Monthly Archives: July 2011

Which smoking cessation interventions work best?

There are many options. Here are your effective options to stop smoking: Nicotine Replacement therapy (like gum and patches): All forms of nicotine replacement therapy increased abstinence rates after 6 months. No one type of nicotine replacement can be suggested … Continue reading

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Do you feel like you gush like a geyser when on your period? New medical help. . .

Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) is common enough to cause 10 to 30% of women to seek a physician’s help.  Often the bleeding is severe enough to affect social and emotional well-being.  The current treatment options have been non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pills … Continue reading

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To mouth-to-mouth or to not mouth-to-mouth? That is the question. . .

Hopefully, you know I am referring to cardiopumonary resuscitation (CPR).   I have kept a mask to use for CPR in my car since medical school for exactly this task. There has been interest in whether CPR using chest compressions alone is comparable … Continue reading

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Want more information on hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C  is a virus that may cause long-standing liver disease.  It is spread through the blood of a person with hepatitis C.  You can’t get it through casual contact—hugging, sharing utensils/drinking glasses, kissing, using public restrooms, sneezing, coughing or … Continue reading

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Tai chi, one pathway to a better life.

I have seen groups of people performing tai chi in the park and wondered what was the draw to (what seemed to me)… arm waving.  I know, I am unenlightened.  A recent internal medicine journal cites a study showing tai chi significantly improves … Continue reading

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Frogs do not cause warts.

I see warts commonly, today in fact. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV.  HPV infects the skin where there are nicks in the skin and causes cells to proliferate and … Continue reading

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Recurrent yeast infections?

I have some women patients who fight frequent vaginal yeast infections.  There is a 6 month regimen of medication that will help eradicate recurrent yeast infections. The definition of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis is at least four documented episodes within the … Continue reading

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Childhood obesity. How to help your kids. . .

A recent study of obese 2-11 year olds reinforced some take home points that all of us parents with young children may appreciate. . .First the facts and then how we can change the culture in our own homes. Limit sugar-sweetened beverages … Continue reading

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Are you doing what you are passionate about?

Today I had the pleasure of teaching.  I routinely help teach my patients at office visits.  But, today, it was teaching physicians, new physicians.  I continue to teach at a local residency program, and a group of 16 interns just started.    All … Continue reading

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Does your New Year’s resolution resolve need a booster?

Over 13,000 women participated in a study which yielded some interesting information on what habits can increase or decrease  your cancer risk . . . and by how much. In women with a family history of breast cancer, or “other … Continue reading

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