Dr. Pat Consults: Pain Meds and the Slippery Slope to Addiction

December 22, 2014 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

The consequences of opioid abuse can be dire. In 2010, 16,652 deaths were caused by overdose of these prescription painkillers—five times more than deaths from heroin overdose.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Gluten-Free Diets—Science or Fad?

December 15, 2014 by Brian Landzberg, M.D.

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By Brian Landzberg, M.D.

“It seems that celiac disease and gluten consumption have become the scapegoat for all of society’s ills, including a host of non-specific symptoms that include fatigue, headache, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.” A gastroenterologist’s view.

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Is Marijuana as Harmless as My Son Says?”

December 11, 2014 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

“My son, a college sophomore, tells me that marijuana is far safer than cigarettes or alcohol, with basically no health side effects. Is it really as harmless as he says? Although I admit that I tried it briefly when I was about his age, I worry about what sort of long-term effects it might have, and I want him to be informed.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Flu Shot—Questions from a Skeptic

December 8, 2014 by Jason S. Kendler

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By Dr. Jason Kendler

“Jennie, this is definitely not the year you should avoid the flu vaccine, and I will tell you why. But before I do, I want to remind you of the terrible symptoms that patients with the flu can experience. . .”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Physical Problems Can Masquerade as Mental Illness

December 1, 2014 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

A surprising number of illnesses can cause changes in mood and behavior. Whenever a mood change is accompanied by physical symptoms, the patient’s physician should conduct a thorough workup before making a referral to a psychiatrist.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Preventing Alzheimer’s—What Do We Know Now?

November 17, 2014 by Dr. Baxter B. Allen

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By Dr. Baxter Allen

As Dr. Richard Isaacson, Director of the Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, states, “While there is no magic bullet or magic pill for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, evidence-based and low-risk interventions have great potential to maintain our brain health.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Abnormal Heart Rhythm—Stay Alert for the Symptoms!

November 10, 2014 by Timothy C. Dutta, M.D.

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By Timothy C. Dutta, M.D.

Dr. Timothy C. Dutta, the cardiology expert on the Medical Advisory Board of Women’s Voices for Change, answers the questions of a very healthy yoga teacher who suddenly found herself in the emergency room due to a condition she’d never suspected she had: atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm).

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Dr. Pat Consults: Binge Eating—the Causes, the Consequences, the Shame

October 20, 2014 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

A recent study suggests that around the time of menopause there is a second peak of onset of eating disorders. The good news is the binge eating disorder is treatable.

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Heartburn,” “Indigestion,” “Reflux”—How Should It Be Treated?

September 22, 2014 by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

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By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

I am 48 and have long suffered from heartburn, indigestion, reflux—all the names apply to the constant discomfort I have in the area of my lower esophagus and stomach. I took a series of tests, and the test for H. pylori was positive. What is H. pylori? How did I get it? Is the two weeks of medication I must take likely to get rid of the infection?

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Dr. Pat Consults: When is Laser Treatment the Best Option for Skin Cancer?

September 15, 2014 by Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

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By Anetta Reszko, M.D.

Because laser light penetrates to only a certain depth within the skin, laser surgery kills only tumor cells on the surface of the skin. As a result, the laser treatment should be considered for biopsy proven superficial low-risk tumors when other techniques were unsuccessful or are poor surgical candidates.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Cosmetic Surgery on the Eyelid—the Benefits, the Hazards

September 8, 2014 by Leila Rafla-Demetrious, M.D.

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By Leila Rafla-Demetrious, M.D.

“I had my eyes done by a plastic surgeon. I just wanted the droopy upper lids cut back, since they were hideous and wrinkly. . . . The surgeon told me that I needed both “upper and lower” work. I now have dry eyes and the inside of my lower eyelid on one eye is pulled down. What can be done?”

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Ebola Epidemic—Fear of Flying to Africa

August 25, 2014 by Jason S. Kendler

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By Dr. Jason Kendler

Unlike viruses such as influenza (the flu), the Ebola virus is generally not spread from person to person in the air. Because of this, traveling on an airplane with someone with the Ebola virus would NOT put you at risk, unless there is some DIRECT PHYSICAL CONTACT with his or her bodily fluids.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Collagenous Colitis—Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

August 11, 2014 by Dr. Carl McDougall

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By Dr. Carl McDougall

This week, Dr. Pat Allen asks Dr. Carl McDougall, a gastroenterologist in private practice in New York City, to counsel a woman who was suddenly and mysteriously struck with a disorder called collagenous colitis.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Joint Injections for Lower-Back Pain

August 4, 2014 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

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By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

“My orthopedist offered to do facet injections into my spine to see if it would help the pain and help me work with a physical therapist again. This sounds really frightening to me. What is the injection, actually?”

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Fatty Liver”—What Causes It? How Is It Treated?

July 28, 2014 by Brian Landzberg, M.D.

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By Brian Landzberg, M.D.

“Is it true that the fatty liver I have can cause cirrhosis or liver cancer as well? How does weight cause the liver to fail?”

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