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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: Sickle Cell Disease/Anemia

I don’t type this post with any amount of joy. Can you imagine an existence in which your blood cells are deformed to the extent to which they resemble pointy knives poking at
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Cancer Prevention Workbook

We continue with simple principles to avoid various forms of cancer, but in today’s Straight, No Chaser, we add some detail about the what’s and whys of the conversation. T
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 16, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Cancer Prevention Checklist

I’m going to present this information two separate ways: today a checklist, as simple as possible; and tomorrow with the same information explained briefly but with detail. You l
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 15, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Cervical Cancer – The Sexually Transmitted Cancer

Let’s put this take home message up front: here’s a pretty good demonstration of the value of vaccines. I hope that each of you resolves to get any children you care f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 21, 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: Blood Clots in Your Legs – Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

If you’re a sports fan, you’re likely aware of the death of a 52-year-old former star of the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, Jerome Kersey, followed two days after
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 17, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Blood Transfusions – Facts About Giving and Receiving

When was the last time you saved a life? I’m not talking about an Internet game. There are many ways in which your efforts can make a significant difference in the life of someon
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 18, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Cervical Health Awareness

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and to that end, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) boldly proclaims “No woman should die of cervical cancer.” It
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 17, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Me on the Business End of a Colonoscopy, aka Getting Screened for Colorectal Cancer

The last two posts have highlighted recommended screening examinations for men and women between ages 40-64. In today’s Straight, No Chaser, I want to pay special attention t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 18, 2017

Straight, No Chaser Vlog: Cancer, The Big C

  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 Ch
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 15, 2017

Basic Questions and Answers about Anemia

What is anemia? Anemia is a condition defined by blood containing a lower than normal number of red blood cells or if the blood cells present don’t contain sufficient hemoglobin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 13, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Does Cuba Hold the Key to Lung Cancer Treatment and Prevention?

For many, some of the first things that come to mind when you think of Cuba are smoking and cigars. For many others, the one of first things that come to mind when you think of cig
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 15, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: What Are The Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

This is the third in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS. For an explanation of what AIDS is, click here. For an explanation of how HIV is contracted, click here. The National Insti
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 23, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: What Exactly Is AIDS?

This is the second blog in an ongoing series on HIV and AIDS. After all these years, it’s still an interesting and important enough question to ask and to know how to answer. Mo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 21, 2017

Straight No Chaser: HIV Awareness Month – Can HIV Be Eliminated From the Body?

It’s HIV Awareness Month. Have you noticed there’s a lot less chatter about HIV lately? Don’t be lulled into a sense of false security; no, it hasn’t been e
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 20, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Breast Cancer in Men

I won’t overstate the case, but you should be aware that breast cancer occurs in men. That said it occurs at a much lower rate than it does in women. I know what you may be think
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 18, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Breast Cancer Treatment Options

The next to last post in this series on breast cancer is on management. Of course, there is no universal treatment of ‘breast cancer’; everything is based on the specif
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 17, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: How to Perform the Breast Self-Exam

Beginning in their 20s, women should be aware of the benefits and limitations of breast self-exam (BSE). Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any n
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 16, 2017
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