Our Blog: To Your Health

Psoriasis is More Than Skin Deep

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The dermatological medical community has known for a long time that psoriasis, a chronic, inflammatory condition of the skin, is extremely common and affects approximately 3 percent of the U.S. population. The classic presentation of psoriasis is thick, red, scaly plaques on the elbows and knees. Other common areas of involvement include the scalp, genitalia, palms and soles, buttocks and fingernails.

Lactational Abscesses Take Center Stage

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Breasts — what an amazing evolutionary modification of the lowly sweat gland! And yet, it seems that when our breasts are not actively trying to “take us out” with breast cancers, they are making us miserable with cysts, infections, masses and pain. At least that’s how it seems from my perspective, as a general surgeon with a focus on breast health!

Diagnosing Functional Dyspepsia

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Functional dyspepsia, also known as non-acid dyspepsia, is characterized by discomfort and pain involving the upper gastrointestinal tract. It is a common condition that is present in 15–20 percent of the population. Symptoms are often mistaken for acid reflux disease, but functional dyspepsia is a separate entity, though there can be overlap.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Pregnancy

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects one in two hundred Americans and in women, it commonly presents early in life during reproductive years. Women with IBD are almost three times as likely to be voluntarily childless, although having IBD does not necessarily affect the ability to have children. Women with IBD are more likely to have a complication of pregnancy or a complication of labor and delivery. But, under the guidance of a high-risk obstetrician and gastroenterologist, a woman with IBD can have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Finding Relief from BPH: Larry’s Story

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

When Larry, a former literature and writing teacher, moved to Medford, Oregon at 40 years old, he knew he had found his community. After retiring from teaching in 2003, Larry devoted his time to one of his favorite hobbies: singing. He bought a karaoke machine and took voice lessons before performing at local retirement homes and recording CDs to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease.