illness and injuries

What is Bipolar Disorder? Our society often uses the term “bipolar” loosely to describe a person with extremely erratic mood swings, but bipolar disorder is a serious medical condition which encompasses so much more than just an outburst of anger. Bipolar disor... read more

Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. There are several types of diabetes.  The most co... read more

The human brain is the most difficult human organ to comprehend.  Many try to understand the complexity of the brain in relationship to mental disorders; one of the most widespread disorders is schizophrenia. Many people are affected by this mental illness which u... read more

Back pain is one of the most common reasons employees visit a doctor, whether it is for lower back problems or neck pain.  Over 90% of the population will hurt their back or neck at some point in their life, usually while doing daily routine activities at work.  ... read more

WHAT IS AN EAR INFECTION?  WHAT IS THE CAUSE? Ear infections occur when a cold or allergy attacks and clogs the eustachian tubes, which connect the middle ear (located behind your eardrum) to the throat. This causes air and fluid to get trapped in the middle ear, ... read more

Modernized first world countries are threatened with disease. Antimicrobial soaps and hand sanitizers at home are no match for modern disease outbreaks borne out of third world nations that may find their way into your home. Even preventing the flu which is a commo... read more

Question- Dr. Kiskila, what causes a sore throat? Answer- Infections typically are the cause of a sore throat. Infections could be bacterial like strep throat or viral like mono or the flu virus. Question- If I have a sore throat, does that mean I am getting sick? ... read more

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. It occurs when the immune system, which normally defends the body from invading organisms, turns its attack against the membrane lining t... read more

Deep vein thrombosis, commonly referred to as DVT, occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your calves, thighs or legs. The most common cause of DVT is poor blood flow. When blood slows down, it starts to ... read more

My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) at a very young age.  Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects a person’s motor skills. PD belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are... read more

Lead Poisoning Part One Many years ago a constantly convulsing seven-year-old child was brought into my emergency room.  She required immediate life-saving measures. After stabilization, and for reasons unknown, I asked our laboratory to send out a test for lead o... read more