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Cosmetic Medicine

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Release Date: 12/15/2020

Rare Disease CAMK-2 Gene show art Rare Disease CAMK-2 Gene

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Our guest today is Karen is a wife and mother to 5 children.  Her youngest, who is now 13 was born seemingly healthy.  In her first weeks it became clear that she wasn't developing normally. After 10 years of looking for a diagnosis and not finding answers, they decided to do whole exome sequencing.  That finally gave them an answer.  She has a mutation of her CAMK2 gene. It was so newly discovered that only a handful of people were diagnosed with this.  Since it has been discovered, more children are being found to be in the family of CAMK2 mutations.  It is so...

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Tara Parham, the daughter of a disabled USMCS Veteran, eighty-sixed her 6 figure income career in Government Healthcare and Lean Six Sigma, after falling ill with the first of 3  rare diseases that are associated with her dads exposure to Agent Orange, a dioxin used while he was serving in the Vietnam War. Her goal is to shed light on those who are struggling with the many debilitating conditions from Agent Orange and other Rare Diseases; to advocate for  those who are struggling to find Help, their voice, and are unable to advocate for themselves.  TRANSCRIPT s8e10- PodcastDx-...

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Jason is an engineering graduate who reinvented himself as a podcaster and chronic illness/disability advocate after developing fibromyalgia and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). He is the host of , a podcast featuring immersive stories on chronic illness and disability that showcase our vulnerability, wellness, and resilience. He and his guests find comfort by turning towards discomfort, welcoming it, and laughing at it.  Jason is the youngest of three kids and the proud uncle of his nephew and niece. He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where he currently lives...

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Kim Shields is 38 years old and just finished her masters in social work program. She was diagnosed with FOP at age 15, but it has mildly affected her throughout her life. She is a wheelchair user, but she doesn’t let that slow her down. She is working on a plan to open a nonprofit in the future to help with access issues for those with disabilities, specifically wheelchair access, but will fight to help anyone with a disability get access to housing, employment, and transportation that meets their individual needs to be as independent as possible. ​ ...

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Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Kelley was among the first physicians to become Board Certified in Integrative Medicine. She has studied the causes, effects, and treatments of Lyme Disease extensively, and lectures nationally on this and other topics.  Dr. Kelley graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.  She is a ten-year member of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), a Director on the board of The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), and is a...

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Talking today amongst ourselves, we will share some important safety tips around the home.  (TRANSCRIPT BELOW) ​ Most home safety tips talk about the importance of preventing fires, preparing against extreme weather and protecting the home from potential burglars. If you are a homeowner and have not taken precautions in any of these areas, the time to act is now.  ​ Yet even though it’s important to prepare for large dangers, most household dangers are more subtle and require smaller fixes. For example, did you know that a carbon monoxide detector is one of the most important...

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Myostatin Issues- Dylan's Strength show art Myostatin Issues- Dylan's Strength

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Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy is a rare condition characterized by reduced body fat and increased muscle size. Affected individuals have up to twice the usual amount of muscle mass in their bodies. They also tend to have increased muscle strength. This condition is not known to cause any medical problems, and affected individuals are intellectually normal. Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy is caused by mutations in the  gene. It follows an  pattern of inheritance.    In layman's terms: Too LITTLE Myostatin causes too MUCH muscle. Our...

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The first human vaccines against viruses were based using weaker or attenuated viruses to generate immunity. The smallpox vaccine used cowpox, a poxvirus that was similar enough to smallpox to protect against it but usually didn’t cause serious illness. Rabies was the first virus attenuated in a lab to create a vaccine for humans. Vaccines are made using several different processes. They may contain live viruses that have been attenuated (weakened or altered so as not to cause illness); inactivated or killed organisms or viruses; inactivated toxins (for bacterial diseases where toxins...

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Basic disability etiquette involves treating people with disabilities with respect.  For example, speak to the person directly, not to the person accompanying them. Do not make assumptions about what they can or cannot do. The impact of a specific disability can vary widely from person to person, so offer assistance only if it appears to be needed. Acknowledge and respect the individual’s ability to make decisions and judgments on their own behalf.  Always use “people first” language. For example, use the term “people with disabilities.” Do not use terms such as “the...

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Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect movement and muscle tone or posture. It's caused by damage that occurs to the immature brain as it develops, most often before birth.   Our guest today is , a Chicago area, 21-year-old college student and is studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a junior. He hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting after graduation and currently resides in Downers Grove, IL with his family.   TRANSCRIPT:   S8E2 Cerebral palsy Lita T  00:08 Hello, and welcome to another episode of podcast dx, the show...

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Cosmetic Medicine is the practice of non-surgical and minor surgical procedures that are designed to change the appearance of individuals by their effects on superficial tissues, thereby reversing the signs of ageing.

Cosmetic Medicine is commonly associated with treatments such as botulinum toxin and dermal filler injections. Other treatments such as laser therapy and sclerotherapy are also extremely popular and are additional therapies that a cosmetic practitioner can offer.

Skin Med Spa is a premier medical spa in Downers Grove, Illinois. The practice boasts licensed medical staff who are trained in aesthetics and have decades of experience. It’s a true medical spa, offering real products and quality anti-aging results.

Skin Med Spa staff use the Lumenis® M22™ laser system, including IPL, Q-Switched nd:YAG, and ResurFX™, to treat all types of skin conditions. They offer all-encompassing treatments to help patients achieve healthier, younger-looking skin without downtime. The practice combines natural products with advanced technologies to maximize aesthetic results.

The Skin Med Spa team treats acne, rosacea, spider veins, fine lines, sun spots, stretch marks, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. They use DefenAge skincare, which uses stem cells to stimulate new skin cell production. Skin Med Spa specialists also offer Nutrafol® hair vitamin supplements for hair restoration and vFit+, a women’s wellness device that rejuvenates intimate areas.

Patients seeking Botox®, Jeuveau®, dermal fillers, facials, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair restoration, laser skin resurfacing, PDO threads, or laser hair removal can turn to the Skin Med Spa team for premium anti-aging results.

Skin Med Spa staff offer same-day appointments. They look forward to helping you achieve your health, wellness, and beauty goals. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.

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Our Guests

Barbara Kowalczyk, FNP-BC

Barb Kowalczyk

Barbara has one of the most loyal followings in facial aesthetics in the Chicagoland area due to her impressive work. A practitioner who's goal is to listen to the patient's desires and artistically deliver amazing results for her patient. Her specialty includes botox fillers and PDO threads as well as laser treatments to achieve the most amazing natural look.

Barbara's training was extensive and comprehensive making her one of the most knowledgeable injector practitioners that you will find in this realm of medicine and beauty. 

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Michael Fressola, ACNP-BC

Michael Fressola

An aesthetic practitioner and graduate of Rush University. Michael has been involved with cosmetic treatments and surgery for 20 years.  Michael was a partner at Galileo surgery center and advanced cosmetic lasers, one of the first laser centers in Chicago.

Michael brings his years of aesthetic experience to Skin Med Spa specializing skin rejuvenation, men's aesthetics as well as testosterone optimization and anti-aging treatments.