Monthly Archives: April 2011

What to do about molluscum?

I had a conscientious mom “up in arms” about her daughter having two molluscum lesions on her neck. I calmed her a bit and then discussed the treatment options with her. . . Molluscum is a poxvirus causing a chronic localized … Continue reading

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Should we be facebook friends?

Social networking and doctoring.  Interesting concepts.  USA Today’s opinion editorial from a physician backs up the idea that doctors should not be “friending” their patients.    Her reasons were two-fold. . . Professional judgment may be impaired when a physician has … Continue reading

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What to do if you think you have shingles. . .

If you’ve had chicken pox, the herpesvirus is hibernating in your body.  It can reactivate anytime and cause shingles.   Shingles is a painful , itchy, burning, bugs-under-your-skin-feeling rash on one side of the body.  See your doctor for confirmation. The goals of antiviral therapy are … Continue reading

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Do you need antibiotics before seeing the dentist?

My mom recently was told by her dental office that due to orthopedic hardware in her ankle she’d need to take antibiotics before  teeth cleanings.  There are guidelines to specifically address this.  And, no antibiotics are needed. Every time you brush … Continue reading

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New Prostate Cancer Test More Accurate : Northwestern University Newscenter

Northwestern University (ah, hem. . . my alma mater) has seemingly made a better PSA test.  More studies pending.  I’ll stay tuned.  Read on. . . New Prostate Cancer Test More Accurate : Northwestern University Newscenter.

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“Hot” off the press! Change in teething care.

For all of you who care for  young children . . . the FDA has issued a warning to NOT give over  the counter teething medication to children under age 2.  Here is why. . . benzocaine products, such as Anbesol and … Continue reading

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Should you (or your man) get a PSA test?

This issue has been looked at extensively.  The results are not as you may  expect. . .and  backed by  studies with 341,351 patients!  Prostate cancer is detectable in ½ of men at age 50 and nearly 80% at age 80.  … Continue reading

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