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Do I need parathyroid surgery?

October 22, 2018

Do I need parathyroid surgery?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: When does a person require parathyroid surgery? I’ve heard it discussed but don’t know much about it.    As their name implies, the parathyroid glands are located next to the thyroid gland.  You have four of them, two on each side, behind the thyroid gland in the neck.  The parathyroid glands help regulate […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, hyperparathyroidism, parathyroid cancer, parathyroid glands, parathyroid hormone, parathyroid surgery


When does a person need parathyroid surgery?

October 22, 2018

When does a person need parathyroid surgery?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: When does a person require parathyroid surgery? I’ve heard it discussed but don’t know much about it.    As their name implies, the parathyroid glands are located next to the thyroid gland.  You have four of them, two on each side, behind the thyroid gland in the neck.  The parathyroid glands help regulate […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, hyperparathyroidism, parathyroid glands, parathyroid hormone, parathyroid levels, primary hyperparathyroidism, surgery


How can I get the most out of my doctor appointment?

October 19, 2018

How can I get the most out of my doctor appointment?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: How do I get the most out of my relationship with my primary care physician? The appointments are so short these days and I want to be smart about the way I use the time. That’s a great question. As fellow patients who see our own physicians, we share your concerns. And as […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, doctor appointments, doctor-patient relationship, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, primary care physician


Can turmeric reduce inflammation?

October 18, 2018

Can turmeric reduce inflammation?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I have heard that turmeric supplements work quite well as an anti-inflammatory agent, with less risk than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. What are your thoughts on turmeric as an anti-inflammatory supplement? The turmeric powder found in spice racks – and the component of it found in supplements – comes from the underground stem of […]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid deposits, Ask the Doctors, curcumin, Dr. Robert Ashley, inflammation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, turmeric


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


Should I take probiotics? Do they work?

October 16, 2018

Should I take probiotics? Do they work?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: Can you explain probiotics? Who should take them and are they harmful in any way? They seem helpful to me in calming my stomach. For many generations, society feared bacteria, seeing only the devastation that bacterial disease created. Today, with the advent of antibiotics, we have been able to cure infections that once […]

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Tags: antibiotics, Ask the Doctors, Bifidobacterium, Clostridium, Crohn's Disease, Dr. Robert Ashley, Lactobacillis, Probiotics, Streptococcus, ulcerative colitis


I can't lose weight. Is my gut bacteria to blame?

October 15, 2018

I can’t lose weight. Is my gut bacteria to blame?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I can’t seem to lose weight and am wondering if my gut bacteria could be to blame. How can I change it? In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that the bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tract, also known as the gut microbiome, play a significant and far-reaching role in our […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, fiber, gut bacteria, gut microbiome, prebiotics, probiotic foods


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 - How can I avoid catching my husband's athlete's foot?

October 11, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How can I avoid catching my husband’s athlete’s foot?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: My husband and two sons all have athlete’s foot and my daughter and I don’t want to catch it. Now that it’s on the house, can we get rid of it? Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection. Anyone who has suffered through the maddening itch of athlete’s […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, athlete's foot, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, fungal infection, tinea pedis


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