DR. ROACH WRITES: As I write this, another gun tragedy has taken place in the United States. By the time it gets published, about 1,500 more people are likely to have been killed by guns, many accidentally. Physicians have a responsibility to protect the health of their patients and the public, and I can't be silent on this any longer.
Gun ...Read more
So many norms of politics and civic discourse have been shattered in 2017. Not every smashed convention this year has been the handiwork of President Donald Trump.
In a book of essays published in October, two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists challenged strictures laid down by their professions' leaders and publicly analyzed Trump's mental...Read more
Here's something to get our attention as we head into a New Year: Half of our U.S. population is now estimated to have diabetes or are headed that way with a condition called pre-diabetes.
Along with this scary news is the good news that -- because of how we take care of this disease -- diabetes-related complications have declined over the past...Read more
A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study found that children who ate fish regularly scored nearly five points higher on a standard IQ test that measures cognitive function in children. The kids who favored fish over traditionally kid-friendly items like, say, chicken fingers and fries, also slept better and had fewer sleep ...Read more
Most of us know someone affected by dementia, and if we don't, we worry we will be affected ourselves. Food and the brain is likely to be one of the hot topics for 2018.
Can what you eat make a difference in helping you remember things? If you're feeling forgetful, it could be due to a lack of sleep or several other reasons, including genetics,...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I live in extreme northeast Texas, so allergies are a given. Every morning, 24/7/365, my nose runs. Sometimes hot liquid runs out of my nose before I can even grab a tissue. I have taken Allegra, Claritin, Xyzal, etc. Nothing seems to help. Benadryl DOES help, but my eyes hurt when I take it. Neo-Synephrine and Afrin are for a...Read more
What do football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax and NBA championship player and coach Pat Riley have in common? They all played multiple sports. Jim Brown played lacrosse, basketball and ran track at Syracuse University; Sandy Koufax played basketball and baseball at the University of Cincinnati; ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I feel the need to comment on your recent column on chiropractic therapy for back pain. Having 27 years of back pain, I want to give S.B. some additional thoughts. Seventeen years ago, before my neurosurgeon implanted a titanium device in my lower spine, he asked about other corrective efforts that I'd made before deciding on ...Read more
Medical Billing Horror StoriesSharon Hollander
Anecdotes and real case studies ripped from the headlines about what doctors did which got them into trouble. The case studies are true stories of medical professionals that got into trouble with the FBI, Medicare or the Office of Inspector General. A must read for healthcare professionals ...
One of Denmark's most famous sons was storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. He authored "The Little Mermaid," "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." His tales always delight children and adults alike, probably because they make everyone feel smart and empowered.
Not far from Mr. Andersen's old haunts, researchers at the University ...Read more
The third time Alejandro Quesada nearly died he had yet to reach his first birthday.
As South Miami hospital announced an emergency code blue, the newborn went into cardiac arrest -- his heart, zero palpitations; his family, frantically praying.
"Everything was a blur, in slow motion. Dozens of people were rushing all around me. Right before ...Read more
The penalty for not having health insurance -- the most controversial and unpopular part of the Affordable Care Act -- is dead.
But it may no longer matter.
"From a practical matter, it won't have much of an impact," said Marty Anderson, chief marketing officer for Security Health Plan, an affiliate of Marshfield Clinic.
The penalty was ...Read more
For a long time, it's been debated whether taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy provide particular health benefits. Advocates, backed by some studies, say vitamin D reduces the risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Others, backed by some studies, say there's no convincing proof. A new analysis of 43 randomized, controlled ...Read more
He's eaten smoking-hot wings with actor Bob Saget, who began hiccupping uncontrollably; astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sneezed while talking about black holes with him; and comedian Ricky Gervais yelled into his napkin. His name is Sean Evans, and his YouTube series "Hot Ones" has more than 2 million subscribers. Seems watching people eat ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 58-year-old male who takes losartan for high blood pressure and Prilosec for GERD. A couple of times a day, I get a tingling on the left side of my neck from roughly my left ear to my chin. Sometimes it occurs when I'm chewing, but sometimes not. It never lasts more than a few minutes. It can be rather intense, but doesn't...Read more
Zach Pickard has had a rough, sometimes physically painful, year.
But because he is Zach, a tiny person with an outsize personality, a quick wit and the unflagging devotion of a new dog who is bigger than he is, you wouldn't know it.
Some people enjoy bits and pieces of this world. Zach loves everything, all the time: magnets, making "slime," ...Read more
As 2017 bangs to a close, many of us open up to the possibility of a zippier, zestier 2018. We resolve to make changes, positive changes that move us in the direction of enhanced well-being, less stress and a new determination to find the "Off" button on our mobile phones.
"I want to start exercising every day!"
"I'm going to lose 20 pounds by...Read more
In the 1959 Peter Sellers movie "The Mouse that Roared," the British funny man plays three roles in a story about how an inconsequential European Duchy attacks and defeats America. Sellers' roles as Grand Duchess Gloriana, Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy and game warden Tully Bascombe all contribute to the same result -- a riotous sendup of...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, an oncoming driver lost control of his car and hit me almost head-on, destroying my large SUV. Both vehicles were traveling about 40 mph, and we had less than 1 second to react. Although I was belted and all of the air bags worked, my body rotated counterclockwise. All of the emergency-room attention and follow-...Read more
Coffee, legend has it, was first discovered in 9th-century Ethiopia when a goatherd noticed his flock was behaving oddly after eating some reddish tree berries. When he took the berries to the local monastery, religious leaders deemed the beans unworthy and threw them on a fire. But, wouldn't you know it, the roasting beans smelled so good that ...Read more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 47-year-old woman, and I've dealt with inherited major depressive disorder since my teens. Drug treatment has always given me moderate relief. Two years ago, I described to my new doctor my lifelong tendency to have shifting moods (best in the mornings, worst in the evenings) and my difficulty staying focused. He added a ...Read more
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