About the Author

Chris Iliades, MD

Chris Iliades has an MD degree and 15 years of experience as a freelance writer. Based in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, his byline has appeared regularly on many health and medicine websites including Everyday Health, Clinical Advisor, Healthgrades, and Bottom Line Health. He has been a featured contributor for HeathDay since 2005. Chris also writes a regular blog for The Pulse, a website for fetal health and pregnancy. Chris is a featured contributor at Bottom Line Health Magazine and has written features for the John Hopkins Children’s Magazine. Iliades is board-certified in Ear, Nose and Throat and Head and Neck Surgery. He practiced clinical medicine for 15 years and has also been a medical director for diagnostic research and a principal investigator for clinical research before turning to full time medical writing. He has also been certified as a teacher of High School English Literature in Massachusetts.

Articles by Chris Iliades, MD

PSA: What’s Normal?

PSA is prostate specific antigen, a protein made by prostate cells that shows up in your blood with a PSA blood test. PSA levels increase with prostate cancer, so PSA has been used as a screening test for prostate cancer for many years. A cancer screening test is a test … Read More

Lockjaw Versus a Locked Jaw: What’s the Difference

Medical dictionaries describe lockjaw as a tightness or spasm of the jaw muscles due to a bacterial infection from Clostridium tetani, commonly called tetanus. [1] Tetanus has become very rare in the United States with only about 30 reported cases per year. Almost everyone who gets tetanus today has not … Read More

5 Heart Disease Warning Signs

There are many types of heart disease, but the most common in the United Sates is coronary artery disease (CAD) which is decreased blood flow to your heart. Heart attack, abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias), and heart failure are other common heart disease conditions. [1] Common warning signs for these conditions include … Read More

What to Do for a Back Spasm

Almost everyone gets back pain at some point. People may say they have a backache or back spasm, or that they threw their back out. These are all descriptions of acute low back pain, back pain that starts suddenly. A muscle spasm is another word for a muscle cramp. It … Read More
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