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Winging Of The Scapula

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 12.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

What causes medial winging of the scapula? Winging of the scapula is usually caused by deficit in the serratus anterior muscle due to an injury of the...

Boxer's Fracture

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 11.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

What is a boxer's fracture? A boxer's fracture usually occurs when striking a firm object, such as a person's skull or a wall with a clenched fist (Fi...

Meet The Doctor Behind The Most Extreme Face Transplant Ever

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.01.2016 | Science

Last August, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez performed the most extensive face transplant operation ever. In the 26-hour operation, which took place at New Yor...

Global Health Keeps Chaos Away

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 11.01.2016 | Home
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Global threats are rising. Rising inequity, rising discontent against political leaders, extremism, terrorism. As we grow more globalized, more inter-connected, so do we grow more vulnerable to each other's difficulties.

Why Everything Is Pretty Much Impossible With Crohn's Disease

Thomas Kuegler | Posted 11.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Thomas Kuegler

Okay, it's a bit of a stretch to say impossible, but keep reading because I'm going to make my case. How can I properly present Crohn's to people wh...

Achilles Tendon Rupture

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon within the body; although occasionally it is exposed to stresses which make is susceptible to...

The Unnecessary Persistence of Tuberculosis

Sandro Galea | Posted 10.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Sandro Galea

Co-authored by C. Robert Horsburgh Jr. The World Health Organization has just released its annual Global Tuberculosis Report. The report shows that e...

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Nabil Ebraheim, MD | Posted 10.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common source of pain in the shoulder. It is found in about 50% of patients who come to the doctor with a complaint...

Processed Red Meats And Cancer One Year Later: Cutting The Risk By Half

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

It is the one year anniversary of the announcement by the International Agency for Research on cancer(IARC), an agency of the World Health Organizatio...

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).