Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Polypill anyone?

There are some who believe that we all should be taking some drug, whether for depression or cholesterol, blood pressure or diabetes.  Is this a good idea?  Should you take one, two, or a bunch of drugs just because it might help?  Here is a little article that looks at that possibility, with some down to earth thoughts from me at the end.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sarah Silverman could not talk - and it was not funny

In bygone days it was a common illness among children, sometimes with tragic results.  Thanks to vaccination, we rarely see that form these days, but epiglottitis can still show up when you least expect it, still as a very serious disease.  Comedian Sarah Silverman thought she just had a sore throat, but it was much more.  Here is a little article on the Self site looking at this infrequent problem.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Taxes, taxes, taxes, what do they want from us?

Among everything else that a young physician needs to know, actually any young professional, is how to deal with the finances of taxes and even planning for `eventual retirement.  Here’s an article from Medical Economics which asked me to lead off with that one golden question you need to ask when just starting out.  See if you agree with me, and take a look at some of the other tips offered.  Clearly, these ideas are not for physicians only!

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!