Monthly Archives: October 2011

(Irritating) irritable bowel syndrome. What is it? What to do about it?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common intestinal problem.  We are unsure why it occurs.  It may signal intestinal hypersensitivity to pain or nerves–or a change in bowel bacteria.  A “textbook case” involves a 20-year-old woman with symptoms as below. Bloating and gas Constipation … Continue reading

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Read on. . . if you want less (or to get rid of) canker sores

What are canker sores?  Round, small painful ulcers that usually heal in 10-14 days without a scar. What causes canker sores?  We do not know.  It may be a reaction to stress, hormones, infection, food hypersensitivity, immune problems or hereditary … Continue reading

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Inhalants, top drug of abuse for 12 year-olds

Ugh!  My firstborn is nearing 12 and this study sure got my attention!  A new federal study shows that inhalants are the most abused drug among 12-year-olds– exceeding use of marijuana, cocaine, and hallucinogens combined. Almost 7% of 12-year olds … Continue reading

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Hormone Replacement Therapy (And the Alternatives)

When I started med school, estrogen was a panacea—beneficial for nearly every postmenopausal ailment: mood, heart and bone.  Then in 2002 the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trial was published.  This showed that combined estrogen with progesterone increased the risk of … Continue reading

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Speech delay in children

Well child checks are just that most of the time.  One of my goals is to assess for children meeting “developmental milestones.” At my new office we screen for this by reviewing the DDST, Denver Developmental Screening Test, with the … Continue reading

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Breathe. . . . . .. . . . gasp! snort! .. . .Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is disruption of sleep (to both the patient and their bed-partner) and is harmful to the body.  Here are some nuts and bolts  about it. . . What are the symptoms? Snoring. Frequent awakenings during sleep. Daytime sleepiness. … Continue reading

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What a great journey this LIFE is. . .

L’Shana Tova!  That means Happy New Year in Hebrew.   The Jewish New Year and my new job coincided.  And, boy, do I feel great!  I am thankful for my supportive family, fantastic patients,  and the welcoming group that I have … Continue reading

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