Weekly Health Columns

July 26, 2017

Red Bumps, Tingling Pain May Indicate Heat Rash

Last week while discussing hives, I mentioned that they can be caused by exercise, which is true. It’s a condition called exercise-induced urticaria, and is fairly common. In fact there are other allergic reactions to exercise from an irritating skin eruption to a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. But, most often, the rash that occurs after exercise […]

July 19, 2017

Breaking Out In Hives Doesn’t Always Involve Bees

“I am a 31 year old guy, and I’m dealing with this strange onslaught of hives. I have never had allergies and I can’t recall ever getting hives before,” wrote a man named Jacob on a health forum. “It started on my scalp and back of my neck, then it stopped for a few days. […]

July 12, 2017

What I Forgot To Tell You About Sunscreen

Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you’re forgetting something? Ever since I wrote the column on sunscreen that appeared in the June 21 edition of this newspaper I’ve thought that I left out something really important. Then I remembered a woman I used to work with coming in one Monday with the worst […]

July 5, 2017

Bee Stings are No One’s Favorite Things

We call them all bees, even though a honeybee is different from a wasp or a hornet or your morning newspaper, for that matter. But they’re all, and we can add bumblebees, yellow jackets and fire ants, Hymenoptera insects which means that they all can inflict a poisonous bite or sting. There are 20 active […]

June 28, 2017

When To Call 911 For A Medical Emergency

Despite all the prevention tips (I know I’ve given you a ton of them over the years) accidents will happen. Surely, this upcoming Fourth of July will be no different. We expect there to be more fireworks injuries, but this weekend will also produce more automobile accidents, swimming incidents, food borne illnesses plus various and […]

June 21, 2017

Sunscreen Is Only Effective If You Use It

I have a cousin who has lived all of his adult life in Hawaii. When he was diagnosed with melanoma he said to his doctor, “I guess that’s to be expected living here so long.” The doctor shook his head and said, “No, it’s not the sun exposure you have here, it was the sunburns […]

June 14, 2017

Aphasia Affects Communication Skills Both Oral and Written

From time to time it happens to all of us. We’re trying to say something and the words just don’t come out; or we can’t think of the word we want to say; or the whole sentence comes out a jumbled mess of spoonerisms. More than likely it’s a normal occurrence and our brains engage […]

June 7, 2017

Rising Education Levels May Lower Dementia Risk

“When I was a little girl I had my very own golden haired princess. She had a soft voice, easy laugh and was so kind to me. I would visit her in her room and watch her get ready to go out. When I was eight she left me for someone else who would become […]

May 31, 2017

Dry, itchy eyes may be a sign of chronic dry eye syndrome

If you watch any television you’ve seen the commercials about dry eye syndrome. One features a woman who is actually an eye doctor (yes, I looked her up) and the other stars famous actress Jennifer Aniston. Out of curiosity, and the need for a subject this week, I did a search about chronic dry eye […]

May 24, 2017

Medical Student Plans Rural Practice Combined With International Research

“I didn’t decide to become a physician until my first year of undergraduate school. I knew I wanted to work to help people and to be impactful so I choose biology as a major because it was the basis of most of the careers I was interested in, like medicine or medical research,” Renee Newby, […]

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