Our Blog: To Your Health

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.

What’s the Difference Between a Food Allergy, Sensitivity, and Intolerance?

Monday, July 8, 2019

These are common questions when identifying a culprit for ongoing digestive symptoms. All these conditions can cause reactions in the digestive system like abdominal pain, bloating, or diarrhea, so it is understandably confusing to know what you’re dealing with. Additionally, these terms get thrown around loosely and are sometimes used interchangeably. Ultimately, food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances are distinct conditions that have different dietary treatments.

Stay Safe from Summer Burns

Monday, July 1, 2019

Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy barbecues, campfires, and fireworks. Unfortunately, with all this fun comes some risk — burns are a common cause of injury during the summer months, especially in July. Here a few safety tips to help bring in the summer festivities with a bang — and without injury.


Enjoy the Sun Without Harming Your Skin

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sunscreen helps fight skin cancer, including melanoma, its deadliest form. “Understanding how sunscreen works can help you better protect your skin, reducing the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging,” says Dr. Rebecca Bremner of The Oregon Clinic Portland Dermatology. Our physicians recommend regular use of broad-spectrum sunscreens on sun-exposed skin to help prevent skin cancer and slow visible signs of aging.

Medical Optimization for Hernia Repair

Monday, May 20, 2019

As hernia surgeons, our perspective on hernia repair is often quite simple: the patient has a hole in their abdominal wall, and we must fix that hole. How each of us goes about performing the repair, in contrast, is often complex and heavily debated among surgeons.

What is not debated, on the other hand, is how critical the basic factors affecting healing are to the long-term success of any hernia repair.