Weekly Health Columns

March 14, 2018

Want to Breathe Better? Join the Club

“I have emphysema. I should have died ten years ago but instead I quit smoking,” Janet R. wrote on a blog at the American Lung Association’s website. She said that she had smoked for fifty years. Her father died of lung cancer, her mother from complications of emphysema. “I thought the same couldn’t happen to […]

March 7, 2018

What You Need to Know About Analgesics and Your Kidneys

We all know what analgesics are, don’t we? You know: aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen sodium (Aleve). These are the medicines we buy in the grocery or drug store to alleviate pain and fevers. “These drugs present no danger for most people when taken in the recommended dosage,” National Institute of Diabetes and […]

February 28, 2018

Let’s Talk About Mental Illness

My father’s sister married a widower with two very small children to whom she devoted her life. Phyllis was around two and Harold was five or six when the marriage occurred and they seemed, for all intents and purposes, to be well-adjusted, high-energy children. I was much younger, so we didn’t play much together, and […]

February 21, 2018

Your Blood Donation Might Be a Gift to Yourself

Most of us think of donating blood as altruistic. It’s something we do to save someone else’s life whether they suffered a catastrophic accident or injury, are being treated for cancer or other serious illnesses or having surgery. However, I recently read an interesting article that was written a few years ago and published on […]

February 14, 2018

Have a Hearty, Healthy Heart

I once had a father-in-law who always gave up smoking for Lent. What’s a little weird is that back then (it was the 60s) none of us thought it odd that he picked up his cigarettes again on Easter Sunday. He died of a heart attack when he was 63. Today is Ash Wednesday. I […]

February 7, 2018

Experts explain benefits of cardiac rehabilitation

If you or someone you know has suffered from a heart attack or surgery it’s likely that your medical team recommended you attend a 12-week rehabilitation program. Unfortunately, many choose to ignore that advice despite the fact that it’s covered under most insurances and Medicare. Here are some experts on the subject to hopefully enlighten […]

January 31, 2018

Let’s Answer Questions About the Flu

The news is full of dreadful, heartbreaking stories about this being the worst flu season since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. So, I thought it would be a good idea to answer some questions you may have such as how can you tell it’s the flu, when should you seek medical care and what can […]

January 24, 2018

Live it, don’t diet – A look at Intensive Behavioral Therapy

“Lose 30 pounds in 30 days!” the tabloid magazine headline screamed at me at the grocery store right after Christmas. I was waiting behind a woman with enough groceries to feed a third world country, so I picked up the rag and began to read it. “I bet it says to cut off your head,” […]

January 17, 2018

Most Common Form of Glaucoma Has No Warning Signs

The survey says: Thirty percent of us have never heard of glaucoma; fifty percent of us have heard about it, but aren’t sure what it is, and twenty percent of us know that it’s related to elevated eye pressure, but think it is curable. The survey was conducted for the Glaucoma Research Foundation back in […]

January 3, 2018

What Everyone Should Know About Cervical Cancer

        About 13,000 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed this year and around 4,000 women will die from it. Since roughly 99 percent of cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), the good news is that it can go the way of smallpox and polio with vaccinations. […]

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