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Rank #1: Why You Should Care About Your Cholesterol

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Most of us know having high cholesterol is generally a bad thing. But what exactly is cholesterol? It’s not only a major signpost for your overall health, but it can lead to heart attack or stroke. Dr. Tom Miller from University of Utah Health explains what cholesterol is, breaks down the numbers, and tells you why it matters to your and your loved ones’ health.

May 23 2017
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Rank #2: Listener Question: Can I Get the Same Bug if I Have Different Symptoms?

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This week’s listener question is about colds and flus and whether or not two people can have different symptoms with the same disease. You had a headache and stuffy nose, but your loved one has a fever and upset stomach. Is it from the same bug? Dr. Tom Miller has the answers about individual symptoms and answers whether or not you were really the one who got your loved one sick.

May 02 2017
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Rank #3: Weak Bones Can Lead to Serious Back Problems

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As we age, our bones become weaker, meaning we’re more likely to suffer breaks, sprains and fractures. For some people, a vertebral fracture in the spine, also known as a fragility fracture, can be caused by something as simple as sitting up in bed with particularly weak bones. Dr. Tom Miller talks to Dr. Nick Spina, orthopedic surgeon at University of Utah Health, explains the complications that can arise with osteoporosis and an aging spine, and the different ways specialists can treat it.

Apr 25 2017
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Rank #4: Treating Shoulder Pain Without Surgery

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Shoulders can be injured in many ways, including trauma, torn tendon, or simply overuse. Fortunately, an injured shoulder doesn't always require surgery. Dr. Tom Miller speaks with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Tashjian about how injured shoulders can commonly be diagnosed and treated without surgery.

Apr 18 2017
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Rank #5: Modern Casts for a Broken Bone

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Broke a bone and need a cast? Well, forget those big, heavy casts that your friends could write on. Dr. Tom Miller speaks with Dr. Bruce Thomas, an orthopedic surgeon, to discuss how physicians now use lighter, fiberglass casts to help bones heal instead of the heavier Plaster of Paris casts from earlier times.

Apr 11 2017
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Rank #6: Listener Question: Should I Worry if I Still Have a Cough After a Cold?

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You got over a cold but still have a nagging cough. Is it something to worry about? Dr. Tom Miller answers this listener question and explains why viral infections can sometimes lead to long-lasting coughs. Find out what you can — or can't do — about it, and whether it's something to be concerned about.

Apr 04 2017
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Rank #7: EMGs Aren’t as Painful as You’d Think

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After suffering from a muscular injury such as carpal tunnel or a pinched nerve, your doctor might call for an electromyogram (EMG). The test uses needles and small shocks to test the signaling of your nerves and muscles. It may provide vital information for your diagnosis, but just how bad is it going to hurt? Dr. Tom Miller talks to Dr. Daniel Cushman, sports medicine physician at University of Utah Health, dispels what you may have heard about EMGs and explains how the modern procedure isn’t as painful as some patients may think.

Mar 28 2017
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Rank #8: Recovering From a Shoulder Surgery

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For a major operation like shoulder surgery, it’s not just the operation but what you do after that can make a big difference in the outcome. So, what can you expect with your recovery after surgery? Dr. Tom Miller talks to Dr. Robert Tashjian, orthopedic surgeon at University of Utah Health, talks about the recovery process after shoulder surgery and what steps you’ll be taking before you can get back to your normal routine.

Mar 21 2017
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Rank #9: Treating Joint Pain from Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis—the wearing out of joints, like a hip or knee—can be a debilitating and painful condition affecting certain people. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your joints strong and healthy and avoid possible joint replacement. Dr. Tom Miller talks to Dr. David Petron, professor of sports medicine, about why osteoarthritis occurs, how it can be treated and some common exercises you can do to avoid it. 

Mar 14 2017
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Rank #10: Treating Dupuytrens Contracture

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Dupuytrens Contracture is a condition in which a person's fingers bend toward the palm and cannot be fully extended. The condition can make working, and even daily functioning, difficult. Dr. Tom Miller speaks with Dr. Nikolas Kazmers, orthopedic hand surgeon at University of Utah Health, about why Dupuytrens Contracture occurs and some treatment methods for straightening the fingers.

Mar 07 2017
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