Cancer of the stomach occurs only about half as commonly today in the United States as it did 30 years ago, but it remains one of the “bad actor cancers that are associated with a high likelihood of death....

The pimple that turned out to be cancer

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I’ve always had occasional bouts of adult acne. Thus, I attached no special significance to what looked like a whitehead. It was in an unusual place: the soft area on the skin underneath the lower eyelid. But I did...
A few days ago, I received an email from the daughter of our congresswoman a mass email, of course. She explained that because of healthcare reform, which her mother supported, she no longer had to pay a $25...
By, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS Updated:  05/30/2010 The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication changes,...
By, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS Updated:  05/23/2010 The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication changes,...
By, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS Updated:  05/16/2010 The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication changes,...
More than 40 years after the landmark United States Surgeon General's report on smoking, cigarettes and other forms of tobacco continue to be the leading cause of preventable death around the world. In the United States, alone, tobacco causes...
We all tell ourselves lies from time to time in order to avoid making a difficult change that we know is in our best interests. Deciding to leave a bad relationship with an abusive woman should be a...

Sarcopenia, the Undiagnosed Epidemic

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Is a loss of strength, mobility, and functionality an inevitable part of aging? No, it's not. It's a consequence of disuse, suboptimal hormone levels, dietary and nutrient considerations and other variables, all of which are compounded by aging....
By, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS Updated:  07/05/2009   The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication...
By, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS Last Updated:  06/21/2009 The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication...

Obama’s Dangerous Health Care Plan

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President, Barack Obama has promised a massive change to “modernize health care by making all health records standardized and electronic.” Part of his ambitious health care program will be the computerizing of medical records of all Americans in order...
By, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS Updated:  06/14/2009 The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication...
By, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS Updated:  06/07/2009 The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication...
By, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS Updated:  05/31/2009 The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication changes,...
By, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS Updated:  05/24/2009 The information in this column is intended for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations by the author. Please consult with your physician before making any lifestyle or medication...