Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pardon me? Would you repeat that? Say that again?

Hearing loss varies with age. At least 25 percent of patients older than 50 years (and MORE than 50% of those older than 80 years of age) have hearing loss. Listen with headphones? We may underestimate the vulnerability of ears … Continue reading

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Women’s health maintenance schedule

Health maintenance in women Premenopausal women: Preconception counseling.  Take a daily vitamin.  Folic acid 400 to 800 mcg a day–to help with spinal cord development in developing fetus. Contraception counseling, as desired. Screening for sexually transmitted infections, as needed. HIV … Continue reading

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Endometriosis

This is the presence of endometrial tissue (the tissue lining the uterus) found outside the uterine cavity.  This affects up to 10% of reproductive-aged women.  Endometriosis is a diagnosis to consider in women with pelvic pain or infertility.  Some women … Continue reading

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Eyes are important. Scratches on the eye are common.

The fancy name for these is corneal abrasions.  I see these frequently.  Typically there is a history of trauma and then symptoms of feeling like something is in the eye, tearing and light-sensitivity. Whenever these symptoms are present, see your … Continue reading

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Well-woman visits, starting later.

Well-woman visits.  A rite of passage.  The pap test.  This test has been rethought as the reason for it is to decrease the risk of cervical cancer and researchers have found that we can wait.  Yes, wait!  The annual visit, women should … Continue reading

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Is statin therapy (cholesterol lowering medicine) effective in preventing cardiac events?

Yes!  The pooled data from many studies showed that more intensive statin therapy (higher medicine dose with resulting lower cholesterol levels) was more effective than less intensive statin therapy in reducing the rate of major cardiovascular events (heart attack and … Continue reading

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Oral HPV, the stats.

The prevalence of oral human papillomavirus is nearly three times higher in men than in women. You may ask “Why does this matter?”… oral HPV infection causes a subset or oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Litle tidbits. HPV type 16 … Continue reading

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