Medical Conditions Blogs

Statins: Are they Right For You? Dr. Peter Rice

  Choosing Between two Goods – Statin Use and Exercise I need to come out of hiding. For as long as I can remember, I have had high cholesterol. Back in the day, the target for cholesterol was less than “200 plus your age”: I was usually at or just slightly above that.  Then the goal cholesterol changed to under 200, and gave about half of all patients (including myself) the diagnosis of high cholesterol [Read More...]

Is Testosterone Good or Bad?: Dr. Peter Rice

Testosterone – Good or Bad?   I believe that we absorb our world view during our youth, and carry that with us unchanged unless we make some effort to question our beliefs.  My underlying assumptions about the pharmacology of sex steroids were recently challenged. It will be fifty years ago this year that I graduated from St. James Grammar School in Red Bank, NJ. The world view of the Sisters of Mercy seemed pretty easy [Read More...]

Health Insurance and Affordable Care Act: Dr. Peter Rice

  My Health Insurance Experience and an Idea for the Affordable Care Act    As many of you may know from my recent blogs, I experienced “drive-by” surgery for a bilateral hernia repair.  It has been about two months, which has given me time to pay the bills and to think about various aspects of the experience. Now, I would like to address health insurance. Many have looked forward to the repeal of Obamacare, the [Read More...]

Fungi and Immunity: Dr. Peter Rice

Fungi   I recently found myself at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas at the Gordon Research Conference on the Immunology of Fungal Infections. The international conference brought together research and clinical scientists studying fungal infection.  I was a co-author on two research posters with collaborators from East Tennessee State University.  Of course, I’m also a “fun guy”. This was my first visit to Galveston Island. I was impressed by the Gulf of Mexico, which [Read More...]

Hernia Surgery: Dr. Peter Rice

The Pharmacist Recovers from Drive-By Hernia Surgery   I awoke in the recovery area of the Littleton Adventist Hospital same day surgery center. I had a bilateral hernia surgery repair, so I found myself with an incision on each side which was glued together. The only thing missing was duct tape. Someone wheeled me out to the waiting car and I headed for home. Of course I was not allowed to drive. My wife works [Read More...]

Hernia: My Experience with Drive-By Surgery Dr. Rice

  Hernia Story #2   It seemed like a good idea at the time.  I had suffered with nonspecific abdominal discomfort for some time and had visited with my primary care doc, a urologist and finally with the nurse for a hernia surgeon. At the surgeon’s office, I finally encountered someone who appeared to know what was going on. I was pleased to have some hope, albeit hernia surgery. So, it seemed like a good [Read More...]