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Domestic Violence Abuse – How to Get Out of an Abusive Situation

Introduction Remember: You are not to blame, and you need not face domestic violence alone. How would you escape eminent domestic violent abuse?. This is the third post in a Straig
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 21, 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

Concussion, Part II

Your son is a star in Friday Night Lights (actually football, not the TV show) and has been concussed.  Amazingly, the most common question I get asked is not “Will he be ok
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 22, 2018

Concussions, Part I

It’s probably not a coincidence that National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month occurs at the same time as the onset of the NFL season in the U.S. However, it’s a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 21, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Self-Assessment for Signs of Early Dementia or Alzheimer’s

Each of us has elderly family members for whom we may be concerned about their memory or other possible signs of dementia. You don’t have to stand by powerless and let them dwin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 21, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Dementia – When Brain Health Goes Bad

In case you didn’t pick up on it, the posts regarding brain health served two purposes. The first is to ensure you give yourself the best opportunity to live a healthy, happy men
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: You’re Way Too Comfortable With Fainting

Don’t faints seem mysterious?  It’s as if your computer crashed and had to reboot.  Although we never seemingly figure out why computers are so crazy, fainting (syncope) is r
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Amnesia and Severe Memory Loss

In a previous post, we discussed forgetfulness and mild memory loss. We’ve also discussed Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. If you noticed and remember (no pun intended), we
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 24, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Self-Assessment for Signs of Early Dementia or Alzheimer’s

Each of us has elderly family members for whom we may be concerned about their memory or other possible signs of dementia. You don’t have to stand by powerless and let them dwin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 23, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Questions About Memory Loss and Forgetfulness

Are you the type that has a bad memory? Is your memory good when you “want it to be?” Do you just have problems paying attention? Are you concerned about elderly family
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 22, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Emergency Room Adventures – The Risk of Rabies

Depending on the circumstances of your life, sometimes risks are theoretical, and other times risks become occurrences… You can’t make this stuff up. It’s another bu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 18, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Lou Gehrig’s Disease (aka Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

There’s no longer an ice bucket challenge, but the disease known as Lou Gehrig’s disease still is around. However, I have to ask… Do you have any idea what the d
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 12, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Electrical Injuries

In a previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the “what” of electrical injuries and lightning. In this post, we discuss the “what-to-do” and “what-not-to-do” if and
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 28, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When Your Headache is Life-Threatening

All headaches are not created equal. Earlier we discussed migraines, but there’s a lot more to headaches than those. In fact, when you come to an emergency room with a history o
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Migraine Headaches Questions and Answers

There are 30 million migraine sufferers in the U.S. alone.  Women are three times as likely to have them, but both sexes have to address the issues raised by them.  Here are som
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 2, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Heat Illnesses Awareness (Heat Exhaustion, Heat Cramps, Heat Stroke)

Heat Awareness Day occurs the last Friday in May instead of the first weekend in July because prevention is better than cure. Once the rains calm down across America, it’s p
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 26, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Bell’s Palsy

We’ve spent some time focusing on stroke recognition, but today we focus on a condition that often gets confused with a stroke. Bell’s palsy is a paralysis of the facial ne
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 7, 2018

Straight, No Chaser Vlog: Stroke – How to Save a Life

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 topic is stroke (cerebr
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 6, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: About Stuttering

How do you respond when you hear someone stutter? Are you a stutterer, and if so, how do you handle it? Let’s answer 7 frequency asked questions to facilitate some understand
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 4, 2018
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