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What's Causing Your Dizzy Spells?

BonacquistiWhen Bessie Huber, of Bethalto, slipped in her garage and shattered her knee cap, she was forced to address her vertigo. The vertigo may have been caused by her medication, but there were many other possible causes as well – some serious and some not so serious. Bessie went to Dr. Keith Bonacquisti, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center. “He asked me why I had put up with the dizziness and said I didn’t have to live with it,” Bessie said.  Dr. Bonacquisti diagnosed Bessie with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV); a spinning sensation when moving the head through rotational movement.

Testing for Colorectal Cancer

Klucka MarkAs a gastroenterologist, Mark Klucka, D.O., says he is accustomed to the numerous excuses for not getting a colonoscopy. Typically, patients seem anxious about the embarrassment or perceived pain or discomfort that they associate with the procedure. And they may think they are at low risk because they have had no symptoms. This mindset has made colorectal cancer the second leading cause of cancer deaths. And the sad part, screening is particularly effective at detecting the cancer at an early treatable stage -- even preventing it in some cases. Read about options Dr. Klucka says, other than a colonoscopy, are simple, easy, inexpensive, non-invasive and cause neither pain nor discomfort.  

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