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Health

  • Do not ignore blood counts

    Mr. Smith is a 70-year-old gentleman. He has been healthy all his life. He felt well and so did not see any doctor for two years. When he saw his family doctor, he ordered a complete blood count and it showed that his blood cells were all low.

    Blood is a constantly circulating fluid providing the body with nutrition, oxygen and waste removal. Blood is mostly liquid, with numerous cells and proteins suspended in it, making blood “thicker” than pure water.

  • Cervical cancer — a success story

    Today, as we continue our series on cancer of the female genital tract, we will discuss cervical cancer and cover one of the most successful screening programs ever. 

    This year, roughly 12,360 cases, down from 15,000 cases 15 years ago, of cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. With the widespread utilization of the yearly Papanicolaou (Pap) smears, the risk of developing cervical cancer has dramatically declined over the past 25 years.

  • Acute otitis externa — swimmer’s ear

    Acute otitis externa is the technical term for swimmer’s ear. Spring is here. Warm weather is coming. That means swim season is around the corner as well. That means that acute otitis externa season is around the corner. 

    It is inevitable that there will be an uptick of visits to the doctor’s office in regard to this type of problem. Here are some tips and information that might be helpful. 

  • When enough dental work is enough

    In whatever field one is involved, it is important to know when enough is enough. 

    I was working on a patient today to remove decay from beneath two existing crowns. Once I removed the crowns, it was obvious the decay was more extensive than suspected. It was at that point that I sat the patient up so we could talk.

  • Wellness care to help reduce everyday stress naturally

    By Dr. Cheryl McFarland-Bryant

    In today’s hectic world, we unfortunately grow up to believe that less is not more, bigger is better. So we push ourselves to do and to achieve the maximum results in our lives. This stress causes blood chemistry changes that increases abdominal fat, raises blood pressure, affects our hormone levels and hastens the signs of aging. Muscles tighten and tension headaches may result. 

    These are just a few of the harmful effects of stress. 

  • Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of uterine cancer

    Last week, I started a series of articles about cancers of the female genital tract. Today, we will complete our look at cancer of the uterus.

  • Breast cancer hope on the horizon

    Breast cancer is an extremely common disease, and it affects 1 in 11 women in their lifetime. Approximately, 300,000 women get this diagnosis every year in the United States alone, some with invasive disease and some with in situ disease.

  • Second, and even third, opinions a good idea

    Q: I read your column in the Chronicle each time and find it most helpful and interesting.

    I am 81 years old and have all my own teeth, except that a few are capped and I have some fillings. I go to the dentist two times a year and have my check up and X-rays.

  • Stress and depression: The dynamic duo

    I debated long and hard about writing this, and far more about whether or not to print it. As time has worn on, I’ve wondered if maybe it wouldn’t be too raw for the newspaper — to painful to be exposed so openly to a public I’m not entirely comfortable with yet. I’m not sure if my wounds are healed enough to take all the bandages off completely.

  • Esophageal cancer can be cured if caught soon

    Recently, I saw a 65-year-old gentleman who noticed some trouble swallowing. He could swallow liquids but he had a hard time swallowing solids. He was ignoring it initially, but at his wife’s insistence, he went to see his doctor. He was referred to a gastroenterologist or stomach doctor. She performed an upper endoscopy and it showed cancer in his esophagus or food pipe.

    The esophagus is a 10-inch long, hollow, muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. There are two major types of esophageal cancer: