Your Health: Health highlights from 2012
by Terry Hollenbeck, M.D.
Jan 03, 2013 | 1300 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

As we begin a new year, I’d like to share with you a selection of highlights from some of my columns this past year:

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are useful for bacterial infections only, and not for viral infections, such as the common cold, bronchitis and sore throats.

Strokes: If you are having any symptoms that you think might be caused by a stroke, do not hesitate — seek help immediately from the nearest emergency room.

Insomnia: Remedies for sleep problems include lifestyle and behavioral therapies, alternative medicine and prescription medication.

Sleep apnea: This condition needs to be treated, as it leads to a greater risk of heart attacks.

Depression: This is a true medical illness treated with therapy or medication, sometimes in combination.

Asthma: Although it can be deadly, asthma is easily treated with proper medication and close follow-up with a doctor.

Sun exposure: Take the harmful effects of the sun seriously and use sunscreen liberally and frequently. Cover up as much as possible when in the sun.

Cholesterol: To help prevent heart attacks and strokes, keep cholesterol at a normal level.

Coffee: On the whole, coffee is much more beneficial than harmful to your health.

Backpacks for students: Lighten them up. Heavy packs cause neck and back problems for kids.

Influenza vaccine: Flu shots are useful to prevent influenza and can be given from fall to spring. It’s still not too late.

Head injuries: Concussions should be taken very seriously, as they can be deadly and can lead to long-term brain disability.

Calling in sick: Staying home when ill not only helps you recover quicker, but also prevents spreading the illness to your co-workers or fellow students.

Stress: Dealing with stress can help prevent poor health.

The full columns and all others I have written can be found on my blog at http://valleydoctor.wordpress.com.

Have a very healthy and happy new year.

- Terry Hollenbeck, M.D., is an urgent-care physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz in Scotts Valley. Readers can view his previous columns on his website, http://valleydoctor.wordpress.com, or email him at valleydoctor@sbcglobal.net. Information in this column is not intended to replace advice from your own health care professional. For any medical concern, consult your own doctor.

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