Dr. Pat Gets a Cold

March 10, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D

My symptoms began with the infamous “My throat has been torched with a flame thrower.”

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Ask Dr. Pat: Painful-Intercourse Treatment

February 3, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

This loss of intimacy has been very hard on me and has been difficult for my marriage. I have heard about a new drug from television ads and in women’s magazines. Do I need to take a pill by mouth to fix the tissue down there?

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Hazards of a Misaligned Spine

July 15, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and James F. Wyss, MD, PT

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and James F. Wyss, MD, PT

Kyphosis, or roundback posture, refers to an increased curvature of the spine from front to back. It has known causes, and can become progressively worse with time. Kyphosis is more common in women. It is often feared, since it causes a loss of height and poor posture. Severe khyposis is associated with health impairments that include pain, neurological problems, digestive problems, or even difficulty breathing.

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July 4: Be Safe at Your Celebration

July 1, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Reliable websites (at the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies) that offer specifics on how to avoid food- and insect-borne illnesses at the beach, on a hike in the country, at a picnic in the park.

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Liza Kramer: A Mother Who’s Made a Difference

May 28, 2013 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Liza Kramer’s daughter Emily has just 37 percent lung function. Each day she takes 30 pills, receives 4 shots of insulin, and spends at least 3 hours on airway clearance and breathing treatments to salvage every ounce of lung function. But throughout her 28 years she has refused to let cystic fibrosis hold her back.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Ovarian Cysts at 55—Surgery or Wait-and-See?

March 18, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

A number of factors will be considered in the management of an ovarian cyst: family or personal history of cancer, symptoms associated with the cyst, and the cyst’s size and characteristics.

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The Good Death: Going Gently, Surrounded by Love

March 4, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Mommie was waiting for us. I have heard that the dying do wait for those they love, and this has now happened to me twice. Once, when my mother-in-law Natalie was dying, she, too, waited for us as we drove the eight hours from Kentucky to Orchard Lake, Michigan.

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Catch-22 on Progestins

February 18, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen likes to be a collaborative physician. Here, she asks Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, a gynecologic oncologist, to tackle a frequently asked question about what a patient should do when she needs to take a progestin, but her body can’t tolerate it.

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The Dense-Breast Controversy: A Woman’s Right to be Educated

October 29, 2012 by Thomas Kolb, M.D.

When describing a mammogram result to a patient as “normal,” the radiologist may be only 40 percent accurate in his or her diagnosis. Yet the patient is never informed of her mammogram’s degree of accuracy, nor have patients been educated that breast density in itself is a significant risk factor for developing breast cancer.

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On Mammograms and Their Value: A Breast Surgeon Weighs In

September 10, 2012 by Dr. Elisa Rush Port

When it comes to recommending yearly mammograms and affirming that mammograms save lives, let’s stop getting hung up on technicalities. Let’s stop re-crunching the numbers until they give us a different answer, and accept what the data demonstrates: From age 40—not age 50—yearly mammograms save lives.

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Sun Damage: Dr. Pat Consults

August 20, 2012 by Patricia Allen, M.D. & Joel Kassimir, M.D.

Sun exposure will thin our collagen bundles and unravel our elastin fibers. No amount of Botox, fillers, or surgery—though very helpful—can restore the natural beauty that the unexposed person can achieve.

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A Concussionary Tale

July 30, 2012 by Shelley Singer

On the bus, a powerful sense of being out of whack in my head suddenly overtook me. It was as if the plates in my skull had slipped several notches—like the feeling telegraphed when a cartoon character gets slammed on the head by a two-by-four, and you see squiggles and exclamation points and pound signs revolving in the air above him. The balloon would have read, “Boing!”

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A Neurologist’s Warning: “This is your Brain on Cigarettes”

July 16, 2012 by Joseph Safdieh, M.D.

It is important to realize that cigarettes also have a profound effect on brain health. And it’s not just smokers who should worry about their brain; it’s their loved ones as well, because secondhand smoke is also a major problem.

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Hot Town, Hot Flashes—Should You Risk Hormone Therapy?

July 12, 2012 by Patricia Allen

There is hope for women in the menopausal transition who are hot hot hot in the summer. Patients have lost patience. They don’t want to hear about cold water and cold cloths. Many doctors act as if low-dose, short-term systemic hormone therapy has a risk profile like that of heroin. It’s TIME for some balance here, people!

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DR. PAT CONSULTS: Is Poor Balance a Significant Warning Sign?

July 9, 2012 by Patricia Allen

Sorting out why a patient has poor balance is one of the most challenging tasks a physician can face. There are dozens of potential causes, many of which are treatable.

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