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Straight, No Chaser: The Other Side of 40 – The Genital System – Changes, Challenges, Solutions

The third part of this series is about your genital system after 40. There’s a lot here both for the ladies and the gentlemen, but everyone should want to know all the informatio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 18, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Other Side of 40 – The Musculoskeletal System – Changes, Challenges, Solutions

The second part of this series on how your body changes with age is about your muscles. This section combined with the previous skin section explains why you wrinkle. As before,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 17, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Other Side of 40 -The Skin – Changes, Challenges, Solutions

September is Healthy Aging Month. A big part of healthy aging is prior healthy living, particularly as you reach the age at which your unhealthy habits begin to catch up with you o
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 16, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Arthritis – Response to Reader Question

    Does joint cracking cause Arthrtis? I actually understand the question. You would think all that snap, knuckle and pop would represent bad things happening to your bones,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 15, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Arthritis – Prevention & Treatment

The thing about treating arthritis is you’d better do it. If you’re not lucky enough to have a form that readily responds to treatment or if you didn’t get early treatment, y
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 14, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Arthritis – Symptoms & Causes

Arthritis is one of a few different “inevitable” diseases humans have.  Today we’re discussing one form of Arthritis, specifically, degenerative joint disease (osteo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Cholesterol – What you should know.

Most people know just enough about cholesterol to be able to do something about it should they choose. Still, seventy-one million American adults have abnormally high cholesterol,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 12, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Lowering Your Risk for Infection

There are things you know, there are things you know but don’t really know, and there are still other things that you think you know that you don’t know at all. When it
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Suicide – Crisis on Campus

I  had the privilege of spending time at my alma mater addressing issues on behalf of students and mental health services. Among many other things discussed, I was shocked by the
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 10, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What is MRSA? Causes, Prevention & Treatments

One of the things that’s changed a lot from when I first started practicing medicine is people show up every day to the emergency room for mosquito and spider bites.  The lo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 9, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Questions About Abscesses (Boils)

Whether you call them boils, pus pockets or abscesses, they hurt. Abscesses are infections that localize and collect pus beneath the skin. Although previous Straight, No Chaser pos
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 8, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Recommendations for Early Detection of Prostate Cancer

Every so often, controversies regarding medical treatment recommendations get in the news and seemingly only serve to confuse the public. Every blog, article or research paper is a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 7, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Facts About Prostate Cancer – 2018 Update

Men (and those who care for men – meaning everyone) should be knowledgeable about prostate cancer. I don’t mean physician-level knowledgeable, but there are just a few fac
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 6, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Questions About the Prostate

This is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and as such, this Straight, No Chaser explores the prostate (no pun intended). Prostate cancer and screening will be addressed in an addi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 5, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Tips for Treating & Preventing Gas

So… you have problems with gas. What are you to do? Well, given that gas production is a natural occurrence, it’s not like you’re going to eliminate having gas (no pun intend
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 4, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Gas You Pass-Eructation (Belching) and Flatus (The Other One)

It seems like Straight, No Chaser is unafraid to address any topic! Here’s one of those conversations that everyone wants to have but rarely does. Gas is a natural phenomenon. Th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Asthma Basics – (Part 2 of 2)

As we move into discussing asthma treatment, remember that asthmatics die at an alarming rate.  I mentioned yesterday (and it bears repeating) that death rates have increased over
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 2, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Asthma Basics – (Part 1 of 2)

Asthma concerns me. I’ve had many close friends and family suffer with the disease. In fact, a very good friend died of an attack while in medical school, because he didn’t ha
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 1, 2018

From the SterlingMedicalAdvice.com Health Library: “My Doctor Said I Was a High-Risk Asthmatic. What Does That Mean?”

If you have an asthmatic in your life, it’s important to know that asthmatics die.  The risk of death is higher in certain asthmatics. If you or your loved one is in this su
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 31, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Five Frequently Asked Questions on Lupus

  What is lupus? What causes it? In general terms, lupus is a disease in which your immune system malfunctions and attacks your healthy tissue. This is known as an autoimmune dis
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 30, 2018