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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

The Other Side of 40 – Cerebrovascular System Health (Your Brain)

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post is about cerebrovascular system health after age 40. Last but not least, in the last part of this series, let’s talk about your brain.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 20, 2018

The Other Side of 40 – The Genital System: Changes, Challenges, Solutions

Introduction The third part of this series is about genital system changes after age 40. There’s a lot here both for the ladies and the gentlemen, but everyone should want to kno
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: 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

Suicide Risks on College Campuses

Introduction This post looks at suicide risks on college campuses. I  had the privilege of spending time at my alma mater addressing issues on behalf of students and mental health
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 10, 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: 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
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