<![CDATA[Dr. John Fritz Jersey City - Dr. John Fritz, Jersey City's Blog]]>Sat, 05 Dec 2015 08:52:41 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Migraines - Symptoms and Types ]]>Fri, 04 Dec 2015 21:36:56 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/migraines-symptoms-and-typesPicture
Dr. John Fritz, the owner of Hudson Primary Care Professionals in Jersey City, New Jersey, leads a multi-specialty team of physicians and treats a wide variety of conditions. Focused particularly on the treatment of migraine, Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City draws on an in-depth understanding of the condition and its presentation.

Though commonly perceived as a type of severe headache, migraine is actually a complex and multifaceted condition that goes beyond its signature symptomatic pain. Medicine defines migraine as a syndrome, or a collection of symptoms, that results from a particular cause. The most common symptoms include sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, vomiting, and disturbed vision, as well as debilitating head pain. These symptoms may occur alone or in different combinations.

Migraine is an episodic condition, which means that patients typically experience symptoms as an attack. For the majority of patients, a migraine attack lasts between four and 72 hours. The type of migraine that a patient experiences depends on whether he or she experiences a pre-attack neurological aura, which most often consists of such visual disturbances as flashing lights, blind spots, or tunnel vision. Though migraine with aura is significantly less common than migraine without aura, which affects up to 90 percent of sufferers, there are approximately seven more rare varieties subject to diagnosis. 

<![CDATA[Erectile Dysfunction Drug May Help Prevent Diabetes                             ]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:15:53 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/erectile-dysfunction-drug-may-help-prevent-diabetesPicture
As the owner of Hudson Primary Care Professionals in Jersey City, New Jersey, Dr. John Fritz builds on extensive experience in diabetes care. Dr. John Fritz maintains an in-depth knowledge of available treatment methodologies and continuously seeks out new developments in the field.

In November of 2015, researchers announced finding that the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra may help to prevent diabetes in at-risk patients. The study followed 42 patients identified as pre-diabetic and tracked their progress over the course of three months, during which time each patient took either Viagra or a placebo. At the end of the study period, those patients randomly assigned to the Viagra group showed higher levels of insulin sensitivity, as well as lower levels of a marker that indicates a risk for heart and kidney disease.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Nancy Brown, and her co-authors have hypothesized that the results stem from Viagra's ability to block an enzyme that breaks down the blood vessel relaxant cGMP. Higher levels of this compound then support smooth muscle relaxation, vessel dilation, and improved blood flow. Scientists have indicated the need for further and larger-scale research, which would help to determine whether similar drugs would be appropriate diabetes preventives.                             

<![CDATA[Medication and Manipulation Treatments for Migraines ]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 02:21:15 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/medication-and-manipulation-treatments-for-migrainesPicture
Serving the needs of Jersey City patients, Dr. John Fritz maintains a practice that emphasizes musculoskeletal system care. Dr. John Fritz and his Jersey City team also have experience in the treatment of migraines.

Treating migraines depends on a variety of factors, including how frequently they occur and the degree of pain experienced. Preventative medications do exist, although most have been developed to address other conditions. Often used daily for 3 to 18 months, preventatives include anticonvulsants, antihistamines, antidepressants, beta-blockers, and anti-inflammatories. Preventative treatments have been effective in reducing migraines even after use of the drugs are discontinued. However, patients must be vigilant about monitoring and reporting migraine activity to ensure a prescribed medication is effective. Numerous pain killers and anti-nausea drugs are available to take to help alleviate the symptoms of a migraine attack when one does occur.

Another approach to migraines involves mechanical pain relief, with common treatments including the application of a hot or cold compress or pressure to the region experiencing pain. Massage and reflexology also may be employed, as well as osteopathy and chiropractic treatment. Biofeedback, which teaches patients to control body functions normally thought to be outside of the brain’s ability to control, is another migraine approach that has garnered interest in the medical community.                             

<![CDATA[Causes of Hepatitis A and B Infection]]>Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:52:47 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/causes-of-hepatitis-a-and-b-infectionAs owner of Hudson Primary Care Professionals in Jersey City, New Jersey, Dr. John Fritz offers family and osteopathic care for a variety of medical conditions. Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City provides his patients with education on such common infectious diseases as Hepatitis A and B.

