Dr. Robert Ashley

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 [...]
By Ask the Doctors • October 2, 2018
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. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 28, 2018
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, [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 26, 2018
Dear Doctor: A new study said that prolonged antibiotic use is tied to colon polyps. But “prolonged” meant “two weeks or more.” I had a couple of bacterial infections in a six-month timespan. How worried should I be? Antibiotics have undoubtedly [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 24, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’ve heard that a product called paractin, a plant extract, promotes a healthy inflammatory response. Is this true? How does that work? Paractin is an extract from the herb Andrographis paniculata. It has been used as an herbal remedy [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 20, 2018
Dear Doctor: What are the benefits and risks of taking kava? That’s a good question with a complex answer. The shrub kava originates from the South Pacific, where  Pacific Islanders used it to promote psychological and physical relaxation for medicinal and [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 18, 2018
Dear Doctor: Does zinc help with colds? First, let’s look at zinc’s impact in general. Zinc is an important element needed for a healthy immune system.  The link between zinc deficiency and infections was first noted in the Middle East 50 [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 14, 2018
Dear Doctor: Because of the potential risks of proton pump inhibitors, should I have an H. pylori breath or stool test  to make sure I have the H. pylori bacterium before committing to long-term treatment with the PPI? That’s an excellent question, [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 12, 2018
Dear Doctor: I am 60-year-old female who suffers from darkening of my face. A doctor did a biopsy and it was determined that I suffer from melasma. This began as soon as I hit menopause. Dermatologists seem unable to help. What can I do? Dr. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 10, 2018
Dear Doctor: I was recently diagnosed with wet macular degeneration and am now receiving periodic injections for the disease. My question is: What causes it? Are there any risk factors, such as drugs or diet? Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 6, 2018