Daily Column

Woman’s hair loss was from an unexpected cause

Q: I am a 59-year-old woman who started experiencing heavy hair loss and skin problems several months ago. My hair became extremely dry and brittle and started falling out and breaking off. Whiteheads and fluid-filled bumps started appearing on my face. After asking my pharmacist and doctor if these problems could be caused by any medications I was taking and being told 'no', I asked to have my thyroid checked. When the blood work results were normal, I started trying to determine the cause myself. I looked back to see what might have changed around the time both these problems started and realized that I began taking Simvastatin about that time. I stopped the drug and in less than a week, I was no longer finding clumps of hair in the shower drain and the bumps and whitehead on … [Read More...]

Monthly Awareness


Diabetes a/k/a diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic diseases that affect how a person's body uses glucose. The disease is believed to affect over 312 million individuals throughout the world and is a condition that can affect individuals of any age, men and women alike, and all races. Glucose is an very important source of energy for the cells of the body that make up tissues and muscles. It is the brain's primary source of fuel. Those forms of diabetes that are chronic include type 1 and type 2. However, there are conditions known as pre-diabetes where glucose levels are higher than normal and gestational diabetes that occurs during pregnancy but may resolve following delivery. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but it commonly appears during childhood or adolescence. This … [Read More...]