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Reporting on the latest trending in health, science and technology, and the intersection of medicine and public policy.


Work-At-Home Burnout And “Zoom Fatigue”
Aug 9 • 11 min
People working at home may have no commute and can work in their pajamas, but they may find themselves more exhausted than when they worked at the office. Two experts discuss reasons for this fatigue—patterns of working at home and the surprising stress…
Medical Notes: Week of August 9, 2020
Aug 9 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 9, 2020 including: A study find that COVID-19 can damage the testicles. Then doctors have discovered a way to predict who is likely to be affected by organ rejection or damage. And finally, if…
Back To School 2020: Can Kids Attend, Or Will Remote Learning Rule?
Aug 9 • 17 min
Many school districts are delaying decisions on whether students will attend in person or will be taught remotely once again to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to children and staff. Experts discuss the methods under consideration to lower risks and whether…
“Electroshock Therapy:” Not What You See In The Movies
Aug 2 • 17 min
Electroconvulsive therapy still has a stigma, with the reputation of being a painful, disturbing procedure that wipes out memories and, if movies are to be believed, even creates zombies. Experts explain the reality—that ECT is a quiet procedure that…
Medical Notes: Week of August 2, 2020
Aug 2 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 2, 2020 including: A study showing that telehealth is taking off in the United States. Then, a study in the Journal of Hospital Infection showing some mask materials are better than others. And…
Lung Transplants: The Least-Transplanted Major Organ
Aug 2 • 13 min
Lung transplants are the least done of all major organ transplants because the lungs are so easily damaged in the death process. A lung transplant surgeon explains, using one particularly difficult case as an example.
Public Health Officials Resigning Under Pressure
Jul 26 • 17 min
State and local public health officials have been under pressure like never before in the COVID-19 pandemic, as citizens and elected officials push back against tough restrictions designed to curb the virus. Some officials have even been threatened.…
Medical Notes: Week of July 26, 2020
Jul 26 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 26, 2020 including: Evidence is piling up that face masks cut the risk of getting COVID-19 by up to 65 percent. Then, a study finds that, at least in the laboratory, a common asthma drug can prevent…
PTSD In Children
Jul 26 • 12 min
Mental health experts once believed that children were too young to remember traumas well enough to suffer much from post-traumatic stress disorder. Now they know that children as young as 2 or 3 can be affected, often for the rest of their lives. An…
Dealing With The Rise In Osteoporosis
Jul 19 • 16 min
Osteoporosis is increasing as America ages. However, fewer people are being tested for bone density and are agreeing to treatment because of side effects of osteoporosis medications. Experts discuss the devastating effects of increased broken bones and…
Medical Notes: Week of July 19, 2020
Jul 19 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 19, 2020 including: Do-it-yourself COVID swabs could be just as accurate as those taken by a medical professional. Then, researchers say access to air conditioning is far more important than…
Doctor Burnout: It Starts Early
Jul 19 • 10 min
Doctors already say they’re burned out, but the COVID-19 pandemic is making it worse. A noted physician educator discusses how burnout starts with the way future doctors are taught.
Orthorexia: Overdoing A Good Thing
Jul 12 • 17 min
Therapists report an increase in orthorexia, a not-yet recognized eating disorder where people become fixated on eating only healthy things and/or exercising hours per day. It can take over an afflicted person’s life and result in physical symptoms much…
Medical Notes: Week of July 12, 2020
Jul 12 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 12, 2020 including: An analysis showing states that stuck to tough shelter in place rules are now recovering. Then, your blood type could be a more factor that can raise your risk of contracting…
Tick Paralysis: When A Tick Bite Can Be Fatal
Jul 12 • 11 min
Summer is tick season, and tick bites are common. However, bites from a couple of types of ticks can produce paralysis and even death if the tick is not removed quickly. An expert discusses.
Contact Tracing And Quarantine: How Far Can We Go?
Jul 5 • 10 min
The next step in beating the COVID-19 pandemic may be stepped up contact tracing and quarantine of people who’ve had contact with Covid-positive individuals. However, many people see that as too expensive and intrusive to be practical. An expert discusses…
Autism And Substance Abuse
Jul 5 • 14 min
While most people who contract COVID-19 survive, those who suffer often-changing symptoms for months on end can only wonder when they’ll get well. A survey of members of a long-haul survivors support group find that many who don’t have “textbook” symptoms…
Medical Notes: Week of July 5, 2020
Jul 5 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 5, 2020 including: Shelter in place rules have brought the economy to its knees but researchers say it was worth it. Then, people who’ve never smoked make up about 25 percent of those who develop…
Long-Suffering Covid Survivors
Jun 28 • 15 min
While most people who contract COVID-19 survive, those who suffer often-changing symptoms for months on end can only wonder when they’ll get well. A survey of members of a long-haul survivors support group find that many who don’t have “textbook” symptoms…
Medical Notes: Week of June 28, 2020
Jun 28 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 28, 2020 including: Researchers have been looking for an already existing drug to quickly take on COVID-19, and apparently, now they’ve found one. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration has…
Face Masks And Breathing
Jun 28 • 11 min
Some people insist that wearing a face mask smothers them and makes them feel like they’re not getting enough air. An expert discusses what might be going wrong and lays out the basics on how to wear a mask without needing to come up for air.
Protests Amid The Pandemic
Jun 21 • 17 min
With thousands of people demonstrating in the streets after the death of George Floyd, health experts are concerned that the crowds, shouting, and lack of masks may contribute to a spike in COVID-19 cases. However, with many locations also “opening up,”…
Protecting Your Eyes From Summer UV Rays
Jun 21 • 12 min
Summer is when people want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Skin protection and sunscreen are something most of us consider, but overexposure to UV rays is extremely dangerous to the eyes as well. An expert discusses.
Medical Notes: Week of June 21, 2020
Jun 21 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 21, 2020 including: A study finds a much lower death rate among coronavirus patients placed on a ventilator. Then, everyone’s wiping down surfaces with disinfectant these days… but they may become…
Misunderstanding Stuttering
Jun 14 • 12 min
Stuttering is an extremely misunderstood disability. Many stutterers go to great lengths to avoid the words or phrases that trip them up, and are often successful in keeping their disability hidden. Yet then it may be mistaken for other problems. Experts…
Medical Notes: Week of June 14, 2020
Jun 14 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 14, 2020 including: People who recover from a coronavirus infection often still have a long way to go to recover their mental health. Then, a study that shows sick leave is a good way to slow the…
Disease Risk And Inheritance
Jun 14 • 16 min
Scientists have learned that the habits and environments of our parents and grandparents can have a strong effect on our health and longevity as a result of imprinting on egg and sperm cells. An expert explains.
Genetic Testing And Life Insurance
Jun 7 • 14 min
It’s illegal for health insurers to use genetic testing to discriminate against policyholders. However, life insurers can and do discriminate on that basis if the test is in your medical file. Private testing lets patients know their risk for many…
What Every Parent Should Know: “It Doesn’t Look Like Drowning”
Jun 7 • 9 min
Seven hundred children under age 15 drown in the US each year, most within sight of a parent or other adult. Experts discuss one major reason: drowning doesn’t look like most people picture it, and so are unaware the child is in trouble.
