Summer Safety – Part 2

Last week I went over some sun and water safety topics. This week I want to write about wheeled conveyances that appear in the spring and summer months. 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…

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Sun and Water Safety

We finally got a taste of some warm weather which means it’s time to starting thinking about summer activities. Most people enjoy a good day in the sun. Whether it’s lounging by the water , participating in sports or working outdoors, we all get our fair share of sun every summer. This week, I want…

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Muscoskeletal Injuries and How to Take Care of Them

Summer sports will be beginning soon 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…

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Shoulder Pain Part 2

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…

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Shoulder Pain – Part 1

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 or received a blow directly to their shoulder, or fallen on their outstretched arm. To understand…

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All About the Thyroid

Jill wants to know, “what’s a thyroid and what does it do?” We take care of a lot of problems in family medicine practices. For those like Jill who don’t know what the thyroid gland is or does, read on! The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the front part of the neck below…

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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear!

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 and medical worlds as well. The public is being constantly bombarded with scientific information via mainstream media, social media and other internet sources.…

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Hot Flashes

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…

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The Season of Sneezing

It’s once again time to run my annual column on allergies. Some of our readers may already cursing the annual return of allergy symptoms. Tree pollen levels (Oak, Cedar/Juniper, Nettle) in Indiana have been high recently. Spring allergy symptoms can make it even more difficult to differentiate who might have lingering COVID-19 symptoms or just…

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Stop The Snoring!

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…

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