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PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN By Chris Prakash, MD

PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN By Chris Prakash, MD

Summer is finally here, and the sun is shining upon us with all its glory. Kids are home, and enjoying at the pool, or just playing outdoors. It is easy to forget that the sun is damaging to our skin and can cause skin cancer. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their...

07/11/2015 by eParisExtra
Snoring is no joke! By Chris Prakash, MD

Snoring is no joke! By Chris Prakash, MD

Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist Q: My husband snores during sleep. He also stops breathing for a few seconds occasionally. I am always worried that he might stop breathing completely. What should I do? A: It sounds like your husband has sleep apnea. This is a disorder in which...

05/28/2015 by Josh Allen
Should You Take Hormone Replacement Therapy? By Chris Prakash, MD

Should You Take Hormone Replacement Therapy? By Chris Prakash, MD

Q: I am 50 years old and postmenopausal.  My doctor is recommending hormone replacement therapy, but I am scared of its risks. What should I do? The safety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women continues to be a matter of debate. Recently published findings show that,...

04/08/2015 by eParisExtra
Are E-Cigarettes Safe? By Dr. Chris Prakash, MD

Are E-Cigarettes Safe? By Dr. Chris Prakash, MD

Electronic cigarettes have steadily gained in popularity over the last several years, sometimes as a “safer” alternative to smoking. However, serious doubt still exists over the safety of these products. A recent letter in The New England Journal of Medicine, reported that some e-cigarettes...

03/03/2015 by eParisExtra
Measles is Back! By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Measles is Back! By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Measles is making a comeback. In 2014, there were more than 600 reported cases of measles in the U.S., across 22 states, including 20 outbreaks (person to person transmission.) What is measles? Measles is a viral illness that is highly contagious. It causes a rash all over the body, high fever,...

01/08/2015 by eParisExtra
New Pneumonia Vaccine Recommendations! By Dr. Chris Prakash, MD

New Pneumonia Vaccine Recommendations! By Dr. Chris Prakash, MD

The flu season is here. Most people know that they need a flu shot. But there remains a lot of confusion on who should get a pneumonia vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that almost 1 million people in the U.S. are hospitalized with pneumonia each year, and almost 50,000 die...

11/12/2014 by eParisExtra
Rare Respiratory Illness hits the Midwest, Are We Next? By Chris Prakash, MD

Rare Respiratory Illness hits the Midwest, Are We Next? By Chris Prakash, MD

Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist Q: My 7 year old son has had a cold for the last few days. How do I know that he does not have the same respiratory illness that has hospitalized children across the midwest? A: Obviously you have heard about the respiratory illness that has affected...

09/12/2014 by eParisExtra
Ice Bucket Challenge Raising Awareness about Rare Disease

Ice Bucket Challenge Raising Awareness about Rare Disease

NL Principal Clint Hildreth one of many who have taken the ice bucket challenge locally Over the last few weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has literally taken the nation by storm. People all over the country are doing it, even celebrities and politicians. So, what’s so fun about pouring a...

09/03/2014 by eParisExtra
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 dementia. Dr....

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

Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist 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...

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

  Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist 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...

05/23/2014 by eParisExtra
IS TYLENOL SAFE? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

IS TYLENOL SAFE? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist 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,...

04/14/2014 by eParisExtra
IS ORGANIC FOOD BETTER? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

IS ORGANIC FOOD BETTER? By Sucharu Chris Prakash, MD

Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist 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...

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

Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist 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...

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. Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist However, a Canadian study...

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

Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist 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...

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? Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist 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...

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? Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist 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...

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? Dr. Chris Prakash, eParisExtra columnist We know that these devices are...

10/23/2013 by Josh Allen