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HEALTH TALK: Vasovagal Syncope

HEALTH TALK: Vasovagal Syncope

January 5, 2012 | Comments: 4

INTRODUCTION Vasovagal syncope is the most common cause of FAINTING, and happens when your body reacts in an exaggerated way to such triggers as getting your blood ...

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HEALTH TALK: Insomnia

HEALTH TALK: Insomnia

December 28, 2011 | Comments: 7

Perhaps due to stress, heartburn, drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, most people have occasional sleepless nights.  Insomnia is a lack of sleep that occurs on a ...

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HEALTH TALK: Sprains and strains

HEALTH TALK: Sprains and strains

December 21, 2011 | Comments: 2

INTRODUCTION When you do too much physically, you may experience sudden pain and swelling around a joint or a muscle. Your injury may be a sprain or a strain. ...

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HEALTH TALK: More cancer symptoms men ignore

HEALTH TALK: More cancer symptoms men ignore

December 14, 2011 | Comments: 12

This is a topic I started on September 29, 2010 (check the archives). On that occasion, I discussed seven cancer symptoms. Here are eight more. Here goes. CANCER ...

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HEALTH TALK: Seven dangerous drug mistakes

HEALTH TALK: Seven dangerous drug mistakes

December 7, 2011 | Comments: 11

Remember last week when I wrote about seven silent medical conditions? Well, it’s about another seven today, only it’s about drugs. I touched on this some time ...

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HEALTH TALK: Pain – a great signal

HEALTH TALK: Pain – a great signal

November 23, 2011 | Comments: 3

There are numerous symptoms you may get that tell you something just isn’t quite right.  Of all of them, pain is probably the one we pay most attention to.  In ...

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HEALTH TALK: Who is Mr. Guillian Barre?

HEALTH TALK: Who is Mr. Guillian Barre?

November 16, 2011 | Comments: 5

The question is “Who was Mr. Guillain Barre?” because he is dead. Your guess is as good as mine. All I know is that his name was given to a syndrome which is an ...

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HEALTH TALK: Can we get a little private?

HEALTH TALK: Can we get a little private?

November 9, 2011 | Comments: 36

When one looks around and takes note of the number of pregnant women in the country, particularly unwed ones, one knows for sure that these women are not protecting ...

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HEALTH TALK: The knee – Torn meniscus

HEALTH TALK: The knee – Torn meniscus

November 2, 2011 | Comments: 3

INTRODUCTION The knee is a joint consisting of a number of structures, including bones, tendons and ligaments.  Two C-shaped pieces of cartilage known as the ...

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HEALTH TALK: Rheumatoid Arthritis – The kid’s variety

HEALTH TALK: Rheumatoid Arthritis – The kid’s variety

October 26, 2011 | Comments: 2

OVERVIEW We usually associate arthritis with adults.  But children can be affected by almost all of the types of arthritis that adults can have.  Juvenile ...

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HEALTH TALK: Myths and truths about back pain

HEALTH TALK: Myths and truths about back pain

October 19, 2011 | Comments: 4

You may think lifting heavy objects is a certain cause of back pain. But it’s how you lift that matters. Here are some facts to help you get to the root of back ...

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HEALTH  TALK: Lung cancer

HEALTH TALK: Lung cancer

October 12, 2011 | Comments: 5

O.K., so not all of us did Biology in school, but for sure most of you know that you have a pairs of lungs in your chest which allows you to breathe in oxygen for ...

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HEALTH TALK: Dengue fever

HEALTH TALK: Dengue fever

October 5, 2011 | Comments: 2

I’m not going to deal with mosquitoes and all that.  The good people of the Environmental Health Department have been doing that and will continue to do so.  By ...

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HEALTH TALK: Your eyes speak… about your health

HEALTH TALK: Your eyes speak… about your health

September 28, 2011 | Comments: 3

Some agree that eyes are the “windows to the soul”, as the ancient proverb has it.  Maybe, but they’re also portals through which one can glimpse signs of ...

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HEALTH TALK: Got a bad itch? Could be scabies

HEALTH TALK: Got a bad itch? Could be scabies

September 14, 2011 | Comments: 4

INTRODUCTION Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny, eight-legged burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. This mite causes intense itching in the area ...

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HEALTH TALK: Overactive bladder

HEALTH TALK: Overactive bladder

September 7, 2011 | Comments: 2

INTRODUCTION A sudden urge to urinate that is difficult to suppress describes what is likely to be an overactive bladder. Incontinence, the involuntary loss of ...

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HEALTH TALK: Allergic Rhinitis

HEALTH TALK: Allergic Rhinitis

August 31, 2011 | Comments: 1

OVERVIEW The other term for this is HAY FEVER.  It has nothing to do with hay and certainly nothing to do with fever.  It does, however, have to do with allergies, ...

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HEALTH TALK: I have sinus

HEALTH TALK: I have sinus

August 17, 2011 | Comments: 6

Ever so often I would ask a patient about their medical history or about allergies, and the response would be, “Oh, I does get sinus oui doc.”  I realize what ...

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HEALTH TALK: Cellulitis

HEALTH TALK: Cellulitis

August 10, 2011 | Comments: 4

INTRODUCTION Cellulitis is a potentially serious bacterial infection of your skin. It appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender, and it may ...

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HEALTH TALK: Fibroids

HEALTH TALK: Fibroids

August 3, 2011 | Comments: 6

Fibroids are common in women in their 20’s and 30’s and sometimes even into their 40’s.  In fact, fibroids affect more than 30% of women of reproductive age, ...

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HEALTH TALK: Seven pains you shouldn’t ignore

HEALTH TALK: Seven pains you shouldn’t ignore

July 27, 2011 | Comments: 7

INTRODUCTION No one wants it, but pain is the body’s way of getting your attention when something is wrong. You probably know your body well enough to know when ...

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HEALTH TALK: Myths and facts about seasonal allergies

HEALTH TALK: Myths and facts about seasonal allergies

July 20, 2011 | Comments: 0

MYTH: Desert Climates Cure Allergies Don’t pick up and move to escape your allergies. Changing climates can affect your reaction to allergy-triggering substances ...

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