Position: La Plata Health Watch

Measles vaccine is smart choice

Late last month, health-care providers across the nation were notified about a significant national outbreak of measles. This multi-state outbreak of the virus, also known as rubeola, is the most...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Wide access to naloxone could save lives

The horizons are expanding for a life-saving drug in Colorado. Naloxone is a safe, nonabusable drug that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. When an overdose occurs, opioid drugs, such as...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Blunt fetal trauma in pregnancy

Fortunately, fetal trauma in pregnancy is uncommon. The most common causes of blunt fetal trauma, in contrast to penetrating injuries such as stabbings or gunshot wounds, are motor-vehicle...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Save a life: Know the signs of heart attack

Do you know how to identify the symptoms of a heart attack? If not, learning them may be an important step to saving your life or the life of someone you love. Coronary heart disease remains the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Beware, flu is spreading; protect yourself

According to public-health experts, we are in the middle of one of the worst influenza epidemics in the last five years. As of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

No one says night shifts are easy

Occasionally, I have described my career in emergency medicine as enduring 30-plus years of sleep depravation. Actually, it’s longer than that. In college, I worked several summers in a...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Manage your medications responsibly

The development of medications to treat a broad range of diseases and unpleasant symptoms has accelerated in the past several decades. If you think about it, a century ago, with the exception of...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Herd immunity is strong case for vaccination

When I was in medical training, I had the unfortunate experience of participating in the care of a small child who developed a serious bacterial infection caused by common bacterium known as H....

DATE: Dec. 14, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Quarantines used to protect against disease

One joke told many times in the emergency room goes something like this: ER doc to patient: “Sir, you seem to be pretty sick – headache, low fever, chills, malaise, nausea, aches all over – could...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Breakthrough offers promise of diabetes cure

Researchers have announced a scientific breakthrough, which might possibly lead to a cure for Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results in elevation of the level of...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Seven habits to keep you healthy, happy

Let’s face it: The human body doesn’t come with an instruction book. Yet, it is one of the most complex machines in the universe. Machines break for lots of reasons. But, ask any mechanic, and...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

It’s hard to hide from the threat of food poisoning

Food poisoning has grabbed plenty of attention lately and ranks second only to the common cold in frequency of occurrence. The very young, the chronically ill and the aged are the most seriously...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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