Stories tagged: House Call
TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017
House Call: Over- or underactive thyroid can lead to trouble
Your thyroid is one of many glands that make up your endocrine system. Endocrine glands secrete hormones that regulate the daily activities your cells and organs perform to keep your …
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017
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 …
TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, NOON
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 …
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016, NOON
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 …
TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2016
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.
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016
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 …
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016, 4 P.M.
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 …
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016, 4 P.M.
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 …
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016, NOON
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.
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016, 4 P.M.
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 …
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016, 10 A.M.
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.
MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016, 4 P.M.
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.
MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016, 10 A.M.
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 …
TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2016
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 …
TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2015
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 …
TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015
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 …
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
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 …
TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014
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 …
TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
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 …
TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014
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 …
TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2014
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 …
TUESDAY, FEB. 4, 2014
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 …
TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014
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. …
TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013
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 …
TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013
‘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 …
TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013
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. …
TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 2013
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 …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013
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 …
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
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 …
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
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 …