DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve entered my 40s, the skin on my hands and face has started to change. What happens to our skin as we age?
DEAR DOCTOR K: My son has a hepatitis C infection, based on a blood test. The doctor says he’s OK now, but could someday become seriously ill. I hear there are new treatments for hepatitis C. Is there reason for optimism?
Going through everyday life brings its share of stress and anxiety, but yoga instructor Bert Wyatt has the perfect solution for those going through the ails with yoga classes every month with another free session scheduled from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Pure Yoga, owned by Shannon Red Cloud, located on 102 East 2nd Street in The Dalles.
As multiple fires continue to burn in the south Wasco County area, people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children, are advised to stay indoors.
DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor says I have “sick sinus syndrome.” What is it?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I am 71 years old. My LDL cholesterol is 160, but my HDL is 122. Does my high HDL cancel out concerns about my high LDL cholesterol?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a man in my 60s. I had a heart attack a few months ago, and now I’m afraid to have sex. Is it too strenuous for my heart?
This past Monday at 9:30 a.m. Jeremiah and Isaiah Godby left Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis with much fanfare as they set off across the state of Oregon on foot.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I've recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. What causes it, and how is it treated?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I sometimes have dark, strong-smelling urine. Should I be concerned?
DEAR DOCTOR K: When I was diagnosed with diabetes, my doctor said I am now also at increased risk for heart disease. What’s the connection?
DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor has diagnosed me with chronic pancreatitis. Could this be related to my drinking? Can this condition be reversed? DEAR READER: Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, the large gland that lies behind the stomach. (I’ve put an illustration of the pancreas on my website, AskDoctorK.com.)
DEAR DOCTOR K: I need to have surgery in my abdominal area. My surgeon said he can do it “laparoscopically.” What does that mean?
DEAR DOCTOR K: What can I expect when my son goes through puberty?
DEAR DOCTOR K: What is vascular dementia? Can it be prevented? DEAR READER: The term “dementia” describes a serious impairment of mental function. It may include memory loss, confusion, personality changes and the dwindling ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. The second most common is vascular dementia.