Medical Notes: Week of June 7, 2020
Jun 7 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 7, 2020 including: Researchers are working on an app with a sensor to test for COVID-19 using only a drop of saliva. Then, life was more stressful than it was 25 years ago… and for middle aged…
Covid And Choirs
May 31 • 14 min
Scientists have discovered that singing is an exceptionally effective way to spread viruses through the aerosolized particles it expels, which may travel much farther than the six foot safety zone many people follow. This means choruses and choirs may not…
Medical Notes: Week of May 31, 2020
May 31 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 31, 2020, including: A newly developed smartphone app is remarkably effective at predicting if a person is infected with COVID-19. Then biomarkers for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease can be found in a…
Why Women Are Genetically Stronger
May 31 • 10 min
Women may have been known through the centuries as the weaker sex, but researchers have learned that they are anything but weak. Their 2 X chromosomes are both active and cooperate with each other, especially in immune response. An expert discusses new…
Androgens And COVID-19
May 24 • 12 min
For people under about age 70, COVID-19 is much harder on men than on women, especially those with strong male characteristics like scalp balding and plentiful body hair. A group of researchers has a theory as to why—that male hormones provide the virus…
The Shrinking Human Jaw
May 24 • 16 min
Over the last 8,000 years, the human jaw has been getting smaller due to an increasingly soft diet and a lack of jaw exercise. The result is an epidemic of crooked teeth and serious health consequences, as two experts explain.
Medical Notes: Week of May 24, 2020
May 24 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 24, 2020 including: Scientists come up with a blood test that screens for a panel of biomarkers for pancreatic cancer that’s nearly 92% accurate. Then, a new study shows that heart valve blockages in…
Medical Notes: Week of May 17, 2020
May 17 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 17, 2020 including: People with heart attacks and other health emergencies are avoiding the emergency room for fear of contracting COVID-19. Then, a study showing that artificial intelligence can…
Women, Alcohol, And Isolation
May 17 • 17 min
The COVID-19 lockdown has triggered increased alcohol use in many people, and an alcohol use disorder in some. Help can be difficult to access, as face-to-face counseling and group sessions have been halted. For women, it can be even more difficult, as…
The Loss Of Rituals
May 17 • 11 min
Spring is the season of rituals—prom, graduation, commencement and weddings. Social distancing has taken most of these rituals away. An expert discusses the importance of rituals in our mental health and why it’s OK to grieve their loss. She also…
The Economy After The Pandemic
May 10 • 16 min
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a quicker economic crash than we’ve ever seen. Opening the nation too fast will likely trigger a “W” shaped recovery with wide swings of growth then decline. Either way, the effects will last for years. Experts discuss…
Medical Notes: Week of May 10, 2020
May 10 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 10, 2020 including: A number of new treatments for COVID-19 are showing promise and could be fast-tracked. Then, another trial of 53 severely ill patients found that 68 percent showed clinical…
Telemedicine Finally Gets Its Chance
May 10 • 12 min
Doctor’s appointments via smartphone have been available for some time but were little used except in remote areas due to insurance reluctance. Now telemedicine has been forced on us and on insurers by COVID-19 restrictions, and many providers swear by…
Nursing Homes Try To Fend Off Covid-19
May 3 • 10 min
Nursing homes have been a hotbed of fatal COVID-19 infections. The virus was loose in many of them before they could even know it. An industry expert discusses what nursing homes are doing now to keep the virus out and their patients safe.
Medical Notes: Week of May 3, 2020
May 3 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 3, 2020 including: By now, most of us are familiar with the main symptoms of a COVID-19 infection—fever, cough, and respiratory distress. But doctors are learning that the virus may also attack the…
Maintaining Mental Health During The Lockdown
May 3 • 14 min
Mental health is difficult to maintain when people are required to stay inside at home. In fact, we’re asked to engage in activities that normally would indicate mental distress. A noted psychologist with the NIH discusses ways to stay mentally healthy…
Medical Notes: Week of April 26, 2020
Apr 26 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 26, 2020 including: A blood test for many types of cancer has been a long-sought goal of researchers, and now they’re much closer. Then, a team of faculty and students at Rice University has…
Opening America Again: When Is It Safe?
Apr 26 • 14 min
Many Americans are impatient with social distancing as a result of COVID-19 despite the success of the tactic. However, reopening the country too quickly could allow the virus to come roaring back, resulting in thousands more deaths and even more economic…
Rules For Who Lives, Who Dies In The Pandemic
Apr 26 • 10 min
A lack of ventilators potentially puts doctors in the position of deciding which of their COVID-19 patients get a ventilator and live, and which ones don’t get one and die. New rules for making such decisions have been released which are designed to be…
Will COVID-19 Bankrupt The Healthcare System?
Apr 19 • 15 min
Hospitals are scrambling to get extra equipment and outfit more beds and ICU units for COVID-19 patients. Their treatment is time-consuming and expensive. At the same time, hospitals’ lucrative elective procedure business has largely been eliminated. Will…
Staying Fit While Staying Home
Apr 19 • 11 min
The national effort to shelter in place has closed gyms and led many people to complain of weight gain. Two exercise experts discuss how people can maintain fitness at home with no equipment.
Medical Notes: Week of April 19, 2020
Apr 19 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 19, 2020 including: If you’ve been taking the drug Ranitidine for reflux or ulcer prevention, the FDA says stop. Then, a new study shows that parents are yelling at their children since most of us…
Foreign Accent Syndrome
Apr 12 • 11 min
People who suddenly speak with what sounds like a foreign accent often have a brain injury due to a stroke or other trauma. Experts discuss the syndrome and chances of recovery.
Domestic Abuse And The Pandemic
Apr 12 • 15 min
With hundreds of millions of Americans sheltering at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the odds and fear of domestic abuse are rising. The leader of a noted shelter and counseling program discusses the increase, the difficulty of counteracting it during…
Medical Notes: Week of April 12, 2020
Apr 12 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 12, 2020 including: A study that says taking large amounts of Ibuprofen may be worse for your liver than we thought. Then, a new study finds that there’s no harm in letting your baby “cry it out.”…
Easing Coronavirus Stress
Apr 5 • 10 min
Virtually no one in the US has been unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic, and stress is at high levels. A public health and brain expert discusses why “sheltering in place” is so important in spite of the stress it generates, and a few simple steps to…
Misinterpreting Perinatal Depression
Apr 5 • 16 min
Perinatal depression (previously known as postpartum depression) is seldom brought up by a new mother, so healthcare providers must screen for it carefully. However, sometimes they err on the side of caution in efforts to prevent the mother from harming…
Medical Notes: Week of April 5, 2020
Apr 5 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 5, 2020 including: Experts say most people infected with COVID-19 under age 60 will have symptoms much like a cold or the flu, and it’s no reason to panic. Then, we’ve heard the advice to wash your…
Easing The Stress Of Working At Home
Mar 29 • 14 min
Millions of Americans are suddenly having to work from home for the first time as a result of coronavirus. Many do not have a good home office setup, tech skills, family makeup or the temperament to do it. A remote working expert discusses the do’s and…
Medical Notes: Week of March 29, 2020
Mar 29 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 29, 2020, including: A treatment combining radiation and chemotherapy could be much more effective for colorectal cancer. Then, scientists have discovered that a WWI helmet is actually superior to…
Kidney Disease And High Blood Pressure
Mar 29 • 10 min
Most people who have kidney disease are not aware of it. In fact, nearly half of people with severe kidney disease don’t know it. Kidney disease is often silent, and one of its main risk factors, high blood pressure, is silent as well. The head of the…
The Effect of Public Policies on the Coronavirus Fight
Mar 22 • 11 min
The effectiveness of efforts to contain coronavirus often depend on governmental policies determined years or even decades ago that, at the time, had nothing to do with public health. A health policy expert discusses some of these policies and what they…
The U.S. Takes On Coronavirus
Mar 22 • 16 min
In the past 10 days, the US has finally begun to institute aggressive tactics against coronavirus that may limit its spread and the death toll. But many Americans remain confused about what they should do and why. One of the nation’s most authoritative…
Medical Notes: Week of March 22, 2020
Mar 22 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 22, 2020, including: It’s getting much more dangerous to walk where you’re going with pedestrian fatalities up by more than 50 percent in the last decade. Then, a report that an experimental urine…
Intermittent Fasting
Mar 15 • 12 min
Studies show that by this time of year, most of us have failed new year’s resolutions to lose weight. A noted expert discusses how most people get in trouble with obesity and a more reasonable way to try to lose weight than most people follow.
