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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Stem Cells

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…

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Hodgkin Lymphoma

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…

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Basic Prevention and Treatments For Insomnia

The Paper of Montgomery County

I want to follow up on last week’s column where I discussed the causes of insomnia and focus on basic prevention and treatments. If the cause of insomnia 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,…

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Are you having trouble sleeping?

The Paper of Montgomery County

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 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…

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Do you have concerning swelling in your legs? You may have venous stasis

The Paper of Montgomery County

A patient of mine came in last week suffering from swelling and pain in his legs. He was suffering from a problem that is becoming more common – pooling of blood in his legs causing unsightly enlarged veins. To understand how vein problems develop you need a rudimentary understanding of the anatomy and physiology of…

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What to do when both flu and COVID cases are rising

The Paper of Montgomery County

The cold weather appears to have finally arrived and, in addition to COVID, it’s time to start thinking about the flu. Most people us the term “flu” in a very generic sense, meaning anything from cold symptoms to having a case of vomiting and diarrhea.  The “flu” in this column refers to respiratory influenza. You…

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Are you having some hearing trouble? This may be why

The Paper of Montgomery County

A patient whose mother is having hearing difficulties asked me to write about the best way to purchase hearing aids. I’d like to begin with some background on hearing. It goes without saying that hearing is one of our most important senses. It is critical for our quality of life as well as for safety…

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