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If you have heart disease you SHOULD GET A FLU VACCINE!

Okay, the capitals may have been too much… but studies have shown that the influenza vaccination may reduce death from cardiovascular disease. Observational studies have shown an association between receipt of the flu vaccine and a lower risk of cardiovascular … Continue reading

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Let’s discuss an old wives’ tale. . . should you gargle salt water for a sore throat?

This works! Gargling with salt water eases symptoms of cold and flu because of the way that saline works.  Saline draws excess fluid out of inflamed tissues (and loosens mucus!). A recent study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine … Continue reading

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Does it burn when you pee?

Burning is one sign of bladder infection (and sexually transmitted diseases–another topic altogether).  Bladder infections are common and uncomfortable.  It is caused by a bacterial infection in the bladder.  Symptoms are pain and/or urgency with urination, a sense of incomplete emptying … Continue reading

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Update: post-herpetic neuralgia

A better phrase for this is post-herpes (shingles) nerve-pain. Awful. Unrelenting. Who gets this? How to make it better? The main risk factor for postherpetic neuralgia is increasing age. People under 50 have long-term pain rarely. Those who are 60-65 … Continue reading

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Got an itch? Your doctor should be asking some of the following questions. . .

If you are itching, there is more to the story.  There are other parts to the history and physical to investigate. Any new cosmetics or creams? They can cause allergic contact dermatitis, hives or even sensitivity to the sun. New … Continue reading

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Want more information on hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C  is a virus that may cause long-standing liver disease.  It is spread through the blood of a person with hepatitis C.  You can’t get it through casual contact—hugging, sharing utensils/drinking glasses, kissing, using public restrooms, sneezing, coughing or … Continue reading

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Frogs do not cause warts.

I see warts commonly, today in fact. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV.  HPV infects the skin where there are nicks in the skin and causes cells to proliferate and … Continue reading

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