DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard the term “immunotherapy” used by people who are discussing treatments for cancer and arthritis. What is immunotherapy?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I've always had infrequent periods, but I never thought much of it. My doctor recently used the word "anovulatory" to explain why I've had trouble getting pregnant. What does this mean? Could the two be connected?
DEAR DOCTOR K: In your column you often distinguish between “good” and “bad” carbohydrates. What makes a carb good or bad?
DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve entered my 70s, I’ve noticed that my eating and bowel habits have changed. Is this normal?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently saw a headline that said children who sleep less weigh more. Is that true? How much sleep should my preschooler and first-grader get each night?
DEAR DOCTOR K: Should I request “advanced” cholesterol testing at my next checkup?
Oregon ranks 28th in the nation in overall obesity rates with 27.3% of its adult population classified as obese.
North Central Public Health District has been notified of two school-age residents from separate communities in the district with lab-confirmed pertussis (also known as whooping cough) over the past couple of weeks.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have constant knee and hip pain. How can I relieve my pain without drugs or surgery?
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a working mother. I also care for my ill and aging father. Are there professionals or services that can help me care for him? DEAR READER: There can be plenty of rewards in caring for an ailing parent. My parents both died suddenly while apparently healthy, so I never faced this situation. But I’ve had many patients and friends who have told me that they got closer to their parents in the process of caring for them.
The North Central Public Health District and The Dalles Main Street Program invite area families to enjoy “Story Walk.” This fun, free event offers families of young children an opportunity to combine physical activity with literacy.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently found out that I’m pregnant. I’d like to continue eating fish, but I understand some fish contain mercury, which could be harmful to my baby. What fish should I avoid?
Mid-Columbia Medical Center has had no shortage of forward-thinking strategies in the past two decades.
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DEAR READER: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem faced, to one degree or another, by many middle-aged and older men. Since sildenafil (Viagra) was launched in 1998, men have been turning to medication to help address this problem.