Position: La Plata Health Watch

Fluid intake crucial with gastroenteritis

Nobody likes to get sick – least of all me. Yet recently, I found myself stuck in bed for three days, too sick to move. It was a stomach bug, and in my bed-bound misery, I had plenty of time to...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

A no-brainer: Always wear a safety helmet

I hate to follow “Ho! Ho! Ho!” with a “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” but if your Christmas morning was anything like mine, then the kids’ recreational items were not accompanied by the necessary safety...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Pregnancy brings double trouble in remote Alaska

One of our family’s finest Christmas experiences was in 1976, celebrated in Glasgow, Scotland. I was finishing three months as a resident at the Queen Mother’s Hospital, an obstetrical, teaching...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Hepatitis an often-hidden, chronic disease

Hepatitis is a term used to refer to inflammation of the liver. There are many different causes of hepatitis, including alcohol use, diseases of the immune system and certain medications. Hepatitis...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Odorless gas is tasteless and insidious

About 35 years ago, I answered a call for a man in his 70s with a possible stroke. I was told he had high blood pressure and had a previous transient ischemic attack, both stroke risk factors....

DATE: Nov. 28, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Healthy diet: Could grandma have eaten it?

Let’s face it – the holiday season can be very tough on our diets. Beginning with the mountain of Halloween candies, extending through turkey day and followed by all those Christmas cookies,...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Migraine sufferers aren’t alone in pain

Migraine is the second-leading cause of chronic headaches (after tension headaches) in the United States and is the leading cause of moderate to severe chronic headaches. Statistics indicate that...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Great American Smokeout to be held Nov. 18

This year, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Nov. 18. This event, celebrating its 35th anniversary, promotes efforts to help smokers kick the habit.Recent statistics from the...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

When the lights go out, it’s time for caution

Back in my “middle” years as an emergency room doctor, I worked at a hospital that had a motorcycle racetrack nearby – with nationally sanctioned races on summer weekends. Hospital management had...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Secrecy makes eating disorders hard to assess

There is a serious health problem affecting young women in the United States. The problem has many faces and is collectively known as eating disorders.Because of the characteristic secrecy and...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

When lightning strikes, a doctor might be needed

When summer thunderstorms are working, there’s a whole lot of booming going on in the Four Corners – and lightning. Lightning shows can be spectacular: millions of volts and thousands of amperes...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Back up files to prepare for Windows 7

If Windows 7 lives up to advance billing, it'll do everything but wash your dishes at night. Based on my own tests of early versions of the new Windows and on what I have read, it is faster, does...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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