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Old Health and Medicine Articles from 2007 and Before

Sex After A Heart Attack?

I’ve always believed that being shot at 95 years of age by a jealous lover is the ideal way to depart this earth. But suppose you survive a coronary attack much earlier in life, how is it going to affect your sex life? Is it time to forget about “amour” and switch to backgammon or hooking rugs? Or, is a little romp in the bed still safe?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, April 27, 2009 - Full Story

US declares public health emergency

WASHINGTON: The United States declared a public health emergency yesterday amid an outbreak of 20 confirmed cases of swine flu and will screen visitors arriving from infected countries, officials said.

By News on the Net - Sunday, April 26, 2009 - Full Story

Rx- Suffer A Little Bit

Why would I want people to suffer pain when in the past I’ve criticized doctors for inadequate pain control? For years I’ve argued it’s inhuman to allow terminal cancer patients to die in agony. How some get insufficient amounts of painkillers. Others are denied medication for fear of addiction even though they have only days or weeks to live. But suffering a little bit is the right prescription for millions of other people.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, April 20, 2009 - Full Story

Seven Things To Know About Prostate Cancer

Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s Prime Minister, once remarked “There are three kinds of lies, lies, damned lies and statistics”. Disraeli, if he had been a doctor, could have been referring to the PSA test for prostate cancer. For instance, the New England Journal of Medicine has just reported a European study that showed that this blood test cut the death rate of this disease by 20 percent. But this impressive figure refers to a relative reduction in deaths.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, April 13, 2009 - Full Story

The Right Medicine for Health Care Reform

Dear Mr. President:

Thanks for your focus on health care reform in the recently released budget. We, the patients and providers of America, appreciate the details on what you are proposing. But please be careful: We need to give the right medicine for lasting health care reform. Otherwise, we risk making the problem worse.

By Epoch Times - Thursday, April 9, 2009 - Full Story

A Skin Cream That Prevents Cancer

I’d bet that 99 percent of readers have never heard of the name “Actinic Keratosis” (AK). But thousands of people have this type of skin lesion that if left untreated can develop into skin cancer over time. Now there’s a unique skin cream that can prevent or stop this from occurring.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, April 6, 2009 - Full Story

Has Anyone Felt Your Testicles Lately?

How many women will have their breasts examined this year? I don’t know the exact figure but it will be in the millions. But how many men will have their testicles examined during 2009? Again, I don’t know the exact number but it will be miniscule compared to that of the fairer sex. Is this sexual discrimination? If so, we need a class action lawsuit to protect men’s rights or, more to the point, our testicles. But more important, an increase in TSE (testicular self examination) would increase the survival rate of testicular malignancy.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, March 29, 2009 - Full Story

Don’t Read This Column with Your Morning Coffee

Would you consent to have another person’s fecal matter inserted into your body? It’s a repugnant thought, particularly if you’ve decided to read this column at breakfast. But this procedure is being done, and it’s curing patients who suffer from Clostridium difficile infection, a troublesome recurrent bowel problem. So where do you pick up this infection and how is fecal material transplanted?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, March 22, 2009 - Full Story

Leg Pain: The Lull before The Fatal Storm

“Have you ever heard of Matthew’s Law?” I asked a journalism student who recently interviewed me. Her assignment was to find out what young people could do to prevent health problems. The timing of the interview was good because at the time I was writing a column about peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a prime example of Matthew’s Law. And did she, or readers, know about the ABI test?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, March 16, 2009 - Full Story