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Trick Or Treat? A Dentist Ranks Your Favorite Halloween Candy

Andrew Swiatowicz | Posted 10.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Andrew Swiatowicz

You'll find my favorite Halloween decoration at the front desk of my dental practice: a bowl of candy labeled "free cavities." (Yes, I know, dentists are hilarious!)

Having a Rat as a Pet Is Not Without Risk

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

A special thanks to Miranda Ebraheim for assisting in this article. Rat-bite fever is an illness caused from bacteria that is transmitted by rode...

Sudden Cardiac Death In Athletes

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

The heart is a muscular organ about the size of a closed fist that functions as the body's circulatory pump. The heart is divided into four chambers. ...

CODE BLACK: Wellness Through Patient Education

Shaan Patel | Posted 10.20.2016 | Education
Shaan Patel

By Brian Wu -- a fourth year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC The sheer amount of education - in biochemistry, pharmacology, a...

Piriformis Syndrome

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

The sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle in the buttock (Figure 1). Piriformis syndrome may be associated with lower lumbar radiculopa...

On World Anesthesia Day, It's Time to Wake Up to a Critical Medical Breakthrough

Adam Lewis | Posted 10.17.2016 | Impact
Adam Lewis

Looking back on a long and storied history of medical breakthroughs, we're inclined to remember the discoveries that take the form of lifesaving solutions: penicillin, the polio vaccine, radiotherapy, antiretroviral drugs.

Putting The NO In A Nobel Prize: Nitric Oxide And Heart Disease Prevention

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 10.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

The Nobel Prize in Medicine this past week was awarded to Yoshinori Oshumi for work on autophagy or "self-eating" of cells. Notable was that this fiel...

Why Reading 'The Patient's Playbook' Will Change And Save Your Life

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 10.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy Oestreicher

published on I just finished "The Patient's Playbook" by Leslie Michelson. Everyone needs to read this book.  Patients need to read The P...

Common Causes Of Hip Pain

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Pain can be generated from structures that are within the hip joint or from structures surrounding the hip (Figure 1). The hip joint is a weight-beari...

Knee Pain and Knee Arthritis

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

The cartilage of the knee is complex and it is made up of an elastic compressive structure. The normal articular cartilage is called hyaline cartilage...

Shoulder Dislocations

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

The shoulder joint is the most commonly dislocated joint in the body (Figure 1). The shoulder can be dislocated anteriorly (in front) or posteriorly (...

A Doctor's Advice On How You Can Take Fewer Medications

Steve Chapple | Posted 10.09.2016 | Fifty
Steve Chapple

Clayton, 43, launched Club RX, a doctor-directed fitness program that includes a gym, on-site nutrition, a manual -- "The Clayton MD Total Health Program" -- and even a tasty 90-day meal planner. He is the only doctor on site and will work with patients to get off certain medications.

Causes and Treatment of Low Back Pain

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

There are many important facts about low back pain to consider (Figure 1). Firstly, there is no definite etiology in 85% of the cases. 90% of patients...

Pioneering Women: Dr. Jessie L. Ternberg

Lorie Karnath | Posted 10.04.2016 | Science
Lorie Karnath

A true pioneer, Dr. Jessie Ternberg (1924-2016) was a woman of many firsts, and for these she justly accumulated numerous accolades and awards. She can be counted among the forerunners of the 20th century, whose contributions to the medical and scientific community succeeded in changing the way that medicine was approached, particularly in the realm of pediatrics.

Life Doesn't Give A Shit

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 09.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

Life doesn't give a shit. Time doesn't care about your well-constructed plan: it's going to pass anyway. Circumstances don't take notice of person...

The Value Of 'Social Comparisons' in Medicine: How Patients Can Be Affected When Doctors Are Compared to Each Other

Joshua Liao | Posted 09.29.2016 | Science
Joshua Liao

Among health care leaders and policymakers, there is growing support to improve the value of US health care by providing doctors with feedback about their performance relative to that of their peers (i.e., comparing doctors to each other).

Genome Sequencing for Healthy People: Is it Time?

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 09.29.2016 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

It may be true that we have entered the age of personal genomics, but we have only just scratched the surface.

Hitting Your Funny Bone Isn't Funny

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 09.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

When you hit your funny bone, you can feel an electric shock (tingling/numbness) in the hand and forearm. You're really not hitting the funny bone alo...

Hinduism, Brain Death, Organ Transplantation

Deepak Sarma | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Hinduism is a conglomeration of a variety of beliefs and practices with no one, or official, set of doctrines or religious authorities. I thus offer an account of brain death from a systematic, and somewhat unified, perspective shared by several schools of Hindu philosophy concerning the mechanisms and components of consciousness and cognition.

The Commandments of the American Religion

James Altucher | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
James Altucher

I failed as a father. My 17 year old is going to visit some colleges today. I would never force anyone to listen to my reasons. But I can say I think...

Medical Tourism - A Growing Retail Heath Strategy

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 09.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

The Cleveland Clinic just announced plans to develop a hospital near Buckingham Palace in London. Cruise ship spas are now staffed by medical doctors ...

Medicaid Industry Who's Who Series

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 09.21.2016 | Healthy Living
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SreyRam Kuy, MD

Medicaid Industry Who's Who Series Dr. SreyRam Kuy was recently interviewed by Brandi Emerson and Clay Farris at Mostly Medicaid. This interview was...

Together In The Conquest Of Cancer

Gregory Roloff | Posted 09.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Gregory Roloff

Thanks to years of dedicated work, we now have the ability to gaze into the depths of cancer like never before. However, these investigations have untangled the true diversity of cancer at the genetic level.

Using Machine Learning To Make Drug Discovery Better

Adi Gaskell | Posted 09.19.2016 | Technology
Adi Gaskell

New drugs typically take 12-14 years to make it to market, with a 2014 report finding that the average cost of getting a new drug to market had ballooned to a whopping $2.6 billion.

Foot Drop

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 09.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

What is foot drop? Foot drop is the inability to raise the front part of the foot due to weakness or paralysis of the tibialis anterior muscle that li...