Although hepatitis A and hepatitis B both affect the liver and develop from related viral causes, their pathology and risk factors are markedly different. Hepatitis A transmits from person to person via a fecal-oral pathway. In this process, a person typically comes into contact with the virus by ingesting food or water that has come into contact with the solid waste of an infected person. Other means of transmission include eating contaminated fruits and vegetables or ingesting raw shellfish from contaminated waters.

Hepatitis B, by contrast, is significantly less contagious. To become infected, a person must come into contact with the bodily fluid of an infected individual. This may occur during sexual contact or via the sharing of objects that transmit bodily fluids. Such items include shared needles, unsterilized tattoo equipment, or razors and similar personal care items. A woman infected with the hepatitis B virus may also pass along the infection to her unborn baby, though there are treatments available that may help to prevent transmission.

<![CDATA[Peppermint Oil for Migraine Relief]]>Mon, 02 Nov 2015 23:39:58 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/peppermint-oil-for-migraine-reliefDr. John Fritz, a family physician in Jersey City, New Jersey, draws on a comprehensive knowledge of migraine treatments to help patients with the condition. Dr. John Fritz welcomes migraine patients at his Jersey City multi-specialty care group, Hudson Primary Care Professionals, which he leads as medical director.

According to a government-sponsored survey conducted in 2012, approximately 14 percent of Americans experienced at least one migraine or serious headache in a three-month period. Some of these patients have found relief through the topical use of peppermint oil, a home remedy in popular use for complaints ranging from stomach pain to anxiety. Dedicated users of peppermint oil point to its ability to calm and ease tension, qualities that may also make it useful for patients who suffer from migraines.

Migraine patients who use peppermint oil have found that a small amount on the forehead can help to ease symptoms. Menthol gel on the back of the neck also has had a palliative effect for patients, and early research supports its potential benefit. Advocates of these types of treatments also note that they have not proven likely to cause medication-overuse headaches, which occur in chronic headache patients who rely on acetaminophen, aspirin, and other analgesics. A qualified physician can help a migraine sufferer to decide whether peppermint oil may be a useful part of a treatment plan.]]>
<![CDATA[Body Shape Gene May Influence Diabetes Risk ]]>Sat, 24 Oct 2015 05:40:01 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/body-shape-gene-may-influence-diabetes-riskDr. John Fritz owns Hudson Primary Care Professionals in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he focuses on providing care to patients with diabetes. Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City comes to this role with extensive experience in treating patients with insulin dependency.

According to recent research, women with broader hips may be at lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The connection seems to lie in a variant in the KLF14 gene, which data have shown relates to diabetes risk. The same gene also appears to play a role in directing how a woman's body stores its fat. Women with one particular allele of the KLF14 gene have wider hips, while another allele prompts the development of slimmer hips.

Researchers have discovered that the connection lies in a particular protein that the gene variant encodes. This protein has the ability to alter the structure and function of other genes present in fat cells. A certain threshold of this protein seems to correlate with an increased risk of diabetes.

Data suggest that women possess higher baseline levels of the protein's precursor mRNA transcript, which may explain why this correlation only exists in the female population. However, other researchers suggest that there may be a certain sex-linked protein that reacts with the KLF14 protein, thus altering its effects based on the patient's gender. More research is necessary to further interpret these findings, though the KLF14 gene may be a contributing factor in the development of new diabetes therapies in the future.                             ]]>
<![CDATA[Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes                             ]]>Tue, 29 Sep 2015 02:33:45 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/exercise-and-type-2-diabetesBased in Jersey City, Dr. John Fritz sees patients for routine health screenings as well as to address a wide variety of health conditions. At his Jersey City family practice, Dr. John Fritz advises patients who have Type 2 diabetes on good wellness practices, such as regular exercise.

