Aspirin, the 100-year-old Medicine

Dr. Ron Atchison, internist, waited outside his patient’s room while the current group of medical students and residents filed out behind him. He motioned them to follow him down the hall to a small conference room. When they had all crowded in, he spoke.“This is just for the medical students. The rest of you hold…

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A Re-Evaluation

"Hello, Susan. Come in and sit down. I've been expecting you." Dr. Robbins came from behind his desk, motioning to a leather arm chair."Good afternoon, Dr. Robbins," Susan responded."Yes, mother's heart attack got my attention." She perched on the edge of the chair, tightly clutching her purse."I suspect it did," he mused aloud, leaning against…

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Before It’s Too Late

A woman in her late sixties was recently told by her physician that she could not have her total hip replacement until she lost at least 100 pounds. According to her doctor, her morbidly obese condition would make her surgery more risky, make her recovery more hazardous, and likely negate any positive outcomes the surgeon…

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The Silent Killer of Eyes

Does everyone know about the Silent Killer? High Blood Pressure? How high blood pressure can exist silently – without symptoms – for years until the sudden heart attack or stroke happens? There is also a silent killer of eyes – glaucoma.Three million Americans have glaucoma – about 1 in a 100. Only half of them…

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Change the Oil, Rotate the Tires

Most people try to faithfully follow the owner's manual for maintaining their car: change the oil every 3000 miles, new oil filter every 50,000 miles, rotate the tires and check their pressure, check the transmission fluid, inspect the brake pads, fill the windshield wiper fluid. Faithful maintenance adds years to the car's life and prevents…

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