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Straight, No Chaser: Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

In the last 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 phys
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 17, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: The Week in Review

Another information packed week is in the bag.  Thanks for all the comments and suggestions for posts.  I’ll try to get to them as the schedule allows.  In the meantime, b
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: About that 'Strep Throat'

Here’s a pretty common scenario. You’re a first time parent with the most adorable kid in the world. You’re in full tiger mom or dad mode, and you’re not go
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 14, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Life Begins (To End) at 40 (Unless It Doesn’t) – The Cerebrovascular System (Your Brain)

Last but not least, in the first part of this series, let’s talk about your brain. But first a summary comment. Life after 40 poses both opportunity and obstacles. 35 to 40 is ei
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 13, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Erectile Dysfunction, Part Two – Causes

In my last post on erectile dysfunction (ED), I gave a simplistic way to understand and address it.  However, the truth of the matter is the overwhelming majority of cases of ED a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 12, 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

Straight, No Chaser: Erectile Dysfunction, Part One

It seems appropriate to follow-up a post on age-related changes in your genitourinary system with a discussion on erectile dysfunction (ED).  The nature of the topic is such that
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 11, 2013

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

The second part of this series is about your muscles. This section combined with the previous skin section explains why you wrinkle. As before, I’m going to go through system –
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 10, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: The Week In Review

Happy Sunday, everyone. In the midst another all-time best week here, I got to discuss the topics I spend most of my time discussing with patients in the emergency department: high
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 8, 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: The Adverse Health Effects of Obesity and Why You Gain Weight

Earlier, we identified the differences between a ‘normal’ weight and being overweight and/or obese. Today’s goal is to help you understand specific risks of carrying extr
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 5, 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

Straight No Chaser: The United States of Obesity – The Crossroads Between The Pursuit of Health and Happiness.
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: Here's How You Stop Smoking – Quick Tips to START Smoking Cessation

Don’t pick your birthday or NYE to stop. Do it now. Can’t do it now? Do it Monday. In fact, do it every Monday. It’s a fight. If you fall down, start it back up again. It’s
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 3, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Smoking Cessation

You’ve all been asked what things you’d take with you on a desert island.  I’ll pose and answer the opposite question, but not on an island but regarding your life.  Gettin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 3, 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: How Many Calories Do You Need a Day?

Let’s put this post (at least the end of it) under the category of things you do but really don’t think about. How many calories should you take in per day to function
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 31, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Staying Alive – A New, Ridiculously Simple Approach to CPR

Hopefully, this video is the hokiest thing I’ll ever post, but modern understanding of CPR is such that every single one of you should know exactly how to respond in the even
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 16, 2013
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