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What's the best type of exercise?

October 17, 2018

What’s the best type of exercise?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: What’s the best type of exercise? I’ve been reading that high-intensity interval training can actually slow down the aging process. Really? Why? I’m not too keen on this approach but I do walk at least a mile every day. First, congratulations on exercising regularly. Last year 81 million Americans didn’t take part in […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, high-intensity interval training, HIIT, mitochondria


Ask the Doctors - Should I take a bone-building drug for osteoporosis?

October 12, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I take a bone-building drug for osteoporosis?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m 71 and, after a recent bone scan, my doctors are insisting I take a bone-building medication. I couldn’t tolerate Fosomax, so they want me to take Prolia. I’m worried about it, but my mother had severe osteoporosis, so I’m worried about that too. How can I choose what to do? Your worry […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bisphosphonates, bone density, Boniva, Dr. Robert Ashley, Fosamax, osteoporosis, Prolia, Reclast


Ask the Doctors - Can MSM crystals ease my arthritis pain?

October 10, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can MSM crystals ease my arthritis pain?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: A friend suggested I try MSM crystals for arthritis. What are they, and do they work? If they do, where can I find them? Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur-containing compound naturally found in plants such as Brussels sprouts, garlic, asparagus, kale, beans and wheat germ.  It can also be found in horsetail, […]

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Tags: arthritis, Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, Methylsulfonylmethane, MSM


Ask the Doctors - How is osteoporosis treated in men?

October 5, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How is osteoporosis treated in men?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

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?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

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 - How can I reduce the bruising on my hands?

September 26, 2018

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

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

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


Urologist's first pitch at Dodgers game raises awareness for prostate cancer

September 21, 2018

Urologist’s first pitch at Dodgers game raises awareness for prostate cancer

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

The crowd at Dodger Stadium on a recent night received a reminder (and a reassurance) of something many prefer not to think about: prostate cancer. UCLA Urology Chair Dr. Mark Litwin threw the ceremonial first pitch at the game, a request of former Dodger star Steve Garvey. The pitch marked the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. Prostate […]

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Tags: cancer treatment, Clark Urology Center, Dr. Mark Litwin, Mark Litwin, men's health, prostate cancer, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, urology


Ask the Doctors - What can I do about melasma on my face?

September 10, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What can I do about melasma on my face?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

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? Melasma is the hyperpigmentation of the skin that occurs mostly upon […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, hydrocortisone, melasma, menopause, retinoids, skin, sun damage, Tamoxifen, tretinoin


Ask the Doctors - How does meloxicam ease joint pain?

August 29, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How does meloxicam ease joint pain?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’ve suffered joint pain for years. Being prescribed 15 milligrams of Meloxicam has been wonderful. What are your thoughts on Meloxicam use? Meloxicam (Mobic) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that, like all such drugs, inhibits the formation of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). This inhibition leads to a decrease in the production of […]

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Tags: arthritis, Ask the Doctors, diclofenac, Dr. Robert Ashley, joint pain, meloxicam, naproxen, NSAIDs


Ask the Doctors - Can memory training really help improve my memory?

August 22, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can memory training really help improve my memory?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: My memory is terrible and to be honest, it always has been. I seem to spend half my time searching for my keys or wondering whether I forgot to turn off the stove and lights. Could memory training help? Ready for a short answer that you’re not likely to forget? Yes. As long […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, forgetfulness, memory, memory training