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Do I have Dementia or am I just getting old?

Do I have Dementia or am I just getting old?

by Dr. Chris Prakash, MD All the media attention that Alzheimer’s has received over the past few years has been a boon for research. But it has also caused fear and anxiety among people. Many people with the normal changes of aging become frightened and diagnose themselves with...

07/24/2014 by Josh Allen

Blood Clots Can Kill You by Dr. Chris Prakash, MD

Blood Clots Can Kill You by Dr. Chris Prakash, MD

Deep vein thrombus (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins, usually in the legs. DVT affects an estimated 300,000-600,000 individuals in the U.S. each year, causing considerable morbidity and mortality. It is an equal opportunity disorder affecting all races and age groups. It is an...

06/26/2014 by eParisExtra

I Have Osteoporosis, Now What? By Dr. Chris Prakash, MD

I Have Osteoporosis, Now What? By Dr. Chris Prakash, MD

  Q: I am a 65 year old woman. My bone density test showed that I have osteoporosis. My doctor prescribed Fosamax but I could not tolerate it. What should I do? A: Osteoporosis (or bone loss) is a very common disease. According to The World Health Organization, almost 1 in 4 women ages 60...

05/23/2014 by eParisExtra

IS TYLENOL SAFE? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

IS TYLENOL SAFE? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Tylenol is one of the most commonly used medicines. We reach for it when we are sick, be it for fever, pain, or even the flu. It is easy to buy; it is over the counter, cheap, and available without a prescription. It comes in all shapes and varieties, and easy to consume formulations such as a...

04/14/2014 by eParisExtra

IS ORGANIC FOOD BETTER? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

IS ORGANIC FOOD BETTER? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Common perception dictates that organic produce is healthier. If our products are grown without using pesticides, or injecting antibiotics and hormones, it’s got to be better, right. Maybe not! Organic products continue to get more popular. Organic food industry is a multibillion dollar...

03/25/2014 by eParisExtra

Aspirin a day keeps the doctor away? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Aspirin a day keeps the doctor away? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Q: I have heard that aspirin can prevent heart attack and stroke. Should I take it every day even if I am healthy?  A: Aspirin (or acetylsalicylic acid) was developed in 1897 by the German chemist Felix Hoffmann, and since that time, has been invaluable as an analgesic. Aspirin has been a...

03/05/2014 by eParisExtra

Do mammograms save lives?

Do mammograms save lives?

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide. Almost a million new cases are diagnosed each year. A number of studies have shown that mammograms save lives by detecting cancers at an earlier stage. However, a Canadian study published in British Med Journal on february...

02/16/2014 by Josh Allen

PARIS SMOKING BAN: A DOCTOR’S PERSPECTIVE by Dr. Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

PARIS SMOKING BAN: A DOCTOR’S PERSPECTIVE by Dr. Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

As a physician who sees the ill effects from smoking every day, I am glad that the proposed city wide smoking ban may become a reality in Paris, TX. We are all well aware of the dangers of smoking. I am not going to waste your time by reiterating the statistics about the toll that smoking...

01/29/2014 by eParisExtra

Can I Prevent Breast Cancer? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Can I Prevent Breast Cancer? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Q: I am a healthy 50 year old woman. I do have several family members with breast cancer, and am worried that I will develop breast cancer? Is there anything I can do to reduce my chances of getting breast cancer? A: 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. The chances go up if you have other...

01/07/2014 by eParisExtra

Choice between flu shot and nasal spray

Choice between flu shot and nasal spray

Q: Should I get the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine? A: EVERYONE 6 month old and older should be vaccinated against the flu unless there is a medical reason not to! We do have a choice between the flu shot and the newer nasal spray (flu mist). Either vaccine will help protect equally...

12/16/2013 by Josh Allen

Should I get the Shingles Vaccine?

Should I get the Shingles Vaccine?

Q: I am 65 years old, fairly healthy, and have never had shingles. Should I receive the shingles vaccine? A: I get asked this question a lot. Anybody who has had shingles can tell you it is not a fun thing to get, and we have a vaccine to prevent it. As you probably know, shingles is a painful...

11/13/2013 by Josh Allen

The good, the bad and the ugly of e-cigarettes

The good, the bad and the ugly of e-cigarettes

You may have seen or heard about e-cigarettes. They appear harmless enough. They may even seem glamorous. But what is the real truth behind these products, and should we trust that they are an effective way to quit smoking? We know that these devices are popular. The Tobacco Vapor Electronic...

10/23/2013 by Josh Allen

Whooping cough epidemic continues

Whooping cough epidemic continues

Texas is currently fighting a whooping cough epidemic, and even though cases have slowed down, the state is on pace to have the highest number of cases recorded in over 50 years. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there have been almost 2400 cases of whooping cough,...

10/03/2013 by Josh Allen

Michelle Obama sparks “Drink More Water” campaign

Michelle Obama sparks “Drink More Water” campaign

First Lady Michelle Obama recently launched a campaign to encourage people to drink more water. She said that drinking water was the single best thing we could do to improve our health. She also stated that “water is the best energy drink.” Is it true? Are her recommendations based on...

09/18/2013 by Josh Allen

Is a gluten free diet healthier?

Is a gluten free diet healthier?

Q: I see “gluten free diet” advertised in magazines and online, as a healthier option, and even grocery aisles are full of gluten free products. Is this a fad, or is gluten free diet really healthier? A: I agree. Gluten free diet is everywhere, and it is a relatively recent phenomenon. It...

08/28/2013 by Josh Allen

Should I be concerned about eye floaters?

Should I be concerned about eye floaters?

Q: I have noticed small moving spots in my vision which I think are floaters. I feel like they are getting worse. Should I be concerned? A: Eye floaters are small spots or specks that drift through your field of vision. They can be very annoying; however, they are common, normal and usually do...

08/06/2013 by Josh Allen

Are you having a stroke?

Are you having a stroke?

Stroke is a word that conjures scary thoughts among people. How do you tell if you or someone else is having a stroke? Studies have shown that many people experiencing a stroke have no idea they’re having one, mainly because they don’t know the symptoms of stroke. Most of us know the...

07/16/2013 by Josh Allen

Save Your Skin

Save Your Skin

by Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD Summer is here, and it’s time to save your skin! You may know that the sun is bad for your skin and can cause skin cancer. But did you know that one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime, or that skin cancer is the most common...

06/25/2013 by Josh Allen

Can oral sex cause throat cancer?

Can oral sex cause throat cancer?

by Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD Actor Michael Douglas, in a recent interview, ascribed his throat cancer (in 2010) to oral sex, and not to his lifestyle of heavy smoking and alcohol abuse. So, how much of it is true? Is oral sex linked to mouth and throat cancers? Is throat cancer caused by a...

06/04/2013 by Josh Allen

Anjelina Jolie’s Preventive Mastectomies: Right Decision?

Anjelina Jolie’s Preventive Mastectomies: Right Decision?

by Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD Oscar winning actress Anjelina Jolie announced last week that she had prophylactic bilateral mastectomies after learning that she had a faulty gene that significantly raised her risk of breast cancer. This news not only stunned the world but also has ignited the...

05/20/2013 by Josh Allen