Category Archives: General Medicine- Adults

Physical INACTIVITY is associated with a higher risk for severe covid 19 bad outcomes!

Physical INACTIVITY is associated with a higher risk for severe covid 19 bad outcomes! What is the research?  There was a recent study done with 50,000 patients.  This research was at Kaiser where exercise is considered a vital sign, which … Continue reading

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How to avoid ACL injury?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) helps stabilize the knee. It is a common ligament that gets torn. My daughter tore her ACL a few years ago, requiring operative management, AND months and months of physical therapy. How to avoid an … Continue reading

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What is physician burnout? Why should it be important to you?

What is physician burnout?  It’s not a disease but a syndrome highlighted by exhaustion, cynicism, and decreased sense of efficacy.  This is job-related.  In contrast, depression is across work and home environments. Why is physician burnout important to you?  After … Continue reading

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Osteoporosis and menopause: What you should know…

Osteoporosis and menopause: What you should know… How common is osteoporosis?  Almost half of women older than 50 years will experience a fracture related to osteoporosis in their lifetimes.  These fractures often resulting in significant symptoms and impairment of function … Continue reading

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The sexual history questions your physician may ask…

The sexual history questions your physician may ask… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their “A Guide to Taking a Sexual History.”  The list is usually tailored to those questions that seem appropriate for the patient. … Continue reading

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Pertussis. Whooping cough. What you should know…

Pertussis.  Whooping cough.  What you should know… Pertussis is also called whooping cough.  It continues to be a public health concern (with nearly 20 million infections worldwide yearly) despite there being an effective vaccine.  My husband got whooping cough years … Continue reading

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Do you have a TRUE penicillin allergy?

Do you have a TRUE penicillin allergy? I often hear from patients that they have a penicillin allergy.  Penicillin allergy is the most commonly documented drug allergy in medical records.  Approximately 10% of patients report a penicillin allergy.  HOWEVER, up … Continue reading

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Abnormal cholesterol labs. What to do with elevated triglycerides?

You see your physician and get a routine cholesterol panel.  The results show that your triglycerides are high.  What should you do? Fasting lab work should show that your triglycerides should be less than 150. When triglycerides are higher than … Continue reading

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Long covid or “post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2

Oh my! Patients who have had the covid infection are often finding that they do not “bounce back” fast. In fact, a significant number of covid patients have lingering side effects The World Health Organization report found that up to … Continue reading

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Hemorrhoids. What are they? What can you/we do to make them better?

Hemorrhoids.  What are they? What can you/we do to make them better? Hemorrhoids are when the veins near the anus are filled with blood.  Hemorrhoids are the most common benign condition that causes anal bleeding.  You do need to see … Continue reading

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