Dr. Robert Ashley

Dear Doctor: My daughter’s school recently sent home a flyer about potential exposure to hand-foot-and-mouth disease. How worried should I be? Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) is very common. It occurs most often in infants and children less than 7 years of age [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 3, 2018
Dear Doctor: I am a 60-year-old man who exercises regularly and takes no medicines. At my last physical exam, my doctor gave me an Advance Directive form. Do I really need to fill one of these out? Unequivocally, yes. 
By Ask the Doctors • August 1, 2018
Dear Doctor: I love ham sandwiches – and have one almost every day. I also have asthma, and just read that processed meats can increase the risk of asthma. How can this be? Meats have been cured – that is preserved [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 30, 2018
Dear Doctor: A new study said that working out too much could ruin your sex life. I like to be in shape – but not at that high a price. What’s the deal? Exercise is unequivocally good for men's libido.  Compared [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 26, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’ve heard that cell phones increase the risk of brain tumors – and that they don’t. Which is true? First, let’s look at brain tumors in general. Brain tumors are classified as either benign or malignant, meaning cancerous.  The [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 24, 2018
Dear Doctor: A recent study found that air pollution increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes. How can that be? Air pollution can’t possibly raise blood sugar levels. I can understand your disbelief.  My first thought when I saw this study [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 20, 2018
Dear Doctor: Some studies suggest that long-term calorie restriction can shorten lifespan; others say it won’t. Which should we believe? This is a perplexing question.  We need energy to live, and the food we eat provides that energy.  Obviously, gluttony can [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 18, 2018
Dear Doctor: I know that high blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and more. However, is it still considered a risk factor if it’s controlled with medicine? High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for heart attacks and [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 16, 2018
Dear Doctor: I was informed several years ago that carbonated drinks weaken bones, leaching the calcium from them. Is this true? What would be considered an acceptable amount for a teenager or woman past menopause?  Would carbonated spring water be better? [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 12, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’ve been seeing advertisements for glutathione, saying the supplement enhances the body's cells. The ads also say the claims haven’t been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any comments would be appreciated. Glutathione is an antioxidant produced in [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 10, 2018