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Special series: Solutions to youth suicide in La Plata County

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Depression is common, but there is effective treatment

Depression is one of the most significant public health problems facing our nation. From 1992 to 2002, according to the National Institutes of Health, the prevalence of depression rose from 3.3...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Obesity is a disease with far-reaching consequences

The relationship between excess weight and the risk of illness has been known since the time of the ancient Greeks. Yet, the epidemic of obesity experienced in the United States and other Western...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Breast milk is the best food for infants, plain and simple

Next week is World Breastfeeding Week. This topic has never been more timely than it is today. Scientific research continues to show a positive relationship between breastfeeding and infant and...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Don’t get sick at your next summer picnic

It’s one of the most unpleasant feelings you can imagine – getting a stomach bug. Yet gastroenteritis is quite common and, more importantly, highly preventable. At a time of year when families and...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Combating opioid epidemic requires numerous efforts

There is an epidemic of opioid misuse in the United States. While the causes are multifactorial, the results have been devastating to individuals, families and communities throughout the country. ...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Dietary changes, exercise can control irritable bowel syndrome

Perhaps you are among the 10 to 15 percent of U.S. adults who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, which is a leading cause of gastrointestinal distress. IBS is a chronic condition characterized...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

This trinity spells trouble for our health

Something profound recently occurred to me. As I have been contemplating the collective experiences of a career in primary care medicine, I became aware of the fact that much of my work has been...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Snoring tied to sleep apnea, which can stress the heart

Do you know someone who snores loudly? Snoring can be attributed to many causes but is a symptom that should alert patients and those who love them to the possibility of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Teens who smoke marijuana may suffer long-lasting harm

Mary Jane, weed, herb, gonj, MJ, reefer, la la, dube, bud, doja. OK, now that I’ve got your attention, it’s time to talk about something important. I don’t get to title my articles, but if I did,...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Revised guidelines sound alarm over high blood pressure

New battle lines have just been drawn in the decades-old public health fight against the leading cause of death and disability in the United States: heart disease. This month, the American Heart...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Flu vaccine can keep you healthy – and keep you alive

One of my most difficult memories from medical training was the death of a middle-aged mother of three from complications of influenza. She had contracted the virus around the holidays and...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Innovative gene therapy shows promise in fighting disease

The history of modern medicine has been dominated by three great leaps forward in the understanding of human health and disease. These are sanitation, anesthesia and antibiotics. While the roots...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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