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Identifying Risks of Domestic Violence

Introduction Lower your risks of domestic violence. Today we point to knowledge as the key to preventing potential life-threatening episodes in the household. This is the second i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 20, 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

Straight, No Chaser: Early and Delayed Puberty

The onset of puberty is an anxious enough time without it being complicated by being early or late. You may be familiar with the changes related to puberty, but you also should kno
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 30, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Maintain Healthy Testosterone Levels Without Replacement Therapy

Male virility is a fascinating topic medically. It is truly an example of how confidence and mental fortitude (or the absence thereof) can directly translate into physical performa
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Male Menopause (aka Andropause)

Manopause?  Male Menopause? Yes, andropause is a thing (at least according to many medical authorities). Most of us are roughly familiar with menopause. You may or may not be su
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Low Testosterone

Are you someone who had never heard of Low-T until recent commercials starting telling you that you weren’t normal? Let’s review what all the fuss is about. As most people know
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 18, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What Would You Do If Your Tongue Suddenly Swelled? Learn About Angioedema

Here at Straight, No Chaser, we want you to know how to prevent disease and injury because that’s a lot easier than the alternative. However, if and when the time comes, you
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Heat Illnesses Awareness (Heat Exhaustion, Heat Cramps, Heat Stroke)

Heat Awareness Day occurs the last Friday in May instead of the first weekend in July because prevention is better than cure. Once the rains calm down across America, it’s p
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 26, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Prevention and Treatment of Food Allergies

Whether or not you personally have a food allergy, it is likely you will find yourself in a situation with someone who does. Food allergies affect approximately 15 million American
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Food Allergies

I often say whatever you put in your mouth either helps or harms you. Today, we discuss food allergies, which sounds like a cruel trick or something out of a horror movie, but unfo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: So… You Skipped Your Period? Let’s Discuss Secondary Amenorrhea

It happens all the time, but one thing that makes both men and women anxious is a missed menstrual period. Everyone’s always worried about being pregnant (and you should be). Wh
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 16, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Thyroid Awareness and Neck Self-Examination

Is your thyroid something you know exists but know very little about? Let’s change that. The thyroid gland lives in your neck and produces hormones that help you regular your bod
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 12, 2018

Straight, No Chaser Vlog: Diabetes

The Straight, No Chaser vlog (video blog) series presents “health care basics” to keep you safe, healthy and out of the emergency room. Today’s Straight, No Chaser a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 14, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

In a previous post, I provided an overview of diabetes. Everyone knows about diabetes, and most understand how dangerous diabetes is over the long-term. However, as an emergency ph
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 7, 2017

Prevention and Treatment Considerations for Diabetic Eye Conditions

Several of you asked about the treatment of the eye conditions resulting from diabetes. This last Straight, No Chaser addressing Diabetes Awareness Month will focus on treatment
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 6, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Eye Problems

As you likely know, diabetics have a large amount of blood glucose (sugar) circulating in their blood. The high level of glucose can cause damage to many cells, including your eyes
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 5, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Quick Tips for the Diabetic in Your Life

Per your requests, we occasionally feature quick tips for healthy living. Here’s an important example. If you have diabetics in your life, here are three things they should d
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 4, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Diabetes Basics and the Importance of Education

Diabetes is a disease in which education is vital. For a diabetic, knowing the disease well allows him or her to better prevent long-term consequences of the disease. It also allow
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 3, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Fifteen Tips to Care for Diabetic Skin, Part 2

In the previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the frailty of  diabetic skin and discussed how that sets one up for skin infections, abscesses, ulcers, amputations and even
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: The Skin Problems of Diabetics, Part 1

If you are diabetic or caring for a diabetic, one of the things you’ve likely noticed is that the skin doesn’t always seem to look, feel or perform normally. Perhaps th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 1, 2017
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