Medical Conditions Blogs

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...]

Would You Know If You Had a Hernia?: Dr. Peter Rice

My Hernia Story #1 An inguinal hernia is a weakness or separation of muscles in the abdomen that allows abdominal tissue – typically fat or intestines – to move where it shouldn’t ought to be. Sometimes the hernia can come and go without symptoms. Sometimes the hernia traps tissue causing pain and discomfort. Hernias can be a medical emergency if the intestines become trapped and the blood supply compromised. Although physicians will often examine young [Read More...]

Vitamin D – Updates: Dr. Peter Rice

Vitamin D – part II   In our last visit, I was recounting the story of a young woman who was found to have low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is an important nutrient that is now considered important by many prescribers, and you may find yourself being tested for your VitD level. I’m skeptical by nature, particularly when it relates to changes in how drugs are considered over time.  I remember back in the [Read More...]

What You Need to Know About Diabetes!

Diabetes Explained Today, the word “diabetes” is often as common as the word “pizza.” According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes. That equates to about 1 in every 11 people. What’s alarming is that 8.1 million people (27.8 % ) might not even realize that they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed. Whenever I meet with a patient who has been diagnosed with [Read More...]