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I Got a Tick Bite!
Thursday, June 13, 2013

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I got Roy’s phone call late in the afternoon, and I could hear the urgency in his voice.  Roy is an old Yankee who cuts and stacks five cords of wood every fall to use in heating his house in the winter.  He’s not easily scared, but the thought of a tick bite and getting Lyme disease had him concerned. He came to my office with two huge ticks one on each thigh, which were the size of a dime. Roy admitted that they had been there a few weeks! He thought that they were just a rash, until he saw them moving.

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It’s Just a Headache - Or Is It?
Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Headache is a universal complaint, so consider yourself lucky if you are in the small minority of people who have never experienced one. Not to be cruel, but many headache sufferers wish everyone (including doctors) would experience just one headache to understand how bad it can be, so they could be taken seriously.  They wish to no longer be teased by “not tonight, I have a headache” jokes, or accused of “just having an excuse to get out of things,” or pitied for an inability to deal with stress, or told to try that medicine advertised on TV that “works great for headaches.” 

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Safely Lose Weight This Season
Monday, May 13, 2013

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Now that springtime has finally arrived, more and more people are beginning to focus on shedding those last few pounds leftover from the winter. With the weather warming up, most of us are eager to get outside and exercise.  Not only is exercise crucial for maintaining health body weight, but studies also show a decrease in heart disease and stroke, decreased risk for diabetes, decrease in blood pressure, improvement in depression, and a decreased risk for osteoporosis, among other notable benefits. In fact, I harp on this fact with most of my patients, especially those with diabetes. Any activity you choose to do will burn some calories and potentially help with your weight-loss efforts. But here are some tips to exercising safely.

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Understanding the Diabetes Epidemic
Monday, March 11, 2013

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In the 1940s and ‘50s, the United States dealt with a countrywide polio epidemic, with more than 100,000 Americans affected and nearly 6,000 reported deaths. Starting in the early 1980s, the AIDS epidemic affected nearly one million Americans, killing more than 550,000. Right now, we are dealing with an even more staggering disease, affecting many more Americans, and dramatically impacting our healthcare system. As of data released in 2011, there are 26 million Americans with diabetes mellitus. Even more concerning, an estimated seven million of those with diabetes do not even know they have the condition. Nearly 80 million more Americans have pre-diabetes.

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Understanding the Flu Shot
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Occasionally, I will have a patient tell me that they received a flu shot, but still ended up getting the flu. While the flu vaccine does not always protect you from getting influenza, it certainly protects you from getting a more serious infection and or dying from influenza. It’s still a great preventive measure to take during flu season, and one I recommend to my patients.

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