From The Producers to Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles to the Frisco Kid, Gene Wilder made us laugh, made us cry, and showed us characters that amazed us. In his life off the screen, he shared his emotions through the illness and death of his wife, Gilda Radner, and taught us another powerful lesson. And now we learn, at his passing, of his own battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, one that he kept to himself. Here is an article from Newsmax in which I participated in a discussion of the tendency not to discuss this loss of self.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Within the article, there is reference made to the Adrenaclick, an alternative to the EpiPen. More than that, there are generic epinephrine auto-injectors on the market as well, which are even less expensive. While these devices deliver the exact same dose of epinephrine in the same way as the EpiPen, the mechanisms themselves are different. Whereas the EpiPen only requires popping off a cap and using the injector, others may involve caps on either end, be a bit harder to hold, or have an exposed needle. So if you are going to use such a device, which would still be appropriate and effective for the condition, familiarize yourself and those likely to use it thoroughly with its details, features, and use before deploying it with the at-risk individual. There is no time to learn how to use an injector while someone is having an anaphylactic reaction. This is clearly a topic which should be reviewed with your personal physician, to be sure that a potentially life saving treatment is available when needed.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Waking up in the middle of the night with a painful cramp in the calf is not uncommon, but it is uncomfortable. Often called a “charley horse,” these muscle cramps can be dealt with through a variety of techniques. Here is a little piece from our local NBC television station news where I discuss some options, along with a patient of mine who gives her story. And, remember, if you are having new, unusual, or worsening symptoms, or just have a question about what is going on, see your physician promptly for an evaluation
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The statistic is chilling, perhaps one in ten young women have tried to use laxatives to lose weight. Let’s get something straight here. Laxatives make you poop. Weight is from fat on your body. Fat is not poop, and poop is not fat. There is no logic here, but people do it anyway. This is not a harmless action, and here is an article that looks at a very bad practice.