Weekly Health Columns

August 23, 2017

Rheumatoid Arthritis Among Most Common Autoimmune Diseases

If we’re like the average person, when told we have a medical condition we ask the question, “Why me? What did I do or not do to get this disorder?” With autoimmune diseases often the answer is, “No one knows for sure why …” And, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. Actually, one of […]

August 16, 2017

Coping With Grief Classes to Start in September

My mother’s relationship with my grandmother was peculiar. Always a bit of a prima donna, Grandma got more needy and helpless as she got older and became totally dependent on my mom when my grandfather died after 56 years of marriage. From a very young age my mother was forced into the role of adult. […]

August 9, 2017

What Are Autoimmune Diseases?

We often read and hear about autoimmune diseases, but if we don’t suffer from one, we may not know exactly what they are. The list is staggering. American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association states that 100 diseases, from Addison’s disease to Vitiligo, can be classified as autoimmune. Other entities, such as the National Institute of Health […]

August 2, 2017

Rare Stomach Condition Often Misdiagnosed as Acid Reflux

It’s Gastroparesis Awareness Month! If you just said, “What?” You’re not alone. Currently about 1.5 million Americans suffer from gastroparesis (gas-tro-par-EE-sus) which slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. Gastroenterologist Michael Cline, DO, at the Cleveland Clinic says that primary care physicians, and even gastroenterologists, frequently overlook this […]

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 […]

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