Tag Archives: family practice

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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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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Urinary complications of menopause

Urinary complications of menopause. Stress incontinence: leaking. 1.One nonsurgical intervention is an intravaginal pessary help give support to the bladder neck. 2.Surgical options: Mesh (the size of scotch tape) can form a hammock to keep the urethra upright.  The mesh … 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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How to decrease your risk of getting breast cancer?

How to decrease your risk of getting breast cancer? Breastfeed your babies!  It is also convenient, good for baby, and free. Lose weight.  For postmenopausal women with obesity (BMI >30), there is a 20-40% INCREASED risk of breast cancer.  In … Continue reading

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How to decrease your chance of getting a blood clot while traveling?

How to decrease your chance of getting a blood clot while traveling? Asymptomatic blood clots, otherwise called deep venous thrombosis (DVT), is most common form, occurs in 2-4% of high-risk travelers. What is a “high-risk” traveler?  Currently have cancer, recently … 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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Emergency contraception, an interesting topic….

Are you wondering what form of emergency contraception is the safest and most effective for preventing pregnancy? If a woman has a single episode of unprotected intercourse, she can conceive a child.  Nearly 50% of US pregnancies are unintended.  The … Continue reading

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Treatment of the common cold

The common cold is exactly that…. Very common. There are only a few safe and effective treatments available.  Common cold symptoms: thin nasal drainage, nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, fatigue, low-grade fever. Treatment: Antibiotics should NOT be used for an … 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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