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Proptosis in Graves’ disease

Proptosis in Graves’ disease

This brief video shows the eye changes that may occur in the most common cause of an overactive thyroid, Graves' disease. The patient's right eye demonstrates proptosis, or "bulging eye", while the left eye is normal. Surgical correction is necessary to fix the...

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Plantar warts

Plantar warts

Ouch!  Plantar warts are painful!  These common lesions and are caused by a family of viruses that produce a warty growth on the plantar aspect (bottom or sole) of the foot.  They usually appear flat to slightly raised and are quite painful when direct pressure (such...

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Rebound headache

Rebound headache

Rebound headaches can occur when a person takes over-the-counter pain remedies such as aspirin, acetominophen or ibuprofen more than twice a week.  This headache can also develop from taking certain prescription pain medications too frequently.  Typically, the patient...

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What is Raynaud’s Disease?

What is Raynaud’s Disease?

Raynaud's Disease is a condition where blood flow to the fingers or toes is temporarily decreased.  5% of the population has this condition, and women are affected more than men.  The condition is frequently inherited.  Symptoms generally consist of the fingers and/or...

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Croup

Croup

Croup is a cough caused by a variety of different viruses and most often affects toddlers and young children, usually in the winter months. As demonstrated in the first part of this video, the cough sounds like a seal barking, and is due to swelling of the upper...

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What are statins?

What are statins?

Statins are the most commonly prescribed cholesterol reducing medication class in the United States and include Lipitor, Zocor (simvastatin), Crestor and pravastatin.  They work by reducing the production of cholesterol in the liver.  Around since the 1980's, they...

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Mixed feelings on the caucus system

Mixed feelings on the caucus system

I have long hated crowds of people.  Sure, I've learned over the years to deal with it, but the noise, lines to wait in and general commotion is not my idea of a good time.Such are my feelings about attending Idaho's presidential caucus on March 6th.  Living in Post...

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What is Celiac Disease?

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease (sprue) is a fairly common, often inherited condition that frequently goes undiagnosed.  Patients with this disease have difficulty absorbing nutrients and vitamins due to inflammation of the lining of the small intestine (see picture).  Foods that...

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