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Straight, No Chaser: Asthma Basics – (Part 2 of 2)

As we move into discussing asthma treatment, remember that asthmatics die at an alarming rate.  I mentioned yesterday (and it bears repeating) that death rates have increased over
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 2, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Asthma Basics – (Part 1 of 2)

Asthma concerns me. I’ve had many close friends and family suffer with the disease. In fact, a very good friend died of an attack while in medical school, because he didn’t ha
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 1, 2018

From the SterlingMedicalAdvice.com Health Library: “My Doctor Said I Was a High-Risk Asthmatic. What Does That Mean?”

If you have an asthmatic in your life, it’s important to know that asthmatics die.  The risk of death is higher in certain asthmatics. If you or your loved one is in this su
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 31, 2018

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: Hookahs and Health

I love the responses I get from you. Even the spam is entertaining. Most recently, when I posted this, the most common response was some variation of this theme: “What’s a hook
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 12, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Quick Tips to Save a Drowning Victim

Can you swim? Have you ever witnessed someone drowning or almost drown? I’ve actually been rescued. It’s a truly horrifying experience. It only takes a few minutes of y
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 29, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Why Are Athletes At Such Risk For Pulmonary Embolus?

Let’s begin today’s Straight, No Chaser by being sure not to overstate the case. All things being equal, young healthy individuals and superbly conditioned athletes have di
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Pulmonary Embolus (A Blood Clot in the Lungs)

When I was a young, wide-eyed medical student, I learned that in a large number of cases, when people died from unexplained cases, the autopsies would often show the patient died f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 18, 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: What Will You Do If Your Baby Starts Choking?

We’ve previously discussed how to address choking in adults. Today, we address the twin horrors of needing to save a baby’s life (those younger than 12 months old) from choking
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What Will You Do If You See Someone Choking?

So … what would you do if someone around you starting choking. Or if they choked, then lost consciousness? What would you do if you choked and no one else was around? Don’t you
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Cigar Smoking

It’s the latest, greatest, coolest past-time.  Endorsed and practiced by celebrities the world over, cigar smoking has clearly and successfully marketed itself as a convenience
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 21, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: The Frustration of Acute Bronchitis

Imagine what it looks like when someone gets hit in the jaw. There’s the redness, swelling from excess fluid in the area, warmth and pain. Those are the components of inflammatio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 20, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: COPD

November is COPD Awareness Month. You already know a lot about COPD without realizing it or even having to think about it. You’ve seen patients walking around with the oxygen ta
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 18, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Lung Health – Know The Signs of Danger

I would suggest you should be in complete awe of your lungs. Did you know you take over 20,000 breaths a day? Your lungs bring air into your body and eliminates waste (carbon dio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 17, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Great American Smokeout – Quick Tips to START Smoking Cessation

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 now? Do it M
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 16, 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: 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. Click here for the post on changes in your skin. Click here for the post on changes to your musculoskeletal system. C
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 9, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Hookahs and Health

I love the responses I get from you. Even the spam is entertaining. Most recently, when I posted this, the most common response was some variation of this theme: “What’s a hook
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 14, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Understanding Asthma – Toothpicks and Snot (Part 2 of 2)

As we move into discussing asthma treatment, remember that asthmatics die at an alarming rate.  I mentioned yesterday (and it bears repeating) that death rates have increased over
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 22, 2017
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