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On Floss Picks and Empathy

June 26, 2013

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Humanism and empathy are all the rage in today’s medical literature and are increasingly emphasized in the education process.  We select applicants who display these virtues or in whom we think we can cultivate them.  They’re even recognized by national societies like the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, of which I am I a member.  All […]

Talking About Obesity

December 27, 2012

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During my family medicine rotation, I noticed the physicians I worked with focused more time on weight management than in any other outpatient clinic I had worked in.  Recently, while on a less demanding elective, I decided to conduct my own observational study.  How often, and with what prompting, do physicians address their patients’ weight? […]

Time Out – Does Milk Ruin Tea Time?

September 22, 2012

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For centuries, certain cultures have customarily added milk to fresh-brewed tea – but in recent years, scientists in laboratories around the world have been “hotly” debating whether this seemingly-benign practice may actually inhibit some of the already well-established health benefits of tea drinking. The topic arose recently in the oncology clinic (of all places), when […]

Time to Ditch the BMI?

June 22, 2012

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I’ve been interested in health and nutrition since I started playing high school sports.  During my 3 year stint as a personal trainer, I developed a distinct opinion of the Body Mass Index (or BMI – the most widely used anthropomorphic measurement in medicine):  it’s not a very good tool. My issue with BMI began […]

Hold That Thought: Walking Through Doorways Makes Us Forget

January 15, 2012

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Are you sitting down as you’re reading this?  If not, you may want to – chances are, if you’re browsing this on your iPhone while walking to the fridge, you’ll forget what you were reading about by the time you get back (and you may even forget what brought you to the kitchen in the […]

Helmet Laws & Organ Donations: Should Those Who Ride Decide?

August 2, 2011

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This is a guest post by Patricia Walling.  Patricia is a web content designer for several healthcare-related sites.  She self-identifies as a perpetual student of medicine, and can be found most of the time researching anything related to the field. Motorcycles and organ donors Motorcycle helmet laws historically have been similar to a toggle-switch. In […]

Harvard Researchers Challenge Conventional Weight Loss Wisdom

July 19, 2011

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As we are reminded that obesity is still a problem in America, and the USDA tries again to revise its image, it becomes more important by the day to help people learn how to stop the process of packing on those extra pounds each year.  A long-term study recently published in the New England Journal […]