The medical issue I’m discussing today is best introduced by a politically incorrect (if not outright unprofessional) encounter between a colleague of mine and a patient of his. It happened a number of years ago; my colleague related the story to me one evening while we were passing around old … Read More
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“FDGB” is a common occurrence in the Emergency Department setting. The first question is: How common and varied is FGDB? The second question is: Exactly what is FDGB? Our emergency room secrets include the story behind that code.
You see, in medicine we use mnemonics, abbreviations, and medical slang like they’re … Read More
Many of us are looking for ways to live a healthier life and reduce our risk of chronic illness. Can antioxidant foods help? First, it helps to know exactly what is meant by the often misunderstood term antioxidants—and, of course, it helps to know where we get … Read More
The formula to determine the probability of a hip fracture is as simple as it is accurate: Age + weakened bones + a fall = hip fracture. And 75 percent of falls are experienced by women.
Ninety-five percent of hip fractures are caused by falls (usually sideways, says the Read More
As we age, it can be frustrating and discouraging to experience new physical limitations or new medical conditions. In terms of elderly health care, issues involving our mental well-being sometimes take a back seat to physical needs, but they shouldn’t be overlooked.
There are a number of steps we can take … Read More
Guess what! I’m a bad mother (well, at least some of the time). The other day I was playing in a pool with my kids. We had finally escaped the winter to a place where the warm sun shone, and our goosebumps dissolved into a distant memory. We were having … Read More
“Antioxidant” is a word that gets thrown around so frequently that it can sound meaningless when you hear it: “Yeah, yeah, another antioxidant (yawn).” But antioxidants are not boring! On the contrary, antioxidants are nature's strongest defense system. They protect your cells from dangerous free radical damage, … Read More
Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is extremely complex, and scientists believe it to be a vital component of the immune system. The surface lining of the GI tract includes numerous bacteria, immune cells, and nerve cells that largely function to protect us against toxins and foreign invaders. This fascinating gut-immune link … Read More
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh blueberry muffins baking or the first bite of tang from a delicious raspberry tart? These tasty treats are not only pleasing to the senses, they are loaded with nutrients. Polyphenols, such as flavonoids and anthocyanins, and other potent antioxidants account for the vast … Read More
The Atkins diet and a traditional Japanese diet may seem about as far apart as two diets can get: Atkins is low-carb/high-fat while Japanese is high-carb/low-fat. But they both work to promote weight loss and they do have one thing in common: They eliminate the simple sugar known as fructose. … Read More