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  • Plumbing problems and how to deal with them
    3/17/2020 I’m running through my list of suggested topics from readers, and this one goes out to a reader from Sheridan. It’s a common problem, but one of those topics that doesn’t usually come up in casual conversation - constipation.
    There are three common times in a person’s life when constipation can become a problem. The first is during early childhood, the second when a person has decreased activity for some reason, and the last is during the elder years. Each one has different causes.
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and what you need to know about it
    3/10/2020 Last week I tried to explain the very complex non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL). This week I want to cover Hodgkin lymphoma, more commonly known as Hodgkin’s Disease (HD). It gets its eponymous name from Dr. Thomas Hodgkin, who first described it in 1832.
    Hodgkin’s is a potentially curable malignant lymphoma that carries a much better prognosis than non-Hodgkin lymphomas. It is a very specific type of lymphoma, defined by its microscopic appearance and by specific proteins that are found on the cell membranes of the tumor cells.
  • What is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and how does it affect people?
    3/3/2020 One of my patients asked me recently what lymphoma is. I must admit my knowledge of the subject is limited. It’s a medical condition I’ve tended to avoid because of its complex and evolving nature. It can, however, be a very interesting disease and a type of cancer that is illustrative of where cancer treatment in general is heading in the years to come.
  • Stem Cells: What they are and where they come from
    2/25/2020 I’ve been seeing a lot of news lately about stem cell treatments. This week I want to focus what they are, where they come from, how they might be used to treat disease and finally, the social and ethical challenges surrounding their use.
  • Differences between technologies in MRI and CAT scans
    2/18/2020 Last week I had a young patient ask me what the difference is between an MRI and a CAT scan. Not long after that, I noticed an error in a newspaper article that mixed up the two technologies.
    Radiologic imaging of the human body has revolutionized our diagnostic accuracy. However, it also has the negative effect of reducing our reliance on a good medical history and physical examination.
  • Hot flashes and the many problems associated with menopause
    2/11/2020 Sometimes I get asked questions in unusual places. A few months ago at church I was pulled aside and asked if I could write my column on the menopausal malady of hot flashes.
    Hot flashes are usually described as a feeling of intense heat, usually with sweating and a rapid heartbeat. They can last a few minutes up to a half hour or so. The feeling usually starts on the face or upper chest but can also be on the neck and even spread over the entire body. Many women experience flushing of the skin over the involved area, hence they may also be called hot flushes.
  • If your shoulder hurts these may be some reasons why - part two
    1/27/2020 Welcome back to my two-part series on shoulder pain. First, I want to do a quick review of shoulder anatomy (see diagram of a view of the right shoulder from the front). The upper arm bone (humerus) joins to the scapula at the glenoid and is held in place by two structures: (1) a rim of cartilage (glenoid labrum) that forms a shallow cup for the head of the humerus to sit in, and (2) the rotator cuff which is made up of four tendons that wrap around the head of the humerus.
  • If your shoulder hurts these may be some reasons why
    1/20/2020 The next two weeks, I’d like to address shoulder pain and injuries. Most people experience shoulder pain at some point in their life. Doctors typically see it in athletes, people who overuse their shoulders, and others who may have fallen directly on their shoulder or on an outstretched arm.
    To understand shoulder pain, it’s important to know the basic anatomy of the shoulder joint itself (see diagram of the front view of the right shoulder). The shoulder joint is one of the most complex in the body. Most joints permit only a fairly limited range of motion. The anatomy of the shoulder joint, in contrast, allows for a vast range of movements. To be so versatile, It has to be relatively unstable compared to our other joints.
  • Antibiotics are Good – Right?
    1/6/2020 There is no doubt that antibiotics have saved millions of lives. But, is it all good news? I hope our readers have been noting the increasing number of news stories related to problems with the overuse of antibiotics and the development of resistant bacteria. We have known this was coming since Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin warned of it in his Nobel Prize speech in 1945. Dr. Sally Davies, the former Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom, equated the critical health threat of antibiotic resistance to the risk of terrorism.
  • Hearing Trouble?
    12/10/2019 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.
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