Dr. Paul Hartlaub

Preventive Medicine
Milwaukee, WI
36 years experience

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WI

Office

Brown Deer, WI

About

Bio

In medical school, we learned to "first, do no harm." Much of what we do in medicine is not proven, and may even be harmful. This has led to the development of what we call "evidence-based medicine," which I define as follows: If it works, we should do it. If it doesn't work, we shouldn't do it. If we don't know if it works, we should be careful. I have devoted my career to practicing and teaching evidence-based medicine. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison and then the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. After finishing a family practice residency in Milwaukee, I learned that we in the health care knew little about what really works to keep people healthy and prevent disease, so I specialized in Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado. I now have a full time family practice, focus on keeping populations healthy, and teach at a variety of levels and in a variety of programs. The project that I am most excited about currently is the development of an iPhone app that lists all of the proven health and prevention recommendations for adults. Now they can know what really works to keep them healthy and why. The app is called My Health Checklist.

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Preventive Medicine

Languages spoken

English

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202 Answers
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Probably OK: This is unusual but not unheard of. Sometimes there is some trauma to the tissue of the arm, or maybe a nerve, that just takes many months to heal com... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Meds/wrist pressure: If your sickness new, i would consider an evaluation for treatable causes first. For example pregnancy or an inner ear condition like benign positiona... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Probably not: Legionnaires' disease is an infection with a bacteria that causes a pneumonia. It is transmitted in a waterborne fashion, often from cooling towers, h... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
It depends: This is an important question. Too much acetaminophen is dangerous. According to Epocrates, a drug information program, most healthy adults can get up... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Alli: I don't know much about detoxing. I have never been convinced that it is useful. As far as medicines to lose weight, i think most of them have not bee... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Almost nothing: "sroke screening" refers to checking arteries in the neck for blockages, usually by an ultrasound, on people who have not had any symptoms of a stroke... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Yes, with caution. : According to the medscape interaction checker, there are no known interactions between these two substances, and there are probably no additional risk... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
It varies: It depends on just how intense the exercise is, but a general estimate is that with moderate or intense exercise you burn roughly 10 kcal per minute.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
It depends: A 40 year-old man may need blood pressure and cholesterol checks, be screened for depression, counseled on lifestyle measures (avoiding smoking or alc... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Eat right & exercise: Unless you have a health reason not to, the best way to get fit is to eat healthily and get regular exercise. A healthy diet for most includes lots of... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: Magnesium is important. It is involved in over 300 chemical reactions including muscle, nerve, immune system, heart and bone functions. Adult men need... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
It is not automatic: There is no standard for what to order during a check up, and doctors tend to order what they know about and think is important. Hiv testing is genera... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Few if any: Zinc is important in making proteins and dna, immune function, wound healing and even taste and smell. The recommended daily allowance (rda) of zinc i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Almost any kind: Most kinds of exercises will help firm up your body. I would suggest generally to eat right, maintain a healthy weight, and do daily aerobic exercise ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Pap test: The best way to screen for cervical cancer is to get a pap test, which is recommended every 3 years between the ages of 21 and 65. There are ways to s... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
When you can: To my knowledge, there is no better time for working out. The important thing is to do it, sometime. The hardest thing is to work it into your schedul... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Often the same: Technically, a physical exam refers to the provider doing an exam of any kind; anything from listening to the heart to doing a full body exam. However... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
800 units or so: There is not an exact known limit for vit d in adults, but too much can be toxic. This is because vit d increases calcium and phosphorus absorption, a... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Several good choices: Many cheeses are naturally low in fat, such as part-skim mozzarella or goat cheese. Many others can be purchased in low-fat versions. I think most che... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Not likely: While it is hard to be certain, if you had bleeding that seemed like your period, you are not likely to be pregnant, even if you were a bit late. Ther... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Nothing: Strep throat is caused by a bacteria that you catch from someone else. You can best prevent it by careful hygiene, like using your own towels, toothbr... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Probably not: Nobody knows for sure, but it is likely that supplements and vitamins won't replace fruits or vegetables in a complete way. You see, fruits and vegeta... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
