Category: Ask the Doctor

Obesity is the New Smoking

By Dr. Ron Eaker She wasn’t supposed to have a heart attack.  I mean, she was only 42, but the EKG didn’t leave anything to the imagination.  There it was, clear as day, an elevation in the ST segment (a STEMI in doctor jargon) and a classic sign of a heart attack.  She didn’t need this right now especially with the new job and all. Even though Carol was not the classic heart attack victim— a relatively young female with normal blood pressure— she was 35 pounds overweight, had increased inflammatory markers and a lousy family history.  She was...

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Back to School Q&A

By Dr. Kelly Watson   1. When to keep your child home sick from school? Nobody wants their child to miss school.  However, keeping your child home when sick is important for the proper care of your child as well as for the prevention of spreading contagious illnesses to others.   Children should remain home from school when they have a fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea, weeping or open skin sores— especially if not able to be covered with a bandage— and rashes that are accompanied by fever or behavioral changes.   If your child is diagnosed with a contagious...

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For Heaven’s Sake, Vaccinate!

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. It’s  back to school time and along with new clothes, middle school drama, and bus schedules, another parental worry has reared its ugly head…vaccines.  Just when you thought the Jenny McCarthy brand of vaccine opposing lunacy has subsided, an outbreak of preventable measles is sweeping the country, mostly affecting school age children.  Last year recorded the second highest number of cases since measles was essentially eradicated in the U.S. in 2000.  Most health experts attribute this rise to the decreased vaccination status of children. People who are fully vaccinated against measles have very little...

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Women With Special Needs

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. I have resisted writing on this topic for a while largely due to my ignorance regarding a number of the conditions I will address, and because I wasn’t sure of the need. I was wrong.  The special needs a gynecology patient shares many of the same problems and issues as the general population yet they deserve a necessary sensitivity to their unique challenges. The first hurdle exists in the mind of the provider.  Just because a woman has autism spectrum disorder or is wheelchair bound doesn’t mean she doesn’t have the same sexual issues,...

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A Nightmare on Mall Street

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Listen up moms…this could be your child! I recently spent way too much time at a mall.  For me, this is like being forced to watch a Gossip Girl marathon, sort of in between sadistic torture and cultural enlightenment.  I was in Nashville, Tennessee for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Country Music Marathon (I’ve got to get them to shorten that name!) and I was flying solo and had time to kill before carb loading.  My wife elected to stay at home and avoid a six hour car ride with someone who smelled like...

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