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Questions about managing elevated cholesterol…

Questions about managing elevated cholesterol… Primary prevention means preventing the FIRST EPISODE of a cardiovascular event (like a stroke or heart attack).  Primary prevention is key!  Family physicians make treatment decisions based on clinical risk and risk calculators.  Try this … Continue reading

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Do you need your vitamin D level checked?

Do you need your vitamin D level checked?   The US Preventive Services Task Force just weighed in on this and gave a “final recommendation statement.”  Sounds impressive, huh?  Well, actually the USPSTF has said that to check vitamin D levels … Continue reading

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HPV vaccine is REALLY effective!!!

HPV vaccine is REALLY effective!!! The human papillomavirus vaccine is really effective, especially when given before age 17.  There was a Swedish study of MORE than 1.6 million patients. The patients who received the vaccine before 17 were most helped.  … Continue reading

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Inguinal hernias. What to do?

Inguinal hernias. What to do? Just in the US 1.6 million groin hernias are diagnosed every year.  The lifetime prevalence of groin hernias is higher in men (27%!) compared to women at 3%. Most of the time hernias are only … Continue reading

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Pregnancy tips from a family physician (and mom of 3)

Pregnancy tips from a family physician (and mom of 3) I delivered babies for over 23 years and continue to see women of childbearing-age daily.  What advice would I like to give you? Take a prenatal vitamin throughout childbearing years … Continue reading

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What should you know about appendicitis?

What should you know about appendicitis? What is appendicitis?  It is when the appendix (a little vestige/outpouching/diverticulum of the intestine where the small and large intestine attach) gets inflamed. What is the lifetime risk of appendicitis?  10% What are the … Continue reading

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How can you get the medical care you want? And, not be subjected to medical procedures you don’t? Fill out a POLST!

What is a POLST? POLST stands for Provider Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment form. Nevada defines “provider” as either a physician, APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) or PA (Physician Assistant). A POLST is both a legal document and a portal medical … Continue reading

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What is Intermittent Fasting?

What is Intermittent Fasting? Intermittent fasting is a style of eating in which you have periods of eating and periods of fasting. There are not strict rules about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them. You … Continue reading

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Colorectal Cancer Screening.

2020 Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations, per the American College of Physicians consensus statement Why is this so important? Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. There is a 65% overall five-year survival. Removal … Continue reading

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Heavy menstruating female? What to do…

Heavy menstruating female?  What to do…. Heavy menstrual bleeding is considered more than 80 ml or more of menstrual blood loss per period.  Truly, heavy menstrual bleeding (the diagnosis name is menorrhagia) is more often diagnosed on patient report of … Continue reading

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