Melissa Stoppler, MD offers you and your family the latest medical information on fitness, stress management, diet, headaches, migraine, medications, bunions, healthy eating tips, seasonal affective disorder, warts, and more.CATEGORY: Doctor's Pulse Archive 2005
Altitude Sickness: How to avoid it on your winter vacation
Christmas: Smart indulgences for meals.
Christmas Trees: 10 great trimming tips
Cosmetics: Is hypoallergenic really better?
Cysts: What are they, and where do they come from?
ER Visits: 12 things your doctor wants you to know before entering the Emergency Room
Frostbite: Protect yourself, family and friends by knowing how to spot frostbite and its symptoms!
Holiday Season: 4 tips to keep yours healthy and sane!
New Year's Resolutions: Tips to help make & keep your goals!
Poinsettia Plants: Are they really poisonous?
Sports Safety: How safe is your child's sport?
Stress-Free Travel: 7 tips for the holidays
Athlete's Foot: Do you know how to prevent itchy feet?
Diarrhea in Children: Find the most common cause here... (It's a virus!).
Medication Errors: Which are the most common?
Holiday Travel: Made easy... Without stress!
Suicide in Teens: What are the warning signs?
Tamiflu for Bird Flu: Is it the right flu medicine for you?
Thanksgiving: Smart indulgences for a weight loss diet
Tryptophan in Turkey: Does it really make you sleepy, and why?
Weighing Yourself: Daily or weekly? Which is best?
Alcohol: Drinking to de-stress may make you more
Autumn Clean-Up: 10 health tips for raking leaves
Cellulitis: Do you have the symptoms of this little-known, but common infection
Doctor's notes: How to read your medical chart
Emergency Kit: Be prepared! Know what your home emergency kit should include
Fever: Know the causes of an unexplained fever
Fires: How wild fire smoke causes health hazards
Flu: What to do once you get the flu
Hammer Toes: A deformity of the foot more serious than expected
Heart Attack: Am I having a heart attack? The dangerous symptoms revealed
Heart Burn: Tips to reduce nighttime heartburn
Injuries: Treatment for exercise and sports injuries
Libido: No sex drive? It could be your thyroid
Pain: Kill pain and stress the natural way!
Panic Attack: How-to-tell symptoms
Prescription drugs: Online - too risky
Stress: Can stress make you fat
Stroke: Would you recognize a stroke? The perilous symptoms unveiled
Aneurysms: Severe headache, nausea, vomiting... Do you have the
Cold and Flu: 10 tips to prevent a cold
Depression: The shocking symptoms of true depression
Diet: 5 diet traps to avoid
Health Threats: Audio podcast from Dr. William Shiel, chief medical editor.
Hurricane Katrina: How you can help the victims
Katrina Hurricane: Damage brings major health issues
Katrina Update: New Orleans flood waters contaminated with E. coli
Menopause: Sexual, physical & emotional symptoms
New Orleans Interview: Mold and mildew causing more destruction
Parasites: Are they swimming in your pool or local water park?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Katrina survivors & responders at risk
Rash: Painful, itchy, burning or tingling? You may have an outbreak of shingles
Sleep: How to get a good night's sleep... Without counting sheep!
Stress: A doctor's answers to juggling daily responsibilities... Plus work, kids, etcetra
Weight Gain: Your stressful lifestyle may be adding on pounds
Antibiotics 101: Is it just a virus, or should you be taking
antibiotics? Important antibiotic questions answered here!
Back to School: How to protect your family from germs
Bird flu: What is it, and should you be concerned?
Healthy Lunch-Bag Lunches: 15 healthy foods for your child's lunch box
Hormone therapy: What are doctors prescribing?
Hot Flashes: Can anxiety make them worse?
Hypothyroidism: Tired, constipated, and depressed.
Infertility Questions: What should you be asking your doctor?
Kidney Stones: Symptoms, causes, and treatment.
Lung Cancer: How to spot the signs and symptoms.
Non-Smokers: You could still get Lung Cancer... Find out how.
Pediatricians: How to choose best for your children.
Recognizing a Stroke: Three commands for the victim.
Sesame Seed Allergy: A growing problem in the cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical industries.
Sleep: Shut your mind off to sleep like a baby
Steroid Abuse: What are the health hazards
Summer's High Temperatures: 15 ways to keep cool when it's hot outside
Tornado Disaster: Danger in the aftermath of major storms
Tourette Syndrome: Touching nose, blinking eyes and clearing throat... Not-so-well-known Tourette symptoms found here.
Bladder cancer: Know the signs & symptoms
Caffeine: Can you "quit" or are you addicted?
Children's Diets: 15 healthy foods for your child's lunch box.
