What I would not do for a good night's sleep. For many years, I felt perpetually fatigued, and as I reached my 60s, I never felt refreshed upon wakening. After progressively developing a middle-age spread, it dawned on me one day that perhaps I have sleep apnea.
I saw my doctor and arranged to have my oxygen level measured during sleep. Called ...Read more
In 2016, it will 50 years since I graduated from medical school. We plan a big celebration, and well over 70 percent of our class will be there. As I look back on my long career, I hope that my contributions to the science and teaching of medicine will have made a small difference. My research interests focused on iron metabolism initially and ...Read more
Many people ask me what my most important task is. Without question, it is helping people die with dignity, in comfort and surrounded by those they love. I was reminded of this as I paid my last visit to a patient who had touched me greatly. As I watched her navigate her final months and days with peace and fortitude, this brave and dignified ...Read more
When it comes to managing medications, it is paramount that you understand every drug you use, whether prescribed, over the counter, or "natural." Negative drug interactions are the most common causes of hospital admission. A good example is taking an antidepressant together with alcohol, which neutralizes the benefits of the medication.
Research on how any disease should be prevented or treated is confusing, and what seems to be the gospel for a long period of time may suddenly change. This particularly applies to preventing and managing risks of heart attack and stroke.
Most remarkable is information related to coffee. In a report published in the journal Heart, researchers ...Read more
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, rates of suicide are increasing significantly. In 2012, the suicide rate was 12.6 per 100,000 Americans, a level not seen since 1987. In 2013, a total of 41,149 individuals committed suicide, or one person every 12.8 minutes. The greatest increase occurred in those between the ages of ...Read more
The highly influential New England Journal of Medicine published a series of perspectives on racial bias in health care. Dr. Mary Bassett, New York City's health commissioner, suggested that the medical community should not only do more to improve the health of black patients but also play an active role in combating racism.
There is no ...Read more
Telling an older person he should no longer drive is difficult. This can be a devastating blow to the patient, who may resist the suggestion vigorously. No longer being able to drive takes away one's independence and increases isolation, depression, risk of illness and a likelihood of placement in a nursing home. It is for those reasons that ...Read more
Contrive: To Create or Bring About: Book 1 of the Altered SeriesJay Hope
A team of SEALS fight their way through genetic engineering while a crazy scientist tries to steal their secret by any means possible. Wil, the team's LPO, has been melded with animal DNA that will fight him for dominance. Can they learn to work more compatibly to win over the woman they ...
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the developed world. Although occurring at a later age, heart disease is just as common in women as in men. Despite this fact, fewer than 1 in 5 women believe that heart disease is a significant health threat even though 1 in 3 deaths in women each year is from heart disease, which is more than from...Read more
I truly miss my mother, who died 18 months ago, at age 90. She was the quintessential Jewish mother and an expert at guilt. When I phoned her in South Africa, I didn't just say hello; I also said I'm sorry. I had almost always done something wrong. Perhaps I did not call my sister on her birthday or failed to keep a promise. She often said, "...Read more