Coconut Oil Is Not That Great For You

Coconut oil sounds good, after all it is from coconuts which grow on these awesome tropical islands. And 72% of Americans, according to a recent poll, think the same. Unfortunately, coconut oil is not at all that healthy. It raises LDL cholesterol or the bad boy of cholesterol, which increases [...]

By | September 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Some Not So Serious Causes Of Chest Pain

if you have chest pain, generally you should go to the ER right away. However, there are some causes of chest pain which, believe it or not, are relatively benign. For example, pain from stomach ulcers or reflux of acid from the stomach into the esophagus can give you chest [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Exercise Is OK After A Concussion

Concussions are unfortunately fairly commonly seen, especially after sport related injuries. There is agreement that contact sports should be avoided and the length of time recommended varies widely. What about non contact sports such as biking,running and swimming? Well, a recent study showed that exercising does not by itself make [...]

By | August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

A Solar Eclipse Warning

This year on August 21 in many parts of our country there will be a major solar eclipse. The moon will briefly be directly in front of the sun and in those lucky areas with totality, the sky will actually briefly become dark. With darker skies and the sun hidden [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Is ICU Care Always The Best Option?

Do all elderly patients really need ICU care? What about those individuals who have endstage emphysema, advanced cancer or severe heart disease? For such patients palliative care might just be the right option. Palliative care will treat symptoms of the disease without going for a cure. This differs from both [...]

By | August 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Brain Aneurysms: What To Do About Small Ones

Brain aneurysms can be very dangerous. Essentially, they are areas of arteries within the brain which for some reason or another are dilated. With the dilation, the wall of artery is not as strong and more prone to rupture. The larger the artery of course, the more blood which will [...]

By | July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Do Females Make Better Doctors?

About 44% of medical students are female, which is much better percentage than 20 or thirty years ago. Female physicians earn less than their male counterparts, but fortunately that gap is closing. Are female doctors better at their jobs than males? A recent study suggests that, at least for internists, [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

First Rules Of Bystander Assistance In Car Accidents

Let's say you are driving, and like every safe driver, are keeping your hands and eyes off your smartphone. In front of you, on a busy road or freeway, you watch in horror as another car rear ends the vehicle in front of you, causing that vehicle to flip. What [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

A Pancreatitis Primer

Pancreatitis is a painful condition in which the pancreas becomes irritated. The pancreas is located deep in the abdominal cavity. Pain there is often severe and radiates to the back. Nausea and vomiting are not uncommon. There are many causes of pancreatitis. One of the most common is alcohol, which [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

New Treatment For ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS also known as Lou Gehrigs disease) is a horrible neurological disease. The ability to move, speak, and even breath is gradually destroyed as nerves are attacked. Up until now there was only one drug used to slow this disease down. A new medication was recently approved [...]

By | July 3rd, 2017|0 Comments