Computer Typing: Could be a hazard to your health. (Medical PodCast)
Doctor's Appointments: Learn to communicate with your doctor and get the most from your visit with these helpful instructions. (Medical PodCast).
First Aid: Know how to save a life!
Fitness vs. Climate: How the weather affects your workout.
Headaches: 10 questions to ask your doctor.
Hormone therapy: Estrogen therapy, menopausal hormone therapy... Is there a difference?
Hurricanes: How to prepare.
Lightning Strikes: How to stay safe in a storm.
Poison Emergency: How to handle poisoning.
Positive Thinking: How to change negative thoughts & habits into healthy thoughts & actions!
SIDS: Risk factors and prevention.
Sleep: 10 tips for a good night's rest!
Stroke: Know the warning signs to be prepared.
Swimming after Eating: Do you really have to wait a half an hour to swim after you eat? Fact or Fiction?
Teen "Huffing": Is your teenager abusing Dust-Off or other household products?
Tennis Elbow: You don't have to be a tennis player to have this condition!
Testicular Cancer: signs and symptoms.
Avoid Insomnia: Ten tips to get a good night's sleep.
Childhood Development: Screening tests are critical for every child.
Choosing a Doctor: Using your own needs and priorities to pick the right physician.
Chronic Bladder Condition: Signs and symptoms of interstitial cystitis.
Dealing with Infertility: Ten questions to ask your doctor.
First Aid: Fast Facts!
Fluid Loss during Exercise: Get enough electrolytes to avoid hyponatremia.
Healthy Kids: Pediatrics urge physical activity.
Lung Cancer Breakthrough: New and effective chemo treatment.
Mental Health Care: How do you choose a provider or therapist?
Muscle Cramps: Causes and treatment to relieve the pains.
Nighttime Heartburn: Tips to reduce your nighttime GERD (audio podcast).
Prescription Drug Abuse: An alarming trend.
Rash? White Patches of Skin: Could be vitiligo.
Sprained Ankle: How to treat it for quicker recovery.
Swimming Pool Safety: In less than 5 minutes, a child can drown. Find out how to keep your kids safe.
Stressed?: 3 minutes to stress relief!
Stroke or TIA: How to know if you're having a "mini-stroke"?
Tanning Beds: More dangerous than a day at the beach?
Trouble Sleeping: You may have insomnia.
Warts: How to prevent and treat them.
1 in 5 Americans will Develop Skin Cancer: Skin changes
in the sun... How to spot skin cancer.
Are You Living a "Healthy Lifestyle"?: Find out how you stack up to the rest of America.
Bacterial Vaginosis: About half of women with bacterial vaginosis have no symptoms.
Binge Eating: The most common of all eating disorders.
Debunking Summer Health Myths: Do you really need to wait a 1/2 hour to go swimming after eating?
Deep muscle relaxation techniques: Control stress, anxiety, and help chronic pain.
Exercise and Breast Cancer Survival: Just one hour a week could save your life.
Getting the Most from Your Doctor's Appointment: Don't let communication lack when you're in the doctor's office.
Hot Flashes: Can stress and anxiety make them worse?
Hypothyroidism Symptoms: Feeling "run down"? Tired, but can't sleep? Decreased sex drive? Find out if you have hypothyroidism.
Online Pharmacies: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Are the risks worth it?
Ovarian Cancer and Exercise: Could hitting the gym lower your risk of ovarian cancer? Surveys show answers.
Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors: Know your risks and 'silent' symptoms of the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before a Biopsy: Going to the Doctor? Print these out and take them with you.
Soda, Sleeping Pills and Heartburn: Both carbonated soft drinks and commonly-used prescription sleeping pills can lead to nighttime heartburn, and even GERD.
Stroke Warning Signs: Know how to see a stroke coming.
Summer Beach Survival Kit: 'Must-haves' for your sandy summer days.
Tetanus Shot: Find out if you need a tetanus shot.
West Nile Virus Infection: When mosquito bites turn deadly.
Work Full-Time?: Web surfing and TV may be a hazard to your health.
AED (automated external defibrillator):
Learn how to use
an automated external defibrillator along with CPR.
Allergy to Stinging Insects: Even fire ants and bees can be life-threatening with this allergy.
Birth Control Contraceptive Patch: Forget to take the daily pill? This may be the alternative for you.
Cat Scratch Disease: Is your pet dangerous to you?
Cerebral Palsy: About half a million people in the US have some form of cerebral palsy.
E. Coli: E. coli can cause diarrhea or genital/urinary tract infections.
Foot Pain: What's causing your foot pain? It could be Plantar Fasciitis.
Health Fraud and Health Quacks: Watch out for health quacks who sell useless or even harmful unproven remedies.
