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The High Cost of Ignoring Medical Advice

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

As our healthcare system slowly begins to make the changes necessary to keep it afloat, you might get more nagging phone calls from your doctor's office, or even from your pharmacist.

Don't Let Food Safety Reform Go Down the Disposal

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While many worthy policies and programs need funding, it's hard to think of any more universally necessary than protecting our nation's food supply. The sequestration means, however, the FDA will be forced to reduce the number of inspections it conducts.

Caring for Aging Parents Is Labor of Love - With a Cost

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

There are nearly 10 million of you out there, adult children older than 50 who are caring for aging parents. We used to refer to a "sandwich" generation, those people who had children late in life, only to be confronted simultaneously with teenaged angst and parents who need more and more help.

Let's Junk Junk-Food Advertising to Kids

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The average toddler sees nearly three fast-food advertisements every day. And research shows that children younger than eight years old are not capable of understanding the intent of advertising and typically accept claims as fact. Television and print are only part of the problem.

Getting Past the Hype About Peanut Allergies

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Who could forget the tragic "peanut butter kiss of death" headlines about a Canadian teen who died of anaphylactic shock related to a peanut allergy. Well, the teenager did die -- but little else of that story proved true.

Advice for Those Caring for Aging Relatives

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It may be a personal calling, a debt to pay or an act of profound love, but caring for an elderly parent or loved one can be a difficult juggling act. Here is some practical advice on the medical front to the 50 million Americans who are the unpaid caretakers.

Budget Crunch Threatens Vital Part of Physician Training

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Will we be able to train a sufficient number of physicians, given budget woes and threats to Medicare funding, to make sure that everyone who needs a doctor can find one?

Coconuts and Nuts: Are They the 'Superfoods' Some Crack Them Up to Be?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Forget the fruit smoothie and energy bar; today's fashionably health conscious leave the gym with a bottle of coconut water in one hand and a fistful of raw walnuts in the other. But are they the superfoods that some have them cracked up to be?

Gut Check: Science Probes Frontier Within Us Made Up of Millions and Billions of Microbes

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The microbiome is a relatively new frontier for scientists, who have only begun to examine how microbes might affect the function of our bodies.

To Grasp What Conflicting Health Studies Mean to You, Master Key Science Terms

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In the imperfect communication that translates scientific findings into public pronouncements, a thin thread of an association can come off as a headline that touts a sure-fire way to prevent cancer. But associations and correlations are not definitive proof of causation.

Weeding Through Marijuana Facts and Fiction

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

We've grown wiser and more cautious in many ways about booze and cigarettes, for significant, scientific health reasons. We should see marijuana in enlightened fashion, too, neither demonizing nor glorifying it and discussing it with common sense in gear.

Dire Health Consequences May Follow if We Don't Blunt Proposed Slashes in NIH, Research Funding

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Will Congress bleed $2.5 billion from the NIH's funding? We cannot afford to lose more from a young generation of such researchers. If we do so, the consequences could be dire for our nation, its health and its medical-scientific progress

Guns and Their Violence: a Public Health Issue That Demands Action

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

We've got a ways to go still with smoking and vehicular safety. But let's put the public health cross-hairs now, please, on guns and their accompanying violence. Now is the time for Congress to do its part and pass the legislation that President Obama has asked for.

Cold Facts About Caring for Seasonal Infections and Their Associated Healthcare Costs

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

This time of colds, ear and sinus infections and influenza can provide a reason for each of us, as individuals, to look at our own health and healthcare and see how our small choices play a role in contributing to the burgeoning, unsustainable costs of U.S. medicine.

2012: Moments to Note in a Year in Health

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In 2012, health care saw dramatic changes on major fronts: advances in patient care, important scientific discoveries, and perhaps most dramatically, in policy. Let's take a selective glimpse at some of 2012's key health stories.

Sing Out for Joyous Holidays, Healthy New Year

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Let's make a New Year's resolution to release the songs in our hearts throughout the year for simple joy -- and to boost our well-being and health.

Go to Sleep!

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Learning to wind down at the end of a day without a laptop, cellphone or tablet assaulting our retinas is a modern-day challenge. But give it a try. If you can unplug your electronics at least an hour before bed, you might get a night of good sleep.

Practice Safe Rx

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While Americans never have enjoyed access to so many pharmaceutical products with such life-sustaining and lifesaving properties, these drugs also have proven to be expensive -- prohibitively so for many -- and subject to shortages.

What to Do If You Receive a Serious Medical Diagnosis

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If your doctor tells you that you've been diagnosed with a serious illness or condition, that news can be devastating. However, I've learned there are recommended steps patients can take to best navigate their suddenly challenging situation.

Pass the Gratitude: Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Thanksgiving is a holiday whose spirit I would welcome year round. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude doesn't just make you a nicer person with more peace of mind, it's good for your health.

High Blood Pressure: A Highly Controllable Risk Factor That We Fail to Control

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The frustration over this nation's inability to control blood pressure in so many people is that this is a problem with very good solutions, tested and proven over half a century. We can and must do better.

The Realistic Skinny on Moms, Pregnancy and Weight Gain

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

There's a harmful health issue that our nation needs to let go of: Idolizing stars who appear to shed every ounce of pregnancy weight gain immediately after giving birth, while ignoring most real women's struggles with pre- and postpartum pounds.

Let's Take a Stab at the Medical Myths Surrounding Vampires

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

A considerable body of scholarly work seeks to explain what might have created the folklore of the vampire or Nosferatu -- a name that comes from the Greek nosophoros, or plague-carrier.

Clinical Trials: With Informed Samaritans, a Key Way to Advance Science and Medicine, Benefit Others -- and Receive Leading-Edge Therapies

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Thousands of clinical trials take place every day in this country and around the world as part of modern science's best attempt to find answers to medicine's most pressing questions.

Despite Advances, Pain Is Still a Pain to Deal With

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Ever since medicine first figured out how to relieve the horrific pain of surgery with something more effective than a swig of whiskey, we have been on a quest to further prevent and treat all manner of human pain.