By Dan Meyers | University Communications
AURORA, Colo. - When local television station KDVR wanted experts to talk last spring about a range of health issues, it turned to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Seventeen stories (and counting) later, reporters for Fox 31 had interviewed CU specialists about everything from where germs lurk in your kitchen to women's health issues to allergies.
Want to learn more? Here are the stories so far, all of which relied on experts from the schools of medicine, pharmacy and dental medicine.
- Doctors surprised at how HPV rates have dropped
Corey Lyon, DO, CU School of Medicine, was interviewed about how HPV rates have dropped and how successful the vaccine has been.
- Where germs hide in your kitchen
Dr. Michelle Barron, medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University of Colorado Hospital says we sometimes get lax about thoroughly disinfecting the kitchen because our systems often protect us from getting sick. "Most people's stomach has enough acid in it that it will kill of whatever happens to be there," Barron said.
- Fatherhood leads to a drop in testosterone, study finds
While a drop in testosterone is expected for men who become fathers, doctors warn too much of a loss can be harmful. Dr. Margaret Wierman, professor in medicine physiology and biophysics at the University of Colorado, said medications can cause problems. "If you're taking a lot of pain pills, it'll block your testosterone, or if you take high dose steroids," Wierman said.
- Vision therapy helping correct poor vision
Many parents don't know what to do when their child has 20/20 vision, but still complains of headaches and just can't seem to track words across the page when reading…. Doctors at the University of Colorado School of Medicine say families don't need to spend a lot of money for convergence exercises. "We prescribe them here, and we treat them for free," said Dr. Emily McCourt, a pediatric ophthalmologist who works at Children's Hospital Colorado.
- Blurred vision could be warning sign of other problems
Dr. Leonard Seibold, of the University of Colorado Eye Center, said, "if (problems) are happening in the eye they're probably happening elsewhere in the body." The most common health problems that affect your eyes are diabetes and high blood pressure. That's why it's important to have regular medical check ups.
- Keep moving in order to slow weight gain
James Hill, PhD, on ways to jumpstart your metabolism.
- Controlling blood pressure can save your life
Dr. Joseph Saseen of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science says controlling blood pressure begins with your diet. "The dash diet, it stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension. It's a diet that's high in fruits and vegetables, high in dairy products and subsequently you have a lot of potassium from dietary sources that's been shown to reduce blood pressure."
- Starbucks menu will soon include calorie counts
James Hill, PhD, on Starbucks move to post calorie count of their drinks in advance of FDA requirements.
- Doctors offer tips on dealing with vertigo
Dr. Carol Foster of the University of Colorado School of Medicine said vertigo is caused when gravity particles in your inner ear become misplaced, knocking your sense of space out of whack. "The spinning that people call 'spinners' when they've had too much alcohol is a feeling of rotating and revolving," Foster said. "This is several times faster, so very fast you can't recognize things in the room."
- Doctors warn about the risks of taking vitamins
Dr. Joseph Vande Griend of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences says that if you have specific nutritional needs, vitamins can help.
- Study advises against taking calcium supplements
Sarah Anderson, of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy says calcium gets dangerous when you get more than 1,400 milligrams per day. She also says you should never assume you need supplements unless you get the okay from your doctor. "They [patients] might think that they're calcium deficient and in fact not be. You're not able to truly know you're deficient unless you look at lab work."
- Signs you may have a thyroid problem
Dr. Bryan Haugen of the University of Colorado said the thyroid gland can become "underactive" and said, "That's when a person will feel tired, cold and have dry skin (and) sluggish thinking." "I tell my patients it's kind of like turning the thermostat down your whole body just slows down," Haugen said.
- Natural ways to cure allergies
Ban Wang from the Center for Integrative Medicine talks about natural ways to cure your allergy symptoms including acupuncture.
- Sensitive teeth solutions
Dr. Daniel Wilson of the University of Colorado says "almost every adult has this problem at some time in their life, it tends to come and go."
- How to deal with back pain
Dr. Scott Laker of the University of Colorado Hospital says staying active can prevent back problems from developing in the first place. Doctors say sitting all day at work can cause excess stress on the spine and muscles.