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It is fall again. If
the temperatures haven't started to drop yet where you live, they likely will
soon. It is time to break out the sweaters, jackets, coats, sweatshirts and
warmer sheets, blankets and comforters. It is also prime time for dust
Usually around this
time of year I see an influx of patients presenting to the ...
I just returned from Uganda 5 days
ago -- a harrowing 43 hour journey with a more than a few moments of thinking
we might not ever get home, but I did. And I wanted to recount a day with a
problem we as NP/PA students don't face much in the U.S.: malnutrition.
Bugabero is in the Manafwa
District, a sort of rural suburb of the city we ...
We have carved deep into the second half of my first year as
a professional physician assistant. This is the perfect time for a Quarterly
Check-Up to examine some of the biggest lessons over the last three months
We learned that our
patient's beliefs can trump the strongest medicine and that our acceptance
of those beliefs makes us better ...
Students: You'll learn there are good preceptors,
bad preceptors and then there are physicians who inspire, often because of a
single incident. Last weekend I was inspired.
I am on inpatient pediatrics and late Saturday
afternoon we learned about a little baby whose white blood cell count was high
and the pediatrician had sent this baby ...
As the universities and secondary schools are
preparing for spring break, it is important that we are educated and educate
our young patients on the dangers of ultraviolet exposure. I am going to focus
this blog more specifically towards the use of tanning beds.
As a dermatology specialist and a parent, I find it
unconscionable that ...
Was it losing weight?
Spending more time with your family? Dragging your body to the gym? Reading
more books? When's the last year you set a new year's resolution? And how far did
you get before you broke it? And why are you so discouraged about trying again
We students in the
medical field are required to study behavior change ...
Botulinum Toxin A is a protein and neurotoxin produced by
the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulium toxin can cause botulism, a
serious, life-threatening illness in humans and animals. More patients are open
to considering treatment with the toxin due to increased knowledge of benefits
of its use. Botulinum toxin has been used for many ...
Lately it seems a rash (no pun intended) of patients have
asked me how it was that they contracted their Staph infections. Some had MRSA,
others MSSA. Some suffered from bacteremia, others osteomyelitis, and others
still were challenged by skin/soft tissue infections in the form of painful and
unsightly abscesses. Some had recently undergone ...
I don't know how many of my fellow NPs and PAs have seen and
or heard about HBO's four-part documentary on obesity in America, The Weight of the Nation, but I can't
recommend it enough: it is an awesome and totally relevant examination of
health in the States.
So many of the individuals profiled in this series were reminiscent of ...
A dear friend of mine recently informed me that her doctor confirmed she has melanoma. ''I have always been a ‘moley' person,'' she explained, and proceeded to tell me that her doctor had removed six to seven ''spots'' from various places on her body. The one on her right arm was where they discovered the melanoma. My heart sank; what do you ...