Saturday, October 28, 2017

When "Take Two and Call Me In The Morning" is not the best advice

It's a cliche, calling the doctor and being told to take a pain reliever, and call in the morning.  But what if you've already taken some?  What if you have been drinking?  What if you have a disease or underlying condition that would be impacted by a particular medication?  Clearly, this simple directive may have far reaching consequences.  Here is a short article from the site which looks at one such problem.  If there is interest, I will publish another posting with more about pain relievers, cautions and advice.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Where Is Medicine Today?

I was privileged recently to take part in a documentary dealing with the changing face of medicine.  Told through the aspects of practices across the country, our Lutherville practice, Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville, was one of those highlighted.  Yes, I am part of the story with two of my patients.  This hour long documentary is airing on PBS stations around the country, but you can also watch it on their website.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Is Healthy Obesity for real?

Many people have felt that carrying a few extra pounds is good for your health.  Sometimes a few can become a lot, and where one draws the line has been the question.  Recent studies have shown that have a body mass index (BMI) over 25, which is the line between normal weight and overweight, puts one at increased risk for cardiovascular events and other ills.  Here is a little piece that I did for our local NBC Affiliate to highlight this problem.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Does your water lose something on the bedstand overnight?

Is is safe to sip from the glass out overnight?  How about the bottle in the car?  The pitcher on the porch?  I mean, it's only water, right?  Well, turns out that there are a variety of factors that could spoil that special sip, and here is a little article from the Reader's Digest website where I was asked to expound on the topic.  Have a look, then take a drink!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Doctor, Doctor -- It hurts when I do that!

The Most Painful Everyday Injuries—And Why They Hurt So Much

While our bodies seem able to take abuse in so many ways, there are little injuries that cause pain out of proportion to their sizes.  When one of our more sensitive areas is hurt, one often wonders just what makes that part of the body so sensitive.  Here is a little article that delves into the why and how of some of those painful areas.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Can you aid sleep without a sleep aid?

Lots of people, perhaps more than half, have trouble sleeping.  The huge industry in over the counter sleep aids, and the push by many at the doctor's office for prescription sleeping pills, speaks to that need.  But do you always need a pharmacologic assist to sleep?  Here is an article with lots of suggestions, including mine, from the NBC website, on how to get a good night's sleep without resorting to pills.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer or Winter - Colds are Colds

The question of whether summer colds are worse than winter colds hinges on the definition of a “cold.”  In this little article from MEL Magazine, a rather different periodical indeed, I was asked about one health writer’s view that other viruses join the party in summer colds.  I try to take a more balanced view in this piece, entitled: