• Childhood lead poisoning: Quiet, harmful, preventable


    Megan Carella


    It can happen as easily as a small child putting her hand in her mouth. Perhaps the paint is chipping on the walls of your old home. The paint dust on her fingers gets into her mouth and absorbed into her bloodstream. Or he puts that old toy you bought at a yard sale in his mouth while he’s playing. Simply drinking water from older pipes can cause it.

  • The controversial right to die

    My article regarding treatment of brain tumors received the most attention of any article I have written over the past five years, and the recent news of the 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer and her choice to end her life on her terms, not the terms of her cancer, added to this response of my readers.

    The right to choose when and how we die is a topic that cannot be covered in one column, but the chance to discuss this topic is one that cannot be passed up.

  • Allergy sufferers beware, allergens lurking everywhere

    Fall is here and that means fall allergies are here once again.

    Many of us spend more time in the house as the weather gets cooler and we occupy ourselves with TV, electronic devices, reading, hobbies, etc. Sometimes that’s done to avoid outside allergies, but there are allergens that can be hiding in your house waiting to cause you all sorts of symptoms and problems.

  • Prevent breast cancer

    This is breast cancer month and so I am going to write this article on breast cancer prevention. Yes, we cannot prevent all breast cancers, but we can significantly reduce the odds of getting it.

    At what age should we start these efforts to prevent breast cancer? Studies after studies show that the earlier we do it, the better it is.

  • Digital X-rays important tools

    Wilhelm Roentgen, a German physicist, was the first person to use X-rays to see through flesh. That was on Nov. 8, 1895.  

    Roentgen won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 for his pioneering work with the X-ray.  He gave the medical world a valuable tool!  

  • Cracked tooth may not be cause of pain

    Q.I cracked one of my molars, an upper right tooth. The dentist capped it. The problem is it hurts when I crunch down on it and there is pain. The dentist put something in my mouth to bite down, nothing happened. They said they did not want to do a root canal. They did not want to do something I did not need.  They said come back in two months for a re-check. I cannot identify the tooth that hurts. Is this customary?

  • Hysterectomy 101: Women have a choice



    Dr. Armando Rojas

    Guest Column

    A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure used for the treatment of many gynecologic conditions. Two common options are a total hysterectomy, which involves removing the uterus and cervix, or a supracervical hysterectomy, where the uterus is removed but the cervix remains in place.

    Either procedure can be done with or without removal of the ovaries. Hysterectomy is a major surgery and for this reason should be considered only after careful discussion of less invasive options.

  • Fuzzy vision


    Katie Hendrick


    When you hear the word “cataracts,” you might think of George Burns and his Coke bottle glasses that were so thick he developed tunnel vision.

    “He couldn’t look at another actor and his feet at the same time, so he shuffled when he walked across a stage,” said Dr. John Rowda, an ophthalmologist at the West Coast Eye Institute in Lecanto.

  • Iron for heart failure patients

    Mr. Smith is a 77-year-old Caucasian man who has multiple medical problems. He has a history of heart problems. He has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure CHF).

  • Ugly front tooth causes concern in job search

    Q. I was just to the dentist for an exam because I wanted to find out what was needed in my mouth.