she can help you make healthy lifestyle choices, improve and maintain your health, and prevent illness. Tune in to SMG Radio to hear Dr. Afshan M. Khan discuss Preventive Care in Family Medicine at Summit Medical Group, and learn the advantages of working...


Chronic Sinusitis: Current Treatment Protocols

For weeks you've been suffering with headaches, pressure around your eyes, thick, colored mucus when you blow your nose. Your chronic sinusitis is back. Chronic sinusitis isn't just one disease. There's a spectrum of disease that require different types of treatment so an accurate diagnosis and evaluation to pinpoint the cause of the inflamed sinus cavities is paramount. Tune in to SMG Radio as Dr. Giant Lin, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist with Summit Medical Group, discusses the...


School Refusal, Why Doesn't Your Child Want To Go To School?

Does your child wake up complaining of an upset stomach or headache and ask to stay home from school? Once school starts does he stop complaining and act normally? If you force the issue, does he head to the nurse’s office right after school begins? What’s really going on? Is your daughter being bullied, afraid of not getting all A’s or is it just more fun to stay home? Tune into SMG Radio to hear Kristen Cole, LCSW, ACT, talk about the many causes of “school refusal” and how to change...


Separation Anxiety: How To Help Your Child Say 'See You Later'

Have you suddenly started to trip over your child? When you try to leave him with grandma, does he start to wail and throw a tantrum? Your child may be experiencing separation anxiety, a typical rite of passage for children between the ages of eight and 12 months that should disappear at about two years. Young children aren't the only ones to experience separation anxiety, sometimes mothers will be unable to leave their child with anyone. Tune in to SMG Radio and hear Allison H. Berry,...


The Latest Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently diagnosed cardiac rhythm disorder. Affecting 2.5 million people in the United States, AF can be associated with an increased risk for death, congestive heart failure, and stroke. Tune into SMG Radio to hear cardiac electrophysiologist Jonathan Steinberg discuss the latest effective treatment options to help patients with AF.


Does Your Child Struggle with ADHD?

Are teachers and coaches telling you your child is disruptive and suggesting you need seek professional help? Tune in to SMG Radio and get answers to these and other questions as Dr. Leonid Topper describes ADHD's symptoms and gives listeners a "tool kit" to treat it successfully.


Do You Suffer from Painful Migraines?

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you're not alone. About 12 percent of the U.S. population gets them. Migraines are recurring attacks of moderate to severe pain. Could that pounding headache, blurry vision and nausea be a migraine or could they be signs of something more serious? Tune in to SMG Radio to hear Dr. Leonid Topper discuss how to accurately diagnose migraines and how to successfully treat and live with them.


Lung Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life

Lung cancer is second most common type of cancer in the United States and Lung cancer can be difficult to find in its early stages because it often has no symptoms until it has spread to other places in the body. According to the National Cancer Institute, a 2011 report from the NLST suggests that compared with standard chest x-rays, low-dose CT scans for lung cancer screening could reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent because they help doctors identify lung cancer in its early...


Intragastric Ballon For Weight Loss - A Non-Surgical Procedure That Might Be Right For You

How do you shrink your stomach without surgery? For many obese individuals, the answer may be an Intragastric Balloon. Doctors use an endoscope to insert a deflated balloon in your stomach and fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution. The inflated balloon is left in place for about six months while you lose weight, learn new ways to eat and turn your health around. Tune into SMG Radio and listen to Summit Medical Group Gastroenterologist Dr. Hazar Michael explain the medical pros...


Lifestyle Modification in Breast Cancer Survivorship

What can increase the success rate in treating breast cancer? Breast cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer in women, and one of the most important factors in regaining health are lifestyle changes. Diet, exercise and stress reduction all play an important role in getting back on the road to health, well being and living life cancer-free. Tune into SMG Radio to hear Dr. Roshini George talk about lifestyle modification to aid in breast cancer survivorship.


Chronic Leukemia

Losing significant weight without trying and feeling continually exhausted may be some of the symptoms of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. (CLL) CLL is a type of cancer that affects older adults, often white men, and it can be present long before it causes symptoms. It may also be harder to treat than other forms of leukemia. To learn more about CLL, tune into SMG Radio to hear Dr. David Gallinson, a specialist in cancer, discuss the symptoms and treatment of this form of leukemia.


Cervical Cancer Screening: HPV or Pap Smear?

Cervical cancer screening with a pap smear has been an essential part of a woman's routine health care for many years. However, the guidelines are changing and the test we've relied on for so many years may now be an adjunct to the HPV test. My guest today is Dr Ann ricks she is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Summit Medical Group. Listen in as Ann M. Ricks, MD obstetrician and gynecologist at Summit Medical Group, discusses the new guidelines for cervical cancer screening.


New Partnership Between Summit Medical Group and the MD Anderson Cancer Center

Did you know that treatment from one of the world's leading cancer centers is now available in your backyard? Last spring, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Summit Medical began a new partnership to provide world-renowned cancer care to patients at its locations throughout northern New Jersey. Tune into SMG Radio to hear cancer expert Dr. William DeRosa explain how this exciting new partnership will benefit patients at Summit Medical Group.


The Best Strategies for Weight Loss

Restricting calories and exercising are both important to weight loss—but so are other lesser known factors. For example, it’s also important to eat at regular intervals so your body has a steady stream of energy. Other factors critical to weight loss are drinking water and eating foods that are low in sugar, including carbohydrates. Tune into SMG Radio to hear Dr. Cynthia Paige debunk some myths about weight loss and give tips that will help you shed those extra pounds.


Taking Medications on Time: More Important Than You Might Think

Taking medication correctly may seem like a simple or personal matter, but non-adherence (or not taking medication as directed) is a complicated and common problem. The treatment of chronic illnesses commonly includes the long-term use of medications. Diseases like Diabetes or Heart disease may require long term medication. Although these medications are effective in combating disease, their full benefits are often not realized because approximately 50% of patients do not take their...


Do You Suffer from Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Not surprisingly, playing tennis or other racquet sports can cause this condition. However, several other sports and activities can also put you at risk. Tennis elbow is usually caused by activities that overuse the tendons and muscles in your forearm that straighten and raise your hand and wrist. Examples of these activities are tennis and other racket sports, carpentry, machine work, computer...


Foot and Ankle Sprains and Injuries

Do you wear flip flops or open back shoes? Both put a lot of pressure on your feet and ankles and cause foot strain along the arch. Do you like to take barefoot walks on beaches? That can strain the joints of the feet. Ankle sprains and foot strains are common, but many can be easily prevented. Find out how to care for your feet! Tune into SMG Radio and hear podiatrist Dr. Marco Ucciferri’s tips on foot and ankle health. Learn more about Summit Medical Group’s orthopedics and sports...