Position: La Plata Health Watch

Microbiome may hold keys to good health

The relationship between humans and microbes is being redefined and the human microbiome may be on the cutting edge of the future of modern medical science. What is the human microbiome, you ask?...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Healthy choices made daily yield a healthy future

Some folks suffer the misfortune of unexpected, unpredictable and unpreventable illness. For the rest of us, which is the majority, a healthy life is built upon a series of simple decisions made...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Sadly for some, it’s that time of year again

With the passing of the autumnal equinox and fall’s beginning Sept. 22, seasonal affective disorder also will arrive. SAD is a form of depression that an estimated 5 percent of the U.S. population...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Your pancreas plays a vital role in your health

I once heard a prominent surgeon begin a presentation with the quip that all he had learned in surgical training could be summed up with the advice to (surgically) “stay away from the pancreas.”...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Kids courting serious trouble when they huff

School is well underway, so here’s a pop quiz – for you parents. What is most commonly the first drug of abuse among children and adolescents. Alcohol? Not quite. Marijuana? Think again. If you...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

In Colorado, Lyme disease is not a scourge

My family enjoyed many summers in north-central New Hampshire. The evening routine included body inspections on us kids for the presence of ticks. The family dog was scrutinized as well – ticks...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

School is starting, so remember good hygiene

In many ways, the return of school children to the classroom kicks off the unofficial start to the cold and flu season. While there are many variables unrelated to reading, writing and arithmetic,...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

HPV vaccine a safe way to prevent cancer

Cancer research has come a long way in recent years. For some researchers, the “holy grail” is a vaccine to prevent cancer. Imagine that you could create a safe, effective vaccine to protect...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Pain keeps us alive and helps doctors diagnose

Pain is a condition familiar to all and in no need of definition. Pain sensation is one sensory perception experienced through our nervous system. Others are touch, vibration, proprioception (or...

DATE: July 28, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Risks, benefits of medication must be weighed

Patients commonly come to me with their “bag of pills” wondering what they are all about. The fact is that medications as a form of treatment can be confusing for many people. This is...

DATE: July 21, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Playing it safe at your child’s playground

I was at the park recently with my friend, The Safety Geek. The kids were taking advantage of the new playground equipment. The Safety Geek was pointing out some of the safety features of the...

DATE: July 14, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Primary-care physicians are in demand

This time of year, recent high school graduates are shopping for supplies, packing their bags and perusing brochures and course listings from their selected college or university. Freshman...

DATE: June 30, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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