I wouldn't: Prenatal vitamins and multivitamins are similar (though not exactly the same), so there is no need to take both, and doing so might lead to nausea. If... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): I would try an antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you don't have a medical reason not to take it. It might make you sleepy so be aware. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
You must eat less: If you are unable to burn off more calories by exercising, there is only one way to lose weight; eat fewer calories. Actually, losing weight simply by... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: In fact, vitamin c seems to increase the absorption of iron.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
GEt it checked now: It may be a simple and harmless tremor from muscle fatigue or normal movement, or a side effect from the syrup, or even something serious like a seizu... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Do recommended tests: Preventive tests and exams are generally covered without copay. As for which tests to get, i would inform yourself about which tests have actually bee... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Maybe: An infant might stiffen his/her legs if angry or upset, and this would be normal. However, stiff legs could also, rarely, be a sign of seizures or a m... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Infection under skin: Usually a boil refers to a "puss pocket" type of infection under and in fhte skin. It often comes from the bacteria that are on the skin, getting insi... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Many considerations: There is no research to tell us how often you should get checkups, but once a year or so makes sense, mostly so you can keep up on new/changed recomme... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
It depends: Yes, this is another one of those "it depends" answers. Primarily, it depends on how many calories you burn off, or how active you are. If you are ave... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Griseofulvin: Tinea is a fungus, and when it occurs on the scalp it is actually called tinea capitus. Tinea corporis, on the body, is called ringworm, because it ca... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
It is true: Hepatitis b is a serious viral infection of the liver that can cause abdominal discomfort, weakness, and even liver failure. It is spread through bloo... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: Daily Aspirin increases the risk of stomach bleeding, but reduces the risk of heart attacks in men and strokes in women. It is recommended for those a... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Nothing, in general: Nurse practitioners (np's) have a nursing, rather than a medical background. One way to think of it is that nurse training is focused on the patient'... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Probably muscle ache: A burning feeling in your chest while you lift weights is most likely caused by working the muscle which in turn releases Lactic Acid and causes a bur... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Calcium and vit D: Adults with thin bones, called osteopenia, benefit from taking about 1200-1500 mg of calcium daily, along with about 800 units of vitamin d. Osteopor... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Here's a list: The following tests are the most supported in medical research at this age: pap smears, mammograms, colon cancer screening with colonoscopy or testing... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Yes, to stay healthy: In general these would include pap smears and (if high risk or worried) mammograms to screen for cervical and breast cancer, screens for high bp, depr... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Check first: Norvasc (amlodipine) can be stopped at any time, but unless it is an emergency, it is generally wise to check with your health care provider before ma... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
May be serious: There are many things that could be going on that cause the sense that your heart is beating fast at times. Most commonly, it is a "premature beat" th... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
No definite answer: You ask a great question. There actually is no research to guide us on this question - only opinions. Mine is that every year or so makes sense, mostl... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
It gets absorbed: I take it from your question that some orange juice went down your trachea, or airway. We call this aspiration, and unless it was a large amount or ha... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: You can catch sexually transmitted infections at any age, and good for you for asking about it! condoms don't eliminate the risk, but do reduce it gre... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
A little: Male pattern hair loss is pretty hard to stop. Some medicines, such as Finasteride (in a topical solution that you apply to the scalp or pills) can he... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Low, but possible: The most likely time to get pregnant is around the time of ovulation, which usually occurs about 2 weeks before your anticipated menstrual flow. Of co... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Focus on calories: I would recommend not focusing on exactly how much protein/fat/carbs to eat if your goal is to lose weight. I would reduce your calorie intake (most w... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Very rare before 21: Cervical cancer is rare before age 21, and doing pap smears before then actually may cause more harm than good because it leads to more falsely positi... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Two meds: Simcor (simvastatin and niacin) is made up of Simvastatin and niacin, both cholesterol drugs. A substitute would be both of these in generic forms. I ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hartlaub is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hartlaub is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Nov 26, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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Thank you so much! Actually my father is a heart patient and I wanted to know the amount of calories he should consume on a daily basis. He walks everyday in the morning, but I feel like he needs port...Read More
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University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, WI
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