For individuals with Type 2 diabetes, exercise is an important part of managing one’s overall health. However, a person should first get his or her doctor’s approval before beginning a routine of physical activity. The doctor can provide important advice, such as recommendations for the time of day to exercise or guidelines related to medications. A person might be asked to monitor blood sugar levels during longer exercise sessions, for instance, or to perform checks before or after exercising.

After getting a doctor’s approval, a person who is not used to exercise should start with short, low-intensity workouts and then slowly build up the workout duration and intensity once the body becomes accustomed to the activity. The person should pay attention to how he or she feels during the workout and have on hand a carbohydrate-containing snack, such fruit or whole-grain crackers.                              ]]>
<![CDATA[Research Indicates Smoking Worsens Diabetes ]]>Mon, 14 Sep 2015 21:05:38 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/research-indicates-smoking-worsens-diabetesAs the owner of an independent family medical practice in Jersey City, Dr. John Fritz draws on extensive experience as a diabetologist. In that capacity, Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City has treated numerous patients at various stages of type 2 diabetes.

Although health professionals regularly encourage patients to quit smoking, whether they have diabetes or not, as many as 20 percent of diabetics continue the habit. However, a new study has emerged that quantifies the risks to diabetic smokers and may serve as further incentive to quit. The study comes from a team at the Tongji Medical College of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, under the leadership of researcher An Pan. As the lead author, he coordinated the gathering of data from 89 previous studies on the subject.

Review of this data found that smokers with type 2 diabetes were approximately 150 percent more susceptible to cardiovascular problems. Similarly, researchers found the risk of reduced blood flow to the limbs to be 200 percent more likely in smokers. Past smokers had a lower risk of heart disease and arterial disease as compared to active smokers, although their risk was still higher than that of type 2 diabetic patients who had never smoked. This aggregated data, combined with risk estimates and global death rate information, has led researchers to believe that smoking causes the death of 3.3 percent of women with diabetes and 14.6 percent of men with the condition.                             ]]>
<![CDATA[Type 2 Diabetes and Low Verbal Fluency - A Potential Link ]]>Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:19:41 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/type-2-diabetes-and-low-verbal-fluency-a-potential-linkDr. John Fritz, a family physician in Jersey City, offers his services as a specialist in diabetology. In this role, Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City has built extensive experience in treating patients with insulin pumps and other similar therapies.

In the summer of 2015, researchers at the University of Turku in Finland presented findings that insulin resistance may be a contributing factor in language problems among female patients. The specific problem relates to verbal fluency, or the rate in which an individual can produce words. Women with insulin resistance related to diabetes are also likely to present with low verbal fluency, which may be a sign of the declining executive function characteristic of early Alzheimer's disease.

A second study published in the Finnish journal Diabetologia has also found a link between patients with insulin resistance and those with low verbal fluency. Researchers currently hypothesize that the correlation stems from lesions in the white matter of the brain or from blood vessel changes related to insulin resistance. However, University of Turku researcher Dr. Laura Ekblad notes that only an association and not a causation is evident at present. Researchers agree that more investigation is necessary to determine the source of the proposed connection.                             ]]>
<![CDATA[Potential New Drugs for Migraine Headaches ]]>Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:47:33 GMThttp://drjohnfritzjerseycity.weebly.com/dr-john-fritz-jersey-citys-blog/potential-new-drugs-for-migraine-headachesA family medicine practitioner for 10 years, Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City, New Jersey, has gained extensive experience and expertise in the treatment of migraines. Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City draws on a comprehensive knowledge of available therapies in addressing the many symptoms of this condition.

Statistics show that approximately 36 million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches, while 3.2 million experience severe migraine headaches a minimum of 15 days each month. Now, four pharmaceutical companies have drugs in development that strive to fully relieve these episodes. Alder, Amgen, Lilly, and Teva are working to create blockers for calcitonin gene-related peptides, or CGRP's, which cause pain and inflammation when they bind to a receptor.

In 2014, early trials of CGRP-targeted drugs found a 66 percent reduction in migraine days. The four companies currently developing these therapies have also had promising results; all experimental drugs have reduced migraine days by a minimum of half for at least 50 percent of patients. Teva has achieved success in treating both episodic and chronic migraines, though Lilly has already begun late-stage trials.