Position: La Plata Health Watch

Head injuries can harm kids’ growing brains

This time of the year, with the seasonal return to collision sports such as football and, later, ice hockey, I am reminded of an important health issue for kids: concussions. If you follow sports,...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Adverse childhood experiences harm adult health

It is not easy to discuss, but this subject, which is important to the health and well-being of our children – and indeed our society, deserves to be brought from the shadows into the spotlight....

DATE: Aug. 26, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

To quit those cigarettes, use more than one tool

Twenty million Americans have died from smoking-related disease in the past 50 years. Among people younger than 18, the U.S. Public Health Service predicts another 5.4 million smoking-related...

DATE: July 22, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

For many reasons, patients choose to skip medications

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop was quoted as saying, “Medications do not work in patients who do not take them.” Of course, the concept seems obvious, but it does draw attention to the...

DATE: June 24, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Please, hold the hysteria over listeria

Salmonella and E. coli now seem to be household names, while listeria is not. Listeria monocytogenes, one of six listeria bacterial types, is the bad guy, a nasty bug, though less common than the...

DATE: May 23, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Aspirin’s role as prevention tool debated

I was recently reading a medical article that reviewed the discussion about aspirin use for prevention of cardiovascular disease. The somewhat controversial debate has been taking place about this...

DATE: May 17, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

E-cigarettes carry risks for adolescents

I was thinking of former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop recently. When I was a second-year medical student, I got to meet the man who became “America’s doctor.” It was an awesome experience...

DATE: May 3, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

We need our young people to pursue medicine

I recently had the pleasure of attending both the San Juan Basin regional science fair and the Colorado state science and engineering fair. Before you ask what this has to do with health, let me...

DATE: April 19, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

If you smoke pot, there are consequences

Four percent of the world’s population has used marijuana in a given year, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, the lifetime prevalence of marijuana use is 42 to 46...

DATE: April 5, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Prohibition’s unintended consequences

Despite its title, The Poisoner’s Handbook, by Deborah Blum, is not a how-to-do-it manual for getting rid of an enemy, spouse or wealthy relative. Instead, it documents New York City’s common...

DATE: March 29, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Abdominal pain gives doctors a headache

One of the most common and most challenging symptoms resulting in medical evaluation is abdominal pain. The range of potential causes is quite broad and is the subject of many texts designed to...

DATE: March 22, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Many options available for asthma control

Asthma is a common chronic health condition involving the lungs. It may produce inflammation in the small airways that can result in airway spasm. This often leads to chest tightness, wheezing...

DATE: March 15, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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