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Sunday, June 20, 2021
  • Reviewing food safety as we approach barbecue season
    Monday, June 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    Barbecue season is in full swing and it’s a good time to review food safety. Foodborne illness (food poisoning) is something that almost all of us have experienced at some point in our lives.
    Foodborne illness is defined as more than two people having a similar illness with evidence of food as the source. 
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  • More summer safety as you pedal your way into warmer months
    Monday, June 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    Readers have asked me to address more summer safety issues. It’s great to see kids and adults out on their bicycles now that the weather has warmed up. The downside is this will undoubtedly result in more bike accidents. Some of the most difficult experiences I had during my medical training were when I took care of kids who were brain injured as a result of bike accidents.
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  • Sun and water safety leads to summer fun
    Monday, May 31, 2021 4:00 AM
    It’s been a bit cool lately, but it should be warmer soon which means it’s time to start thinking about summer. Most people enjoy a good day in the sun. Whether it’s lounging by the water or working outdoors, we all get our fair share of sun every summer. This week, I want to briefly review some sun and water safety tips. 
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  • If there are leaflets of three…leave it be!
    Monday, May 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    Summer is almost here and a lot of folks are getting out in the yard playing with vegetation. This will probably result in a lot of rashes showing up in our office. Most of the rashes we see in the summer are caused by poison ivy, one of three plants in Indiana in the genus Toxicodendron. This genus also includes poison sumac, and poison oak.
    The physical appearance of the poison ivy plant is highly variable, though it always has leaves in sets of three (see illustration). 
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  • Summer sports lead to sprains and strains
    Monday, May 17, 2021 4:00 AM
    Summer sports are about to begin and gardening and other outdoor chores are well underway. If they haven’t already, weekend warriors will soon be doing all sorts of things to keep doctors who treat musculoskeletal injuries busy. I want to give everyone some pointers in how to take care of the inevitable sprains and strains of spring and summer.
    It’s interesting to me how many people come to my office after suffering an injury and don’t have any idea how to administer some basic first aid.
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  • Antibiotics are really good for you . . . right?
    Monday, May 10, 2021 4:00 AM
    There is no doubt that antibiotics have saved millions of lives. But, is it all good news? I you have been noting the increasing number of news stories related to problems with overprescribing antibiotics that can result in resistant bacteria. We have known this was coming since Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, warned of it in his Nobel Prize speech in 1945.
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  • Looking into cause of shoulder pain – part 2
    Monday, May 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to my two-part series on shoulder pain. First, I want to do a quick review of shoulder anatomy (see the diagram the right shoulder looking from the front). The upper arm bone (humerus) joins to the scapula at the glenoid and is held in place by two structures: (1) a rim of cartilage (glenoid labrum) that forms a shallow cup for the head of the humerus to sit in, and (2) the rotator cuff which is made up of four tendons that wrap around the head of the humerus.
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  • Looking into the cause of shoulder pain – part 1
    Monday, April 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    The next two weeks, I’d like to address shoulder pain and injuries. Most people experience shoulder pain at some point in their lives. Doctors see it in athletes, people who overuse their shoulders, and others who may have fallen directly on their shoulder or on an outstretched arm.
    To understand shoulder pain, it’s important to know the basic anatomy of the shoulder joint itself (see diagram of the front of the right shoulder). 
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  • What’s a thyroid and what does it do?
    Monday, April 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    Jill wants to know, “what’s a thyroid and what does it do?” Thyroid problems are common in a family medicine setting. For those like Jill who don’t know what the thyroid gland is or does, keep reading.
    The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the front part of the neck below and to the sides of the larynx or Adam’s apple.
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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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