Hemorrhagic: Read about deadly outbreaks of Bleeding Fever and where it originated.
Home Pregnancy Test Accuracy: Pregnant or not? How to know.
Kidney Stone Formation: One in every 20 people develop a kidney stone at some point in their life. Learn more about the common kidney stone.
Lead Poisoning - The Lead Story: Protect yourself or your children from permanent brain damage.
OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A very common anxiety disorder affecting 1 in 50 people.
SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder: Light up the blues!
Stress: Traffic, relationships, work, and kids... 3 Minutes to Stress Relief!
Tips for Healthy Eating: Stay savvy about fast food, salads and portion sizes.
Treatment of Bunions: Find out what causes bunions and how to treat bunion pain.
Warts: These viral infections may be more serious (and contagious) than you think
A New Type of Hysterectomy: Laparoscopic supracervical
hysterectomy (SCH) may be the better hysterectomy for you
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Prevent this highly poisonous gas from occurring in your home
Community Associated MRSA Infection: Staph infections are serious; learn how to recognize if you have one
Eat the Right Type of Carbs: It's the type of carbs, not the amount, that matter in your diet
Fathoming Fifth Disease: What is fifth disease, and is it contagious?
Generic Drugs vs. Brand Name: Are generic drugs as good as brand name? Find out!
Heart Disease Risk and C-Reactive Protein (CRP): Elevated levels of CRP could mean a higher risk of heart attack... Find out how to know if you're at risk
Juice Drinks for Toddler's: Don't let obesity creep into your child through the sugary juice you buy
Making Sense of Sunscreen Products: Don't be confused anymore when it comes to choosing a sunscreen.
New Treatment for MS Suspended: The new drug Tysabri (natalizumab) used in multiple sclerosis therapy reportedly has serious adverse effects
Prevent Traveller's Diarrhea: Traveler's diarrhea strikes up to half of all international travelers... Learn how to travel safe
Restless Leg Syndrome: If you have uncomfortable sensations in your legs at night, you may have restless leg syndrome
Safe Cycling Tips: Find out how you can be 14 times less likely to die in a bicycle accident
Stress and Painful Periods: Painful menstrual periods affect 40 to 90% of women of reproductive age, see how this is related to stress
Swimmer's Ear Facts: Are your ears red, swollen, or painful after water sports?
10 Minutes a Day for Stress Control: Relieve stress, decrease anxiety, and achieve relaxation
10 Tips to Find the Right Fitness Class: Yoga, Pilates, spinning, kick-boxing, step classes... Find the right one for you
What is a Clinical Trial: Research study? Human participants? Here are all different types of clinical trials
Beta Blockers: Did you know that beta blockers treat social anxiety,
migraine headaches, chest pain and more?
Caffeine Addiction: If you need more caffeine than what's in your morning cup, you may have a caffeine addiction
Chondromalacia: How to handle chronic knee pain
Conjunctivitis: Facts about pink eye and how it spreads
Controlling Road Rage: Do you have angry, hostile reactions to other drivers on the road? Learn how to temper your temper.
Diet and Disability: Learn how dairy products, fruits, and vegetables may help you avoid disability
First Aid and Nosebleeds: Nosebleeds are usually nothing to panic about... Here we tell you how to treat them at home
Fitting Exercise into Your Schedule: 13 ways of staying fit when there's no time to exercise
Folate: Folic acid does a lot for a woman's health... But does it prevent birth defects and lower risk of high blood pressure too
Food Allergies: What is the difference between food allergies and food intolerance
Glaucoma Screening: What's important about glaucoma screenings?
MS: New treatment possibility for multiple sclerosis has been suspended
PMDD- A Severe Form of PMS: If you thought PMS symptoms were bad, learn about PMDD
OTC Meds: Unsure about the hundreds of cold and flu preparations on the drugstore shelves? You're not alone
Ulcers: Over 25 million Americans will have a peptic ulcer at some point in their lifetime, but why
Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea: Do you stop breathing while sleeping? You may be surprised to find out.
Bone Density Test: If the strength of your bones is questionable, a
bone density test may help avoid fractures and osteoporosis
Eczema: Could your dry hands be a sign of eczema?
Genes and Cancer: Is a blood test worth taking to find out if you have this dangerous gene?
Migraine: How can you tell if your throbbing headache is really a migraine?
Radon: You can't see, taste, or smell radon gas, but it may pose a cancer risk in your home
Secondhand Smoke: When it comes to your child's health and IQ, just how damaging is your secondhand smoke?
Sore Throat / Strep: Are you wondering if your sore throat requires antibiotics? Know the difference between Step and the common sore throat
Tonsillectomy: Removing your child's tonsils may be a popular treatment for recurrent sore throats and respiratory infections, but is it necessary?