Monthly Archives: March 2011

Want to take off that “fat tire?”

Losing and keeping weight off is a touchy subject.  I saw a patient today who is emotionally comfortable with a BMI of 45 (severely obese).  My heart goes out to her.  She is aware that she looks imposing and unapproachable … Continue reading

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Watery eyes. . .

We are embarking on (one of) Wichita’s allergy seasons.  But, are your watery eyes from allergies?  It could be from a foreign body (think dust, dirt in the wind, or an errant fingernail. . . ouch!). When my patients come … Continue reading

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Dust mites. . . different from bed bugs. But gross (and unhealthy) nonetheless.

With my patients,  I may mention dust mites when discussing allergens. Dust mites are tiny bugs that live off of pet and human skin cells. It is their waste that is a major trigger of allergies and asthma. Dust mites … Continue reading

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The coughing, sneezing, achy head. . . .symptoms. Hay fever?

This is spring break for some.  I am “manning the storefront” and have seen countless allergy patients.  Some wonder if they have a cold? Or hay fever?  Here is the lowdown. Hay fever tends to be more seasonal with symptoms … Continue reading

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Breast-Feeding May Limit Obesity Risk – NYTimes.com

Want to decrease your kids’ chance of being overweight?  Great new study confirming the importance of breastfeeding (hooray!) AND waiting to start solids until baby is at least 4 months old.  Here is the link. . . Breast-Feeding May Limit … Continue reading

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Press Announcements > FDA and Public Health Experts Warn About Electronic Cigarettes

I have been told a few times this week by “former smokers” that they have stopped smoking, but are using “e cigarettes” instead.    I am overcome with genuine concern.  This FDA warning discusses the risks well.   There are great options … Continue reading

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Endometriosis?

Do you have frequent pelvic pain? pain worse with your period? pain with intercourse?  Endometriosis is a common gynecologic condition affecting women of childbearing age. My job is to the find the cause of that pain.  Physical exam, blood work … Continue reading

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Sam’s Club offering health care?

Now Sam’s Club is offering full service!  Tire rotation AND health care (do you hear my sarcasm?).  For $99/year Sam’s Club offers a health care plan that includes “at-home screening tests” (I am unsure what these tests might be . . . do … Continue reading

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Does attending daycare make kids sicker? have more GI infections?

All working parents who have sent their child to daycare wonder about the infections that seem to swarm around the daycare center.  There is a new study out, published by Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine that dispels many myths. … Continue reading

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What are the benefits to younger women getting mammograms?

Annual mammograms decreased the risk of mastectomy in women aged 40-50 by half!  1138 women participated in a study and those who had a mammogram yearly were more likely to have a smaller, singular breast cancer.  These women were able to … Continue reading

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