HEALTH QUESTION: How can I start healthier eating habits for my kids?

September is national Childhood Obesity Month. The following question was asked by a parent and answered by a local medical professional, in hopes of raising awareness during this important month. QUESTION: Kids can be very picky eaters. How can I start healthier eating habits with them? Or making adjustments to their diets when they’ve adopted […]

Q: What triggers my headaches, & how can I find relief from them?

Q: “I’m always getting headaches. What are some simple things I can try to get rid of them?” A: Headaches can be somewhat bothersome for many people.  Managing a headache depends on the possible cause.  The most common reasons for headaches include dehydration,  stress, poor sleep,  allergies, poor diet, caffeine, or migraines.  Identifying the cause […]

ASK THE DOC: Why is colorectal cancer rising in young adults?

QUESTION: Why is colorectal cancer on the rise in young adults? ANSWER: The death rate from colorectal cancer (CRC) has been steadily dropping in both men and women for several decades, in those over the age of 50 due to regular colonoscopies and lower rates of smoking.  Unfortunately, since the 1990’s the rate of CRC has […]

ASK THE DOC: How does family history affect my risk levels?

QUESTION: How does my family history affect my risk for certain conditions? ANSWER: Knowing your family history is an important way to help protect your own health and well-being. There are multiple disease states and medical conditions have a genetic component to them. A few examples include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, colon cancer, […]

ASK THE DOC: Who can I turn to for help with my elderly family member?

QUESTION: Being a caregiver to an elderly family member is draining. Who can I turn to for help?  ANSWER: Being a caregiver of any type is hard, lets just start with that.  Being a caregiver to ones we love, and especially one who first loved us and cared for us can be even harder!  From […]

ASK THE DOC: Is high cholesterol really something to worry about?

QUESTION: Is high cholesterol really something to worry about? ANSWER: Well…let’s try to understand what cholesterol is first. It is naturally produced in the liver but also comes from the food we eat, specifically from animal sources like meat, poultry, and dairy products. Cholesterol travels in our bloodstream through lipoproteins. Particles that are made of […]

ASK THE DOC: How helpful are multivitamins?

QUESTION: How helpful are multivitamins? ANSWER: Growing up in rural West Virginia, I was taught that everyone should take a multivitamin for adequate health. In fact, for a period in the ‘70s, there were recommendations in the media to take large doses of many water-soluble vitamins to prevent disease. It seemed that there was a […]

ASK THE DOC—How often do I need a COVID booster?

QUESTION How often should I be getting COVID boosters? ANSWER: According to the latest data available from the CDC, most people only need one bivalent Covid-19 booster.  However, adults 65 and older are eligible for a 2nd bivalent booster dose if it has been 4 months since their first booster.  Immunocompromised individuals should have a 2nd bivalent booster […]

ASK THE DOC–How to handle bullying?

QUESTION: Bullying is negatively impacting the mental health of my children. What resources should I look into?   ANSWER: Bullying is intentionally aggressive behavior that occurs within the context of an imbalance of power or strength. It is repeated behavior that can be physical, verbal or social. Boys may bully others physically while girls often bully […]