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Monday, November 30, 2015
  • Monday, November 30, 2015 1:20 AM
    Someone told me the other day that they thought “restless leg syndrome” was a condition made up by pharmaceutical companies to sell more medications. I’m sure many of you have seen the commercials for Requip and Mirapex, both drugs used to treat this malady. 
  • Sunday, November 22, 2015 11:36 PM

    Kidney stones are a topic near and dear to my heart as I’ve had three myself. The medical term for stones is nephrolithiasis (nephro - kidney, lith - stone, sis - condition). Stones or calculi, from the Latin for pebble, can form and stay in the kidneys (renal calculi) or move down the ureters, the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder (ureteral calculi). Stones may also be found in the bladder.

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015 11:17 PM
    I see a number of people each month who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is a very common condition, often related to repetitive injury at home or in the workplace. It is one of a number of repetitive strain injuries or “RSI’s.” 
  • Monday, November 09, 2015 2:28 AM
    This week I’d like to write about a problem that costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year – Medicare fraud and abuse.  Medicare paid out $505 billion in payments for services and medications in 2014, accounting for 14 percent of the federal budget.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reports that 12.7 percent of those payments were “improper,” meaning the services were not necessary, did not meet Medicare guidelines, or were downright fraudulent.
    Medicare fraud refers to individuals or companies who obtain payments from Medicare under false or illegal pretenses. 
  • Sunday, November 01, 2015 10:58 PM
    I still occasionally hear the topic of “death panels” come up in conversations with my patients. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) described the “Advance Care Planning Consultation.” It was written to provide reimbursement to physicians to take the time to sit down with their patients to discuss end of life care.
  • Sunday, October 25, 2015 8:25 PM
    I’ve seen a fair number of cases of swimmer’s ear in the last few weeks which is a little odd since we tend to see more cases of this in hot, humid weather, but it can also be brought on by other conditions.
  • Monday, October 19, 2015 12:18 AM
    I’ve seen a fair number of elderly patients lately who have suffered injuries from falls. This is a very important topic because the older segment of our population is growing rapidly. In fact, 40 percent of deaths after the age of 65 are due to accidents in the home. There are many issues to look at when considering safety for seniors. Falls are probably the most concerning.
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 1:10 AM

    Winter hat season is right around the corner, and I’ve been asked to write about head lice.

    Head lice are white and about the size of a sesame seed. They are known as "obligate ectoparasites." Obligate means they require a placental mammal host to survive (i.e. humans) and ectoparasites means they live outside the human body. They can't live off of a body for more than a day or so. They also must feed on the host's blood to survive. Lice are spread by direct contact of a person's head or hair with an infested individual or through sharing personal items such as hats, towels, brushes, helmets, hair ties or even car seat headrests. They do not jump or fly and are not transmitted by pets.

  • Sunday, October 04, 2015 11:34 PM
    A patient has asked me to write about hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. The word originates from the Greek elements hypo (under),  glykys (sweet), and haema (blood).
  • Sunday, September 27, 2015 11:43 PM
    I’ve had requests to re-run my column on shingles. I think the increased interest has been brought on by the television ads for the vaccine to help prevent shingles, which are quite accurate and compelling. I’ve had quite a few patients who have recently been suffering from this malady, one quite severely.

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