Medical Notes: Week of March 15, 2020
Mar 15 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 15, 2020, including: There is a higher risk of heart disease for women who’ve experienced domestic abuse. Then, a study that shows that the pulse can vary wildly between people. Plus, can being…
Medical Errors, 20 Years After “To Err Is Human”
Mar 15 • 16 min
The Institute of Medicine report “To Err Is Human” in 1999 shook health care with the finding that as many as 120,000 Americans die each year due to medical mistakes. A noted researcher re-examines how far we’ve come since then and the difficult…
Healthcare For Children In Poverty
Mar 8 • 11 min
Poor children often can’t access healthcare or other needs in spite of decades of efforts. A pediatrician who has established clinics for the poor discusses the problem.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Mar 8 • 17 min
Polycystic ovary syndrome affects about 10% of American women, but has such a wide variety of troubling symptoms that it’s often misdiagnosed. Experts discuss the disorder and what women should know.
Medical Notes: Week of March 8, 2020
Mar 8 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 8, 2020: The chemical known as BPS can pass through the placenta of pregnant rats and hindered brain development in their offspring; For those under age 50 who develop Parkinson’s, the seeds may…
The Science Of Immortality: When Is Life Too Long?
Mar 1 • 11 min
Some experts believe the healthy lifespan eventually may be extended to hundreds of years through genetic manipulation. This brings many philosophical and ethical questions, which a noted science author discusses.
Food Deserts, Eating Habits, And Health
Mar 1 • 17 min
Public policy is built on the food desert theory: the lack of neighborhood supermarkets drives people to eat less fresh food and more junk food. New research is challenging that theory, but finding values of grocery stores in other, unexpected places.…
Medical Notes: Week of March 1, 2020
Mar 1 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 1, 2020, including: A study showing that a molecular switch governing chronic inflammation can be turned off. Then, a study shows that few of us are taking advantage of the great outdoors. And…
Big Data In Medicine
Feb 23 • 12 min
Big data is changing the world, but it’s been slow in coming to healthcare. An expert in healthcare IT explains how that’s changing and what it could mean to treatment.
Genes And High Cholesterol
Feb 23 • 16 min
More than 100 million Americans have high cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease. Most people think of their diets as the main cause, but genetics also play a role in both good and bad ways. A noted expert discusses how scientists are…
Medical Notes: Week of February 23, 2020
Feb 23 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 23, 2020, including: A study that finds water chlorination may also be unsafe. Then, children have a much higher risk of becoming obese if a home is cross-generational and grandparents are…
Coronavirus: What Does It Mean To Us?
Feb 16 • 9 min
Coronavirus has sickened tens of thousands in China and killed hundreds, but few cases have reached the US. Experts explain exactly what this Coronavirus is and the relative danger it poses compared to more familiar diseases such as influenza.
Medical Child Abuse
Feb 16 • 14 min
Parents who have a mental illness known as factitious disorder may fake or induce illness in their children to get attention, sometimes taking kids to hundreds of medical visits and deceiving doctors into performing numerous procedures and surgeries.…
Medical Notes: Week of February 16, 2020
Feb 16 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 16, 2020, including: Studies showing physical activity helps prevent obesity virtually from birth. Then, low doses of lithium may show promise in treating dementia. Also, about half of people…
A Moral Question: Dementia, Spouses, And “Close Friends”
Feb 9 • 13 min
Spouses of Alzheimer’s disease patients often struggle with depression while caregiving and are desperate for support. Some have started new relationships while their loved one is still alive but no longer recognizes them. Acceptance of such infidelity is…
Medical Notes: Week of February 9, 2020
Feb 9 • 1 min
The gap between black and white uninsured rates has dropped by more than 4%; Study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that only 2% of those who are considered high risk for drug overdose have filled a prescription for Naloxone. A new study…
Needle Phobia
Feb 9 • 10 min
Untold millions of people are afraid of needles. Most manage by looking the other way when they’re facing an injection, but many may avoid the doctor as a result of their fear. The problem is increasingly dangerous for the rising number of people with…
Medical Notes: Week of February 2, 2020
Feb 2 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 2, 2020, including: A vaccine against dementia could be in human trials within a couple of years. Computers are taking over a lot of functions… and reading mammograms may someday be one of them.…
Germs, Double-Dipping And The Five-Second Rule
Feb 2 • 11 min
Super Bowl party snacks are prime territory for contamination via cross contamination and being dropped on the floor. A scientist who has studied both phenomena discusses the truth (or lack of truth) in two old myths.
Music And Medicine
Feb 2 • 15 min
Pre-medical students have typically majored in science, but some medical schools are finding that liberal arts and even music majors with no science background can do well. Some admissions officers and doctors believe they may even have advantages, given…
Working While Sick
Jan 26 • 13 min
Surveys show the vast majority of employees go to work when they’re sick, risking fellow workers and slowing their own healing. Experts discuss the maladjusted workplace culture that promotes this, how to know when you really should stay home, and ways to…
Medical Notes: Week of January 26, 2020
Jan 26 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 26, 2020: A report from the American Cancer Society finds that in 2017 the overall cancer death rate dropped more than 2%. An experimental technique using a special kind of imaging and machine…
ADHD And Sleep Disorders
Jan 26 • 17 min
New research shows that most people with ADHD have a disordered body clock, prompting disturbed sleep, sleep deprivation, and a worsening of ADHD symptoms. Experts discuss how fixing the body clock could lessen the impact of both ADHD and physical…
Crushing Medical Debt
Jan 19 • 18 min
Nearly a quarter of us owe past due medical debt, and hospitals are moving more aggressively to collect. The rise is the result of a tradeoff—Americans have avoided higher health insurance premiums only to be jeopardized by extremely high deductibles and…
Smoldering Concussions
Jan 19 • 12 min
Doctors are realizing that concussions can smolder in the brain for years with symptoms that are missed, making diagnosis at the time of occurrence all the more important. Yet a new study shows that protocols affecting the most vulnerable—young…
Medical Notes: Week of January 19, 2020
Jan 19 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 19, 2020, including: Late-stage age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss among older people. Then, long term effects of being born as a result of in vitro…
Broken Heart Syndrome
Jan 12 • 13 min
When a person suffers a severe emotional shock, they may suffer what looks like a heart attack but is actually what doctors call “stress cardiomyopathy.” Most patients recover but the condition can be fatal, confirming that it is possible to die of a…
Hand Washing And Handshake Bans
Jan 12 • 17 min
Some hospital units have set up handshake bans because too few healthcare workers wash hands well enough to keep from spreading germs. The general public is even worse at washing hands, which has caused spread of serious disease. Some experts say…
Medical Notes: Week of January 12, 2020
Jan 12 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 12, 2020, including: Teenagers are vaping marijuana at rapidly rising rates. Then, a report on concussions and why they can produce lifelong effects. Then, another study confirming the importance…
Avoiding Mistakes In Dealing With Aging
Jan 5 • 18 min
As loved ones age, tough decisions need to be made on finances, housing, and other concerns, and these decisions need to be made far earlier than they typically are. This is especially true if a person does not have family to act as support and caregiver.
Telling Lies—Who Does It And Why
Jan 5 • 12 min
Lies aren’t always bad. Often, they’re told to be polite, and compassionate people are most likely to tell whoppers. But as the stakes of lies rise, honesty trumps kindness. Yet few people are ever able to distinguish when they’re being told lies. Experts…
Medical Notes: Week of January 5, 2020
Jan 5 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 5, 2020, including two experimental drugs that show promise in women with certain types of breast cancer. Then, the Federal Communications Commission has started the process to create a…
Melanoma Advances
Dec 29, 2019 • 12 min
Fifteen years ago, advanced melanoma was usually lethal. But new treatments harnessing the immune system have increased survival so much that researchers haven’t completely been able to quantify it. An expert physician discusses the advances.
