Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to keep your sleeping baby well.

SIDS cases have decreased in the US by 50% since the “Back to Sleep” campaign  in 1992 was started.  But, we can do more. The ways to decrease the risk of SIDS in your baby is to. . . Place baby on the … Continue reading

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Medicare to pay for obesity counseling: Nice feature.

Medicare patients can now get obesity screening and dietary counseling without paying a co-pay.  The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that effective immediately these services will be offered without “cost sharing,” meaning co-pays from the patient. The … Continue reading

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Does it burn when you pee?

Burning is one sign of bladder infection (and sexually transmitted diseases–another topic altogether).  Bladder infections are common and uncomfortable.  It is caused by a bacterial infection in the bladder.  Symptoms are pain and/or urgency with urination, a sense of incomplete emptying … Continue reading

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Vaccine suggested earlier. Hmmm. . . another shot?

An FDA advisory panel is supporting an earlier administration of the pneumonia vaccine. Prevnar 13 is to prevent pneumococcal disease–which is a bacteria causing pneumonia and other invasive disease. The advisory panel is poised to suggest the Prevnar 13 be … Continue reading

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Did you know that DEATHS from hepatitis C are now more common in the US than HIV?

As a result of this finding, the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC ) is launching a “No More Hepatitis” campaign with screening recommendations.  Currently, the CDC  suggests hepatitis labs for patient who ever injected illegal drugs, received clotting factors made … Continue reading

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Are you young with high blood pressure?

A common belief is that high blood pressure is only important to people as they get older.  We each have an age in our head that we think that we are young (!) … and do not need medicine like … Continue reading

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Crohn’s disease of the bowel

I see many patients with GI complaints.  Some have Crohn’s disease which is inflammation of the digestive tract—it can affect anywhere between the mouth and the anus. Symptoms are stomach pain, weight loss, bleeding from the rectum, stomach pain and … Continue reading

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Face pain? Sinuses acting up?

The sinuses are four pairs of hollow spaces in the bones of your face.   The hollow spaces are lined with tissue that makes thin, watery mucus.  The sinuses connect to each other and drain through the nose.  Can you tell … Continue reading

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Hives. What causes them? How to make them go away?

I love to see hives.  So treatable.  So temporary.  And, to avoid them in the future is . . . so rewarding. What are hives? Raised bumps in the upper layers of the skin. Red or pink or pale (almost … Continue reading

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