Dr. Robert Ashley

Dear Doctor: My hearing loss is related to my Eustachian tubes: They stay closed. I can open them and improve my hearing by holding my nose and blowing, but the effect lasts only a short time. Hearing aids don’t help. What can I do? Dr. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 6, 2018
Dear Doctor: Sometimes, when I awake from a good sleep, one of my hands are asleep, and I have to shake or massage it back to normalcy. It’s usually my thumb and the two fingers next to it. Is this normal? [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 4, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’ve been taking thyroid medication for several years, and my doctor says my blood tests are where they should be, but my face feels like sand paper, my nails are brittle, and I’m losing so much hair I can see my scalp. Could there be some underlying problem [...]
By Ask the Doctors • June 28, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’m 75, healthy, and want to stay that way in spite of a bad family history regarding hearts and arteries. I have taken 10 milligrams of Lipitor for several years, but am wondering if I should try coconut oil to lower my cholesterol. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • June 26, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’m 81 and usually go to bed by 10:30 p.m. and, though I would like to sleep until 7 or 7:30 a.m., I wake up after 5 or 5 ½ hours. I’ve tried 3 milligrams of melatonin, then 5 milligrams. What else can I do?
By Ask the Doctors • June 22, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’ve been taking niacin for years to lower my cholesterol.  Do you think it really helps? First, let’s look at niacin and its role in the body. Niacin is a B vitamin that the body needs to create the [...]
By Ask the Doctors • June 20, 2018
Dear Doctor: Are there natural remedies for arthritis? Exercises that could help? My pain is in the upper arms and shoulders. Osteoarthritis, the kind that you’re describing, is the most common type of arthritis.  It’s caused by degeneration of the cartilage [...]
By Ask the Doctors • June 18, 2018
My doctor recommends that I be tested for hepatitis C, and I’ve also seen commercials urging people to get tested for the virus – but I have no risk factors for Hepatitis C. Is it really necessary to test me for it? Hepatitis C is one of many [...]
By Ask the Doctors • June 14, 2018
Dear Doctor: My friends and I are all getting older, and I’ve noticed that some of them are on statins to lower their cholesterol. My doctor chose a fibrate for me, Lopid (gemfibrozil). What’s the difference between statins and fibrates, and what’s special about Lopid? [...]
By Ask the Doctors • June 6, 2018
Dear Doctor: I was recently diagnosed with fatty liver. I researched it a bit, and learned that people with this condition can have a pregnant-looking stomach. Although I've been considered slim my whole life, for the last 8 or 9 years I've looked about 6 months pregnant. Please tell me [...]
By Ask the Doctors • June 4, 2018