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home : columnists : dr john roberts December 13, 2017


Night Terrors a common sleep disorder
An adult patient has asked me to write about night terrors. While night terrors can be seen in adults, they are much more common in children. It's hypothesized that this is due to brain development in these children.

Night terrors are a subclass of sleep disorders called "parasomnias." Rather than focus specifically on adults, I'd also like to talk a bit about kids. People who exhibit parasomnias often have family members who suffer from them as well. Virtually all of these conditions go away with time.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time to prepare of the flu
The cold weather is finally arriving and it's time to prepare for the flu. Most people us the term "flu" in a very generic sense, meaning anything from cold symptoms to having a case of vomiting and diarrhea. The "flu" in this column refers to respiratory influenza that kills 36,000 Americans each year and puts another 200,000 in the hospital.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
I'm Having Trouble Hearing
A patient whose mother is having hearing difficulties asked me to write about the best way to choose someone to fit hearing aids. I'd like to begin with some background on hearing.

It goes without saying that hearing is one of our most important senses. It is critical for our quality of life as well as for safety and social interaction. There are an estimated 30 million Americans who have some degree of hearing loss, 65 percent of whom are younger than 65 years of age.

Monday, November 27, 2017
Contrary to popular belief, not all flu is the same
Winter cold & flu season is starting to gear up. This week, I'd like to talk about a different kid of flu, "stomach flu." I have to start by dispelling a common misconception that all flu is the same. "Stomach flu" is not caused by the same viruses as "respiratory flu." Flu shots, given to prevent respiratory influenza, will not protect you against viruses affecting the gastrointestinal tract that causes an infection known as viral gastroenteritis.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
My head is spinning
This week I want to address a specific variant of a condition that I've been seeing a fair amount of lately - dizziness. Primary Care doctors in the U.S. see about six million patients a year with dizziness.

Dizziness means different things to different people and can be a symptom of many different medical conditions. People usually describe being dizzy when they either feel faint or lightheaded or when they feel like their environment is spinning. This latter sensation is called vertigo, from the Latin vertere meaning, "to turn."

Wednesday, November 15, 2017



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