Monthly Archives: June 2011

What to do about unwanted hair?

A patient of mine recently asked me to blog about female unwanted facial hair.   She has more facial hair than she desires and works with children (who frequently are inquisitive and vocal).  This is not a singular problem, most of post-pubertal persons in … Continue reading

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Risks to consider when getting a tattoo. . .

Three risks to consider when getting a tattoo.   Purchase, possession and overt health risks. Purchase risks include expense and pain.  Adolescents are especially at risk for impulsively obtaining a tattoo and may overpay, choose a tattoo parlor that is unsafe/unclean, or have … Continue reading

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Are you on a statin? Will it give you diabetes?

We now know that a high-dosed statin can increase your risk of getting diabetes.  What are the risks?  New study shows increased risk of diabetes with high-dose statin medication albeit only 2 per 1000 patient-years.  Studies, though, showed that there … Continue reading

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Exercise and help colon health. What does that mean?

Would you like another reason to exercise? How does reduced risk of colon polyps and thereby possibly less often colonoscopies sound?!  An interesting study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York of nearly 1000 patient showed that one hour … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day!

My father died too young.  I miss him daily.  One of my jobs as a physician is to guard my patient’s health.  I want to screen them for diseases, vaccinate to avoid preventable infections, and counsel about healthy living.  I … Continue reading

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Considering a tattoo?

Here’s a riddle: What is expensive and painful to get; even more expensive and painful to get rid of; a common source of infection and allergies; and something that you will probably want to have removed some day? Answer: a … Continue reading

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MRSA. Do you have it? How to avoid it? How to treat it!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to incise and drain this spectacularly large,  red abscess.  Culture is not back yet, but I suspect (and treated for) MRSA, methicillin-resistant staph aureus.  Here are the nuts and bolts about diagnosis and treatment of MRSA. 1/3 … Continue reading

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