Items Tagged ‘Ask the Doctors’

Ask the Doctors - I'm underweight. What's the best way to gain?

October 9, 2018

Ask the Doctors – I’m underweight. What’s the best way to gain?

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Dear Doctors: So many articles seem to be about weight loss, but I’m actually underweight. I eat enough, live a healthy lifestyle, and exercise. But I’m 5 foot 1 inches tall and weigh 100 pounds. The charts say I need to gain about 12 pounds to be normal. How can I gain weight? The first […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, BMI, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, food diary, underweight, weigh


Ask the Doctors - My doctor hurt my feelings. What should I do?

October 8, 2018

Ask the Doctors – My doctor hurt my feelings. What should I do?

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Dear Doctor: My doctor recently made such an insensitive remark to me about my dog’s death that I still haven’t gotten over it. This is the clinic most accessible to me, and it won’t let me change doctors. Do I even bother to bring this up at my next appointment, or just try to forget […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, choosing the right doctor, doctor communication, doctor-patient relationship, Dr. Robert Ashley


Ask the Doctors - How is osteoporosis treated in men?

October 5, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How is osteoporosis treated in men?

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Dear Doctors: I am a 74-year-old man and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Is this common in men? I thought this was a disease that women get. What will the treatment be? Will it help? Your diagnosis puts you among the estimated 2 to 5 million men in the U.S. who have osteoporosis. Another 12 […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bone loss, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, fracture risk, low testosterone, osteoporosis


Ask the Doctors - How dangerous is a meningioma?

October 4, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How dangerous is a meningioma?

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Dear Doctor: I’ve recently been diagnosed with meningioma, but my doctor tells me not to worry about it. That can’t be right. What should I know? Meningiomas are the most common brain tumors within the central nervous system and, let me state this at the beginning: Most are considered benign.  As the name implies, meningiomas […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, brain tumor, Dr. Robert Ashley, meningioma


Ask the Doctors - Our pregnant daughter-in-law smokes. Is that safe?

October 3, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Our pregnant daughter-in-law smokes. Is that safe?

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Dear Doctors: Our daughter-in-law is four months pregnant with our first grandchild. When she and our son were recently visiting for the weekend, we became aware that she’s secretly smoking. She says it’s OK because it’s just three cigarettes a day and asked us not to tell our son. Is she correct? Two future grandparents […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, healthy pregnancy, miscarriage, placental abruption, pregnancy, SIDS, smoking, sudden infant death syndrome


Ask the Doctors - What are the risks of Zenker's diverticulitum?

October 2, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What are the risks of Zenker’s diverticulitum?

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Dear Doctor: I have Zenker’s diverticulum that, after 10 years, seems to be very large, judging by the volume it holds. At virtually every meal, I choke on food clogged in my esophagus, then I aspirate, then I cough for 10 minutes. Are my aspiration-related-pneumonia risks high enough to warrant surgery? Think of the esophagus […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, aspiration, Dr. Robert Ashley, Zenker's diverticulitum


Ask the Doctors - What can I do about hereditary spastic paraplegia?

October 1, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What can I do about hereditary spastic paraplegia?

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Dear Doctors: I was having trouble with muscle spasms in my legs that made it hard to walk and have now been diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia. The doctors in my area don’t seem to know anything about it. What can you tell me about this disease? Where do I go for help? We’re very […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, genetic testing, hereditary spastic paraplegia, muscle spasms, progressive weakness, Spastic Paraplegia Foundation


Ask the Doctors - Am I a hoarder?

September 28, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Am I a hoarder?

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Dear Doctor: I’m a 77-year-old woman – and I’m a hoarder. Well, maybe I’m a hoarder. Maybe I’m just lazy or a procrastinator. Regardless, how can I get myself in gear? Hoarding behavior has only recently been recognized as a disorder. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, […]

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Tags: Anxiety, Ask the Doctors, behavioral therapy, depression, Dr. Robert Ashley, hoarding behavior


Ask the Doctors - When can I stop having an annual Pap smear every year?

September 27, 2018

Ask the Doctors – When can I stop having an annual Pap smear every year?

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Dear Doctors: What are the updated guidelines for cervical cancer screening? I’m 62 and want to know what is recommended going forward. Is an annual pelvic exam still necessary if a Pap smear isn’t being done? And have guidelines have changed for teens and 20-somethings? You’ve asked a lot of excellent questions that will have […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, cervical cancer, cervix, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, HPV, Pap smears


Ask the Doctors - How can I reduce the bruising on my hands?

September 26, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How can I reduce the bruising on my hands?

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Dear Doctor: I’m 75 years old and have bruising on my hands, seemingly when anything touches them. I do not take blood thinners or aspirin. Occasionally I take an Aleve, which seems to make it worse. Such bruising is an annoying, yet common, problem as our bodies age.  Many of my patients are flummoxed by […]

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Tags: Aleve, Ask the Doctors, blood thinners, blood vessels, bruising, collagen, Dr. Robert Ashley, naproxen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, skin, sun exposure