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by Eva Hersh, MD

Friday, April 14, 2017

Why Can’t I Stay Awake?

Dear Dr. Eva,

I have always had problems staying awake in movies and boring classes. Over the past few years this has gotten worse to the point that I am falling asleep at work, especially in meetings. What can I do about this problem? I don’t like coffee or tea.

I. Doze

Friday, March 31, 2017

Questions About Depression

Dear Dr. Eva,

I am very concerned about my sister. We are both adults in our 20s. She has had depression on and off for many years, but this time it seems worse. She will sit and cry for hours and sometimes refuses to speak. She doesn’t want to leave the house at all, and I haven’t been able to get her to agree to see a mental health professional –  she says she’s tried that before and it didn’t help. I’m not saying very much to her either, because I’m afraid of saying something that could make it worse. Can you suggest what to say and what not to say, and any other ideas how I can help her?

Sibling

Dear Dr. Eva,

What do you think about homeopathy? I know people who swear by it, but I have also heard that homeopathic medicines are just expensive water.

Natural

Friday, March 03, 2017

Transgender Rights at Risk

Whittling away at public- accommodation protections recalls some ugly American history

There will be a right for professional bakers not to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples on the same day when there is a right for barbers not to cut the hair of red-haired people, for clothing store store staff not to sell pants to Evangelicals, and for waiters not to serve dessert to Bernie voters.

Winter will be with us for another month. In Maryland we’ve had some unseasonably warm days this winter as well as some unusually severe cold. Last week in Baltimore we had the third Code Blue alert, which occurs when temperatures, adjusted for wind chill, are expected to be 13˚F or below.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Medical Marijuana & Maryland

Dear Dr. Eva,

I understood that medical marijuana was legalized in Maryland years ago, I am still unable to find a doctor that will prescribe it. Why is this?

In Pain

Friday, January 20, 2017

Trouble in Paradise

Dear Dr. Eva,

I was recently in Hawaii. One afternoon I foolishly went snorkeling when the wind had come up and the water was rough. I was thrown up against a coral reef, and scraped my leg badly. I was careful to clean the area with alcohol and treated it with antibiotic ointment for several days. Fortunately, my efforts paid off and the abrasions healed without problems.

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