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  • Do not believe in everything you hear!
    Monday, April 12, 2021 4:00 AM
    We are definitely living in a post-truth world. It’s not just in the political sphere that we have to be careful of facts and “alternative facts.” It also extends to the scientific world as well. The public is being constantly bombarded with scientific information through popular media, especially the Internet. How is a non-scientist supposed to filter through all this information and figure out what to believe? I want to give you some tips to use when evaluating what you see or hear.
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  • The menopausal malady that is hot flashes
    Monday, April 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    Sometimes I get asked questions in unusual places. A few months ago at church I was pulled aside and asked if I could write my column on the menopausal malady of hot flashes.
    Hot flashes are usually described as a feeling of intense heat, usually with sweating and a rapid heartbeat. They can last a few minutes up to a half hour or so. The feeling usually starts on the face or upper chest but can also be on the neck and even spread over the entire body.
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  • The season of sneezing, wheezing and pollinating
    Monday, March 29, 2021 4:00 AM
    It’s once again time to run my annual column on allergies. Many of our readers are probably already cursing the annual return of allergy symptoms. The tree pollen levels in Indiana will soon start to rise. Spring allergy symptoms are making it even more difficult to differentiate who might have COVID-19 symptoms or just run of the mill allergy symptoms.
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  • Stop the snoring! Treat your sleep apnea!
    Monday, March 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    Snoring can certainly be annoying, but it doesn't always indicate a serious medical problem. However, sometimes snoring can be due to sleep apnea, a condition that can lead to significant medical issues.
    Sleep apnea is a condition where people have pauses in their breathing while sleeping. Most people have pauses to some degree, but people with sleep apnea have much longer pauses, sometimes lasting up to 30 seconds. These long pauses cause the level of oxygen in the blood to drop and carbon dioxide to rise. These changes can be very hard on the body, especially the heart and lungs. It can also lead to high blood pressure.
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  • When you have problems with your plumbing
    Monday, March 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    I’m running through my list of suggested topics from readers, and this one goes out to a reader from Sheridan. It’s a common problem, but one of those topics that hopefully doesn’t come up in casual conversation – constipation.
    Constipation is most commonly encountered in early childhood or in the senior years. Inactivity can also lead to slow bowel activity. Each one has different underlying causes.
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  • Stem cells and how they can help us treat disease
    Monday, March 8, 2021 4:00 AM
    I’ve been seeing a lot of news lately about stem cell treatments. This week I want to focus what they are, where they come from, how they might be used to treat disease and finally, the social and ethical challenges surrounding their use.
    Stem cells are cells that have the potential to change into other more specialized cells in the body through a process known as differentiation.
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  • Learning about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or Hodgkin’s Disease
    Monday, March 1, 2021 4:00 AM
    Last week I tried to explain the very complex non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL). This week I want to cover Hodgkin lymphoma, more commonly known as Hodgkin’s Disease (HD). It gets its eponymous name from Dr. Thomas Hodgkin who first described it in 1832.  
    Hodgkin’s is a potentially curable malignant lymphoma that carries a much better prognosis than non-Hodgkin lymphomas. It is a very specific type of lymphoma, defined by its microscopic appearance and by specific proteins that are found in the cell membranes of the tumor cells.
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  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and various other lymphoid neoplasms
    Monday, February 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    One of my patients asked me recently what lymphoma is. My knowledge of the subject was a bit dusty before I started researching this column. Medical knowledge of non-Hodgkin lymphoma has rapidly evolved over the last decade or so. It is a very interesting disease and a type of cancer that is illustrative of where cancer treatment in general is heading in the years to come.
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  • Is it Alzheimer’s, or is my family member just forgetful?
    Monday, February 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    “Dad is getting awfully forgetful - could he have Alzheimer’s?” That’s becoming a more common question. It is becoming more likely to encounter someone with Alzheimer’s dementia as the proportion of elderly in our society increases. Some forgetfulness is normal for most of us as we age but many of us carry the fear of developing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
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  • The three types of insomnia and how to combat it - part two
    Monday, February 8, 2021 4:00 AM
    This week I want to focus on basic prevention and treatments for insomnia. If the cause is not readily identifiable it’s helpful to keep a sleep diary for 2-4 weeks to share with your doctor. It should include sleep and wake times, naps, and actual time spent sleeping. You can download a blank sleep diary at bit.ly/3jmKsEU.
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  • The three types of insomnia and how to combat it
    Monday, February 1, 2021 4:00 AM
    Insomnia is a huge problem in the United States. We spend over $10 billion a year on sleep-related treatments and it’s estimated we lose over $40 billion in lost worker productivity due to sleeplessness.
    Insomnia is a very complex subject that I can address only briefly in this column. I’ll focus on some causes of insomnia this week. It’s important to remember that insomnia is not a disease – it is a symptom of an underlying problem.
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  • My legs look terrible! Venous stasis might just be the cause
    Monday, January 25, 2021 4:00 AM
    A patient of mine came in last week suffering from swelling and pain in his legs. It turns out he had bad disease of his veins, a common problem.
    To understand how problems with the veins develop, you need a rudimentary understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the vascular system. Fresh blood that contains oxygen and nutrients is pumped from the heart to the legs via arteries. 
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  • Waking with crusted, itchy eyes? Here’s what you need to know
    Monday, January 18, 2021 4:00 AM
    Now that winter is in full swing, the incidence of “pink eye” is starting to pick up. This is a very common condition that accounts for over 30 percent of patient visits for eye problems.
    Conjunctivitis is the medical term for “pink eye.” The conjunctiva is the continuous connective tissue membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids.
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  • Speaking about breast cancer awareness and BSE
    Monday, January 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    I failed to release this column during breast cancer awareness month in October. Women are always interested to learn about what they can do to reduce their risk of developing this dread disease. Breast self examination (BSE) is one thing women have traditionally performed, but some readers may have read that this monthly ritual is no longer recommended.
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  • Cold sores and information regarding herpes simplex viruses
    Monday, January 4, 2021 4:00 AM
    I saw a patient with a rather large “cold sore” on his upper lip the other day and he asked me to write a column on this unsightly condition.
    People use the term “cold sore” to describe different types of lesions that occur on the lips or inside the mouth. I’m not sure of the origin of the term, but I presume that it came into being to describe sores that sometimes appear when a person has an illness like the common cold. 
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