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A Brief Primer On Blood Thinners

Blood thinners play a very important role in treating conditions in which blood clots cause strokes, heart attacks and breathing problems. They work in different ways. Some will prevent the body from making blood clots. Others will help break the clots down when they are formed. Still others will prevent [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Profits and Chemotherapy

Should cancer doctors be paid more when more expensive cancer drugs are given? Absolutely not! Yet the government has been doling out money this way for years. Medicare Part B pays for drugs. When cancer doctors or oncologists administer chemotherapy in their office, they are currently paid about 6% of [...]

By | March 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Vagal Nerve Stimulation For Weight Loss

There are many treatments out there for weight loss, which involve either taking medications or surgery such as gastric bypass. Ideally,diet and exercise should be tried first before starting any medications or undergoing surgery. Recently a novel device for weight loss has been approved. This is an electric stimulator which [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Sialolithiasis: Funny Name Common Condition

Sialolithiasis is one of those conditions which have a funny, hard to spell and pronounce name but which is simple to explain. Sialolithiasis means stone in the salivary duct. The salivary glands are located near the tongue and secrete saliva through the ducts. if a stone forms in one of [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Hypothermia After Successful CPR

Hypothermia or low body temperature is used in patients, whose heart has stoppped and then was restarted. If the patient still remains unconscious, this usually means that the brain did not get enough oxygen during the time the heart was stopped. If nothing is done to help out the brain [...]

By | March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

How to Control Pain in Children

When adults undergo painful procedures, we doctors place an iv and can give medications through the iv to relieve the pain. What about kids? Sure you can put an iv and give them medications as with adults, but even putting the iv in is painful and anxiety producing. For newborns [...]

By | February 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Burned out ER doctors?

Emergency medicine can be a very trying career. I should know. I've been at it for almost 30 years! I still enjoy the ER-making a difference in patients' lives, thinking on my feet, solving complex problems (or at least trying to) and of course meeting some great people, both patients [...]

By | February 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

A Primer On Thrush

There are some nasty bugs out there and our mouth is often the first place these bad boys land. Thrush is an example of one such infections. Thrush is caused by yeast, which are slow growing microorganisms that exist just about everywhere. Most of the time our immune system wards [...]

By | February 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Become An Organ Donor

Nobody plans on a sudden death. I mean you don't walk out of your house and think, "Jee I could be hit by a drunk driver, have a heart attack or be struck by a meteorite. Yet, as my father was so found of saying: Man plans and God laughs. [...]

By | February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Serious Beesting Reactions

Bee stings are usually painful but no big deal otherwise. Sure, your face might look like a ripe tomato or your arm like a large watermelon, but what's the beef? If the same allergic reaction, which causes the area near the bee sting to swell occurs in your airway, then [...]

By | February 1st, 2016|0 Comments