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Prevention of Traveler’s Diarrhea

Prevention of Traveler’s Diarrhea

Traveler's diarrhea is a frequently encountered intestinal condition that occurs when a visitor to a third world country ingests food or water infected with a micro-organism that the traveler does not have an immunity to.  The condition is characterized by at least...

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Stay Safe Out in the Sun

Stay Safe Out in the Sun

A couple of years ago, I decided to begin training for an upcoming backpacking trip with my son. Unfortunately, I chose an unusually hot summer day where the temperature hit 98°F, and I dearly paid for it. My 8.5 mile hike of the Liberty Lake Loop trail started out...

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Torus Fracture

Torus Fracture

A common childhood injury after a fall is a radial fracture.  Also known as a torus, greenstick, or buckle fracture, this break occurs when a child reaches out with his hand to cushion a fall.  Since a child's bones are still relatively soft when compared to an adult,...

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A Common Injury of the Weekend Warrior

A Common Injury of the Weekend Warrior

With the start of summer comes a rash of knee and ankle injuries on the basketball court sustained by middle-aged weekend warriors.  These basketball wannabes leave their sedentary desk jobs and attempt to jump and sprint down the court, striving to relive their glory...

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White Coat Hypertension

White Coat Hypertension

"My blood pressure is only high when I am at the doctor's office."  This comment is a frequently heard in health care settings, and is clinically known as white coat hypertension.  We used to think that this finding was benign, but a recent study published in the New...

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Addiction

Addiction

It is a common misconception that drugs and alcohol are the only offending substances to cause addictions. Many of us battle something during our lifetime that can become an unhealthy preoccupation, whether it be with drugs, money, pornography, food, gambling,...

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Common Symptoms of Depression

Common Symptoms of Depression

Generalizations are risky at best, but a common way of thinking, and are often applied to the symptoms of depression.  A person with depression isn't always extremely tearful or outwardly suicidal.  There are a vast number of other findings that can indicate the...

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The Good News about Anxiety

The Good News about Anxiety

Panic Attack In through the nostrils Out through the mouth Breathe breathe breathe Shake your hands You can beat this Pounding pounding pounding In your chest. Don’t keep looking out the window Its too tempting and besides- You are on the fourth floor. Okay, if you...

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Common Supplement-Drug Interactions

Common Supplement-Drug Interactions

Natural supplements can be beneficial to one's health.  More than 50% of people with chronic medical conditions take natural remedies, with a large majority also taking one or more prescription medications.  While most supplement-drug combinations are generally...

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