• Broken Bones and Dr. Josyann Abisaab

    The pain of a broken bone usually sends the victim straight to the emergency room, whether or not there is certainty that a bone is actually broken. A careful examination including an x-ray by an emergency room doctor such as Dr. Josyann Abisaab can usually determine whether a bone was indeed broken. A bone will break if there is more pressure placed on the bone than the bone can handle. The bone can either split or break, and in either case this break, no matter how large, is called a fracture. If the broken edge of the bone breaks through the skin, then the fracture is called either an open…

  • Understanding Knee Injuries:Dr. Josyann Abisaab

    W hen all the parts of the body are working together well, it is easy to forget how each and every muscle, bone, and organ are essential for a painless, well-functioning body. A good example of this is when someone has a knee injury. In just a moment the person goes from painless walking, bending, climbing stairs, crouching and stretching, to a person who experiences pain with every bend of the leg at the knee. The knee is the largest joint in the body. Joints are the places where two bones come together. The knees provide the body with stability, flexibility and allow your legs to straighten up, bend and…

  • Josyann Abisaab, Japan and Radiation Exposure

    The Worst Has Been Averted The catastrophe in Japan has brought the world’s attention to what could happen when there is a leak at a nuclear power plant and radiation is released into the environment. Thankfully, it looks like there will not be a major nuclear disaster in Japan as experts continue to bring the situation under control. Nevertheless, it has been confirmed that a certain amount of radioactivity was released into the water supply and atmosphere. What does that mean for the health of the people affected by their proximity to the power plants and to those further away? Nuclear Plant Workers Exposed It has been reported that some…

  • Dr. Josyann Abisaab:Allergic Reactions are Sometimes Emergencies

    The body’s immune system is a marvelous apparatus which protects us from an incredible number of substances in the environment that could harm us. When the immune system breaks down, or is in a weakened state, the body is subject to great harm from common and usually relatively harmless illnesses. The common cold or the flu can be lethal to someone with a non-functional immune system. Allergic reactions, however, are the immune system ‘over-functioning.’ Substances which are harmless to most people, like pollen, animal hairs, or bee stings, cause the immune system to react in such a way that can create a physiological response which can be anything from the…

  • Josyann Abisaab: What is COPD?

    COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This illness is composed mainly of three separate chronic illnesses; chronic bronchitis, chronic asthma and emphysema. The main cause of COPD in the United States today is smoking, which accounts for about 90% of the cases. Although not every smoker will get COPD, it is estimated that about 15% of smokers will. It is not completely understood yet if passive smoking (inhaling cigarette smoke from a nearby smoker) can contribute to the development of COPD; it is known that children living with people that smoke are more likely to develop respiratory infections and the symptoms of asthma. Emergency room physicians such as Dr.…