A collection of columns by Ahwatukee medical experts Agnes Oblas, Astrid Heathcote, Michael Urig and Rashmi "Rush" Bhatnagar.

  • By Agnes Oblas Special to AFN
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Unless you are an unfortunate soul who is allergic to peanuts, to paraphrase Sarah Lee, nobody doesn't like peanut butter. In spite of this lo…

  • Agnes Oblas Special to AFN
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Since the dawn of time, man has had to deal with illness, disease, recovery and death; that will never change. However, medical theories and p…

  • By Agnes Oblas Special to AFN
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Everyone has experienced the gnawing, burning, nausea of acid heartburn or reflux at least once, even if it was just the result of a monstrous…

  • By Agnes Oblas Special to AFN
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Approximately 45 million American children between the ages of 6 and 16 are involved in organized after-school sports activities. On average, …

  • By Agnes Oblas Special to AFN
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Every cell in the body continually carries out millions of biochemical processes requiring oxygen. By-products of this cellular metabolic proc…

  • By Agnes Oblas Special to AFN
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Many men worry about prostate and testicular cancer, erectile dysfunction and the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Some are embarrassed to ta…

Communitylife
  • By Agnes Oblas
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Editor’s Note: This is the final in a two-part series that began last week. Part one, which ran Feb. 3, discussed the emerging understanding t…

Communitylife
  • By Agnes Oblas
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Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series having to do with women and heart disease or, to put a positive spin on it, heart health.

Communitylife
  • Commentary by Agnes Oblas
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Pretend it is your birthday and there is a beautifully decorated cake in front of you with candles lit and glowing. Friends and family gather …

  • Commentary by Agnes Oblas
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Consider the following very typical scenario: you are one of the growing numbers of individuals who takes an aspirin everyday on the advice of…

  • By Astrid Heathcote Special to AFN
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With the weather being back to three-digit temperatures, it is very easy to dismiss maintaining an exercise schedule, because it’s “just too h…

Communitylife
  • By Astrid Heathcote
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A report from the Centers for Disease Control in December of 2009 found that one in 110 children in America today have an autism spectrum diso…

Communitylife
  • By Astrid Heathcote
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A challenging and interesting question to ponder over is: What do women and men want in a relationship? Given that the dating market has chang…

Communitylife
  • By Astrid Heathcote
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We made it through the holidays and now we’re ready to make some big changes that will make the coming year better and more productive than an…

Communitylife
  • By Astrid Heathcote
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The holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving and stretching through New Year’s, often involves intense stress and even depression. Some of …

Communitylife
  • Commentary by Astrid Heathcote
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Over the years of working with families and children, one common denominator has emerged that warrants all parents’ and educators immediate at…

  • Commentary by Astrid Heathcote
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 25- to 34-year-olds and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds. About 1…

  • By Dr. Michael Urig Special to AFN
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Cord blood banking is a relatively new option for pregnant women, and one that has significant health benefits for a child as well as for imme…

  • By Dr. Michael Urig Special to AFN
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With summer temperatures steadily rising above 100 degrees, pregnant women should take special care to stay cool, comfortable and safe. Mainta…

  • Dr. Michael Urig Special to AFN
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Preparing a birth plan is a frequent topic of articles on websites and in pregnancy magazines. Many pregnant patients wonder about this concep…

  • By Dr. Michael Urig Special to AFN
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Most women under age 50 have regular periods, but they may not clearly understand their menstrual cycles and the effect on their fertility. Th…

  • By Dr. Michael Urig Special to AFN
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Birth defects, ranging from minor to life-threatening, affect 3 to 4 percent of all pregnancies. Prenatal blood tests, ultrasounds and genetic…

Communitylife
  • By Dr. Michael Urig
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Proper nutrition during pregnancy is key to promoting healthy development of the fetus as well as managing weight gain. And while most foods a…

Communitylife
  • By Michael Urig
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Multiple births, when a woman is carrying twins or more in a single pregnancy, have risen significantly in the last 30 years. While the averag…

Communitylife
  • By Dr. Michael Urig
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Patients often ask about whether they should meet with a physician prior to trying to conceive a child with their partner. Pre-conception coun…

Communitylife
  • By Dr. Michael Urig
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Exercising while pregnant is not only safe, but generally recommended for women in good health. A woman should plan to begin an exercise progr…

Communitylife
  • By Dr. Michael Urig
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The most common sexually-transmitted disease, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), causes genital warts and is responsible for the onset of cervical ca…

Communitylife
  • Commentary by Michael Urig
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Expectant mothers are fortunate to have many options to manage discomfort during labor and delivery. Choosing the right approach is a very per…

  • By Dr. Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar Special to AFN
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Only 70 percent of people utilize their dental insurance within a year, according to a study by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofac…

  • By Dr. Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar Special to AFN
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The Oral Cancer Foundation predicts 36,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in the U.S. this year alone. Alarming predictions such as…

  • By Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar Special to AFN
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Let the games begin! As many students are training for football, baseball, hockey, soccer and other sports, this is also the time of year for …

  • By Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar Special to AFN
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For those of us who live in Arizona, water is an essential part of our nutrition. The body is made of 60 to 75 percent water. Every cell in ou…

  • By Dr. Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar Special to AFN
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The new health care reform has several provisions affecting the future of oral health for Americans. These various provisions in HR 3590 and H…

Communitylife
  • By Dr. Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar
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A newly published study from researchers at Case Western Reserve University, School of Dental Medicine reported the first documented link betw…

Communitylife
  • By Dr. Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar
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With the holidays over, students are back in college. Parents may have noticed that their child has lost weight, gained weight, or changed the…

Communitylife
  • By Dr. Rashmi (Rush) Bhatnagar
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As the year-end holidays are approaching, many people are struggling to find resources to pay for celebrations and gifts. Dental insurance is …

Communitylife
  • Commentary by Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar
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The National Confectioners Association (NCA) estimates that Halloween candy sales will top $2.22 billion.

  • Commentary by Rashmi Bhatnagar Special to AFN
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The mere mention of X-rays causes people to cringe in their dental chairs.  With the increased national incidence of cancer, the fear of radia…

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