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Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    I’m starting to see a few cases of head lice now that kids are back in school. 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 must feed on the host’s blood to survive and can't live off of a body for more than a day or so. 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.
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  • Generic or name brand?
    Monday, August 22, 2016 4:00 AM

    This week I want to tackle the subject of generic vs. name brand medications. There are a number of reasons this topic is important. First of all, medications in general are becoming prohibitively expensive for many patients. Insurance companies are also pressuring patients and physicians to prescribe generics whenever possible to reduce health care costs (not necessarily a bad thing, but certainly a pain in the rump at times).

    I receive many questions about generics in the office. People want to know why every medication doesn’t have a generic substitute and if not, how long will it be until one is available. They also want to know if they are safe and effective.

    First let me describe what generic and name brand drugs are. Generic drugs are chemical compounds that never received patent protection or the patent on the name brand drug has expired. In contrast, name brand drugs are protected by a patent, meaning no other companies can produce or sell that particular drug.

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  • Monday, February 04, 2013 9:00 PM
    I've had some questions recently about ovarian cancer so I'll try and tackle this complex subject. This cancer is frightening because it often has very few signs or symptoms before it becomes very advanced.
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  • Friday, February 20, 2009 9:30 PM
    The "flu" has made its return to Indiana a little later . . .
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  • Friday, November 07, 2008 9:30 PM
    Diana wants to learn more about hypoglycemia . . .
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  • Friday, October 24, 2008 10:30 PM
    I heard from Cindy, one of our readers, who wants . . .
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  • Friday, October 17, 2008 10:30 PM
    Since I haven't received any suggestions for my column (take that as a hint) . . .
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  • Friday, October 10, 2008 10:30 PM
    I'm running through my list of suggested topics from readers . . .
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  • Friday, August 01, 2008 10:30 PM
    Someone told me the other day that they thought "restless leg syndrome" was a condition concocted by the drug companies to sell more medications.
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  • Friday, July 18, 2008 10:30 PM
    I promised something a little lighter this week.

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  • Friday, July 11, 2008 10:30 PM
    When I returned from my vacation and read through last week's issues of The Paper, I noticed that Athens Medical Group had put a half page ad in there regarding the 10.6 percent cut in Medicare physician payment that took effect July 1. I've had a number of e-mails and questions asking me what the fuss is all about.

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  • Looking at generic vs. name brand medications
    Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:30 PM
    This week I want to tackle the subject of generic vs. name brand medications.
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  • Friday, June 13, 2008 10:30 PM
    This week I'm going to shamelessly steal the idea for my column from a health promotion brochure I received at work.
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  • Friday, June 06, 2008 10:30 PM
    This week I want to address a topic that is uncomfortable for many people ¨C advanced directives.
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  • Friday, May 23, 2008 10:30 PM
    This week I want to tackle the alphabet soup of TG, LDL, and HDL . . .
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