Charles E. Crutchfield

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Defining health disparities

Dr. Crutchfield, what do people mean when they use the term “health disparity”?  

Merriam-Webster defines disparity as “the state of being different.” The term “health disparities” refers to several conditions. It almost always refers to differences in groups relating to their socioeconomic status, race and/or gender. It can also mean differences in the presence of certain diseases within groups. It can mean the outcomes of disease treatment in these groups. It can mean the quality of health care and access to healthcare services that exist within these groups. Disparities can also be caused by a lack of efficiency within the healthcare system. As a result of the lack of efficiency, some studies (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies) have speculated that approximately $50 billion are spent wastefully every year in the U.S. By reducing or eliminating health disparities, there could be a significant savings to the healthcare system accompanied by an overall increased quality of health care. Continue Reading →

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Oral Cancer: a sneaky yet preventable killer





By Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield III and David Hamlar, MD, DDS 


Why should I care about oral cancer? According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone. This serious mouth disease, which pertains to the mouth, lips or throat, is often highly curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages.  


What causes oral cancer? Tobacco use is the number-one risk factor in oral cancer. Continue Reading →

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Hair loss: a vexing problem


Why should I care about hair loss? While the physical symptoms of hair loss can be dramatic for patients, the psychosocial impact can be just as severe. In quality-of-life studies of people with androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern hair loss, researchers found that men and women both report a significant loss of self-esteem, being introverted, and feeling less attractive with hair loss. It really is a self-esteem issue. What causes hair loss? Continue Reading →

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