Heatstroke: A Summer Risk for the Healthy and Frail

June 29, 2015 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Prevention begins with awareness of one’s environment and altering behaviors that increase the risk of heatstroke when at all possible.

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Gluten Sensitivity: Symptoms That May Surprise You

April 30, 2015 by Lilli Link, MD, MS


By Lilli Link, MD, MS

Unless you already know a lot about what gluten can do to your body, you should read on, because you or someone you care about might be experiencing a health challenge from gluten—and not even know it.

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Alert! Sun Exposure and the Development of Pre-Cancerous Skin Growths: Latest in Diagnosis and Management

April 27, 2015 by Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.


By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

Actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous growths) are red, pink, or light lesions with a scaly, rough surface. They frequently occur on sun-exposed areas and are especially common on the balding scalp, forehead, face, dorsal forearms, and hands.

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Physical Therapy for Treating Scoliosis: Part 3 of Our Series on “Curvature of the Spine”

April 13, 2015 by Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT


By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

“Schroth Method exercises are determined by the curve patterns and severity of the scoliosis, as well as the patient’s age and level of function and fitness. Schroth Method PT remains a very good option for maintaining and even improving function of those with scoliosis throughout the years.”

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Medical Management of Scoliosis: Part 2 of Our Series on “Curvature of the Spine”

March 9, 2015 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT


By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

One example of acute management of scoliosis would be the development of a pinched nerve at the spine, due to scoliosis, that requires consultation and management with and by a physiatrist and/or spine surgeon to restore function and relieve pain.

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Dr. Pat Gets a Cold

March 10, 2014 by Patricia Allen


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


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 Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT


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


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


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.

Medical Mondays 2

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

Edna. Pat Allen

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.

Medical Mondays 2

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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