Sports Injuries Cause Blindness in Kids: September is Sports Eye Safety Month
Sports injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children. Most can be prevented by using protective eye wear while playing sports. Almost 75% of sports related eye injuries occur in people younger than age 25 years, but only 15% of kids ar...
Biotechnology Comes of Age: Acquistions
Zip code 28077 - if you are into biotech, you know that's the US postal code for DNA Alley. A hot center of life sciences and technology along Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Medimmune, the most successful of the region's biotechnology...
New Antidepressant Labeling Proposed by FDA
Strong warnings about increased risk of suicide should be extended to include young adults 18 to 24, according to an FDA advisory panel. Currently, warnings only cover teens.This recommendation came as a result of an FDA review of 372 studies con...
Topamax: I love you!
Today marks the first month in years that I am migraine free, thanks to Topamax. I was really grateful and a little apprehensive when my doctor prescribed sumatriptan injections for the incapacitating headaches that crippled me about 11 years ago...
A Foundation for the House of Medicine
When you build a house, you begin with the foundation. The same holds true for the U.S. health care system. The President and Congress are scrambling to put up a reform structure that would have a better chance to succeed if the cinderblocks and j...
The Best of the Medical Blogosphere
Some early adopters of the medical blogosphere have started a weekly collection of blog posts called "Grand Rounds," which is an aggregation of interesting blog posts from other medical bloggers. I wanted to give a note of thanks to the host of th...
May 17: National Employee Health & Fitness Day
National Employee Health & Fitness Day is a national health promotion observance sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF). Workplace health and fitness promotion programs are win-win propositions, and we're all abo...
Medical Doctors and Genocide - Dr. Karadzic Captured
First Do No Harm - it's the time honored Hippocratic Oath of all medical doctors. But there is more: I consider for the benefit of my patients and will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to anyo...
The Earth Is Flat and Psoriasis Is Contagious
What if every time you went to a public pool, or out on a date with a new friend, or played sports at school, you had to explain that the red, scaly patches of dry skin covering your body were not caused by some flesh-eating bacteria and certainly...