Ask the Doctor: Don’t Diet and Stop Weighing Yourself

stop weighing yourself

This post was originally published on January 2, 2014. It was last updated on September 18, 2017 Q. I’d like to lose weight, but no matter how much I exercise, the pounds won’t come off. Even worse, looking at the same number on the scale each day is driving me crazy! Help! What can I do? A. Stop weighing yourself! Getting on ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Should I get the HPV vaccine?

hpv vaccine

Q. Should I get the HPV vaccine since I am already 26-years-old? Will I be exposed to the virus if I take the vaccine? What are my risks? A. It’s great that you asked this question now. This is the last year that you would be eligible for the human papilloma virus vaccine! The CDC recommends that all women age 26 years and under receive ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Could I have a thyroid problem?

thyroid problem

Q. I've been having a difficult time losing weight. I hear hypothyroidism is on the rise. Should I get tested? A. You are on the right track when you consider this question. While it is predicted that 59 million people in the U.S. suffer from a thyroid problem, most of them are not yet aware of it!  When there is a family history for a ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: My kid has the flu

my kid has the flu

Q. My kids may have the flu.  What should I do? A. Yes, it’s that time of year again- the achy, sniffly, congested, fever time that makes our lives miserable is here. The thing is, it’s not just a question of feeling miserable when it comes to a child suffering from the flu. Not only are children easily vulnerable to the quickly ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Should I bank my cord blood?

should i bank my cord blood

Q:  I'm pregnant. My husband and I are both healthy. Is it worth it to save our cord blood? How could we use it? A. Sure, money is tight and with all the changes to your family associated with this new baby and financial demands, it’s understandable that you would question the value to each purchase. Technology now allows us to obtain ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Do I have frostbite?

do i have frostbite

Q. It has been extremely cold where I live.  Should I be worried about getting frostbite?  What are the symptoms and how can I protect myself from getting it?   A. Unfortunately, with the cold that we have been experiencing lately, frostbite is becoming more common. Both hypothermia and frostbite are due to cold temperatures.  ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Relieving Back Pain

relieving back pain

Q. Shoveling the snow has made old back pains return. What can I do to alleviate the pain?   A. Before relying on a strong pain medication, there are many options for you to try. First, try consistent 20- minute applications of ice over the painful parts of your back to decrease the pain and inflammation caused over the course of the ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Should I opt for a c-section?

should i opt for a c section

Q. I'm scared to go through a vaginal delivery. Should I opt for a c-section? A.  With more women working and taking a more active role in their health care decisions, demand has grown to schedule a C-section. Women want to plan the date around other commitments. Others simply want to avoid the trauma and risks associated with a natural ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Is Autism Often Misdiagnosed?

autism misdiagnosis

 Q. My nephew doesn’t meet any milestones for toddlers his age. He also doesn’t seem to interact with anyone. Could the doctor be missing an autism diagnosis? What else could it be? A. Autism is a spectrum disorder encompassing many different varieties and symptoms. While no one wants to believe that their child has a problem, the ... Read More...