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A looming health care crisis

A looming health care crisis

Patients frequently ask me how Obamacare will affect the practice of medicine.  It is really anybody's guess, and there are many opinions on the subject.  It is one of the most hotly debated topics at professional meetings and in the doctor's lounge.No one argues...

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Frostbite

Frostbite

This video demonstrates the natural progression of mild frostbite, which heals on its own and does not require surgical cleaning, skin grafts or amputation. If you suspect frostbite in yourself or in someone else, gently warm the affected area with body heat or...

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Chicken pox is highly contagious

Chicken pox is highly contagious

I got a call in the office today from a patient who felt she had chicken pox. She asked a very good question...how long am I contagious?Varicella zoster, or chicken pox, is a viral infection that starts with typical cold symptoms....runny nose, cough and sneezing.  1...

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Giardia Infection

Giardia Infection

Giardia is a parasite that can cause intestinal symptoms in an infected person.  Symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, belching, gas and cramps that occur while camping or traveling in a third world country are highly suspicious of giardiasis.  Outbreaks at daycare...

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Palpitations

Palpitations

A frequent medical office visit is for the complaint of one's heart beating hard, fast and/or skipping beats.  This is known as palpitations, and is a very common problem with multiple causes, some of which are serious.  Generally, the reasons for this problem falls...

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Testing for tuberculosis

Testing for tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is a highly contagious respiratory disease, typically spread by coughing.  For this reason, health care workers, child care providers, teachers and others who work closely with the public are routinely screened for TB with a PPD skin test.  Tests are read...

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Shoulder injection

Shoulder injection

Shoulder injection with cortisone and a numbing agent are commonly performed in our office to treat shoulder pain, usually with good success. Tendonitis and bursitis of the shoulder are the most common causes of pain and limited range of motion in this joint, and...

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How to Prevent Constipation

How to Prevent Constipation

Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement less frequently than three times a week.  Many people are prone to this common problem, and there are a number of things that can be done to decrease the chance of constipation developing: Drink plenty of fluids,...

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