Cold Sores

I saw a patient with a rather large “cold sore” on his upper lip just before I retired 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…

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Heat Illness

Since our temperatures are predicted to be near 100 early this week, it’s time to start thinking about the dog days of summer. Although I don’t see a significant number of heat-related emergencies in my office, many patients suffering from heat illness will start filling the beds in emergency departments. Heat illness accounts for tens…

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Lyme Disease

Look At Smiling Columnist John Roberts

Warmer weather means we have to start thinking about ticks and Lyme Disease. Most people are aware of the association between tick bites and Lyme disease, but few know exactly what Lyme disease is or what causes it. The number of cases in Indiana has varied over the years, but generally has increased since around…

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Food Poisoning and How to Avoid It

Barbecue season is in full swing and it’s a good time to review food safety. Foodborne illness, commonly referred to as “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…

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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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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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