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Straight, No Chaser: Quick Tips to Save a Drowning Victim

Can you swim? Have you ever witnessed someone drowning or almost drown? I’ve actually been rescued. It’s a truly horrifying experience. It only takes a few minutes of y
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 29, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Dehydration – When You’re Too Dry to Cry

Dehydration is one of those topics that illustrates the adage “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”— except I would adjust that to suggest a little of the wrong type of k
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 27, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Fireworks Safety

For many, the Fourth of July is a time of celebration, happiness and creation of good family memories. In the emergency room it’s one of the two worst days to have to work (exclu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Treating Your Seasonal Allergies / Hay Fever

You’re miserable from seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, allergic rhinitis)? You’ve seemingly tried everything, and nothing seems to help? Did you read the introductory post on
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 29, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Suffer from Hay Fever?

Hay (fever) there! If any of you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, allergic rhinitis), consider yourself lucky. As nuisances go, this has to rank high on the l
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 28, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Frostbite

There’s a cold front coming. You can’t avoid the exposure. Some of you will end up cold as ice. Would you really know what to do if you caught frostbite? I thought not,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 16, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What You Can Do To Manage Frostbite and Serious Cold Exposure

I’ll admit that my orientation is different than yours. I’ll argue that your orientation should be closer to mine. What’s the difference, you may ask? I’ve
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 15, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Hypothermia (Low Body Temperature)

This is part of a series on cold-related medical disorders. Hypothermia is low body temperature. It’s not the “Oh, it’s cold outside” type of cold, but it i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 14, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Danger 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 January 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Prevention and Treatment of Lead Poisoning

What you need to know about protecting yourself from lead poisoning and its effects is reducible to awareness, baseline testing, prevention and treatment. We covered what you neede
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 30, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Reviewing (the Claims Made within) the Netflix Documentary "What The Health"

Per your request, I’ve looked at the movie “What the Health,” which apparently is all the rage and significantly promoting conversion to a vegan diet. Now I reall
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Fireworks Safety

For many, the Fourth of July is a time of celebration, happiness and creation of good family memories. In the emergency room it’s one of the two worst days to have to work (exclu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 3, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Dehydration – When You’re Too Dry to Cry

Dehydration is one of those topics that illustrates the adage “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”— except I would adjust that to suggest a little of the wrong type of k
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 1, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Mass Trauma Alert – Your Disaster Preparedness Strategy

If you’ve become a regular reader of Straight, No Chaser (thank you!), you will note the recurring theme of prevention. There’s often just not enough time to act in the midst
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Treating Your Seasonal Allergies / Hay Fever

You’re miserable from seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, allergic rhinitis)? You’ve seemingly tried everything, and nothing seems to help? Did you read the introductory post on
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 29, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Suffer from Hay Fever?

Hay (fever) there! If any of you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, allergic rhinitis), consider yourself lucky. As nuisances go, this has to rank high on the l
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 18, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Hirsutism (Abnormal Female Hair Growth)

Have you ever wondered how and why some women develop more hair on their face and bodies than other women? That’s called hirsutism and is the topic of this Straight, No Chaser 
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 24, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: The Danger 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 January 24, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: What You Can Do To Manage Frostbite and Serious Cold Exposure

I’ll admit that my orientation is different than yours. I’ll argue that your orientation should be closer to mine. What’s the difference, you may ask? I’ve
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 23, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: The Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Frostbite

There’s a cold front coming. You can’t avoid the exposure. Some of you will end up cold as ice. Would you really know what to do if you caught frostbite? I thought not,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 22, 2017
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