Filbert pollen is in the air

Posted on April 13, 2020 by in Pollen

While the first day of spring doesn’t arrive until March 20, by February we’re already beginning to see tree pollens floating through the air here, in Eugene. One of the most prevalent pollens this time of year comes from the hazelnut tree, also known as the filbert tree. In most parts of the country, tree

My Breast Cancer Story: Chemotherapy Day 1

Posted on April 5, 2020 by in Cancer

This is an on-going series chronicling my personal journey through the maze of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. My husband is driving me to my first chemo session. I am wired from the two doses of steroids required the night prior to and the morning of my treatment. I keep giving him unnecessary directions. He patiently ignores

New nurse practitioner focused on wellness, disease prevention

Posted on March 17, 2020 by in Uncategorized

I recently joined the professional staff at Oak Street Medical, adding depth to our health care services for women. I look forward to working with the excellent doctors at Oak Street Medical and feel privileged to be chosen as the clinic’s first-ever nurse practitioner. Although nurse practitioners have been licensed to practice in Oregon for more

The What, Who, When, Where and Why of Epinephrine

Posted on February 24, 2020 by in EpiPen

Over the years, I’ve found that patients have a lot of important questions about epinephrine. Here are some answers. What is epinephrine? Epinephrine, or epi, is a form of adrenaline. Adrenaline is a hormone that is naturally produced in our bodies and is released in emotional situations that cause fear or anger—commonly called the “fight

New therapies available for chronic hives

Posted on February 10, 2020 by in Hives

Two new therapies have virtually changed the way chronic hives are treated, providing much-need relief for those who suffer from this itchy condition. Chronic hives, also called urticarial, is a condition that affects up to one percent of the population at any given time. It is defined as the recurrence of hives over six-weeks or

Multiple sclerosis in the family

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in Multiple Sclerosis

Since March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month, I thought I would share our experience with the disease. My wife, Mary Beth, developed MS at age 22 in 1971. Like the majority of those with this disease, she was young and female. In fact, in most cases, symptoms develop in women age 20-40, at a

Ask a Doctor: Should I have a PSA test?

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in Prostate, Prostrate Cancer, PSA Test

Since May 2012, when the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, patients have asked whether or not the PSA test is a good option for catching prostate cancer. By the numbers In 2011, there were 242,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States and about 28,000 prostate cancer deaths. In

The relationship between eczema, allergies and asthma

Posted on November 2, 2019 by in Allergies, Asthma, Eczema

Babies and children with eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, often have a family history of eczema, asthma or allergies. They also have a much higher chance of developing environmental and food allergies, as well as asthma. In fact, a 2003 study published in the journal Pediatrics showed up to 80 percent of children with eczema go on

Oral allergy syndrome symptoms and foods

Posted on October 20, 2019 by in Allergies, Food

Some people who are allergic to pollen develop itchiness or swelling of the mouth, face and throat when they eat certain fruits and vegetables. This is known as oral allergy syndrome. Symptoms usually occur within minutes of eating the food. Oral allergy syndrome is caused by a cross-reaction between various pollens and certain proteins in fruits,