Medical Notes: Week of December 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 29, 2019, including: The last three flu seasons have been bad, but there’s a chance this year could be even worse. Then, sleeping too much can be a risk factor for stroke. Plus, more than 30…
Hoarding Disorder: It’s About More Than The Clutter
Dec 29, 2019 • 17 min
Hoarding disorder affects at least five percent of Americans, and despite TV programs showing its effects, it is still widely misunderstood. Experts discuss the danger hoarding poses to others, including neighbors, children, and first responders; why…
Christmas In The E.R.: It’s No Holiday
Dec 22, 2019 • 18 min
Winter in general, and the holidays in particular, are the busiest time of year in hospital emergency departments, even in places where it doesn’t snow. Experts discuss the increase in deaths of all kinds, including the “Merry Christmas Coronary” and…
GERD And Your Holiday Feast
Dec 22, 2019 • 13 min
During the holidays, reflux problems are magnified by big meals with trigger foods like chocolate and alcohol. But reflux sometimes doesn’t show up as heartburn. A gastroenterologist discusses reflux, how it may appear as asthma or hoarseness, and how it…
Medical Notes: Week of December 22, 2019
Dec 22, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 22, 2019, including: A new study showing an injectable could be the answer for people with food allergies. Then, people suffering from depression may find some improvement by taking aspirin or…
Bridging The Vax/Anti-Vax Divide
Dec 15, 2019 • 18 min
The debate over vaccination isn’t as civil as it once was, and leaves little room for common ground or even discussion. Pro-vaccine advocates often point to science showing safety and effectiveness, but as a noted medical humanities researcher explains,…
Affluenza
Dec 15, 2019 • 10 min
Rich people receive deference that the rest of us don’t, but do wealthy kids grow up knowing they can get away with what others can’t? Research finds that all children apparently know this. Experts discuss.
Medical Notes: Week of December 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019 • 1 min
But a new study shows giving buses an inexpensive engine retrofit helps not only the health of students who ride them, but also their academic performance. The study looked at a variety of school districts over time and concluded that test gains from…
Workplace Bullies
Dec 8, 2019 • 17 min
Some bullies never grow up, and just keep on bullying. Experts describe where and how it most often occurs, what workplace bullies are seeking, who they target, why it continues, and what needs to happen to stop it.
Older Dads, Younger Kids
Dec 8, 2019 • 13 min
The average age when men first become fathers has risen to 31, and more men are also becoming dads in their 40’s and 50’s. A National Book Award-winning author discusses his experience as a first-time dad at 56, and now as a 73-year old father with…
Medical Notes: Week of December 8, 2019
Dec 8, 2019 • 1 min
The HPV vaccine can prevent about 92 percent of those cancers, but only about half of adolescents receive it. Now, two new studies in the journal Pediatrics could provide reassurance that the HPV vaccine is safe. Reviewing 28 million doses, researchers…
The Sleep Deprivation Of Local Police
Dec 1, 2019 • 18 min
Studies show that law enforcement is the most sleep deprived of all professions, with potentially damaging and even fatal consequences for decision-making and reaction time, as well as long-term health damage. Experts discuss the unique challenges in…
Medical Notes: Week of December 1, 2019
Dec 1, 2019 • 1 min
People with significantly clogged heart arteries often undergo bypass surgery or stenting procedures, but a large new study shows that drug therapy alone is often just as effective. The study presented to meetings of the American Heart Association finds…
Pet Food: What Shouldn’t Your Dog Or Cat Eat?
Dec 1, 2019 • 12 min
A growing number of pet owners are tempted to put their dog or cat on vegan, gluten-free or raw diets. An expert pet nutritionist and veterinarian discusses what pets should and shouldn’t eat to be healthy.
Homelessness Myths
Nov 24, 2019 • 16 min
Around a half million people are homeless in the US on any given night, but the street homeless who are most visible often incorrectly influence our assumptions about the homeless. A noted researcher discusses myths and truths about their addictions,…
Preserving Beauty Through Cancer
Nov 24, 2019 • 13 min
A noted beauty expert discusses best ways to deal with the impacts of cancer treatment
Medical Notes: Week of November 24, 2019
Nov 24, 2019 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 24, 2019
The Risks Of Egg Donation
Nov 17, 2019 • 17 min
Egg donation is not regulated, and while short term risks are known, few donors have been followed for years
The Changing Face Of HIV
Nov 17, 2019 • 14 min
One of the nation’s top HIV experts discusses HIV as a treatable, chronic illness and the need to still be vigilant
Medical Notes: Week of November 17, 2019
Nov 17, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 17, 2019
Suicide Survivors
Nov 10, 2019 • 19 min
Experts—one a suicide survivor herself—discuss the difficulties and ways survivors can cope
Fertility Rate Decline And The Aging Population
Nov 10, 2019 • 11 min
Birth rates in the US are at an all time low, and fertility for all age groups under age 30 is dropping
Medical Notes: Week of November 10, 2019
Nov 10, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 10, 2019
Mass Violence: How Much Is Mental Illness To Blame?
Nov 3, 2019 • 17 min
Panel members discuss mental health first aid, red flag laws, and other report recommendations
Medical Notes: Week of November 3, 2019
Nov 3, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 3, 2019, including: A study showing a growing number of young adults have substance use disorders. Then, a specific diet could help alleviate crushing fatigue for people with multiple…
“Mind Control,” Psychedelics, And The CIA
Nov 3, 2019 • 13 min
An author discusses his investigation into CIA mind control efforts in the 1950’s and 60’s through the use of psychedelic drugs, which unwittingly led to an explosion of the drugs’ use
Climate Change = Less Nutritious Foods
Oct 27, 2019 • 17 min
Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are making crops grow bigger & faster. However, researchers have found that these crops contain significantly lower levels of protein, iron, zinc, and other important nutrients, potentially…
Paid Parental Leave
Oct 27, 2019 • 13 min
The US is one of the few world nations that provides no paid job leave for either new moms or dads. A new study shows that paid leave has benefits in infant mortality as well as mother’s health. An expert and advocate for paid leave discusses the…
Medical Notes: Week of October 27, 2019
Oct 27, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 27, 2019 including a study that finds that cutting back on red meat and processed meat in the diet has little impact on health. Then, a study finds that a urine test for a genetic biomarker…
The Psychology Of Gig Workers
Oct 20, 2019 • 18 min
Gig work is becoming more and more a part of the American economy. It takes a certain temperament for a worker to thrive on the freedom gig work offers without being paralyzed by the lack of security.
Caring For Strangers
Oct 20, 2019 • 12 min
Emergency room physicians have to make sense of and care for complete strangers every day. A recently retired ER doctor looks back at lessons he’s learned that are applicable to everyone’s life.
Medical Notes: Week of October 20, 2019
Oct 20, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 20, 2019 including A new study shows that americans’ diets are getting better… But only by a little. Then, If someone gets a new diagnosis of hearing loss… getting a hearing aid will…
Rural Maternity Units Closing
Oct 13, 2019 • 18 min
A large number of hospitals in rural areas have closed, and many more have closed their maternity units, leaving many rural mothers-to-be with no nearby place to deliver their babies or even get prenatal care. Experts discuss the financial and…
Eczema In Infants: A Starting Point For Allergies and Asthma
Oct 13, 2019 • 12 min
Doctors have learned that childhood allergies and asthma may have their start in dry, dysfunctional skin in infancy, when allergens such as food particles enter the body through cracks in the skin. A noted pediatric allergist discusses this ”atopic…
Medical Notes: Week of October 13, 2019
Oct 13, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 13, 2019 including When you call 9-1-1 for an ambulance, paramedics are supposed to take you to the closest hospital. But a new study shows that doesn’t happen about 40 percent of the time. Then,…
Does Prenatal Fluoride Lower IQ?
