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Straight, No Chaser: How Can I Save Myself If I'm Choking?

If you’re the type that is cool under pressure, you’re well positioned to think your way out of many dangerous situations. If you’re the type that’s incline
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 11, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: The Dangers of Shoveling Snow and Other Winter Chores

You have probably heard it said, but you’d be surprised to know how often people hurt themselves shoveling snow. Of course, this time of year, people are doing many more strenuou
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 7, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: In the News – Testosterone Therapy Doubles the Risk of Heart Attacks

  If you’re a regular reader of Straight, No Chaser, you’ll recall recent discussions of low testosterone and male menopause (which often includes low testosterone levels as a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 30, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Fat Burn vs. Cardio – How Do I Best Exercise?

You’re working out. Congratulations! But do you know what you’re doing? If you’ve ever been to a gym, perhaps on an elliptical, a treadmill or stationary bike, perhaps you’
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 13, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Your Questions About Taking a Daily Aspirin

Thanks for your enthusiastic response to yesterday’s post on taking an aspirin.  Today, I’ll follow up with some of your questions. So you’ve been told to take a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 22, 2013

Should I Take a Daily Aspirin?

So… I’m stuck on a desert island, and I’m allowed to take two medications. I’m pretty sure aspirin is going to be one of them. This begs the question “Who
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 21, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Bye-Bye, Trans Fats

In news you can use: the Food and Drug Administration has decided to eliminate trans fats from the American diet. What does this mean? Why should you care? Read on… Substance
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 8, 2013

From the Health Library of SterlingMedicalAdvice.com: "If I stop smoking, what does this do to my risk for heart disease and stroke?"

There are immediate and longterm benefits to smoking cessation that extend beyond just lowering your risk for lung cancer.  Consider the following regarding lowering your risk for
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 6, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Heart Attack Recognition – Time is Tissue

  Heart Attacks. Myocardial Infarctions. Acute Coronary Syndromes. Coronary Artery Disease. Unstable Angina. There are many names to describe one main phenomenon. Heart attacks ar
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 24, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: The Tragedy of Septic Shock

There are bad days and then there are really bad days. In many ways, the occurrence of septic shock is a culmination of a lot of bad things that can happen to you. Septic shock is
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 15, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Inappropriate Antibiotic Use

Here’s a great concern regarding strep throat and the previous post that leads to a much more important topic (I’ll take the liberty of paraphrasing.): What about the c
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 14, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Life Begins (To End) at 40 (Unless It Doesn’t) – The Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) System

The fourth part of this series looks at your heart and lungs.  One thing the heart and lung share in common is, left to their own devices, they could function normally for much lo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 12, 2013

Cigar Smoking: Facts and Fiction

It’s the latest, greatest, coolest past-time.  Endorsed and practiced by celebrities the world over, cigar smoking has clearly and successfully marketed itself as a convenie
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 7, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Quick Tips on Boosting Your Metabolism

It would be improper for me to have dragged you through the mud for three days and depressed you into thinking you can’t improve your situation. Hopefully, you’re not f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 6, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Healthy, Sustainable Weight Loss – Let's Get Started

How to Lose Weight, and What is Healthy Weight Loss (AKA, How Much, How Soon and How)? Let’s start with the How. Commercial voice: “You should contact your physician before st
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 6, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: The United States of Obesity – The Crossroads Between Health and Happiness

Obesity in the United States places many at a crossroad between self-esteem and health.  Often, larger frames are celebrated as more desirable.  Other times, they are celebrated
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 4, 2013

Straight No Chaser: The United States of Obesity – The Crossroads Between The Pursuit of Health and Happiness

Obesity in the United States places many at a crossroad between self-esteem and health.  Often, larger frames are celebrated as more desirable.  Other times, they are celebrated
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 4, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is called the silent killer. It’s common for me to see someone who thought they were ‘fine’ drop dead from its effects, never knowing it was about to happ
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 2, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: This is Specifically For the Faint of Heart

Don’t faints seem mysterious?  It’s as if your computer crashed and had to reboot.  Although we never seemingly figure out why computers are so crazy, fainting (syncope) is r
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 19, 2013
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