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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
  • 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
  • A New Capacity for Repair and Regeneration

    As part of the body's capacity to heal itself, platelets and other components in human blood migrate to a site of injury. Platelets are known to release a variety of factors that respond to tissue injury, where they initiate and promote healing. By concentrating platelets at the site of injury, the body's own natural capacity for healing can ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on October 8, 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
  • Immediate and Real Results with Radiesse

    We all know aging is a part of life and in many regards, aging is quite fabulous. I mean, does anyone really want to go back to their high school days? Pimples, bus stops, getting teased for the outfits we were wearing. I know I personally would be happy if I never had to look at (or hear about) a yearbook again. While emotionally and ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on August 14, 2013
  • Skincare on a Budget

    Quality skincare does not have to come at a steep price. If you splurge in some important areas (that benefit you the most) you may need to skimp a little in other departments and that is okay. Let's call this skincare on a budget, if you will.  SKIMP: Face Wash: Don't get me wrong. I love high end, fancy foaming, ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on July 2, 2013
  • Heart-Wrenching Heart Patient

    I had my first jaw dropping patient last week. You know, working in cardiology, you see a lot of the same thing. Acute coronary syndrome, atrial fib, heart failure...Turn 'em and burn 'em, that's my motto. Thursday, I had my first patient that I was completely side-bombed over. That day, an 86-year-old female presented to the ED for ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on April 25, 2013
  • Healthy Tan? No Such Thing

    Working in medicine, specifically dermatology, we know there is no such thing as a ''healthy tan.'' When it comes to educating younger generations, I wish the effects of sun were immediate. I wish when a young girl stepped out of the tanning bed she saw dark spots, wrinkles and skin cancers forming on the body. Only then might ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on April 9, 2013
  • Addressing Patient Psychosocial Issues

    My first encounter with homelessness was while living in Ecuador. Homelessness there is pervasive and hard to miss. It is present on most street corners and does not discriminate, affecting both old and young; it is quite merciless and ruthless. I remember seeing kids as young as 3 years old with plastic cups begging on the streets. They had a ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on April 8, 2013
  • The Use of Dermatoscopes

    I had a student ask me recently if I had a dermatoscope and if I could show her how to use it. The answer was simple enough. No, I don't need one. This of course led to the logical question...Why? This blog post was inspired by this exchange. The simplest answer to this question is that if I see something that looks abnormal, I biopsy it. ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on March 28, 2013
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