Oct 6, 2019 • 18 min
Fluoride in community drinking water has been controversial since its introduction nearly 75 years ago. A new study adds to this with evidence that pregnant women who drink fluoridated water may produce children with slightly lowered IQ. The study author…
Trypophobia: The Fear of Clustered Holes
Oct 6, 2019 • 12 min
As much as 16 percent of the population suffers from Trypophobia, which makes them uneasy at the sight of holes clustered together, as in a honeycomb. Two experts and a sufferer discuss this phobia, which can be remarkably debilitating.
Medical Notes: Week of October 6, 2019
Oct 6, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 6, 2019 including: A quarter of people who develop the brain plaques of Alzheimer’s disease apparently can compensate for the deficit. Then, Scientists may have found a way to roll back your…
Genetic Testing and Family Secrets
Sep 29, 2019 • 17 min
The availability of consumer DNA tests and databases has allowed long-hidden family secrets to be revealed, including mistaken paternity and unknown siblings. It has also taken the anonymity away from some cases of sperm donation. Two experts discuss the…
Mirror Touch Synesthesia
Sep 29, 2019 • 11 min
Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror touch synesthesia, a condition involving cross-wiring in the brain. The result is that visual stimuli prompt a response in his touch system. He literally feels it when people experience pain. Salinas discusses how this strange…
Medical Notes: Week of September 29, 2019
Sep 29, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 29, 2019 including Cancer survivors having a higher risk of heart disease and other illnesses. Then, a new study shows that prescription omega 3 fatty acids can significantly reduce high…
Heat and Violence
Sep 22, 2019 • 17 min
Violence increases as temperatures rise in the summer, but are higher temperatures a cause of aggression? New research shows that the answer is yes, especially in family conflict, and that poor neighborhoods bear the brunt of the relationship. Researchers…
Nail Biting
Sep 22, 2019 • 13 min
Nail biting is an extremely common habit, but some people bite their nails so badly and so often that they suffer damage to their hands. Experts discuss why so many of us are driven to bite our nails, what can be done to stop it, and the damage that can…
Medical Notes: Week of September 22, 2019
Sep 22, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 22, 2019 including More drivers than ever are running red lights. Then, people have noticed a bump in premature births where a hurricane is approaching. And finally, you may want to start…
Importing Canadian Drugs
Sep 15, 2019 • 17 min
The Trump Administration has proposed wholesale import of drugs from Canada to ease high US prescription drug prices. But since Canada is 1/10th the size of the US, could it supply enough drugs to make a difference? What’s more, it appears Canadians are…
Primary Care And Medical Cost
Sep 15, 2019 • 13 min
The US spends more on medical care than other nations while quality still lags behind. A health industry expert explains how increased use of primary care and increased engagement with providers could reverse both trends.
Medical Notes: Week of September 15, 2019
Sep 15, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of September 15, 2019, including Nodding off very often during the day may be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Then, surveys show that about a tenth of Americans over age 18 either use illicit drugs or don’t use…
Surviving An Active Shooter
Sep 8, 2019 • 18 min
With the recent active shooter incidents in El Paso and Dayton, these incidents no longer seem rare, and experts say there’s been a shift in public perception. Now they seemingly could happen anywhere, and it’s become a public health issue. Two…
Fighting Off Stress at College
Sep 8, 2019 • 13 min
College students are facing more stress than ever, but may be less prepared to handle it. As students head back to campus, two experts discuss how students can reduce stress.
Medical Notes: Week of September 8, 2019
Sep 8, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of September 8, 2019 including: A new study shows that people are more likely to have heart disease if they’re genetically predisposed to insomnia. Then, Vaping is being called a “gateway drug” for marijuana use… After a new…
Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child
Sep 1, 2019 • 18 min
Each year, some 400 US children over age 1, most of them toddlers, die overnight for no known reason. Families, longing for answers, often find that their families, friends, and even pediatricians are unfamiliar with this classification of death, or…
Tonsil Stones
Sep 1, 2019 • 12 min
Some people find that small “stones” are growing on their tonsils. They’re an accumulation of skin cells, food, and other debris. While they are not medically dangerous or painful, they often produce bad breath or sometimes pain. Two expert…
Medical Notes: Week of September 1, 2019
Sep 1, 2019 • 2 min
Medical Notes for the week of September 1, 2019 including: Death rates due to heart failure have been increasing since 2012 despite improvements in medicine and surgery. Then, Binge drinking is among seniors… Then, If you’ve ever done shift work, you know…
A Closer Look at Food Waste
Aug 25, 2019 • 18 min
Experts believe about 40 percent of the food available in America is thrown away. Solving this environmental problem also creates an opportunity to help with food insecurity. It starts with consumers. Experts explain where waste comes from and how…
Giggling Epilepsy
Aug 25, 2019 • 12 min
Epilepsy can show itself in many ways, including as episodes of giggling and laughing. An expert discusses the case of a then nine-year old boy with such seizures, the danger they posed, and the novel way he was treated.
Medical Notes: Week of August 25, 2019
Aug 25, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of August 25, 2019 including: A blood test for early alzheimer’s disease could be just a few years away. Then, what makes a murderer? it could be less gray matter in the brain. And finally…hot tub owners may have the secret to a…
Copper Toxicity
Aug 18, 2019 • 18 min
High levels of copper in the body can produce mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and aggression. However, most doctors don’t test for copper levels and may prescribe medications like antidepressants instead. An author who suffered…
History’s Worst Plagues
Aug 18, 2019 • 12 min
Plagues can wipe out entire populations and create fear and great mystery in how they spread. An author who has explored plagues and dangerous diseases explains.
Medical Notes: Week of August 18, 2019
Aug 18, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of August 18, 2019 including: Several studies have found little heart benefit in taking a daily aspirin if you don’t already have heart disease… Then, drowning is america’s leading cause of accidental injury death for children…
The Economics of Later School Start Times
Aug 11, 2019 • 17 min
Thirty years of research have shown that teenagers’ biology prevents them from getting to sleep much before 11pm, and with most high schools starting classes around 8 am, they are chronically sleep deprived. Experts discuss how students and even the…
Dog Breeds and Dog Bites
Aug 11, 2019 • 13 min
Nearly 40 percent of American homes have a dog, and while dogs may be “man’s best friend,” sometimes they bite, and sometimes with serious consequences. An expert who has studied dog bites discusses the reality of breed temperament, especially when…
Medical Notes: Week of August 11, 2019
Aug 11, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of August 11, 2019 including: A study in the British Medical Journal shows Glucosamine can help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Then, statistics regarding HIV testing showing most people age 13-64 get tested atlas…
TBI’s, Personality Change, and Marriage
Aug 4, 2019 • 17 min
Traumatic brain injury can profoundly change the injured in personality and termperament, as well as physically and cognitively. Spouses bear the brunt of these changes to the point many feel like they’re living with a stranger. Two experts and the…
School Crossing Safety
Aug 4, 2019 • 11 min
With the school year approaching, drivers need to be aware of children in crosswalk —and away from them. However, increasing distractions for both pedestrians and drivers sometimes make that difficult. A safety expert and a veteran school crossing…
Medical Notes: Week of August 4, 2019
Aug 4, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of August 4, 2019, including: A kid’s picky eating could be a sign of autism. Then, medication dispensing limits are supposed to save money, but that may not be the case for birth control pills. Finally, shrinking screens could…
Not Enough Sleep: Even Worse For You Than We Thought
Jul 28, 2019 • 16 min
Getting less than six hours of sleep per night has long been known to be hazardous to health, but the discovery of the mechanisms behind those hazards is leading scientists to strengthen their warnings. Too little sleep or poor sleep carries heart and…
A Radical Diet To Prevent Heart Disease
Jul 28, 2019 • 14 min
Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, but a well known cardiologist says if everyone would follow a plant-based, oil free diet, heart disease could be eradicated. Yet many cardiologists won’t prescribe such a diet, fearing it’s so difficult to…
Medical Notes: Week of July 28, 2019
Jul 28, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of July 28, 2019 including: A new study from Drake University show that epipens contained the required does of epinephrine more than 2 years after their expiration date. Then a new virtual biopsy device that creates digital…
The Pro’s And Con’s of Mobile Health Apps
Jul 21, 2019 • 17 min
Mobile health apps are becoming very popular, though some are being shown to have little benefit. Few barriers exist to almost anyone entering the field whether they have health expertise or not. Privacy is also a concern. Experts discuss how people can…
Obesity and Cancer Risk
Jul 21, 2019 • 13 min
Studies are finding that obesity significantly increases a person’s risk for a variety of cancers. However, not all forms of fat carry equal risk. An expert discusses who is more at risk and why.
