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House Call: With flu and cold season upon us, comfort is the best medicine

As we get into the heart of winter, I am seeing an increasing number of patients with a cold or the flu. They both make you feel pretty miserable and …


House Call: Sensible New Year’s resolutions

Let’s talk about some health-related resolutions and strategies for keeping them. Common health resolutions are to exercise regularly and lose weight. These are admirable, definitely good for you, and I’d …


House call: Why being called fat can be a good thing

I guess you can call me a fat head. Then again so are you. Our brains are about 60 percent fat. I wrote recently about the importance of including healthy …


House Call: Food allergies require careful planning before school starts

For parents of children with food allergies, especially life-threatening ones, there are steps they must take before school starts to help ensure your child has a safe school year.


House Call: Summer produce easy way to increase fiber in diet

One of the things that summertime means to me is an abundance of fresh produce. This has gotten me to thinking a lot about nutrition. It can be hard to …


House Call: When on medications, pay attention to food and drink

Whether you are taking a medication long-term or short-term, be sure to ask your health care provider or pharmacist if there are any food/drug or drug/nutrient interactions that you should …


House Call: Testing the best route to catch colon cancer early

If you were born in the mid- to late-1960s, you have turned 50 recently or will be doing so soon. Turning 50 is more than just the time when you …


House Call: Evidence-based medicine keeps doctors, patients open to new therapies

Physicians strive to keep up on changes in medicine by attending medical conferences, participating in continuing medical education, using up-to-date medical references and reading professional journals.


House call: Navigating the supplements road

Long gone are the days when your nutritional supplement choices were limited to Flintstones for the kids and One-a-Day for yourself. There are multivitamins formulated for men, for women, and …


House call: New study points to new goals for blood pressure

Large study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, show significant health improvements for those who treat high blood pressure aggressively.


Keep blood pressure in check to help heart

Blood pressure can be a little hard to understand, and often my patients have little idea what the numbers mean.


House call: Home remedies help most sinus infections

How do you tell if you might have a sinus infection that needs treatment or a cold or the flu that you can just ride out? Cold and flu symptoms …


House Call: Hand-washing important step in disease prevention

It has taken nearly 200 years for hand-washing to be universally recognized as an excellent and simple way to dramatically curb the spread of disease. It is a great way …


House Call: Condition common in babies can have underlying cause

You may recall from my column on sickle cell disease that it is normal for your red blood cells to live 90 to 120 days and then die. As your …


Finding ‘new normal’ relies on resilience

This month marks four years since my cancer diagnosis and three years since I completed the chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomy and radiation that made up my treatment. My body and my …


Advancements help cystic fibrosis sufferers

When I was growing up in the 1970s, a boy I knew had cystic fibrosis. He had frequent infections, often took medications, and nobody expected him to grow up to …


Find motivator for healthy lifestyle moves

June holds a lot of meaning for me. It is our daughter’s birth month, our wedding anniversary, and June 1, National Cancer Survivor’s Day, reminds me how blessed I am …


Signs of preeclampsia should raise red flags

Pregnancy causes many changes in women’s bodies. These changes are usually entirely normal, but some can cause life-threatening complications. One of these potentially dangerous conditions is a blood pressure problem …


House Call: Often painful, endometriosis affects millions

A dear friend of mine had horribly painful periods and trouble with infertility for several years. She was eventually diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition that affects more than 5 million …


House Call: As you age, medications bring more risks

Remember the first time you found a gray hair? Or noticed fine lines around your eyes? You may be less aware of internal changes happening as you age because you …


House Call: Keys to prenatal infection prevention

In the previous column about taking care of yourself before and during pregnancy, I mentioned avoiding infections. Today’s column will cover details about infections, their potential consequences, and prevention. Influenza …


Dr. Alisa Hideg: Thyroid can wreak havoc

Your thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped lump on the front of your windpipe, just below where you can feel your Adam’s apple. It produces hormones affecting your entire body. …


House Call: Keys to healthy holiday travels

As you head over the river and through the woods, whether by plane, train or automobile, staying healthy during holiday travel can be a challenge. Encounters with sick people during …


‘Disease of kings’ has become common in U.S.

Some years ago my grandmother called me complaining of a swollen toe so painful that it woke her up and hurt for the sheets to touch it. Because she was …


House Call: Fungal infections stubborn, treatable

A fungal infection can range from mild to severe, and can be life threatening, requiring hospitalization and possibly many months of one or more antifungal medications to eliminate the infection. …


House Call: Don’t treat urinary problems lightly

Have you ever felt like you need to urinate even though you just went? What about feeling like you have to go, but nothing happens when you get to the …


Benefits of exercise improve with age

I love watching our daughter run and play. A desire to run, do cartwheels, splash in the pool and be active comes naturally to most children, but as time passes …


Take this moment to learn about HIV

Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV. As scary as that sounds, the good news is that the rate of new infections is no longer …


If you suspect meningitis, you should seek medical help

Wednesday is World Meningitis Day, dedicated to raising awareness about this disease. Worldwide, more than 1.7 million people suffer from meningitis, a sometimes treatable and often preventable disease. Meningitis refers …


Support loved ones with struggles

We recently visited a friend whose wife died from cancer this year. He lives in Kodiak, Alaska, where we lived before moving to Spokane. He shared with us all that …