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What should women know about mammograms?

Medical Moments

Laura Cattell

Laura Cattell shares guidelines for when and how frequently to receive mammograms. The American Cancer Society’s guidelines for women with average risk for breast cancer are as follows: Age 40-44 women have the choice to start annual screening Age 45-54 women should receive mammograms annually Age 55 and older women may choose to receive a screening … Continued

What should I know about the Zika Virus?

Medical Moments

Heather Linder

This Medical Moment is part one of a two part series on Zika virus. The Zika virus is a flavivirus related to dengue and yellow fever that is primarily transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently advise against travel to countries experiencing Zika … Continued

What is Kratom?

Medical Moments

Paul Koelliker

Kratom is the street name for a drug that is currently illegal in only a handful of states. It is derived from the leaves of a tree in Southeast Asia and its scientific name is Mitragyna speciosa. This tree grows naturally in Thailand and its use there has been outlawed for 70 years. It is … Continued

Should snowboarders wear wrist guards?​

Medical Moments

Diana Koelliker

The answer is absolutely! The top three types of injuries seen among snowboarders in the ER are head injuries/concussions, shoulder injuries and wrist injuries. Although many skiers and snowboarders now wear helmets on the mountain, wrist guards are not as common. Wrist injuries most commonly seen in the ER are sprains and fractures. Studies have … Continued

What is pink eye and how is it treated?

Medical Moments

Conjunctivitis (commonly referred to as pink eye) is a term that indicates inflammation of the Conjunctiva.  The conjunctiva consists of two parts, one that covers the inside surface of the eyelids, and one that covers the white surface of the eye (sclera).  Conjunctivitis is most commonly caused by a viral infection, but can be caused … Continued

What do I do if someone is choking?

Medical Moments

Dan Hehir

Every year in the US about 3000 people die from choking. Knowing how to immediately treat someone who is choking could save a life. The steps are simple. First, if someone is choking, assess the situation. If they are able to cough, speak or breathe, do not intervene. It is best to let the person … Continued

My child has the flu, what should I do?

Medical Moments

Simon Kotlyar

My child has a fever, what should I do? Fever in children is usually a result of the immune systems response to an infection and it is one of the most common reasons for parents and their little ones to seek medical care. Generally speaking, an armpit reading above 100°F or a rectal temperature above … Continued

Should I take aspirin daily?

Medical Moments, Press Releases

Dr. Kent Gaylord

Dr. Gaylord weighs in on a classic and frequently asked question. Aspirin, manufactured and marketed since 1899, is the biggest selling drug in history, about 10 billion tablets are manufactured annually. For years, a low dose aspirin was commonly recommended by doctors and used by many people for primary prevention of a heart attack or … Continued

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