Medical Notes: Week of July 21, 2019
Jul 21, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of July 21, 2019 including: A study showing gestational diabetes during pregnancy can raise the risk for type 1 diabetes in the child. Then, a specific antibiotic that might help women with symptoms from endometriosis, and…
Cancer Treatment and Sex
Jul 14, 2019 • 13 min
Cancer treatment has always focused on survival. Now doctors are increasingly focusing on side effects, including the effect of treatment on sexual function and satisfaction. However, many patients are shy about bringing up their difficulties, unaware…
Fatty Liver Disease: Silently Growing
Jul 14, 2019 • 17 min
Most people associate cirrhosis of the liver with heavy alcohol use. But nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which also leads to cirrhosis, is growing rapidly, and may affect a quarter of the population. Experts discuss this silent disease and what people…
Medical Notes: Week of July 14, 2019
Jul 14, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of July 14, 2019 including: A new study finds the people we trust most, friends and family may be at fault for triggering opioid addiction. Then, a new study finds that vitamin D may help cancer patients live longer, and…
PANDAS–The Mysterious Childhood Disorder After a Strep Throat
Jul 8, 2019 • 16 min
Strep infection may prompt a severe reaction in some children, causing their own immune system to attack cells in the brain. What appear to be extreme psychological symptoms result from what is really a physical disorder. The disorder, known as…
The Psychology of Procrastination
Jul 8, 2019 • 13 min
Most people procrastinate at least now and then. But when we put something off, we’re usually facing not a time management problem, but an emotion management problem. Experts discuss what’s going on in our heads when we procrastinate.
Medical Notes: Week of July 7, 2019
Jul 7, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of July 7, 2019 including: The Scientific reports the rotavirus could give children some protection against diabetes. Then, studies showing a rough childhood can have an affect on development. Skin biopsies are costly and…
CBD––The Truth About the Latest Health Craze
Jul 3, 2019 • 18 min
Suddenly, cannabis-related, hemp-derived CBD is almost everywhere. CBD’s FDA status is murky, and we know very little about its benefits, thanks in part to its former place on DEA Schedule 1. How much has been proven about its supposed health…
Medical Notes: Week of June 30, 2019
Jul 3, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of June 30, 2019 Including: Eating chicken can be just as bad for you as eating red meat according to a new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Then, a hormone released during pregnancy may be the solution…
Genetic And Genomic Testing
Jun 30, 2019 • 13 min
When most of us think of genetic testing for health, we imagine tests to detect whether we’ve inherited genes that predispose us for cancer or other serious disease. But another kind of gene testing—genomic testing of tumor cells for their susceptibility…
Generic Drug Safety
Jun 24, 2019 • 17 min
Since the 1980’s, almost all production of generic drugs has moved overseas, where FDA inspectors have a much tougher time making sure they’re following rules for safety. An investigative journalist describes the ways she’s found that many…
The State of the World’s Children
Jun 24, 2019 • 12 min
Each year, the humanitarian organization Save the Children develops a nation-by-nation scorecard on how likely children are to grow up healthy, educated, and safe. The organization’s CEO discusses how most nations have improved the ways children are…
Medical Notes: Week of June 23, 2019
Jun 23, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of June 23, 2019 Including: Job related stress or “burnout” is now a legitimate diagnosis according to the World Health Organization. Then, too hot, too cold? How the temperature at the workplace affects men and women’s…
Inside Look: The Safety of Generics
Jun 19, 2019 • 2 min
Reed Pence speaks with investigative Reporter Katherine Eband, author of Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom about the quality of regulation of generic drugs.
Lung Cancer and Its Stigma
Jun 16, 2019 • 16 min
Most forms of cancer have a built-in constituency of patients, loved ones, and concerned others. Lung cancer patients, instead, are often blamed for their own disease because of its frequent connection with smoking. Patients are often isolated, and…
Tasty Food vs. Health Food: Finding a Balance
Jun 16, 2019 • 11 min
Many Americans believe that healthy food doesn’t taste good, and tasty food isn’t healthy. A chef who is also a cardiologist discusses how to find a balance by seeking out healthy ingredients rather than whole categories of foods.
Medical Notes: Week of June 16, 2019
Jun 16, 2019 • 2 min
Medical Notes for the week of June 16, 2019 including: Researchers are saying that using carseats for anything other than traveling in a car, can be deadly. Then, are children missing out on essential vitamins and minerals by not including fish and…
Loneliness in the Elderly
Jun 11, 2019 • 18 min
Loneliness is increasing across all ages, but it’s especially noteworthy among seniors, and it can dramatically affect health. An expert geriatrician who has studied the effects of loneliness and the leader of an organization that provides friendly…
Why Good Health Care Doesn’t Equal Good Health
Jun 11, 2019 • 12 min
Many Americans believe if they have good health care, they’ll have good health. But many factors beyond medicine contribute to our level of health. A noted public health expert explains these factors, and why our own health is much more than an…
Medical Notes: Week of June 9, 2019
Jun 9, 2019 • 1 min
A new study shows that older Dad’s may be also at risk to their child’s physical well-being. Then, evidence showing that taking antibiotics over a long period of time puts women at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, and finally, coffee grounds can…
Why Parents Don’t Vaccinate
Jun 2, 2019 • 17 min
Measles had been declared eliminated in 2000, but has come roaring back because of the increasing number of people who have not been vaccinated. Parents may have legitimate fears of side effects, but claims vaccines are unsafe are not true. Experts…
Exceptional Breastfeeding
Jun 2, 2019 • 11 min
Most infants are breastfed in the US today, but breastfeeding often doesn’t look the way most of us think of it, as a result of adoption, same sex marriage, and other changes in parenting. An expert discusses some of the hurdles and challenges to…
Medical Notes: Week of June 2, 2019
Jun 2, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of June 2, 2019 including: Pharmaceutical commercials are about to change by including their prices in the ad’s and MDMA, or “ecstasy” is being used for PTSD with a high success cure rate. Finally, a study highlighting what…
Weight Loss Surgery for Teenagers
May 26, 2019 • 16 min
The proportion of severely obese teenagers continues to rise. Doctors increasingly understand that only weight loss surgery is likely to help them lose weight and avoid health consequences of obesity. But teens are often held back until they’re so…
The Workings of the Immune System
May 26, 2019 • 13 min
Many people may picture the immune system as the ruthless blaster of all foreign invaders, but a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer says his research shows it prefers to get along with friendly invaders, saving its power for the truly dangerous…
Medical Notes: Week of May 26, 2019
May 26, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of May 26, 2019 including: Could a poor sense of smell be a sign of a downturn in health? Then, hospital guidelines regarding eating food and drinking liquids before surgery, and finally, teamwork is great, but studies show…
Can IUDs and Other Contraceptives Trigger Autoimmune Disease?
