William S. Maxfield, M.D., is a board-certified physician in hyperbaric medicine, radiology, and nuclear medicine. He is one of the nation’s foremost experts in hyperbaric medicine, pioneering its use to treat wounds, brain trauma, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions. He has served on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, and LSU Medical School. He has also served as the chief of the Radioisotope Laboratory at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, M.D. Dr. Maxfield was chief of the Radiation Therapy Department and co-chairman of the Nuclear Medicine Laboratory at Ochsner Clinic and Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans. He is currently in private practice in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area.
The predominant news story for the past several weeks has been the suicide of actor Robin Williams, who died of asphyxiation on August 11. One question that has been raised is whether or not Williams’ suicide was related to the heart surgery he underwent a few years ago. [Full Story]
The predominant news story for the past several weeks has been the suicide of actor Robin Williams, who died of asphyxiation on August 11. One question that has been raised is whether or not Williams’ suicide was related to the heart surgery he underwent a few years ago. [Full Story]
For the past few weeks, the news on television and radio has been filled with stories about an outbreak of Ebola, a deadly viral disease that causes fevers and hemorrhaging, along with impaired kidney and liver function. [Full Story]
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Prostate problems are a frequent difficulty for men as they age. However, there is increasing data showing that natural treatments for the prostate are very effective in treating these conditions.
With age, there tends to be blockage of urine as it passes the urethra... [Full Story]
In last week's blog I discussed ways to diagnose prostate cancer accurately without subjecting men to the painful experience of repeated needle biopsies. In addition to better diagnostics, we are improving treatment of prostate cancer. A technology that is being evaluated... [Full Story]
Making a diagnosis of prostate cancer has long been a problem for doctors and their male patients. Prostate biopsy is the most reliable way to confirm a malignancy, but even though we have significant improvement in our ultrasound pattern, the problem of establishing the... [Full Story]
Osteopenia and osteoporosis are significant problems for the elderly. Most people know that osteoporosis is a condition in which bones lose density, become brittle, and fractures occur. Osteopenia is lower-than-normal bone density, but not low enough to be classified as... [Full Story]
Statins are one of the most popular drugs in the United States, but there is increasing concern about their use and possible complications. [Full Story]
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