The other morning, I had coffee with a senior neurosurgeon who is a veteran at several major medical centers. He underscored for me why it is critical for all of us as patients to get second opinions.
The main reason is the business pressures that doctors are sometimes under, and how that might color their [...]
My 12-year-old daughter, Ruthie, has a chronic stomach inflammation problem. So far, it has not blossomed into Crohn’s disease and maybe never will. And it’s not celiac disease, where you can calm the inflammation by eliminating gluten (wheat and other grains) from your diet. And it doesn’t appear to be any identifiable food allergy.
This is the time of year when many people travel to see family and friends. Some people might be coming to visit you. Either way, when you (or someone in your family) are not near your usual doctors and pharmacy and become ill, it can be unsettling.
The other day, I had the opportunity to [...]
There’s good news coming out of the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, where 15,000 breast cancer doctors and scientists have been meeting to discuss the latest research.
Over the past three years or so, we’ve known that new medicines called aromatase inhibitors can help breast cancer survivors lower their risk of a recurrence. [...]
Esther and I and two of our three kids had dinner at a friend’s house the other night. Pizza.
It was great to catch up with David, a very intelligent man who recent left a career as a manager at Boeing to strike out on his own as a consultant. It’s been tough – and [...]
We began producing broadcasts for people living with multiple sclerosis more than 10 years ago. That was when Betaseron, the first biologic disease-modifying drug, was first coming to market.
We had an instant audience.
At that time, my only friend with MS was Terri S. She was in a couples group that my wife and [...]
My wife, Esther, and I are pretty high tech. We both are on our computers a lot and use instant messaging all the time, almost as much as our teenager and pre-teen. Last week, we were both working at different tables at Starbucks near our home. I was tucked away in a corner for hours. [...]
There’s a dermatologist around the corner from my house. He’s a really nice man, and he has a thriving practice. Lots of Botox shots and laser procedures. Some kids with acne too. But mostly cosmetic dermatology.
Now consider that psoriasis is an autoimmune condition where skin plaques are merely one of the more evident symptoms [...]
I have now hosted three radio programs on sleep problems, and the calls just keep pouring in.
Do I need a new mattress? Should I watch TV before bed? Does melatonin work? My old CPAP machine is lousy – are there new and better ones? My teenager never sleeps during the week and sleeps all [...]
You may have heard that a 15-year-old girl with an allergy to peanuts died after kissing her boyfriend who had just eaten a peanut butter snack. An almost immediate shot of adrenaline didn’t save her. How tragic!
According to this recent article:
The great allergy scare in schools
Roughly 60 million people in the United [...]