May 19, 2019 • 18 min
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus carry a genetic predisposition, but need an environmental trigger to take hold. Triggers are poorly understood, but some women claim their disease is a result of contraceptives, including…
Preeclampsia and a New Test for It
May 19, 2019 • 10 min
Preelampsia, an irregularity in the placenta during pregnancy, is the leading cause of premature delivery worldwide, and causes nearly 20 percent of maternal deaths in the US. Little is known about its cause and how it can be treated, but an…
Medical Notes: Week of May 19, 2019
May 19, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of May 19, 2019 including: A blood test that proves Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is real. Then, new studies to indicate an hour of walking can help you stave off “mobility disability” later in age, and finally, your doctor’s white…
Cancer Suppression: Lessons from Pachyderms
May 12, 2019 • 16 min
DNA mutations happen all the time in the body, but the immune system usually detects and deals with them. When the system fails, cancer results. Yet some animals, such as elephants, almost never get cancer, and scientists have learned that the…
Rethinking Dementia
May 12, 2019 • 12 min
Dementia has a much wider range than most people think, and people with dementia are usually functional for years. An expert discusses the course of the disease and how life can still be positive for years before it reaches the late, debilitating…
Medical Notes: Week of May 12, 2019
May 12, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of May 12, 2019 including: A major tactic deployed by police called “Pro-active Policing” may be backfiring. Then, preschoolers are just as bad as adults at resisting large portions of food and finally, a study showing that…
Medical Notes: Week of May 5, 2019
May 5, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of May 5, 2019 including: A new cure for infants with Bubble Boys Disease. Then, a study in the American Journal of Public Health shows that depression, suicide, drug use, and alcohol abuse are rising for people in their late…
High Drug Prices Lead to Drug Misuse
May 5, 2019 • 17 min
, Associate Professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has learned that 1 in 4 people have trouble filling their prescription. According to Dusetzina, people with chronic conditions, like cancer, have a greater…
Brain Aneurysm Through the Eyes of a Survivor
May 5, 2019 • 11 min
Brain aneurysms—bulging in a brain blood vessel, like an inflated balloon—affect 1 in 50 people and are generally without symptoms until they burst. This occurs in about 30,000 people per year in the US, accounting for 3-5 percent of all new strokes.
Medical Notes 16-52
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Asleep at the wheel, flu exposure, mushrooms and depression
Stoned Driving
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
With recreational marijuana use legal in eight states there are more drivers on the road who are potentially under the influence of marijuana but police have no way to measure it.
The Gut Microbiome
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Scientists are learning that the bacteria living inside us, most notably in the intestines, influence our bodies far more than previously suspected. Our microbiome influences many other organs, particularly the liver, brain, and immune system….
Preparing for Disaster
May 1, 2019 • 7 min
Many people will have to deal with a natural disaster at some point in their lives. Two civil defense experts discuss how to be ready before it comes.
Meniere’s Disease
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Experts discuss symptoms and treatments of Meniere’s disease, an often misdiagnosed disorder producing loss of hearing and crippling vertigo.
The Brain Science of Drunk Driving
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Scientists are learning that people who repeatedly drive drunk are not all the same in the personalities and brain chemistries that motivate their behavior.
Weight, Culture and Science
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
The cultural bias against obesity is often justified on health grounds. But recent studies show that people classified in the “overweight” BMI category actually have less mortality than normal weight people.
Medical Notes 17-08
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Gut bacteria and autism, social media’s link to mental illness, STEM and girls
The Decrease in Hearing Loss
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
A major new study shows hearing loss is decreasing in the US. Experts discuss why hearing loss is declining and caution against complacency.
Antibiotics and Farm Animals
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
Experts discuss new federal rules regarding the use of antibiotics in food animals, where the majority of US antibiotics are consumed.
Bell’s Palsy
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Bell’s palsy is a frightening malfunction in the nerve controlling half of the face that occurs for unknown reasons. Sufferers often think they’re having a stroke. Experts and two people who’ve had the disorder discuss.
Medical Notes 16-37
May 1, 2019 • 2 min
Medical Notes this week: The surprisingly long lifespan of twins, standing workstations, peanut allergies, hearing tests and autism and bagpipe lung.
Tone Deafness
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Millions of people can’t carry a tune when they sing and believe they’re tone deaf. However, most simply have trouble matching tones when they sing and would benefit from more practice. To the truly tone deaf person, all pitches sound alike. No amount…
Autism and Prodigies
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Experts discuss links between prodigies and some people with autism and their implications for autism treatment.
Medical Notes 16-40
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Antibacterial soap formula change, a blood test to predict Alzheimer’s and a spit test for stoned driving.
Medical Notes 16-49
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: The addiction epidemic, throat and tongue cancer are on the rise, and mystery fish
The Sense of Touch
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
The sense of touch is often taken lightly, yet it conveys more emotion than any other sense because it literally has a separate emotional wiring system. A neuroscientist explains the sense of touch, how it works, the power it has over everyday…
Medical Notes 16-47
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: School lunches and obesity, does cranberry juice prevent UTIs, and dad bods link to overall health
The Haitian Cholera Coverup
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Experts discuss how a cholera epidemic in Haiti is linked to UN peacekeeping groups and lessons for future disaster recovery.
Gender Diversity in Basic Research
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Only about a third of research subjects in clinical studies are women. Experts discuss why such an imbalance occurs, its results, and how the problem is being addressed.
Medical Notes 16-42
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Vasectomies and prostate cancer, pain medicine and kids, and fidgeting feet linked to heart health.
Odd Medical Treatments of the Past
May 1, 2019 • 9 min
An expert examines how far we’ve come in medicine by focusing on past practices, which lead him to conclude doctors in ancient Greece provided better care than those in the US 150 years ago.
Enhancing Food Safety
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
An expert discusses why food contamination scares are becoming more common, what producers are doing to protect us, and what we can do in our own kitchens to make foods safer.
Medical Notes 17-05
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Norovirus outbreaks, reaction time linked to playing an instrument, and spicy food and life expectancy
Silent Heart Attack
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Heart attacks that produce few if any symptoms can be more serious than those that bring crushing pain because they often don’t bring a victim to the hospital for lifesaving help.
Yawning
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Virtually all animals with a backbone yawn, but scientists don’t know what purpose it serves or why yawns are so contagious.
Maternal Mortality
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Experts discuss possible reasons for the increase in the death rate surrounding pregnancy in the US and one possible ways to reverse it.
Bladder Cancer
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
The newly appointed director of the world’s only research center devoted exclusively to bladder cancer discusses risks and treatments.
Should we shorten medical training?
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
In an age of increasing medical complexity, some leading thinkers in medical education are proposing that time spent on medical education be cut by nearly one third.
Enlisting Men Against Sexual Assault
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Colleges are now required by Federal law to present anti-sexual assault training to new students, but rather than instilling “no means no,” some experts think we need to do much more to enlist men to help prevent sexual assault.
Medical Notes 16-51
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Fake news on social media, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, plus the brain and sleep
Concussions and Camaraderie
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
A well known sportswriter and parent shares the red flags he saw as well as the benefits of playing youth football.
Women and Work
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
The US once led the world in proportion of women in the workplace, but that number has declined the last 15 years. Experts explain the factors that are leading women to quit their jobs and stay home.
Lucid Dreams
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
The dreaming brain is nearly as active as it is when we are awake. Experts discuss ways to shape dreams to help solve problems.
Smart Bandages
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
Hospitals and clinics often have to stock a huge variety of bandages to address different kinds of wounds. Now a high-tech “smart dressing” can replace them.
