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  • Successful Weight Loss

    Over half of the US population is overweight. Most of us are considering again our old resolution for the New Year - losing weight. Fad diets that require severe calorie restriction have historically failed us long-term. Many of us lose weight with these diets temporarily, but then the weight comes on again, and is usually much more ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on January 8, 2014
  • Dust Mites

    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 mites.  Usually around this time of year I see an influx of patients presenting to the ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on October 21, 2013
  • Global Health Rotation: Malnutrition

    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 ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • The Quarterly Check-Up: Part 3

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • When Kids Get Cancer

    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 ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 16, 2013
  • Spring Breakers Beware

    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 ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on March 11, 2013
  • Become the Eight Percent

    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 in 2013? We students in the medical field are required to study behavior change ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on December 27, 2012
  • Surprising Uses for Botulinum Toxin A

    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 ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on November 13, 2012
  • Answering Patients' Questions

    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 ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on September 20, 2012
  • The Weight of the Nation

    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 ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on August 30, 2012
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