Health

Shots for Travel

In June I’m going on a mission trip to Nicaragua. About 40 of us from school will be visiting orphanages and building houses. We will be in a really rural area with malaria and all sorts of things,” says Jamantha…

Tatooed Hearts

The heart is the only body organ popular with tattoo enthusiasts. You never see a tattoo of a kidney or a liver. Hearts, of course, are embedded with Valentine’s Day but our February day of love is not as much…

Maladies with Carnival Colors

Like Mardi Gras, medicine is vivid with seasonal colors of Carnival – the golden glow of jaundice, the green discharge of gonorrhea and the purple hue of hemorrhagic skin lesions.Carnival’s colors have medical significance. Many Carnival revelers have memories of…

Healthbeat

Kindred Hospital New Orleans (3601 Coliseum St.) has re-opened and expanded its Intensive Care Unit. The hospital has invested $1.5 million in its re-construction and expansion, and specializes in treating medically complex patients, including ventilator dependent and pulmonary patients. Obstetrical…

Pain in the Abdomen

It started slowly but within 24 hours I could hardly walk. I was in excruciating pain,” says Madelyn Bagneris, a manager of an Entergy electric company business unit who was in Touro Infirmary earlier this year. Bagneris qualifies as a…

HEALTH: FIGHTING HOSPITAL INFECTIONS

Dr. Ronald Lee Nichols has spent his career studying what many would prefer to hide – a profession’s dirty laundry. A transplant to New Orleans from the North, Nichols is the Emeril Lagasse of surgical infections. His entertaining presentations to…

HEALTH: BELL RINGING

Adults who played high school football remember all their broken bone injuries as badges of honor. Closed head injuries rate less respect, though mothers remember best. “My son Richard played football for Jesuit in the 1990s and as I remember…

HEALTH: HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

Look what Mr. Smith hid in the dining room. You can’t tell him we found it,” was the secret my grandmother shared with me. It was the 1950s and my maternal grandmother always called her husband – my grandfather –…

HEALTH: WAR on Wrinkles

My friend who lives in the Caribbean says it’s malpractice for a person my age not to be using a prescription wrinkle cream,” e-mailed a neighbor, friend and patient whom I will call Betty. “Please send me a prescription for…

HEALTH: Acid Reflux

Tums used to serve as a food group for local attorney and filmmaker Stephen Rue.“I kept a big bottle of fruit-flavored Tums and ate handfuls of them like candy. Six or so at a time at least twice a day…

HEALTH: POLYPHARMACY

Ed note: The names of the two patients and the physician mentioned in this article are pseudonyms, but all the case histories are real.Nell Hightower, a diabetic with hypertension and arthritis, rolled into the emergency room several years ago with…

HEALTH: A BIG SWELL

Swollen lower legs and underlying cardiovascular disease are common cousins. Swollen ankles are more common with advancing age even in the absence of any significant heart disease. A typical situation is to awake with normal sized ankles that swell with…

HEALTH: The lice wars

Yes, I have had students with them, but I will get in trouble with my principal if I talk to you about it,” whispers an elementary school teacher from a private school. All I needed was background information. I promised…

Out of Joint

Surgery gone wrong by BROBSON LUTZ, M.D. Fracture a hip? Get a replacement and get on with your life. Most of the time this is exactly the way it goes down, but stuff happens, and surgical outcomes are sometimes less…

It Must've Been Something I Ate

Watching out for tainted food by BROBSON LUTZ, M.D. Foodborne illnesses crop up in all settings – neighborhood greasy spoons, catered elegant events, country clubs, and even James Beard-award-wining restaurants. When tainted food is consumed at home, the family gets…

SUMMER TOENAIL WOES

by BROBSON LUTZ, M.D. My toes appreciate a good summer vacation. After I get a tan going, my toes and feet look better. In the summer I am not on my feet like during the school year,” says Betsy Kaye…

News for Noses

Symtpoms that are nothing to sniff at If you think allergies are a stuffed-up nose and a tickle in the throat, stop thinking and keep reading. “Ninety percent of people in New Orleans who think they have nasal allergies are…

A Distant Trauma

I will be at the parades this year, but I will be on the back row unless I wear goggles,” says Estelle Stapleton, a 60-year-old-plus Uptowner with Mardi Gras in her veins. Stapleton (not her real name) is a lifelong…

Chews Control

Do you cringe at the thought of cold snowballs and hot gumbo? Do you avoid acidic foods? Do you want all of your food and drink at room temperature? The diagnosis is probably dentine hypersensitivity, commonly called sensitive teeth. All…

Hacking Away

Elizabeth Landry had a cough that wouldn’t stop. She made an appointment to see her doctor. “I have been coughing day and night for 11 days. It just won’t stop. I can’t even sleep,” explained the obviously distressed mother. “It…

Hunting Season and Health Risks

Zoonotic infections are those that travel from animals to humans. Because hunters are at the interface between humans and wild animals, theoretically they should be at increased risk for all sorts of microorganisms. What are the zoonotic and insect-related hazards…

Chronit Sunusitis

They told me to get out of New Orleans,” recalls Roger Ogden, reminiscing about some medical advice he received in Denver a few years ago. His self-described “lifetime proclivity” of upper-respiratory-tract allergies lured him to the National Jewish Medical and…