Each winter ushers in another cold and flu season and now is the perfect time to begin prepping yourself to strengthen your immune system and try to avoid getting sick altogether. To get started, you don’t have to look any further than you own kit...
Thank You Jeffrey Loew for Grand Rounds 4.27
Australian medical student Jeffrey Loew hosted Grand Rounds this week and included my post Racial Disparities in US Healthcare. Check out his compilation of fascinating reading & enter a diabetes contest (I did).
Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month: Switch to HFA Inhalers
Every asthmatic has an inhaler - but did you know that beginning January 1, 2009 it will no longer be legal to manufacture or sell CFC inhalers in the US? CFC's are chlorofluorocarbons propellants that have been used in MDI's (metered-dose inhale...
Are You Walking Around with HIV?
National HIV Testing Day: Each year, on June 27, National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) organizes National HIV Testing Day, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Admini...
Thank You Doc Gurley for Grand Rounds Smack Down!
Doc Gurley writes Posts from an Insane Health Care System for his blog. He hosted Grand Rounds this week and included my post, Diogenes Syndrome: Living In Extreme Squalor in the Smack Down. (Hey, did anybody catch Dr. Phil's show Secret Inside: ...
Music and the Brain
Researchers at Helsinki Brain Research Centre have reported cognitive recovery in stroke victims who listen to music during rehabilitation. Stroke patients who listened to music a couple of hours a day were happier, more focused and had improved ...
Kidney Failure Linked to Diabetes, Obesity and Sedentary Lifestyle
The number of kidney failure patients also diagnosed with diabetes increased by 114% between 1995 and 2004, according to a study by the Canadian Institute of Health Information. “Diabetes is the fastest growing cause of end-stage renal disease,”...
Thank you Dr. Emer for Grand Rounds 50! Remember September 9 10:30 PM HBO: ALIVE DAY MEMORIES: HOME FROM IRAQ
Thank you for including a link to my post Remember September 9 10:30 PM HBO: ALIVE DAY MEMORIES: HOME FROM IRAQ in Grand Rounds 50, a round up of medical writing in this week's blogosphere - on Parallel Universes... You can preview the promo here...
The Benefits of Genetic Testing
Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about the second half of my life. The fact that I turned 40 last year may be the cause. Or it may be that I’ve had two close friends (same age as me) who’ve recently faced sudden and frightening health scare...
June 27 is National HIV Test Day - Do You Know Your Status?
This weekend I watched a fascinating movie - Cover a murder mystery filmed in my home town of Philadelphia. It's a mystery with an HIV/AIDS twist and features the main character - a married woman- waiting at a clinic for her HIV test.The CDC esti...