You and Your Health

Ask the Expert – Coronavirus   What is Coronavirus?   Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, and others circulate among animals such as camels, cats, and bats. There are seven different coronaviruses that are known to infect humans. Most coronaviruses cause mild...

According to the American Heart Association, “Every minute in the United States, someone’s wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). More than one in three women is living with CVD. Although heart disease death rates...

In my practice I diagnose at least 4-5 women with cervical cancer every year.  This year in the United States, over 13,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).  HPV is quite common, in fact, is estimated...

Energy Drinks – Common Questions and Information Myth: Energy drinks are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so they must be safe. The makers of energy drinks market them as dietary supplements, allowing them to side step the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

The stigma attached to people with addictions is often harmful or false and it interferes with efforts to find relief from the very real damage that addictions cause to individuals, their families, and their communities. No one is immune as addictions impact people from all walks...

Influenza, the flu, is one of 25 diseases that can be prevented by a vaccine. Too many people died from influenza last year in Washington State, a total of 241.  That number includes two children.  It is too late to help them but do you want...

There are many misconceptions regarding the causes of breast cancer. Here are seven of the most common myths and the facts. Click each myth to read the factual information.                                        ...

The Behavioral Health Program at West End Outreach (WEOS) is currently taking on clients in its Substance Use Disorder treatment program. Treatment  at WEOS is designed to help people address the underlying causes that might contribute to the abuse of drugs or alcohol, while also helping...

What if you are sick and you tell the doctor you have an allergy to penicillin? Very often, a type of penicillin is the “Drug of Choice” which is the best antibiotic for that infection.  Yes, there are usually alternatives to penicillins but only 1...

If someone's having a heart attack or a stroke, we know time is critical for treatment.  Response to sepsis is just as emergent. For sepsis, it is critical to give the required antibiotics within one hour, 30 minutes for some infections. Sepsis used to be called “blood...