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1.  FDA Warning on OTC Acne Medications:  Many teenagers I see as patients have been using various over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne medications such as lotions, gels, cleansing pads, face washes, face scrubs etc… These products save them from having to see dermatologists or their primary care doctors.  They tend to be cheaper than products prescribed…

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A fantastic way to ensure you are getting the greatest benefit from your cardio exercise is to use a heart rate monitor. If you are still working on building exercise into your life and developing a consistent routine, you most likely need not worry about cardio intensity. But for those exercisers who are focused on…

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Each year in the United States 30 million people travel to altitudes above 6500 feet to ski, hike, marvel at the scenery or just relax. Nature’s beauty at that altitude is amazing, but warrants precautions before and during the visit. HIGH ALTITUDE PHYSIOLOGY – What do we mean by, “The air is thinner up there?” Whether…

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I thought the last three weeks were horrendous at work.  I had little time to exercise except for the weekends that I was not on call.  I skipped lunch many times at the office.  Instead, my assistant Roxanne and I would have a bite of a snack on and off while entering our patients’ data…

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Recently in the WSJ there was an article referencing the popularity of the “smart” toilet AKA the Toto Washlet. Since I am a gastroenterologist, this article was of great interest. What do these toilets do? As it turns out, quite a lot. First off, and of most importance to the fastidious Japanese householder (where these…

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Fortunately for me, my daughter opted to go to Colorado to celebrate her college graduation, giving me the opportunity to visit there for the first time, as well. In Rocky Mountain National Park, ‘America’s Switzerland’, the natural beauty is breathtaking and the physical abilities of the residents is so impressive. Maybe it has to do…

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Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy and Strong You can do many things to keep your children’s teeth healthy and strong.  Make sure they have a healthy diet, brush every day with fluoridated toothpaste, and see a dental professional regularly.  However, it is especially hard to keep tooth decay from developing in the teeth of very…

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Lately, I have witnessed many professionals who have retired early or taken prolonged breaks from work.  There are quite a few physicians I know who have done this already and others who have made plans to retire in their fifties or younger.  Some are simply tired from the long hours of hard work; others have…

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