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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

  • Snoring can certainly be annoying, but can be normal. I want to focus this week on a harmful condition that can be associated with snoring – sleep apnea.

    Sleep apnea is a condition where people have pauses in their breathing while sleeping. Most people have pauses to some degree, but people with sleep apnea have much longer pauses, sometimes up to 30 seconds. These long pauses cause the level of oxygen in the blood to drop and carbon dioxide to rise. These changes can be very hard on the body, especially the heart and lungs.

  • A reader wrote in asking, “I’m prone to having back issues, but I enjoy taking care of my lawn, raking leaves and shoveling snow. What can I do to prevent problems with my back while enjoying these activities?”

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about eight million visits to physicians each year in the United States. These infections are much more common in adults, particularly in women. Children account for one to two percent of all UTIs, but their infections are often more serious. About 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men have a UTI at some time in their lives.

  • Sometimes I get asked questions in the most unusual places. A few months ago at church I was pulled aside and asked if I could write my column on that scourge of menopausal women – hot flashes.

  • Many people think that vaccines are just for kids. Unfortunately, each year between 50,000 and 70,000 adults in the U.S. die from vaccine-preventable diseases. These account for 99 percent of all vaccine-preventable deaths in all age groups.

    There are a number of reasons adults don’t get the proper vaccinations. The most common are that they are not aware they need them and their doctor sometimes fails to ask if they are up to date. Access to healthcare is also a barrier to vaccination.

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