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  • Generic or name brand medications: the real difference
    6/30/2020 This week I want to tackle the subject of generic vs. name brand medications. There are a number of reasons this topic is important. First of all, medications in general have become prohibitively expensive for many patients. Insurance companies are also pressuring patients and physicians to prescribe generics whenever possible to reduce health care costs. This is usually a good thing, with some exceptions.
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  • Urinary tract infections and how they can be treated
    6/23/2020 Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about eight million visits to physicians each year in the United States. These infections are much more common in adults, particularly in women. Children account for one to two percent of all UTIs, but their infections are often more serious. About 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men have a UTI at some time in their lives.
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  • Heat Illness and how to spot the signs
    6/16/2020 As we tick through the last days of spring, it’s time to start thinking about the dog days of summer. Although I don’t see a significant number of heat-related emergencies in my office, many patients do end up in emergency departments suffering from heat illness.
    These illnesses account tens of thousands of visits each year to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms.
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  • More summer safety issues to address
    5/26/2020 Readers have asked me to address more summer safety issues. It’s great to see kids and adults out on their bicycles now that the weather has warmed up. This will undoubtedly result in more bike accidents. Some of the most difficult experiences I had during my medical training were when I took care of kids who were brain injured as a result of bike accidents.
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  • What are night terrors and why do patients have them?
    5/12/2020 An adult patient asked me to write about night terrors. While adults can suffer from night terrors, they are much more common in children. It’s hypothesized that this has something to do with brain development.
    Night terrors are a subclass of sleep patterns called parasomnias, derived from the Greek root para, meaning abnormal, and Latin somnus meaning sleep. Rather than focus specifically on adults, I’d also like to talk about kids.
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  • Our summer season will bring sprains and strains
    5/5/2020 The summer sports season (perhaps a little late), gardening and other outdoor chores will be starting soon. If they haven’t already, weekend warriors will soon be doing all sorts of things to keep doctors who treat musculoskeletal injuries busy. I want to give everyone some pointers in how to take care of the inevitable sprains and strains of spring and summer.
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  • Transitioning outpatient health care to telemedicine
    4/21/2020 This week I want to write about a challenge that is facing patients and doctors alike – how to see a medical provider in the age of COVID-19. Many patients are afraid to go to their doctor’s office, fearing they will catch coronavirus, or they think their doctor can’t or won’t see them.
    Most primary care doctors’ offices have stopped seeing patients in person for the most part.
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  • Messrs. Mendel, Watson and Crick left a legacy
    4/14/2020 A community member recently asked me to address how DNA and stem cells might be used to treat inherited medical conditions. That’s a tall order for the space allotted, but I’ll give it a shot.
    Modern genetics started with Gregor Mendel’s work on the inheritance of various traits in pea plants in the mid 1800s. A century later, James Watson & Francis Crick (with a lot of help from Rosalind Franklin) determined the structure of DNA in 1953. There is no doubt that the expansive scientific knowledge borne from the discovery of the structure of DNA will continue to revolutionize medical science.
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  • The season of sneezing is coming fast upon us
    4/7/2020 It’s once again time to run my annual column on allergies. Many of our readers are probably already cursing the annual return of allergy symptoms. The tree pollen levels in Indiana have already been at moderate to high levels. Spring allergy symptoms are making it even more difficult to differentiate who might have COVID-19 symptoms or just run of the mill allergy symptoms.
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  • What’s a thyroid and what does it do?
    3/31/2020 Jill wants to know, “what’s a thyroid and what does it do?” Thyroid problems are common in a family medicine setting. For those like Jill who don’t know what the thyroid gland is or does, keep reading.
    The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the front part of the neck below and to the sides of the larynx or Adam’s apple. Endocrine glands make hormones that are released into the bloodstream.
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