Position: La Plata Health Watch

Asthma still on rise; reasons are uncertain

Earlier this month, we recognized World Asthma Day, a global health initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization to enhance awareness about this common illness. Coinciding with this event,...

DATE: May 15, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Advice on kids, Internet safety: Don’t be a dummy

As a pediatrician, I’m often asked by parents about Internet safety with regard to their children. One of the challenges of raising a child in the digital age is helping them to safely and sensibly...

DATE: May 1, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

‘Don’t just stand there, do something’

In medical emergencies, whether one is a physician, nurse or EMT, the old saw is: “Don’t just stand there, do something.” For example, if somebody is not breathing (or soon to be), prompt action is...

DATE: April 24, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

What happens when you visit the diabetes doctor

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is among the most common and fastest growing chronic health conditions affecting adults in America. The good news is that, in recent years, the management of diabetes has...

DATE: April 17, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

A doctor’s advice: Don’t ignore anxiety disorders

Disorders of mood are among the most common chronic illnesses that affect human beings. In fact, depression, anxiety and related mood disorders in some estimates have a collective lifetime...

DATE: April 3, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Take it from me: Wall is stronger than the hand

From last month’s column on skier’s thumb, I am moving to the other side of the hand and the subject of boxer’s fracture. Straightaway, I have never seen a boxer with a boxer’s fracture – probably...

DATE: March 27, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Intervention not only way to fight heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Nearly every family has been touched by this chronic illness. My own grandfather’s death from a heart attack served...

DATE: March 20, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Can you read this? You have someone to thank

Recently, the medical practice in which I work partnered with a national program called Reach Out and Read. This program promotes language and literacy skills among young children as well as...

DATE: March 6, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Skier’s thumb, how I reinvented the wheel

Just why is the invention of the wheel such a big deal? Perhaps it’s not. By itself, the wheel is useless; the true hero is the inventor of the axle. Axles without wheels or wheels without axles? I...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Healthy food portions: Learn from the mice

One of the most fundamental health decisions we make on a daily basis is what to eat. This decision is motivated by such diverse factors as survival instinct, knowledge about healthy diet, food...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Kidney stones: Try to avoid the unpleasantness

Don’t ask me. Ask the women who have experienced both. The saying goes that the pain from passing kidney stones is worse than childbirth. Yet the passage of kidney stones is a relatively common...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Is it carbon monoxide again? Maybe, maybe not

It is the old tip-of-the-iceberg thing: For the 1,000 or more annual deaths in the U.S. from carbon monoxide poisoning, it is estimated that there are 40,000 nonfatal exposures. The latter are...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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