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.

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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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Dr. Pat Consults: Lower-Back Pain—Searching for the Specific Cause

June 30, 2014 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

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By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

Most patients describe their MRI findings of the lumbar spine—“I have a disc bulge, stenosis, and arthritis of the spine”—but they usually don’t know if any of these findings is responsible for their pain.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Lady Sings the Blues, but Is She Depressed?

June 23, 2014 by Marianne Marianne Gillow, MD

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By Marianne Gillow, MD

If you’re in trouble [with persistent feelings of sadness], consider your constellation of symptoms. If you have certain Target Symptoms, you stand a very good chance of receiving benefit from antidepressants.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Sun Damage to the Skin—Can It Be Reversed?

June 16, 2014 by Dr. Monica Schadlow

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By Dr. Monica Schadlow

“I am willing to do whatever I have to do to restore my complexion. What can I do to get rid of the red patches, the broken blood vessels, the lines and wrinkles? Where do I begin?”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Interpreting the New Cholesterol Guidelines—Who Should Be On a Statin?

June 9, 2014 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC

Are statins cholesterol-lowering drugs or heart-attack-prevention drugs? A cardiologist explains.

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Dr. Pat Consults: A Primer on Shoulder-Replacement Therapy

June 2, 2014 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

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By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

“It seems to me that lots of women I know in their 40s and 50s are having serious shoulder problems. Does hormonal change have an impact on this, or is it just age and bad luck?”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Hepatitis C—Causes, Transmission, Treatment, Vaccines

May 12, 2014 by Jason S. Kendler

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By Dr. Jason Kendler

I was told that I had hepatitis C. The bad news is that my liver has been badly damaged, and if I had been tested years ago I could have been treated with drugs, which might have prevented the serious liver problem I have now.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Knee Pain—Causes and Treatment Options

May 5, 2014 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

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By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

“An orthopedist told me I needed bilateral knee replacements because I have ‘bone on bone’ in my knees. Why didn’t someone tell me that my lifelong interest in athletics and then in running would cause this kind of serious problem?”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Irritable Bowel Syndrome—Diagnosis and Management

April 28, 2014 by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

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Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

I have had a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. My GP basically told me to have more fiber, drink more water, and take more time in the bathroom . . . and this is not working. Are there recommendations for diagnosis or treatment that I should discuss with my doctor?

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