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HEALTH TALK: Whiplash

HEALTH TALK: Whiplash

January 19, 2011 | Comments: 5

DEFINITION Whiplash is a common neck injury that often occurs during rear-end vehicle collisions, when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward – similar ...

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HEALTH TALK: Sickle cell anemia

HEALTH TALK: Sickle cell anemia

January 5, 2011 | Comments: 14

Many  have been touched by this disease. I’ve seen parents whose only child was a sickler, and having to cope with that child’s death. I’ve seen families that ...

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HEALTH TALK: Appendicitis

HEALTH TALK: Appendicitis

December 22, 2010 | Comments: 2

Appendicitis means your appendix has become inflamed and filled with pus. Your appendix is a finger-shaped pouch that projects from your colon on the lower right ...

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HEALTH TALK: Is it a cold or the flu?

HEALTH TALK: Is it a cold or the flu?

November 24, 2010 | Comments: 3

I’m sure this is an interesting question right off the bat, because I know that many of you, and us, use these terms interchangeably. But we always have a ...

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HEALTH TALK: Tummy trouble? It could be IBS

HEALTH TALK: Tummy trouble? It could be IBS

November 10, 2010 | Comments: 2

WHAT IS IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME? IBS, also known as “spastic colon,” is a common disorder. Most people experience common digestive troubles once in a while , ...

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HEALTH TALK: Baker’s Cyst

HEALTH TALK: Baker’s Cyst

October 20, 2010 | Comments: 3

No, bakers, this has nothing to do with you. It is named after the surgeon, Dr. William Morrant Baker, who first described it. If you feel a bulge behind your knee, ...

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HEALTH TALK: Canker sores

HEALTH TALK: Canker sores

October 13, 2010 | Comments: 4

Small, out-of-sight, painful, persistent and annoying.  These terms are descriptive of what are called canker sores or aphthous ulcers.  These shallow ulcers in ...

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HEALTH TALK: Can’t have kids? Not her, you

HEALTH TALK: Can’t have kids? Not her, you

October 6, 2010 | Comments: 7

Yes, I’m talking to you men, I guess it’s in our culture, but every time a couple have difficulty having kids, it’s almost always blamed on the woman. I ...

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HEALTH TALK: Bad breath – halitosis

HEALTH TALK: Bad breath – halitosis

September 22, 2010 | Comments: 6

INTRODUCTION One of the most difficult things to tell someone, such as a friend, is that he or she has bad breath.  And one of the most embarrassing things to ...

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HEALTH TALK: Are colon cleansers safe?

HEALTH TALK: Are colon cleansers safe?

September 15, 2010 | Comments: 9

Ever so often, one of you will ask me, “Doc, what you think about a washout?” And many of you often wonder whether your “lautat” isn’t caused by either ...

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HEALTH TALK: Bell’s Palsy

HEALTH TALK: Bell’s Palsy

September 8, 2010 | Comments: 3

INTRODUCTION In deciding what to write about this week, my mind wandered onto a sweet old lady whom I diagnosed with this condition two weeks ago.  For all the ...

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HEALTH TALK: The best and worst beverages for weight loss

HEALTH TALK: The best and worst beverages for weight loss

August 25, 2010 | Comments: 14

Many of us watch what we eat but not what we drink when on a diet. This is a mistake. The average American, to use an example, gets 20 percent of daily calories from ...

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HEALTH TALK: What causes depression?

HEALTH TALK: What causes depression?

August 4, 2010 | Comments: 3

If you get a G.P. (crèole term for heartbreak or when your lover leaves you), lose a job (or can’t find one), lose your house or a family member, chances are ...

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HEALTH TALK: Cutting your cholesterol fast

HEALTH TALK: Cutting your cholesterol fast

July 21, 2010 | Comments: 4

I’m guessing, no hoping, that by now you know that high levels of cholesterol, and fats (triglycerides) in your blood can lead to clogged arteries, resulting in ...

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HEALTH TALK: Understanding osteoarthritis

HEALTH TALK: Understanding osteoarthritis

July 14, 2010 | Comments: 3

WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS (OA)? It is also called “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease, and is the progressive breakdown of the joints’ natural ...

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HEALTH TALK: Myths and facts about back pain

HEALTH TALK: Myths and facts about back pain

July 7, 2010 | Comments: 5

It might be a sharp stab. It might be a dull ache. Sooner or later, eight out of ten (80%) of us will have back pain. Back pain is common – and so are myths about ...

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