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A Look At Snoring

( - Snoring (not that you need a definition) is that rough, hoarse noise produced upon the intake of breath during sleep—and caused by the vibration of the soft palate and vocal cords.

Feb 18, 2018 - 7:00:02 AM

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What Is Good Health?

( - Sometimes, it’s useful to go back to basics.  After all, good health is a goal that virtually all of us are seeking—especially those of a certain age.

Feb 11, 2018 - 7:01:24 AM

Contributing Columnist
Midwinter Short Takes On Some Current Health Topics

( - We just observed Groundhog Day, and now know whether or not we are facing six more weeks of winter.

Feb 4, 2018 - 7:01:12 AM

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Living With The Bugs

( - (“Bugs” here refers to pathogenic microorganisms.)  This column has run several articles on infection control issues, including endoscope reprocessing; outbreaks of MRSA; and continuing problems at VA hospitals.  But, all those stories took place in hospitals.

Jan 27, 2018 - 7:12:42 AM

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A Look At One Health

( - Let’s start off with a definition of “One Health.”  According to the CDC:

Jan 20, 2018 - 7:00:04 AM

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A Look At Alopecia Areata

( - We get some basic information from the National Alopecia Aerata Foundation.  This is a fairly common autoimmune skin disease—affecting around 6.8 million people in the US, with a lifetime risk of 2.1%.

Jan 7, 2018 - 7:13:44 AM

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Sublocade: A New Injectable For Addiction Treatment

( - If you are looking for a topic—other than the endless political battles in the wake of Trump's election—that has stayed in the news, you need search no further than the matter of opioid addiction.

Dec 25, 2017 - 7:03:36 AM

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A Look At Skinny Type 2 Diabetics

( - This column has run several articles on the subject of diabetes, and now focuses on a much-neglected area:  Type 2 diabetics who are not fat; or as they are popularly called:  “Skinny type 2s.”

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:10:59 AM

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Diabetes Treatment And Insulin Price Fixing

( - In a rare case in which a Nobel prize was awarded less than two years after the honored treatment modality was demonstrated, Canadians Frederick Banting and John Macleod shared the 1923 prize for their discovery of insulin.

Dec 9, 2017 - 7:13:06 AM

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Striking A Blow Against A Killer Disease

( - While there are any number of killer diseases, few have a more deadly reputation than pancreatic cancer.  The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research presents these grim summary statistics and related facts (culled from American Cancer Society data):

Dec 3, 2017 - 7:01:00 AM

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Avoiding Dr. Hodad Part 2

( - Last week’s article generated a lot of interest.  It seems that many of us have had one or more bad medical experiences.  But, as that piece indicated, it is by no means simple to either evaluate your doctor or a medical procedure.

Nov 25, 2017 - 7:05:39 AM

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Avoiding Dr. Hodad

( - “Dr. Hodad” is an acronym/nickname introduced by Johns Hopkins surgeon Marty Makary, in his book Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:00:43 AM

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Serving the Medically Underserved

( - According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Medically Underserved Areas/Populations are those having too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty, or a high elderly population.

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:36:51 AM

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CBD, Diabetes, And Sleep

( - This column first covered Cannabidiol—CBD—in April, 2016.  In that piece, we identified this Cannabis extract as a compound that not only has no psychotropic effects, but as the main source of Cannabis’ medicinal properties.

Oct 29, 2017 - 7:01:52 AM

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Can Lack Of Sleep Cause Type 2 Diabetes?

( - According to a CDC report released last July, more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes.

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:28:16 AM

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A Look At Direct To Consumer Advertising Of Pharmaceutical Drugs

( - It’s no secret that Big Pharma spends a fortune marketing its products direct to consumers. A good deal of this is targeted to aging Baby Boomers, who see it in the pages of countless magazines and newspapers, not to mention television.

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:39:08 AM

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Parents For Healthy Kids: A Great Idea

( - Many years ago, when I was in elementary school, you could count the number of fat kids in the entire student body on the fingers of one hand. Moreover, these few kids were likely to be on the stocky or barely chubby side, rather than truly obese.

Oct 8, 2017 - 7:00:45 AM

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High Level Disinfection Might Not Be Good Enough For Endoscopes

This column has covered the so-called “processing” of endoscopes before.  By way of background, three types of endoscopes are commonly used in hospitals: rigid, semi-rigid, and flexible.

Oct 1, 2017 - 9:57:16 AM

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Hormone Replacement Therapy And Pernicious Good Intentions

( - As a woman approaches menopause, ovarian production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone is reduced.

