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Flu Myths and Questions

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser addresses flu myths and address a few frequently asked questions.Every year 36,000 people die and over 200,000 are hospitalized each year due
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 4, 2018

Health Promotion – Introducing “Invisible Health”

Introduction This post discusses invisible health: how your healthy habits produce benefits throughout your days! Good habits are just as addictive as bad habits, but they’re
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 3, 2018

How To Complete End of Life Planning

Introduction Decisions about your final days need to include end of life planning. Now that you’ve had a chance to wrap your mind around the concept of needing to make end of lif
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 29, 2018

End of Life Decision Making

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post addresses considerations related to end of life decision making. Having this conversation when death is staring you or a loved one in th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 28, 2018

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Introduction This point highlights patient rights and responsibilities. Even if you didn’t know it, you have rights as a patient. In 1998, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Consume
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 27, 2018

25 Tips That WILL Increase Your Life Expectancy

Introduction Want to increase your life expectancy and live better longer? You may want to keep this post. I haven’t exactly found the Fountain of Youth, but I do know what activ
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 22, 2018

Preventing and Treating Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Introduction This post addresses preventing and treating urinary tract infections. At some point, you’ve got to be on board with the notion that you need to prevent some of the t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 26, 2018

Does drug use cause kidney damage?

Introduction This post addresses your question on drug-induced kidney damage. Drug-Induced Kidney Damage Each kidney filters about 1700 liters of blood per day and concentrates flu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 24, 2018

Tips to Deal with Depression and The Holiday Blues

Introduction Have the holiday blues? I don’t mean to bring anyone down during what is supposed to be the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ but in reality there are many peop
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 21, 2018

Great American Smokeout: Tips for Smoking Cessation

Introduction The Great American Smokeout is a great time to get serious about smoking cessation. Don’t wait to make it a New Year’s resolution. Do it now. Can’t do it
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 15, 2018

What You Must Know About X-Ray Safety

Introduction X-ray safety is as important as using x-rays for proper evaluation. After the question of “Can I get an x-ray,” the next most common question I get (which should b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 7, 2018

X-Ray Basics and Your Questions

Introduction In this post, we’ll review your questions and some x-ray basics. “C’mon, Doc. I just want to be sure!” If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 6, 2018

HIV and STD Risks From Specific Acts of Sexual Intercourse

Introduction – HIV and STD risks This blog focuses on your HIV and STD risks from specific acts of sexual intercourse. It is the fifth blog in an ongoing series on HIV and A
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 16, 2018

Challenges to Your Mental Health and Happiness

Introduction You all have challenges to your mental health and happiness. We are mindful that there are as many of you unsuccessful as there are successful in navigating these cha
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 3, 2018

Your Questions About E-Cigarettes (Vaping)

Let’s talk about using E-cigarettes, aka vaping. Here are five questions you commonly ask. What is vaping, and how is it different from smoking cigarettes? E-cigarettes are batte
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 1, 2018

Getting Your Pain Treated in the ER in the Midst of an Opiate Epidemic

Both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Chronic Pain Association have worked diligently to offer information and recommendations to protect patient inter
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 29, 2018

Your Questions About Chronic Pain and Management

Chronic pain and its management are complicated topics, both for sufferers and those who care for them. Thank you for your feedback on the previous post and appreciating the spirit
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 28, 2018

Chronic Pain – What You and Your Physicians Can Do To Really Help

The notion of a pain awareness month is an odd thing; probably even more so to those suffering from chronic pain. Typically the idea with these periods of recognizing diseases and
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 27, 2018

Fibromyalgia – Facts and Controversies

Previously, Straight, No Chaser has discussed the frustration of uncertainty some patients have with having symptoms and not being given a diagnosis (much less a cure). Imagine i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 26, 2018

Ovarian Cancer – Frequently Asked Questions

  You are likely aware that the ovaries produce a women’s eggs as well as being the main source of the female’s sex hormones. Ovarian cancer is not the most common gynecologic
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 25, 2018
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