center>Honing behavioral skills, such as teamwork and leadership, can help surgeons avert disasters. (Photo source: Adobe Stock Photos) I turned the corner and there it was. The Death Star, as locals call it, because it’s star-shaped, imposing, and has a helipad on the roof. Also known as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow—a state-of-the-art, 14-floor
Anorexia nervosa is considered the deadliest of all mental illnesses. (Photo source: iStock) readSevere eating disorders are the only mental illnesses regularly accompanied by dangerous, life-threatening medical complications. Significant medical instability results from a number of abnormalities, including: progressive malnutrition, purging behaviors, and blood chemistry abnormalities. In fact, the disorder can compromise virtually all of
Photo source: iStock Shortness of breath. I felt it for the first time while running on June 21st, 2011. I had just been rejected from my first choice medical school a few days prior—post-interview, the worst. I took it as a personal affront. They didn’t like me, my personality. I wondered how I had come
Photo source: iStock More than ever, seniors need to be vigilant about their vision. Not only is it an essential sense, but poor vision presents another risk: preventable falls. Unfortunately, we live in the age of COVID which makes it harder for older adults to maintain their health, including their eye health. This article reviews
A vasectomy can benefit both men and women who no longer want to have children.(Photo by Vera Arsic via Pexels.com) Vasectomy is a form of birth control for men that is becoming more popular over time. It is the most common non-diagnostic operation that urologists in the U.S perform. Approximately half a million men undergo
(Photo source: iStock) Persistent shortness of breath in COVID-19 long haulers may be due to a treatable nerve injury. This is a reminder that shortness of breath is not always pulmonary. Sandy’s story Sandy is a 42-year-old previously healthy woman who presented with a four-month history of an inability to have conversations or do Zoom
Photo source America’s opioid addiction problem began, in my opinion, over 30 years ago in what many consider an unlikely place: America’s medical schools. Prolonged anxiety, grief, isolation, and financial worries stemming from COVID-19 have only exacerbated an already growing problem. There’s been a dramatic surge in opioid-related deaths during the past six months. In
Like many other people in the U.S., physicians took a financial hit in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo source: iStock) Have you been wondering how much money US doctors made in 2020? It was, after all, a year marked by one of the worst health crises in modern history – the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Photo source: iStock) Here’s the story of how I learned the profound honor and responsibility of giving bad news to loved ones **** The fire doors to the stairwells are fairly thick in the hospital. Still, when I opened the door to the stairs on the 3rd level, I could hear a distinct sound coming
(Photo source: iStock Women in medicine are at risk of physician burnout due to COVID-19 due to many different factors, including: The fear of catching the potentially lethal disease Worry about having their health compromised now and into the future Wondering if they will spread COVID to their loved ones Worrying about how to manage
There are many different food that have been associated with allergic reactions, including peanuts and eggs.(Photo Source: iStock) You might think that people are kidding around when they tell you they have food allergies. And, it is true that some types of food allergies are only associated with minor symptoms. But others, such as seafood
Photo source: iStock A new survey by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety (PPAHS) found that 44% of patients have delayed or avoided doctor’s visits because of fear of COVID-19. This percentage was even higher among those diagnosed with certain chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease or respiratory illness. Both are risk factors for
(photo source: iStock) Telehealth has exploded because of the pandemic. It was driven, in part, by the lockdown and people’s fear of going to a medical facility. And, it was fueled by a loosening of Federal regulations and an increase in reimbursement. I wanted a comprehensive telehealth update, so who better to talk to than
(Photo ource: Stock photos) If you are considering a physician practice merger, this guide will provide you with essential information about the key elements and strategic considerations of a well-done due diligence process. While mergers and acquisitions can be an exciting part of physician practice transformation, however, it’s important not to get too far ahead
Chronic wounds aren’t typically something most people think about. If there is a break in the skin or deep tissue, nature takes over and our bodies begin the healing process. However, for some adults, especially those who are older or managing health conditions, wound healing – particularly if the wound is chronic – is not
Unpaid caregiving places an enormous burden on the families which is borne overwhelmingly by women, daughters, and wives. (Photo source: iStock) Two years ago, I was invited to write a commentary on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) for The Doctor Weighs In on behalf of the Women’s Brain Project (WBP). Since then an increasing body of research,
Every year, millions of expectant parents celebrate the imminent arrival of their new family members with baby showers and parties. In fact, nearly 4 million babies were born in the United States in 2018, the most recent year for which the CDC has published data. Unfortunately, in some pregnancies, the joy that expectant parents feel
Research is slowly but surely fitting together the pieces of the puzzle that is Alzheimer’s Disease. (Photo source: iStock) Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in particular, is widely recognized as the next global health crisis. There are more than five million Americans of all ages living with Alzheimer’s – and, unfortunately, that number is growing. The
Decades ago, choices for a career in medicine were limited to small private practice or large academic, primarily research, settings. So, physicians in training could focus on acquiring vast amounts of clinical knowledge as well as technical skills. If they wanted to go into research, there was always the option of choosing an MD-PhD path.
Teledentistry offers many benefits to doctors and patients, including convenience. (Photo Source: iStock Photos) During the past few years, many dentists considered teledentistry as just a new arm of the business with some potential. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic and widespread stay-at-home orders, most have realized that it is the present and future of dental practices.
(Photo source: iStock) I took a pass on keeping the regular follow-up visit with my retinal specialist in April. I said to myself (and anyone else who would listen), there’s no sense keeping the appointment for my rare eye disease because I was not going to accept the recommended treatment. You see, my left eye