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by Eva Hersh, MD

Friday, January 20, 2017

Trouble in Paradise

Dear Dr. Eva,

I was recently in Hawaii. One afternoon I foolishly went snorkeling when the wind had come up and the water was rough. I was thrown up against a coral reef, and scraped my leg badly. I was careful to clean the area with alcohol and treated it with antibiotic ointment for several days. Fortunately, my efforts paid off and the abrasions healed without problems.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Simple, Healthy Changes for 2017

Dear Readers,

Many people make New Year’s resolutions. When a person can’t stick with the changes they planned – which is what usually happens -  they may feel like a double failure. Not only are they continuing the behavior they meant to change, they’ve also failed to keep their commitment. Considering this, my first thought was that maybe we should swear off the whole idea of New Year’s resolutions. On second thought, it would be a shame not to make good use of the motivation towards positive change that many people feel at the start of a new year.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Nutrition Puzzles

Dear Dr. Eva,

I am curious about vitamin D. It seems like everybody I know who is been tested for vitamin D has been told their level was too low and put on supplements. If everybody’s level is too low, is there something wrong with the normal ranges?

Scientist

Friday, December 09, 2016

Update on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Dear Dr. Eva,

Every year, I have a big loss of energy and I want to sleep and eat more as the days get shorter. It starts in October or November. After the time change, with sunset at 5 and earlier, it gets harder and harder to get out of bed. I don’t want to deal with people even in minor normal day-to-day interactions. At work, I’m struggling to keep up even with routine stuff. A lot of people I know also seem to be feeling bad and are commenting on the shorter days. Other than migrate South for the winter, which is way beyond me financially, what can people like me who are affected by the short days do to keep our moods from falling in the fall?

Feel like Hibernating

Friday, October 28, 2016

Your Vote and Our Well-Being

A presidential election editorial

Only a week left until Election Day. Consider this: What do the two presidential candidates think about the American people? It’s not hard to tell, considering their words, histories, debate performance, and proposed policies.

Hillary Clinton thinks of Americans as individual women, men, children, and families. She realizes that each of us has a unique life, problems, successes, dreams, and stressors. She sees herself as part of the group, part of the greater Us that makes up the country. Her goal is to make life better for American people, particularly for people in need. She does not disparage or dis-include LGBT individuals or families, or any other social or ethnic group, as “less American” than others. She has plans to help long-neglected groups, such as unpaid family caretakers of elderly or disabled people. Clinton’s history as a leader is to seek out multiple points of view before making a decision. Without a doubt, she has personality flaws and has made judgment errors in the past, but she is firmly in touch with reality.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Some Unusual Headaches

Useful to read about, nasty to have!

Dear Dr. Eva,

How can you tell when a headache is dangerous? My partner gets migraines which are sometimes extremely painful. I worry that if he had a stroke or a brain tumor it could be mistaken for just another migraine.

Chris

Friday, September 30, 2016

Symptoms of Headaches

Tension and Migraine

Dear Dr. Eva,

Please write about the different types of headaches. How do you tell what is causing a headache, and whether or not it is dangerous?

J.B.

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