Dr. Fraser Houston

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Tough task: Breaking bad news to family

One of the most difficult responsibilities of an emergency room physician (and staff) is dealing with the death - oftensudden and unanticipated - of a patient.This can happen in someone awake and...

DATE: April 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Older adults need to get physical

More than just a few articles have appeared in the Herald's pages espousing the benefits of physical activity inmaintaining health. Similarly, the hazards of inactivity and obesity and their roles...

DATE: March 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Noise-induced hearing loss: Forever gone

One difficult-to-forget patient encounter occurred several decades ago; the specifics are lost. A young and veryattractive woman, age mid- to late 20s, was seated in an examination room with two...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Skiing in trees and the lure of fresh powder

There is nothing quite like the hoots and hollers of skiers and snowboarders enjoying a powder day, especially firstchair on a weekday.For some, the attraction of skiing trees is especially...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

The amazing and delicate inner ear

Who hasn't sat at an intersection waiting on a red light as a driver coming from 90 degrees to the right, pushing theyellow, swings by the left front bumper?I notice not the driver's concentration,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Breaking down health practices around world

In the current debate about health-care reform, the terms socialism and socialized medicine often have appeared in the news media.In a strict sense, socialized medicine is government control of...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Outrageous conduct by insurers?

One of the satisfactions - perhaps the foremost - of working in an emergency department is the vast majority of people are improved as a result of their visit.Their pain is controlled, their cuts...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Chewing and diet - a quick history lesson

"The kind of diet doesn't matter. ... All that really counts is cutting calories and sticking with it. ... "That conclusion still has me muttering and giggling as I wander food store aisles. A...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Old wisdom: Type of diet doesn't matter

Motivation for this column stems from a March 2 article in the Herald titled, "What are best diets? All lead to same place, study finds."The conclusion of this two-year federally funded research,...

DATE: July 27, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Of mice and men (women, too)

Fifty years ago, there were no "rec" centers - if my recollection is correct. For me, there was the local YMCA.The weight room and its users, alternately grunting and flexing in front of mirrors,...

DATE: June 29, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Ondine's curse: A fascinoma to medical world

Drop the dictionary - you won't find fascinoma. It's medicalese for a highly interesting, unusual or rare medical "case."Ondine (from Greek and Roman to German) was a mythical water nymph or spirit...

DATE: May 25, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Malaria: Not the fat lady's sour opera solo

"Whether the late unparalleled increase of piracies is to be ascribed to defects in the laws of civilized nations, or the laws not being enforced, or to other causes, it is alike certain that it is...

DATE: April 27, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

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