Thinking of taking the plunge — otherwise known as jumping into ice cold water? Now that winter’s chill has set in, it’s prime polar bear plunging season. Some take the plunge for charity, others to celebrate winter, and some just for the fun of it. It can be a thrilling experience, but for some, it can also be dangerous.
Care2 quotes me in their article
Like most Americans, you have a health insurance plan now, and chances are it’s a new one.
Of course, you’ll want to review your plan policy thoroughly (focus on costs, in-network health care providers and deductibles, for starters).
One other key area? Try visits to smaller, retail-style health care clinic (often nicknamed “minute clinics” due to the quick, in-and-out services credited to such health care centers.)
InsuranceQuotes features me in their advice piece here.
What sounded like bad news at first may be actually good news.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., shut down a restaurant in Billerica, Massachusetts, Tuesday and Wednesday, after four employees came down with the norovirus, which can cause a lot of vomiting and diarrhea. The sick staffers stayed home, and the restaurant cleaned the restaurant.
1. She has slept for 3 hours in the last 48.
2. On his first day of residency, a vindictive doctor sent him on an errand to a nonexistent department just to watch him suffer. On many days after, the same doctor called him an idiot in the operating room.
3. He had to pronounce three people dead in a week; the gentleman with the poker tricks, the stillborn baby, the 17-year-old with alcoholic liver failure who wrote poetry. There was no counseling afterward and no place to process his grief. La...
Retail and healthcare, which were long two distinct entities, continue to merge in 2021 as retailers seek to address Americans’ healthcare needs.
Case in point: Walmart has begun administering the Covid-19 vaccine to healthcare workers in New Mexico while CVS Health and Walgreens are providing vaccines in long-term care facilities in multiple states. They—along with retailers including Target and Albertsons—plan to start vaccinating the general public in the spring or summer.
AdWeek quotes me in their article here.
Objective: To perform neuro-ophthalmologic evaluations in patients with symptomatic Adult Chiari Malformations (ACM).Methods: Observational case series of 56 patients with symptoms and neuro-imaging consistent with ACM. Comprehensive histories and complete neuro-ophthalmic examinations were performed. Findings: Sixteen men and forty women were evaluated. The mean age was 41 years old (range 8 - 73 years old). The most common visual complaint was transient visual obscurations lasting seconds (n= 34). Pain or fullness behind the eyes was present in 32 patients. Forty-eight patients had headaches
Gretchen Bosacker, M.D., hasn’t been asked for opioids or benzodiazepines (medicines like Xanax or Ativan) in six months. A family medicine physician, she takes a full hour for lunch every day. Her office staff tsk-tsks if she doesn’t take her morning break, and a hot cup of tea arrives when she needs it.
She does paperwork during protected time carved out during her work day. A nurse runs through the litany of preventive health questions before the patient sees her, so she already knows the ...
A couple begins with safe sex, but the guy removes his condom: It happens, and it’s called stealthing. Here’s what you need to know.
Everyone’s looking to have better sex, and there are great ways to make your sex life better in just one day. Sometimes having mostly worry-free, pleasurable sex means the guy wears a condom. So what happens if the man removes the condom at some point during the sexual encounter—without the woman’s consent ...
Infertility treatment or the journey of fertility can be fraught with overwhelming information and emotions and everyone doesn’t want to go on. Jennifer Palumbo, director of patient care at New York-based fertility service Progyny says that she always wanted to be a mom even more than she wanted to get married. So, every woman wants to experience motherhood but god doesn’t provide this opportunity to everyone. Pregnancy and Wellness quotes me in their article.
Twenty-eight U.S. states have now legalized the medical use of marijuana. But a nagging stigma about this “natural drug” remains.
Decades of stoner films haven’t cast the cleanest image on marijuana. Besides cultural stereotypes, many have been able to get marijuana cards from unsavory doctors with nary a physical exam or diagnosed medical problem since medicinal marijuana first became legalized.
When it comes to alternative health advice for ladies, there’s no one quite like Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress, who previously enlightened the world about the “magic” of vaginal steaming on her website Goop, is catching heat again for a peculiar new practice this week: inserting jade eggs into the vagina.
Livestrong quotes me in their article.
Kanye West is no stranger to putting himself at the center of the world’s attention. From his infamous run-in with Taylor Swift to his high-profile wife, the rapper/designer/artist is constantly making news for what he does and says. But this time West has made news for something a lot more troubling — being placed under psychiatric hospitalization.
After canceling the remaining 21 concert dates of his highly anticipated Saint Pablo tour on Monday, West was taken later that day to UCLA Medica...
Many doctors are nervous about prescribing medical marijuana. And that's understandable. One key reason is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved marijuana for patients suffering from conditions such as glaucoma, AIDS wasting, multiple sclerosis and cancer, in addition to other health situations where it could prove helpful.
Fierce Healthcare quotes me in their article.
The Big Sick, the film comedian Kumail Nanjiani delivered with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, did not win Best Original Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards. That honor went to the searing and timely Get Out. The Big Sick is a more dramatic retelling of real life — Gordon’s battle with adult Still’s disease (also known as the scariest thing I saw in medical residency) — and Nanjiani’s awkward bonding with her parents — difficult enough without the object of your affection in a coma.
Walking out of the ICU: Dr. X, Patient Safety, and the Battle Between Coronavirus Common Sense and the Hospital Bottom Line
As American hospitals struggle to admit waves of coughing, feverish patients to medical wards and intensive care units, physicians are finding themselves at war with the competing interests of other hospital employees. Early in the American days of the COVID-19 pandemic, one critical care physician resigned her position due to the unsafe practices she felt were endangering her patients and her staff. She feels she must remain anonymous, given the notorious cancel culture within medicine.