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Malcolm Thaler

Health 101

Could it be appendicitis?

You son or daughter comes to you complaining of belly pain and you wonder — is my child just trying to get out of another day at school (again!) or is...

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The 411 on Migraines: What Is a Migraine?

It begins as a throbbing pain on one side of your head. Light and sounds become unbearable, then your vision starts to blur. Most people suffer from some...

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Are Physicals A Waste of Time?

Every week several patients sit down in my office and offer some remorseful variant of “I’m sorry I haven’t been in for a while; I’m...

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Cold and Flu

Do I Need Antiviral Drugs If I Have the Flu?

Just as antibiotics fight bacterial infections, so do antiviral drugs fight viral infections. Bacteria and viruses are very different organisms, and drugs...

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Cold and Flu

Do I Need Antibiotics for a Persistent Cough?

There are many reasons why a cough can persist for days and even weeks. Some coughs are caused by infectious diseases and some by noninfectious processes,...

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Cold and Flu

Flu Season Arrives Early

It probably won’t come as a surprise, but the flu has arrived, and sooner than usual–typically, it’s rare to see many cases before the...

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Health News

Bath Salts: A New Epidemic of Drug Use

No, I’m not talking about those lovely lavender-scented crystals you keep by the tub. Rather, these latest designer-drugs-of-the-day are potent...

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