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  • How noroviruses affects the body and cause symptoms
    11/17/2020 In addition to COVID-19 we’re starting to see some “stomach flu.” I have to start by dispelling a common misconception people have that all types of “flu” are the same. “Stomach flu” is not caused by the same viruses that cause respiratory illnesses. Flu shots, given to prevent respiratory influenza, will not protect you against viruses affecting the gastrointestinal tract that cause viral gastroenteritis.
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  • My head is spinning, whirling and reeling
    11/3/2020 This week I want to address a specific variant of a condition that I’ve been seeing a lot of lately – dizziness. Primary Care doctors in the U.S. see about six million patients a year who complain of “dizziness.” 
    Dizziness means different things to different people and can be a symptom of many different medical conditions. People use “dizzy” as a universal term to describe feeling faint, lightheaded, or when they feel like their environment is spinning.
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  • Restless leg syndrome can really shake things up
    10/27/2020 Someone told me the other day that they thought “restless leg syndrome” (RLS) was dreamt up by pharmaceutical companies to sell more medications. You may have seen commercials for Requip® and Mirapex®, both drugs used to treat this condition.
    People have described symptoms suggestive of restless legs since the 17th Century. The Swedish neurologist Erik Ekborn initially coined the term in the 1940’s. It’s estimated that between ten to fifteen percent of Americans suffer from restless leg syndrome to some degree.
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  • Hearing Trouble? Hearing difficulties are an issue many face
    10/6/2020 A patient whose mother is having hearing difficulties asked me to write about the best way to purchase 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.
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  • Screening for cardiovascular disease and lung cancer
    9/22/2020 Doctors nationwide have been seeing a definite uptick in patients going to hospitals and imaging centers to have various screening tests done. The most common are heart and lung CT exams and sometimes ultrasound tests to evaluate for blockages in the arteries in the neck and legs. The scans typically have out-of-pocket costs in the $49 to $99 range and are not covered by insurance. They are promoted to identify early heart disease, artery blockages and/or lung cancer.
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  • Thinking about the influenza virus and it’s effects
    9/1/2020 Fall will soon be here and it’s time to start thinking about 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.
    Records since 2010 indicate the number of deaths from influenza has ranged from 12,000 to 79,000 per year.
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  • Leaflets three…let it be! Poison Ivy, sumac, and oak
    8/18/2020 The weather looks like it’s going to break a bit allowing many of our readers to get back out in the yard to prepare for fall. This will probably result in a lot of rashes showing up in our office. Most of the rashes we see in the summer are caused by poison ivy, one of three plants in Indiana in the genus Toxicodendron. This genus also includes poison sumac, and poison oak.
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  • Concussions and dealing with sports related trauma
    7/28/2020 We continue to see quite a few kids in our office each year with concussions. Usually this is an athletic injury, but it is commonly seen in others as well. Concussions have always been a part of sports, especially those involving high-energy collisions, particularly football, soccer, hockey and basketball. Intensive research, along with lawsuits like the one the NFL Players Association brought against the NFL, are causing research to move rapidly to help us get a firmer grasp on how to prevent and manage concussions.
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  • Women need to know their risks of heart disease
    7/21/2020 I continue to be amazed when I ask ladies what the number one killer of women is, the majority respond, “breast cancer.” While breast cancer is the number one cancer killer of women, and is estimated to have claimed about 40,000 women last year, it is not the biggest threat women face. Ten times that many died of heart disease last year.
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  • Stress Fractures and it’s most common risks
    7/14/2020 I saw a young athlete last week who complained of shin pain. He had been upping his running mileage in preparation for the cross country season. The pain was due to a stress fracture. It is estimated that between 5 and 30 percent of athletes develop a stress fracture each year. Briefhaupt first described the condition in 1855 when examining military recruits, another group that frequently suffers this injury.
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