You’ve probably filed the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” right next to “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” However, you may want to take humor more seriously.
Research published in New England Journal of Medicine is questioning the benefits of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (cartilage surgery on the knee via an arthroscope). Wow, will this be a potential practice changer in the sports medicine world.
Parents aren’t always on top, of what their children experience on line—and that could lead them surfing into dangerous waters.
Researchers said it is okay for pregnant women to eat peanuts and other tree nuts. On NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Katy Tur said that “despite old recommendations,” the “new study,” published in “the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that eating peanuts and other tree nuts will not raise the baby’s allergy risk.”
A patient asked me to solve a debate with a friend, who claimed there are two types of fat in our bodies. I told her I’d be happy to weigh in.
Ever come home from a hard day at work and complain, “My job is killing me!”? You may be closer to the truth than you think.
The New York Times reports that “new guidelines suggest that people over 60 can have a higher blood pressure than previously recommended before starting treatment to lower it.”
Many of us are forging ahead with our list of New Year’s resolutions. So where will you be a year from now—celebrating a victory or struggling with regret?
New research shows that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is diagnosed in more than ten percent of children. Now, you’ve heard the stories of hyperactive boys getting into trouble, but the most recent statistics suggest ADHD is an equal opportunity problem. Nearly as many girls suffer from the condition, but many aren’t diagnosed.
What’s really in turmeric supplements and spices? You may not want to know.
A patient came to me with a particularly bad attitude. So, like most doctors, I gave him a prescription. But it’s not what he expected.
My friend, Nancy Lundy, a health professional with a large cardiology group here in Colorado Springs, posted this on FaceBook a few days ago: People in Colorado please hear me tonight. If you have not had a flu shot go and get one right now. We have had several young healthy people die this week. […]
The Wall Street Journal reports that research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that having dogs as pets may help protect children against asthma and allergies. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded the research.
News of FDA questioning the safety of antibacterial soaps highlights what I’ve told you in the past: antibacterial soaps are likely no better than regular soaps and may even be associated with adverse health effects. Now, Federal regulators are asking makers of antibacterial soaps “to prove they are not only better but also that they […]
New research is just the most reactant showing that multivitamins don’t work as well as a lot of Americans had hoped they would. In fact, the CBS Evening News reported, research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine “said vitamins are largely useless and can be dangerous.”
I’ve had several patients ask me about using glucosamine to help treat osteoarthritis—the most common form of arthritis. It has been touted to help with joint pain, but are the claims a stretch? Though research has been conflicting, overall results seem to point to positive results—but not for everyone.
Charisma Magazine has just published an article of mine, “When Children Die Because They’re Overweight.” You can read the article here.
A resolution can be life changing or more dreaded than that leftover holiday fruitcake. If you’ve been working on one for the New Year, here are a few tips for success.
As reported in LifeNews, a new study of abortion and breast cancer (the “ABC link”) was just published showing the overall risk of developing breast cancer among women who had previous abortions was increased by a stunning 44% to 89%.
You’ve heard a lot about childhood obesity, but what do you do if one of your kids is overweight? The actions you take can have a lifelong impact—for better or worse.
You’re planning your New Year exercise program and voila! You read about seven-minute and four-minute workouts. Can you really cut your daily exercise to less than ten minutes and still magically reap the benefits?
A patient asks, “What do I do about dry skin during the winter? Even using lotion I end up with dry, cracked hands and itchy skin.” Well, walking in a winter wonderland may be pretty, but your skin doesn’t always feel that way. Winter air dries your skin—and so does the heat in our homes. The […]
Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter: Barb and I are teaching a Marriage Conference in Colorado Springs in January Publication Updates The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book Events of the Last Month Upcoming Events
You made it through the holidays. But are you filled with joy or frazzled from stress? Nearly eighty percent of us expect the holidays to add anxiety, exhaustion, and debt—and none of those add up to good health.
It’s the New Year, and you may be embarking on ambitious New Year’s resolutions. But is starting in January the best idea?
Here are the top 25 blogs you, my dear readers, read during 2013, with the number of unique readers listed in the parenthesis. I am pleased to serve you this way and hope you’ll recommend this blog to your friends, colleagues, contacts, and family. Have a Blessed New Year.
So many of us fight it—the spare tire—that bulging belly that seems to increase every year—especially around the holidays. You may see it as an inevitable part of aging, but too much of a spare tire could leave you with a major health blowout.
Christmas is over, and your trash may be stuffed with wrapping paper, but there is one more present you can give this holiday season.
An article in the New York Times “Well” blog discusses “the issue of sex as exercise.”
A patient asked me, “With all of the changes in the healthcare system, do we still have any rights left?” Well, there are a lot of changes. But one thing isn’t changing—you have a long list of rights—that you have a right to know about, to help you and your doctor work together better.