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Ask Dr. Sandy: Help for Seniors

A new study in the journal Health Affairs shows organizations making home deliveries to needful seniors saves millions each year, by helping keep those seniors out of nursing homes. In Atlanta, Meals on Wheels also...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | January 8, 2014
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Tips to Stave Off Frostbite and Hypothermia

Jack Frost may nip your nose but sometimes he takes a bite. The result is frostbite which can range in severity from superficial freezing of the top layer of your skin (“frostnip”) to severe and permanent damage due to...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | January 6, 2014
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Laser Toy Dangers

Lasers are cutting edge. They’re used in all kinds of products -- from music players and printers, to surgical tools. But use of lasers in toys has the FDA worried and, as a parent and a physician, I share their concern...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | December 20, 2013
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Ask Dr. Sandy: Do Wedge Inserts Help Ease Knee Pain

If your knees don’t hurt yet, good. But chances are they will. Arthritic knee pain hits nearly half of us by 85. Can orthotics -- wedge-shaped insoles -- help? They change your knees weight bearing load, but is that...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | December 5, 2013
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Dr. Sandy Says: Early Detection Saves Lives

There’s new hope for diagnosing lung cancer early and saving lives. The US Preventive Services Task recommends low dose CT scans -- computed tomography -- to detect cancer early and increase lung cancer survival rates...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | December 2, 2013
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Ask Dr. Sandy: Do Flu Shots Have Additional Benefits?

Flu season is here. If that isn't reason enough to get a flu shot, maybe this will persuade you: A new study in the journal Heart found flu vaccination may help prevent heart attacks. Researchers concluded flu...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | November 27, 2013

Stopping Smoking: The Importance of Youth Counseling

Kids and tobacco – any kind of tobacco -- is a deadly combination. In far too many cases, it’s also illegal: every day in the U.S., nearly 4000 kids under 18 smoke their first cigarette -- even though buying tobacco...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | November 22, 2013
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Ask Dr. Sandy: Can Kids Use E-Cigs?

There’s a lot of buzz about e-cigs – electronic cigarettes. They look like cigarettes, but aren’t. Battery operated, they create a vapor. Not smoke. E-cigs are marketed as an alternative to traditional smokes, but are...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | November 21, 2013
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Dr. Sandy Says: Read The Fine Print!

Here’s a simple way to eat healthier and feel better. Read the small print. Check nutrition facts on food labels. Those numbers can help you reach your health goals, but you have to know what they mean. This weekend on...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | November 18, 2013

Medicaid Coverage Gap: Nothing Sweet About This Doughnut Hole For The Working Poor

The goal of ACA (Affordable Care Act) is that EVERYONE have health insurance coverage. There are different routes for obtaining coverage: through your job; through the online ACA Marketplace; through Medicare for...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | November 15, 2013

Ask Dr. Sandy: Fruits and Diabetes

Fruits taste good. And do you good. A study in the British Medical Journal finds eating more of some of them could lower risk of type 2 diabetes. But be careful. Some fruits can actually raise risk. Watch this week's...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | November 14, 2013
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Dr. Sandy Says: HPV Vaccination is Vital

We can prevent nearly 30,000 cancers each year. The target is HPV – the Human Papilloma Virus. Transmitted sexually, it causes cancer, in men and women. 79 million Americans are infected, and 14 million more join their...

by Sandra Fryhofer, MD | November 11, 2013

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