Sep 24, 2017 - 6:30:11 PM

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Not Legends Of The Fall: They’re A Big Problem For Seniors

( - The title of this piece may strike a chord for those familiar with Jim Harrison’s novella (1979) or the film version (1994).  The work is a compelling epic melodrama, covering 50 years in the life of the Ludlow family.

Sep 17, 2017 - 7:00:14 AM

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To Be Or Not To Be—Military Version

( - The famous
soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Hamlet reflects the title character’s profound internal conflict.

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:03:08 AM

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Another Reason Not Mess With Meth

( - d-N-Methylamphetamine—aka methamphetamine, meth, glass, ice, shard, crank, tina, tweak, yaba, and crystal—is a highly potent drug, known to produce stimulation....

Sep 3, 2017 - 7:01:15 AM

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A Review Of Some Topics In Complementary Medicine

( - The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (part of NIH) offers the best definitions of the terms “complementary” and “alternative,” as they refer to healthcare:

Aug 27, 2017 - 8:56:56 AM

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Total Solar Eclipses And Health

( - We’ve been hearing about the great National Eclipse for months, and on August 21st it will finally arrive! In this article, we point out some interesting facts about this eclipse, and look at a few eclipse-related health scares you may have missed.

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:00:19 AM

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A Look At The Opioid Crisis

( -
Let’s start with some definitions (courtesy of NAABT and

Aug 6, 2017 - 7:00:32 AM

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Good News For e-Cigarettes

( - This column has previously covered e-cigs. The first article got into the outrageous conflicts of interest....

Jul 29, 2017 - 9:52:46 AM

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Summer Sampler: Quick Takes On Some Interesting Stories

( - We spotlight a few healthcare happenings, that—as they used to say—have recently come across my desk. Let’s begin our eclectic mix with...

Jul 23, 2017 - 7:00:25 AM

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Tampering With Tamiflu

( - Tamiflu (Oseltamivir phosphate) is an antiviral indicated for the treatment of influenza. The drug was approved by the US FDA in 1999; and was approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2002. As of 2014, the drug had generated sales in excess of $18 billion.

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:11:14 AM

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ACSH And The Little Black Book Of Junk Science

( - The American Council on Science and Health was founded in 1978 by the late Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan, and from the outset has been dedicated to publicly advocating and supporting evidence-based science and medicine.

Jul 9, 2017 - 7:00:00 AM

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The Salt Fix: A Book Review

( - This column has covered the low-salt mythology in August and February of 2014.  Certainly, articles have appeared over the years on insider blogs attacking the low-salt orthodoxy.

Jul 2, 2017 - 7:00:43 AM

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Distracted: How Regulations are Destroying the Practice of Medicine and Preventing True Health-Care Reform

( Modern day country doctor Matthew Hahn, MD applies his scalpel to much that is wrong with American healthcare in this excellent new book.

Jun 25, 2017 - 9:55:34 AM

Contributing Columnist
A Look At Beta Blockers

( - Beta-adrenoceptor antagonists—aka beta blockers—are drugs that bind to beta-adrenoceptors and thereby block the binding of norepinephrine and epinephrine to these receptors.

Jun 18, 2017 - 7:00:47 AM

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Should You Worry About Taking NSAIDs?

( - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are in widespread use, and are effective against pain and fever.

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:00:00 AM

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Supplements And Food

( - A fascinating—if somewhat biased—history of the natural products/supplement industry appears on the blog of health journalist and bestselling author James J. Gormley. Here are a few highlights:

Jun 3, 2017 - 11:03:27 AM

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Another Look At Ibogaine

( - This column first covered ibogaine last September. In the type of serendipitous turn that one might expect from the drug subculture, this naturally-occurring hallucinogenic drug was discovered—in the 1960s—to have powerful anti-addictive properties.

May 28, 2017 - 8:48:21 AM

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Another Look At Physician Suicide

( - We first covered this topic back in 2014. The linked article went through the basics...

May 21, 2017 - 9:06:39 AM

Contributing Columnist
Have Mercy...On Those Infected With MRSA

( - MRSA (usually pronounced “mersa”) is an acronym for the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

May 14, 2017 - 4:58:24 PM

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( - It’s not every day that a newspaper like theWashington Post puts a sports story on the front page. What makes this one rarer still is that it has nothing to do with a pending championship or even a big game.

May 7, 2017 - 8:10:45 AM

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Unneeded Or Outdated Meds? Get Rid Of Them!

(  - This article was inspired by National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which occurs this year on April 29th.

Apr 30, 2017 - 7:45:51 AM

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

( - You’ve probably heard the statistic that healthcare is one-sixth of the US economy. Actually, at 17.8 percent of our gross domestic product, it’s a bit more than one-sixth.

Apr 22, 2017 - 9:09:12 AM

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