• Young and old enjoy many benefits of yoga

    By Megan Wright Carella, Correspondent

  • Dr. C. Joseph Bennett, Navigating Cancer, 7/15/14

    Last week, we began a series of articles addressing lung cancer and its main cause, the utilization of tobacco products, mainly cigarettes. Today, we will discuss the many chemicals contained in tobacco smoke, as well as programs available to assist those with a desire to quit.

  • Dr. Sunil Gandhi, Cancer & Blood Disease, 7/15/14

    We all need red blood cells or RBCs. They transport oxygen from the lungs all throughout the body. If there are too few, it causes anemia and that causes weakness and fatigue. This is very common; therefore, it may be natural to think that if you have more RBCs, that is good and you can have more energy. That is not true.

  • Dr. Frank Vascimini, Sound Bites, 7/15/14

    Q: I have had differing opinions from my dentist and my oral surgeon. Can a bridge be attached to an implant? Also, can a bridge be attached to a tooth that has had a root canal done on it? I hope you can clear up this confusion.

    A: This is a good question. As I have always said, the opinions in this column are my own. I will answer this question as I feel on the subject and add any thoughts that I think may help you to make a good decision.

  • Dr. Udaya Kumar, Urology Today, 7/15/14

    Excessive nighttime urinary frequency (nocturia) is a common and bothersome symptom, especially in older men and women. The presence of the condition in itself does not necessarily mean that there is a problem or that it requires treatment. In men over the age of 60, the symptom is often related to an enlarged prostate, and an overactive bladder in both sexes. However, excessive nighttime frequency sometimes may indicate serious medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or excessive fluid retention.

  • Use summer savvy on the water

    By Katie Mehl, Special to the Chronicle

  • Myths, realities of immunizations


    Megan Wright Carella

    Chronicle correspondent

    Bad research and Internet myths can be a dangerous combination. In the case of childhood vaccines, this combination led to parents opting out of vaccinating their children, which is causing a resurgence of potentially deadly, and easily preventable, diseases.

    In 1998, Andrew Wakefield, who has since lost his medical license in England, published a small, flawed case study that attempted to link the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism in a prestigious medical journal.

  • OTC meds, supplements could pose risk at surgery time

    Years ago, patients were taking medications only if the doctor recommended and/or directed it. Nowadays, patients are fairly savvy and use the Internet, sources like Wikipedia and go to health food stores and get advice from questionably trained individuals about the benefits of over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, etc.

    For the most part, the information out there is fairly accurate, but I would always recommending reviewing anything you take, whether it is prescription or over-the-counter, with your primary care physician.

  • Questions, answers about dental topics

    I was recently invited to Dr. C. Joseph Bennett’s office at The Robert Boissonealt Oncology Institute to speak to one of their support groups. I enjoyed the interaction with the patients and family members, and had the opportunity to answer dental questions they had on their minds. I thought I would briefly mention a few of the questions in today’s column.

    1.  Many people asked about which toothpaste to use. My philosophy on this is to use simple Colgate or Crest. No bells or whistles.

  • Breakthrough in leukemia

    Mr. Smith is a 75-year-old gentleman who was diagnosed with CLL, or chronic lymphocytic leukemia, almost 10 years ago.

    CLL causes a slow increase in a certain type of white blood cells called B lymphocytes or B cells. Cancer cells spread through the blood and bone marrow. CLL can also affect the lymph nodes or other organs such as the spleen. CLL eventually can cause the bone marrow to lose its function.