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Saturday, February 06, 2016

  • 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.

  • I had a patient ask me to re-run my column about warts. It’s estimated that up to 12 percent of people worldwide have had warts and that 10-20 percent of school-aged children have them at any given time.

    Warts are caused by a group of viruses called human papilloma viruses or HPV. When people hear HPV they often think of genital warts that are caused by certain strains of HPV virus, some of which can cause cervical cancer. There are over 100 known types of HPV, all of which share the characteristic of being able to infect skin cells.

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