Monthly Archives: March 2019

Inflammatory bowel update

Inflammatory bowel update.  Of note, inflammatory bowel includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  Inflammatory bowel disease is not irritable bowel.  I recently attended a lecture by a local gastroenterologist  Here are some of the “pearls” from that talk… Patients with … Continue reading

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Intravenous magnesium sulfate helps with asthma exacerbations!

Intravenous magnesium sulfate helps with asthma exacerbations!  I was the attending physician on the hospital service recently and had many children with respiratory distress present to the emergency room.  Many of them had RSV or influenza infections resulting in respiratory … Continue reading

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Do you want to pay less for your medicine co-pays?

  Do you want to pay less for your medicine co-pays?  Who doesn’t?!  A recent JAMA article (see link below) looked at 9.5 million medication claims and found that nearly 23% of patients paid more through their insurance co-pays than … Continue reading

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What should we do about male-pattern hair growth on females?

What should we do about male-pattern hair growth on females?  The medical term for this condition is hirsutism.  Hirsutism affects 5-10% of premenopausal women and is usually an indication of an underlying endocrine disorder like polycystic ovarian syndrome.  Women with … Continue reading

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Are you older than 50? Get your Shingrix!

Are you older than 50?  Get your Shingrix! What is Shingrix?  It is the “new” shingles vaccine.  Shingrix, also called recombinant zoster vaccine, is a rockstar of vaccines. It decreases shingles infections For those 50-59 years, Shingrix decreases shingles by … Continue reading

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What helps knee arthritis pain?

What helps knee arthritis pain?  It depends on how long the knee present has been present… For those with 4 to 12 weeks of knee pain, beneficial interventions are tai chi, home-based exercise (physical therapy can help get you started), … Continue reading

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