Articles by Physicians


 

11/08/17: Autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the term now used for a range of conditions previously classified separately as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, and childhood disintegrative disorder. Symptoms range in severity along this spectrum, from mild and easily managed …

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11/08/17: The revised GOLD Guidelines

The purpose of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines is to provide a non-biased review of the current evidence for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They also highlight …

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06/19/17: Treating older female patients

As a family medicine physician, I treat patients of all ages and have learned that it takes more diligence to identify, diagnose, and treat some of the more common medical conditions in older women. The average 75-year-old has at least …

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06/19/17: Treating patients who have medical devices

The world of medicine has changed dramatically with the introduction of medical devices, such as pacemakers, artificial joints, targeted drug delivery systems, and eye lenses. Family medicine physicians are often the first providers to recognize the need for such devices. …

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11/22/16: What’s new in osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is increasing in our population—and so is the discussion about guidelines for prevention and treatment options. According to the National Hospital Discharge Summary, 310,800 total hip replacements were performed among inpatients aged 45 and older in 2010, up from …

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11/22/16: Trends in prostate cancer management

Physicians, patients, and health regulatory groups such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force continue to question, evaluate, and revise the recommendations for prostate cancer screening, diagnosis, and management. Recent advances attempt to balance risk of treatment against the risk …

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12/04/15: Patients with heart failure

The high frequency of readmissions within 30 days of discharge from a heart failure related hospitalization is a hot topic among primary care physicians, hospitalists, and cardiologists. In 2015, the penalty for a hospital having rates above the expected reached …

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12/04/15: Patient-physician communication

Achieving the best medical care depends in great part on proper communication between you and your physician. If your doctor understands your medical concerns and your symptoms, he or she can offer the best treatment options. And if you understand …

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12/01/14: When you need to see a doctor NOW…

Illness and injury often happen at the most inconvenient times. You sprain your ankle moving that last piece of furniture into your new home at 10 p.m. Or you wake up with a very sore throat on a Saturday morning …

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07/22/14: Taking control of diabetes

Health, diabetes affects about 24 million people in the United States alone. Of that number, only 18 million (three out of four) have been diagnosed. Sadly, the risk for death among people with diabetes is twice that of people of …

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07/02/14: Common musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal aches and pains are among the most common reasons patients visit their physicians. The causes can be complex, affecting joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bursae. Treatment options for spine-related complaints include physical therapy, injections, and surgery. Many musculoskeletal problems …

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07/02/14: Ear Infections

“My ear hurts!” How many parents have heard that cry from their young children? Ear infections are one of the most common ailments in young children. The National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, one of the National Institutes …

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02/25/14: Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence isn’t new. Women have been plagued by both urge and stress incontinence for years. In fact, between 30 percent and 50 percent of women experience some leakage after childbirth. Today, however, there are new diagnostic techniques, new medications, …

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02/25/14: Bone Spurs

Bone spurs (osteophytes) are a common ailment. A spur is a tiny, rigid outgrowth of bone that develops in the capsules (coverings) of joints and within tendons and ligaments. This condition occurs when individuals put wear and tear on their …

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02/24/14: Wrist Injuries

Wrist injuries are common conditions seen by hand and orthopedic surgeons. They can vary from a simple non-displaced torus fracture of the distal radius in a skeletally immature patient to a complex dislocation of the wrist. The mechanism of injury …

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