And though this answer can vary widely as with each individual, for the most part, my general response to that question is usually by asking the patient 2 more questions. [Read more…]
I see moles all day in the clinic. Everyone has one somewhere. While there are a million and one things that cause skin lesions, when you ask me to check out a mole,
I am thinking of one thing and one thing only – [Read more…]
Most medical students and residents have played this game of asking each other and themselves the question of – “If I have to have a cancer diagnosis, which one would I want?”
As morbid as it sounds, there are “good cancers” in other words, cancers that are easier to cure and survive, relatively speaking (especially when detected early on). [Read more…]
Did you know that a quarter to a full third of your life is spent sleeping? That is how integral sleep is to the human body. There are a few sneaky medical issues that can come between you and a full night’s rest.
Summer is well underway and the BBQ, beach, outdoor, and pool season welcomes us.
The following is a quick reminder of how to keep yourself and your family members, especially kids water safe.
A sobering statistic is that most drownings occurs in the home pool. Even more startling is the fact that the majority of kid drownings occur when other adults are around. [Read more…]
In this modern medical era there are still a few taboo topics that carry a lot of social stigma-
One such case is when someone gets diagnosed with an sexually transmitted infection (STI).
The lesion otherwise known as a “bump” producing conditions like Genital Wart and Genital Herpes seem to carry the most angst with the diagnosis due to the sometimes unsightly bumps and also the fact that there is no cure as of yet. [Read more…]
The issue of sunshine versus sunscreen is like being between a rock and a hard place.
You have all heard of how exposure to sun is bad for you. You’ve been told that sun exposure will kill you and that sun exposure causes skin cancer.
It’s only logically to see sunscreen as the savior from a painful, untimely death from skin cancer. [Read more…]
We have recently been hearing a lot about Vit D (D2, D3) but did you know that it is more accurate to categorize it as an hormone? Thus it is relatively difficult to ingest enough of it naturally in foods and there is a complicated component where the sun plays a vital role in its synthesis.
This vitamin/hormone is essential in many bodily functions and in it’s most severe deficiency levels can contribute to a variety of ailments like osteoporosis (thinning bones) and even depression. [Read more…]
Have you ever gone without a full night’s sleep for days on end? You get irritable and cranky. Caffeine helps you for just a bit before your house of cards come crashing down.
That’s what sharing a bed with a snorer can do to you. I once shared a hotel room with a colleague while attending a conference. [Read more…]