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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: For Seniors, a Prevention Puzzle Tougher Than Any Sunday Crossword but Clues, Hope Abound

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

When it comes to preventing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, medical science is working on it big time. But so far, all we've got are generalities about averting or minimizing the condition.

Violent Events Have Long-Term Effects on Children

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.24.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

We can't shelter our children from everything forever. But we've got to do all we can to shut down senseless mayhem, violence and killing and to ensure those who come after us aren't numbed to and harmed by it.

Falls Are No Laughing Matter, Costing Lives, Especially Among the Old, and Billions of Dollars for US Health Care

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In real life, a fall is not the least bit funny. And when an elderly person takes a tumble -- even a short one from a curb or a standing position -- the chain of events that follows can be catastrophic, the cost to our health care delivery system is huge.

Can a Spoonful of Sugar Really Help the Medicine Go Down?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In medicine, especially when it comes to therapies and evaluating what works and what doesn't, it's crucial even in the 21st century to be wary of what once was dubbed the placebo effect, or as it more properly should be labeled, the placebo response.

Should You Get An Annual Physical?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

For those of you who get annual physicals, check out with your physician whether this is a necessary checkup. You may be pleasantly surprised that you can forego this routine ritual and see that your kids do it, instead.

Is 7 the New 10? Why Do Some Girls Start Puberty So Early?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Puberty typically isn't a favorite memory for any of us. During that angst-ridden ride between childhood and adulthood, nearly everyone's best goal is simply to fit in. That's even tougher when you're only in second grade.

Donkeys, Elephants, Politics and Politicians: Is Logic and Self-Interest Lost Among the Foes of Health Care Law?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It seems that the people and places that most need better health care access and healthier outcomes are the very ones fighting tooth and nail to stop reform.

Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform: Yes, Deal Better With the Issues but Don't Get Sidelined From More Costly, Needed Health Care Reforms

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Medical malpractice costs are a flash point for physicians and malpractice trial lawyers, each side claiming their solutions must be heeded to avoid potential disaster for patients and our health care delivery system.

Along With Gold and Glory, Injuries a Growing Pain for Female Athletes

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Energy isn't an issue for women in athletics. But we also know that female athletes are at a much greater risk for certain musculoskeletal injuries than their male counterparts.

Can We Engage in Reasoned Discourse on Crucial Health Care Concerns Rather Than Invoking References to a "Nanny State?"

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It's crucial for our individual health and the health of our society to step away from easy labels and to dig into accurate, factual, scientific data derived from careful, logical research and to see what it means for public policy.

Dangers and Stigma of Smoking Have Helped Snuff Lung Cancer's Lethal Toll -- But Still Not Enough

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.15.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Smokers should beware: Even if you stop, it doesn't wipe the slate clean. Damage caused by smoking can linger for decades. And if you're a nonsmoker, you're not necessarily free from harm either.

A Time-Out to Ponder If Duffers Should be Awed by Therapies Considered Game-Changers by Elite Athletes

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

When the finely honed bodies of elite athletes break down, these players' compulsion to get back in the game sometimes can lead them to embrace medical procedures that eventually may benefit the duffers among us and more.

For Independence Day and the Summer Holiday, Take Along Some Great Reading on Health, Medicine and Science

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

As you declare your independence this week and we splash the skies with patriotic fireworks and stirring music, don't forget to stash some great summer reads in your tote for that annual retreat to the mountains or shore.

A Call for Baby Boomers to Undergo Testing for Hepatitis C, a Once Lethal Disease With New, Potent Treatments

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken the unprecedented step of declaring a whole generation at higher than average risk of hepatitis C infection.

Barbra Streisand Takes Aim at Eliminating 'Yentl Syndrome' in Leading Killer of Women: Heart Disease

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

When it comes to a major killer of women, there's heartening news out of Southern California concerning an increased philanthropic leadership by Barbra Streisand in support of research and therapies for women's heart disease.

Marcus Welby, MD: Are We Witnessing His Extinction or His Evolution as Part of a New, Different Health Care Model?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

With so many changes occurring in our society because of technology, the economy, and population growth, the practice of medicine in the future will change.

Baby Boomers: Bone Up on Treatments for Arthritic Hips and Knees

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It seems like only yesterday you were bounding across the tennis court with the finesse of a Williams sister. Now your hips and knees ache just getting out of bed in the morning. Well, you're not alone.

Home Values May Depend on "Location, Location, Location" and So Does Your Health

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Within the borders of the United States, precisely where you live has a lot to do with your health, your health care and what it costs.

Drilling Down on Body Piercing Health Issues

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While I offer no moral nor aesthetic judgment to would-be piercers, they should just be aware that today's trendy practices change in a blink. And while most piercings will close over time, there are medical risks.

Manopause: There's Gold for Some in Those Unneeded Hormone Pills, Shots

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The anti-aging industry has gone wild diagnosing men with nonspecific and virtually ubiquitous symptoms with dubious hormonal deficiencies, which they then proceed to treat at great expense.

For Baby's Sake, Women Considering Home Birth Must Plan and Heed Health, Safety Issues

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If you're a trend-watcher, there's an intriguing statistical uptick that's worth a second glance and it involves women, their health and where they're giving birth.

Are You Sitting Down? That Inactivity May Impair Your Health

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

A growing body of scientific study, "inactivity research," shows that prolonged sitting can lead to serious health problems, regardless of whether you exercise and are at fighting weight.

Hospital Acquired Infections: A Costly, Lethal Scourge That We Must Labor to Wash Our Hands Of

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If you're admitted to a hospital, the last thing you should need to worry about is developing an infection linked to your care. Sadly, it occurs too often.

Be Smart on Statins: Heart Health Can't Rely on Just Cholesterol-Cutting Drugs

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Before we start indiscriminately dumping statins into the water supply as an easy way to reduce cardiovascular disease, we must individually -- patient by patient -- examine the tradeoffs.

To Improve U.S. Health Care, Heed MD-Specialists' Suggestions to Reduce Excess Tests

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The goal of quality patient care is and always should be the same: Health care professionals should do the right thing for the right patient in the right setting with the right resources.