Who Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C?

Approximately 2.7 million Americans unknowingly carry the hepatitis C virus. But there is little reason for hysteria and mass testing. Testing is recommended only for the following people:


Anesthesia for Endoscopy. Part 2

To answer your question, it is not advisable for a person to be “put to sleep” — that is, receive general anesthesia — before undergoing endoscopy. However, the procedure should be done in such a way that causes minimal discomfort to patients. Before the endoscopy, you should be given a sedative (typically, midazolam) and a […]


Anesthesia for Endoscopy. Part 1

Q.I am a GERD sufferer. I was diagnosed about six months ago by upper GI. What I want to know is: Can you be put to sleep while undergoing endoscopy?


Treatment of Lyme Disease

Generally, Lyme disease is very treatable. Treatment failures or relapses are very unlikely. Most patients who are are treatment failures have failed not because of inadequate therapy, but rather because they have been incorrectly diagnosed.


Take What You’ve Learned with You

It’s tough to recall everything a doctor tells you, especially if you are nervous. So, before leaving your doctor’s office, be sure of the following:what to do once you get home that you have the right prescriptions for medicines and know how to take them how to handle any side effectsmwhat changes to make in […]


What are the risks of the Hepatitis B vaccine for children

Q: What are the risks of the Hepatitis B vaccine for children? A: Hepatitis B is a very serious viral illness that can cause long-term liver damage that can be fatal. But this illness can be nearly completely prevented by getting three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine.


Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease results when nerve cells in the area of the brain that controls body movement begin to deteriorate. It usually occurs in people who are over 60.


Plastic Surgery for Teen-agers?

For some, it’s a controversial trend: teen-agers getting plastic surgery. Young girls are going under the knife to chisel their faces; others are getting breast implants while they’re still minors.


Lifestyle and Heart Disease Risk. Part 3

Marine n-3 fatty acids. These fats come from fish and fish oils. The low-risk group consumed more than 0.1 percent of their daily calories in the form of these fats. So for a 2,000-Calorie diet, that is 2 Calories, or 18 grams, of marine n-3 fatty acids per day, on average. In real life, this […]


Lifestyle and Heart Disease Risk. Part 2

Body mass index Body mass index (BMI) is a pretty good estimate of obesity, on average. While some very muscular people will be counted as obese when they are actually very lean, the overall results will not be affected by this small error.