Under Pressure

High blood pressure, or as we docs call it, “hypertension” is a peculiar disease. It’s not as simple as the flu, where you either have it, or you don’t.   Think of it like this – Every single person has a baseline blood pressure. The top number (we call that “systolic”) is the pressure in … Continue reading “Under Pressure”

Why Can’t Medicine Be On-Demand?

Look around your city, and chances are you’ll see an urgent care or freestanding emergency room on nearly every corner. Why has this happened? Well, for one thing, patients like the convenient access.  We like well-placed locations next to the grocery store, and easy parking. We like that we can get in and out without … Continue reading “Why Can’t Medicine Be On-Demand?”

Guest Post: 3 Strategies for Postpartum Bliss in the “Fourth Trimester”

By Alexis Edwards, LCSW, Birth & Postpartum Doula So, you’ve grown a human, and it is almost time to bring home baby! This is truly an exciting and beautiful stage of life, but it can also be overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, babies fill us with all the joy, but they are also stage five … Continue reading “Guest Post: 3 Strategies for Postpartum Bliss in the “Fourth Trimester””

There’s a Better Way to Test for the Flu

How well can a given test tell if you have a disease?   Doctors call this measure “sensitivity.” The sensitivity of a test is expressed as a percentage. It means if we take 100 people who we know have the disease, and we test them, how many will come back positive? If the answer is … Continue reading “There’s a Better Way to Test for the Flu”

“Ask your doctor if pharma ads are right for you.”

Prescription drug TV commercials have gone beyond weird. Like the one commercial where the couple is sitting in two separate claw foot bathtubs, outside, under a pergola of fragrant purple flowers – We all know what that feels like, right? Or the one where the rugged construction project manager takes time away from building a … Continue reading ““Ask your doctor if pharma ads are right for you.””

West Nile in West ATX – What to Do?

Mosquito bites are all too familiar to those of us here in Texas. And other than the itching for a few days, they’re typically fairly benign. Recently, we started seeing new mosquito-borne illnesses here in the US. First it was West Nile and then Zika.  West Nile had been around in the Eastern Hemisphere since … Continue reading “West Nile in West ATX – What to Do?”

Medical Costs are B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Ever heard of “swimmer’s ear?”   It’s a pretty common infection during summer. Basically, water left behind in the ear canal can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Those bacteria create an infection in the canal, causing pain. The treatment is usually an antibiotic drop, and a commonly used choice is 0.3% ciprofloxacin (big words, … Continue reading “Medical Costs are B-A-N-A-N-A-S”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month & the Importance of Prevention and Well Woman Exams

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so our providers at Remedy want to remind our patients of the importance of regular health screenings, especially if something like breast cancer runs in your family. Importance of Prevention and Well Woman Exams Yearly well woman exams are recommended, even though your provider may not do a pap … Continue reading “Breast Cancer Awareness Month & the Importance of Prevention and Well Woman Exams”

Did you know you can video chat with our docs?

Did you know you can talk to a medical provider via video chat? It’s 2017, y’all, and technology had made this easier than ever. So what are the actual benefits, and limits, of this technology? Here are five things to consider when you video chat with the doc. The law requires that the standard of … Continue reading “Did you know you can video chat with our docs?”