• Endometriosis


    Carly Zervis

    Chronicle correspondent

    Nobody would argue that “that time of the month” isn’t annoying at best and miserable at worst, affecting mood, daily activities and comfort. But sufferers of endometriosis experience different, more extreme levels of discomfort and more serious health consequences as a result of their monthly cycle.

  • Bone overgrowth can cause challenges in mouth

    Q. I read your article in the newspaper, and I wanted to ask you a question. I have a large tori on the roof of my mouth.

    I was told that it would have to be removed in order to get dentures. I was just wondering if you knew of any alternatives. I would appreciate a short reply if you had the time.

    A. This is a great question that has come up so many times in my office. As usual, it is hard to answer it completely without seeing you; however, I will give you my thoughts on it.

  • Stretching exercises integral for plantar fasciitis

    Q. Is it OK to continue my walking for exercise even with my plantar fasciitis?

    A. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a strong band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It helps to maintain arch height, absorb shock and increase the mechanical efficiency of the foot.

  • Cancers that spread to bone are not uncommon

    Recently, a reader contacted me regarding the topic of bone cancer. She was concerned so many people she knew seemed to have cancer of the bone, and was interested in obtaining more information about this topic. Today, we will cover a cancer that is actually extremely rare.

  • New ‘super bacteria’ causing concern

    As we know there are many “super bugs” that have developed through the years as a result of indiscriminate antibiotic use and bacteria becoming resistant. Years ago, we were concerned about methicillin-resistant staph aureus also known as MRSA.

  • Not all prostate cancers require aggressive treatment

    Dr. Udaya Kumar


    The management of prostate cancer has changed considerably during the past 20 years. Active surveillance (AS) or observation is an increasingly used management strategy for low-risk prostate cancer in selected individuals.

  • New test for colon cancer can help save lives

    Cancer of the colon and rectum is the third most common cause of cancer in the U.S. It affects roughly 140,000 men and women every year. It is a highly preventable cancer.

    Colorectal cancer most often begins as a polyp, a noncancerous growth that may develop on the inner wall of the colon or rectum, as people get older. If not treated or removed, a polyp can become a potentially life-threatening cancer. Recognizing and removing precancerous polyps can prevent colorectal cancer.

  • Sharing experience of ovarian cancer

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. As an ovarian cancer survivor, I decided to share some prevention tips and my story.

    Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer, as there are few symptoms such as bloating, heartburn and some pelvic discomfort. This is difficult to detect or question, as women have these symptoms often.

  • Better than biopsy


    Katie Hendrick


    Citrus County now has a machine that eliminates painful and costly liver biopsies, previously the only way to determine the extent of damage due to liver disease, hepatitis C or long-term methotrexate therapy.

  • Procedure results in broken bit in patient’s mouth

    Q. Hi, I love reading your very informative columns in the paper. I am hoping you can shed some light on a problem my daughter is going through.

    She is getting a crown and had to have a root canal done. I was with her and sat and waited for more than 2-1/2 hours. When she came out, she was upset, as the dentist told her a portion of the drill bit had broken off and he had been trying to get it out. He didn’t.