Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I don’t think that dog is smiling

Out for exercise, running into the path of a dog remains an occasion not to be celebrated.  Here’s a little article about ways to deal with such an encounter, with a few comments of mine concerning what to do if the unexpected happens.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

It may work for some, it may not

Hardly a day goes by without some patient reciting a list of supplements, vitamins or “natural” remedies that he or she is taking, firm in the belief that they are safe, effective, and necessary.  That most, if not all, of the proffered list is composed of substances without any proven benefit is not an issue; that one or more of the items on the list may have drug interactions or side effects is not acknowledged; and I am cast into the role of an agent of Pharma, trying to push DRUGS, when supplements are really the way to go.  Here is a little article looking at some of the most common products taken, along with a little dose of reality.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Antibiotics - sometimes you need them, sometimes you don’t

We live in a “fix it now” world, and too many times patients feel that taking an antibiotic for a viral cough or cold won’t hurt, and just might help.  Only it does not help, and, over time, it does hurt.  Here is an article from the Self website by my friend Korin Miller that looks at just how pervasive this situation is

And lest you think that this is a new, hot, issue, here is a post from the blog from August, 2013, where I was interviewed in Oprah Magazine addressing a similar question.  Some things just don’t get old!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

It’s for men, too

Over the years, I have been impressed by the observation that, in general, men don’t seem to pay as much attention to their health as women do.  Sure there are exceptions in both extremes, but many men have the feeling that they can “work through” a problem, or ignore it - and it will go away.  Only thing is, that’s often not the case, with the resultant “if only we had seen it sooner” discussion taking place.  So here is a little piece stressing the need for preventative medicine in men.  Maybe it will put a bug in your ear to go see your doctor!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What color is your urine?

For years, we have all heard that urine color depends on degree of hydration, well hydrated, lighter urine, dehydrated - darker urine.  And while that may be true for many people, a recent study suggests that this common observation is not accurate for some of the most vulnerable among us, older adults.  Here is an article which looks at that recent study and puts the information into context.

Monday, May 30, 2016

String of Medical Pearls Around the World

Over the recent past, a bunch of the articles in which I have been quoted have been picked up in countries outside of the US, in languages other than English.  Some of you may enjoy seeing some of these pieces, and could use them to sharpen your language skills.  So, in no particular order, enjoy the following:

Here’s an article from Jordan that might change your bathroom habits

لن تستعملوا سيفون الحمام بنفس الطريقة عندما تقرؤون هذا المقال!

If you get burned while in Indonesia, here are some thoughts to keep in mind

Atasi Luka Bakar dengan Cara Ini

If you are planning to have a vasectomy in Vietnam

Chồng thắt ống dẫn tinh vợ vẫn có bầu

And here is some advice from Indonesia about airplane travel

I hope you enjoy these, and I do look forward to posting more as they show up!  It really is a World Wide Web!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Is a soda tax an idea whose time has come?

They seem to tax just about everything except taxes, and someone is likely working on that, so how about a tax on the sugary soda that many love to consume.  It is just a way to raise revenue, or could there be some health benefits?  Here is a discussion from the MedPage Today website with a variety of views, including mine, on that topic.