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The ABCDEs of Melanoma: Don't Let Sun Worship Turn Fatal

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Southern Californians carry on a love-hate relationship with sunshine: we love that bountiful sunny days mean plenty of time at the beach and outdoors, but we're wary of the damage it can do to our skin.

A Plate From the USDA With a Tastier Way to See More Nutritious Eating

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week officially and finally scrapped its food pyramid -- an explanation for nutrition that could be as elusive to decipher as the riddle of the Sphinx.

The Health Benefits of Furry Four-Legged Friends

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Pets bring a special companionship and joy to the lives of their owners. But our furry, four-legged friends can offer even more boons, keeping us active and involved in the world and boosting our health.

Paging Dr. iPhone? A Smart Prescription for Health Apps

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Not only can they now send text messages, take snappy pictures and videos and function as powerful computers on the go, smartphones can in their own way help us to be healthier.

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Are humor and laughter beneficial to health and well-being? A number of studies have investigated the effects of humor and laughter on both physical and psychological health.

Surviving Cancer: What Kind of Post-Treatment Action Is the Answer?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

New findings say that one in every 20 Americans is now a cancer survivor. Because of this, modern medicine must deliver new types of care to provide for the increased number of cancer survivors.

Chew on This: The Real Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Whether tucked in a burly athlete's cheek or daintily positioned in a gentleman's lip, smokeless tobacco has long been a public bane.

Nitpicking the Lousy Facts on Head Lice

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Here's a head-scratcher: how can something so tiny create such massive misery? Minuscule though they are, head lice still can wreak months of havoc on a household.

Lesson From Japan: For Your Family's Health and Well-Being, Prepare for Disaster

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

When preparing for disaster, it's crucial to assume you will need to rely on your own supplies for at least three days.

Thyroid Cancer: The Facts

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Thyroid cancer? While few people devoted much thought to it before, this disease has been thrust into public consciousness by the tragic news about Japan's recent nuclear catastrophe.

A U.S. Health Meltdown Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Far too many people are worrying themselves sick over the remote possibility that they and their families might be exposed to massive amounts of radiation from Japan.

Understanding Stuttering

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In The King's Speech, Colin Firth portrays the stuttering, struggling King George VI. An estimated 3 million adults and children in the United States stutter.

Andrew Wakefield's Vaccination and Autism Study: Allegations of Fraud With Financial Motivations

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

I don't know how many different ways the medical community can say this: Childhood vaccinations do not cause autism. As any competent researcher will tell you, the facts speak for themselves.

Munchausen's Syndrome: Stranger (and More Dangerous) Than Fiction

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Munchausen's syndrome is one of group of conditions known as "factitious disorders." In this variety, the person intentionally feigns a disease or self-induces an injury.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Because there's no single cause for alopecia, many myths have emerged to explain it, along with a raft of specious cures.

Personalized Medicine Is Becoming a Reality

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Personalized medicine has been making steady advances with researchers and physicians, and perhaps a bigger indicator, is now influencing the business model of major drug companies.

The Link Between Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Bacteria

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Though Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is among the most common medical problems in the country, it's not a disease you're likely to find celebrities speaking out for.

Eradication of Familial Cancer: The Wave of the Future?

Jacqueline Kravette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Kravette

For however long I can remember, there was always that ominous threat of the "C" word. I don't believe there was ever a family get-together without the mention of cancer. My family carries the mutated BRCA1 gene.

Artificial Sweeteners: Are They Better or Worse Than the Real Thing?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Controversy about artificial sweeteners has been going on for decades, with claims against them covering a wide spectrum of health problems from headaches to cancer.

Cancer Vaccines: Not One Size Fits All

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Often, when people talk about a "cure" for cancer, they seem to be picturing something like the vaccine for smallpox or polio: a single shot that will eradicate the deadly killer once and for all.

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A No-Brainer

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In May, the long-awaited results of international, decade-long study showed no increased risk for the two most common forms of brain cancer -- glioma and meningioma -- among cellphone users.

Crepe Republic: Heavenly French Crepes in Midtown LA

Jay Weston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

My favorite savory crepe was the Skinny Jeans (or Veggie Delight), filled with artichoke, broccoli, asparagus, avocado, mushrooms, onion, basil, zucchini, fresh leaf spinach, and jack cheese, all in a subtle pesto sauce.

Surviving Breast Cancer, Heartbreak, And Depression

Alice Crisci | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alice Crisci

As I struggle to reinvent my life in the wake of breast cancer, financial ruin and clinical depression, I realize that what I need most is predictability, routine, familiarity.

Let Them Eat Cake

Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Norman Horowitz

The 71 year old woman I love has Ocular Melanoma with metastasis. This was diagnosed seven months ago as terminal cancer. What would have become of her if she had no insurance?

The Adventures of a Preterm Daddy: Part II

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember an old marine saying about rats leaving a sinking ship, so as the last weekend of April approached, we had the setting for a perfect storm.