Medical Conditions Blogs

Amlodipine: Dr. Peter J. Rice

Amlodipine   An 83 year old Iowa woman in an assisted living facility recently had what appeared to be either a petit mal seizure or a transient ischemic attack.  She was sitting in front of the TV when suddenly she was detached and unresponsive. Her physician discontinued her amlodipine. This was surprising, and perhaps unnecessary, since amlodipine is generally very well tolerated. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that was first marketed by Pfizer in [Read More...]

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...]