The Joy of Singing
May 1, 2019 • 9 min
Research shows that singing in a group has health benefits. Experts discuss how singing is being used to treat one serious disease.
Homesickness
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
What we now call “homesickness” used to be a medical diagnosis called “nostalgia,” and it was considered life-threatening.
Training Doctors How To Communicate
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Doctors too often use language that’s indeceipherable to normal people. Efforts are underway at medical schools to teach doctors to speak in plain language. An expert at one such school and a participant in these classes discuss.
Incidental Genetic Findings
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Genetic testing has become a widespread reality in the past five years, but doctors are struggling with what many genetic findings really mean.
Heart Attacks in Young Women
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Surveys show young women are often unaware of their risk of a heart attack and are much less likely to go to the ER when a heart attack occurs. Experts discuss reasons and possible remedies.
Using Animals To Sniff Out Disease
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Experts discuss the use of animals to diagnose disease and their efforts to build machines that can do the same thing.
Anxiety
May 1, 2019 • 9 min
Anxiety is normal, but too much can be crippling; An author and anxiety sufferer discusses the nature of crippling anxiety and what people can do about it.
SCAD
May 1, 2019 • 18 min
Experts discuss heart attacks, known as SCAD, that are caused by arteries splitting open rather than blockages.
Restoring Doctors’ Compassion
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
A new movement in medicine seeks to put compassion back in medicine.
God and Genome
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Experts discuss a new platform where scientists and public can debate genetic science, and from which education can be disseminated.
Living Through Pain
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
A noted university professor who became a quadriplegic in a bicycle accident discusses her constant pain and the way it changes life.
Silent Reflux
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
An expert discusses telltale symptoms of silent reflux and the dietary triggers that can cause the disorder.
Your Brain With Tinnitus
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Scientists have discovered that tinnitus involves many more areas of the brain than just those involved with hearing. Experts explain what sufferers can do now.
The Power of Tears
May 1, 2019 • 7 min
Researchers are learning that tears shed for different reasons are chemically different. Experts discuss why it’s good for people to cry.
Medical Notes 17-06
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Chemo brain and breast cancer patients, excessive drinking and heart disease, and rude patients
Moderate Exercise
May 1, 2019 • 9 min
Studies are showing that people who train hard and long at running have death rates similar to couch potatoes. Experts discuss how much exercise is enough and how to make the most of light exercise.
Violence Against Healthcare Workers
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Experts discuss how and why attacks on health care workers occur and how hospitals and health care workers can do a better job preventing them.
Vaccination Refusal
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
A new survey shows more pediatricians are experiencing vaccination refusal, and while the reasons are evolving, they still often result from misinformation.
Social Anxiety in Children
May 1, 2019 • 7 min
Social anxiety disorder is more than just shyness. It can be crippling and keep people completely inside the house. An expert whose daughter was afflicted discusses social anxiety warning signs in children and how the disorder can be treated.
The Pro’s and Con’s of Gluten-Free
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
One expert explains which kinds of people would find the gluten-free diet appropriate and the pitfalls to avoid.
New Findings on Stuttering
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Stuttering has been blamed even fairly recently on parenting, but new research has several new findings including a much more successful way to treat stuttering.
Medical Notes 16-50
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Traffic deaths, where babies should sleep, and the importance of fiber
Emotional Support Animals
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
We discuss the mental health benefits of owning a dog, and the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for emotional support animals.
Medical Notes 16-35
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Fruits and vegetables as mood boosters, rising prostate cancer rates and living longer by reading.
The Dangers of Trash
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Most people don’t think much about what happens to their trash after they set it at the curb. But day in and day out, refuse workers have the most dangerous municipal job, with more injuries than police or firefighters.
The Psychology of Online Dating
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
A psychologist explains research showing most users take the wrong approach when seeking a good match online, and how to better their odds of finding true love.
Only Children…and Their Parents
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Only children have been villified for more than a century as inevitably selfish, spoiled and lonely. Yet research finds that children without siblings are psychologically quite similar to those with brothers and/or sisters. Today the proportion of…
Medical Notes 17-04
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: The limited benefit of cutting back on smoking but not quitting, low dose Aspirin use, and taking a sauna to fight dementia
Tickling
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Tickling is a unique application of the sense of touch that surprisingly has developmental and cultural importance.
Egg Freezing
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Freezing eggs in their 30’s allows women to preserve fertility well into their 40’s. Experts discuss the procedure and its uses.
Hardwiring Happiness
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
An expert neurologist discusses changes in thinking that can create more positive physical brain pathways, making us happier.
Poor Health and Prison
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Researchers have found that poor health and disabilities can be factors leading to prison. An expert discusses the life cycles that can make this occur.
Later Effects of Childhood Emotional Trauma
May 1, 2019 • 9 min
Children who suffer multiple traumas such as loss of a parent and physical abuse are much more likely to experience cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases as adults.
Exploding Head Syndrome
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
A sleep disorder strangely named “exploding head syndrome” may keep more than 10 percent of people awake at night by inflicting them with crashing sounds that only they can hear.
Making Joy In A Complicated World
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Experts discuss causes and remedies for seasonal affective disorder.
Measles and vaccination
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Measles is more widespread than it has been in years. The current measles outbreak in several states has prompted questions about the responsibility of parents to have their children immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. Experts discuss this…
Children’s Mental Health Treatment
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to treat mental illness in children and adolescents and efforts to be sure they’re prepared.
What Your Therapist Is Thinking
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
A well-known psychotherapist describes what therapists are thinking while the patient is talking and how these thoughts guide treatment.
Beat Deafness
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Some people simply have no rhythm. A small percentage may be “beat deaf,” the rhythmic equivalent of tone deafness.
Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome is often misdiagnosed and remains difficult to treat. However, children often outgrow the disorder as it transitions into migraine headaches.
Medical Notes 16-36
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Your gut and Alzheimer’s, trauma centers and emergency care and American’s height have plateaued.
Learning from Traditional Societies
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
An expert discusses his study of traditional native societies, which shows how human genetics have not adapted to change.
Medical Notes 17-02
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Autism’s link to the protein NSR100, an update about the zika virus, and the harsh punishments dished out by those who are sleep deprived
Photographic Memory
May 1, 2019 • 9 min
Some people who remember things extremely well may claim they have a “photographic memory,” but some experts say such a thing doesn’t really exist. Experts discuss how memory works.
The Health Effects of Loneliness
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Studies are now showing that loneliness and social isolation not only affect our mental health but also have profound effects on our physical health, and increase the risk of death substantially.
Medical Notes 17-07
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Underreported deaths from diabetes, treating autism symptoms with a TB drug, and using music to stave off Alzheimer’s
The Return of Workplace Wellness
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Experts discuss how corporate wellness plans work and whether the effort shows up favorably on the bottom line.
NFL Team Doctors: In Whose Interest?
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Injured NFL players are treated by doctors employed by teams, but a Harvard study claims there is an inherent conflict of interest in that arrangement.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Experts explain how better prevention efforts for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder could greatly reduce a wide variety of social problems.
DTC Genetic Testing
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Genetic testing is now available to consumers to satisfy a variety of desires, however, risks come with what doctors say is incomplete knowledge.
Autism in Girls
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
Doctors are learning that autism shows up differently in girls’ behavior as a result of brain differences. This leaves many girls with autism undiagnosed.
Pet Obesity
May 1, 2019 • 9 min
Experts discuss why pet obesity is a problem and ways pet owners can keep their furry friends healthy.
New Tech In Contact Lenses
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
30 million Americans wear contact lenses, but today’s high tech lenses are vastly superior to those of a few decades ago. Even so, most contact wearers don’t maintain their lenses correctly.
How Income Affects Life Expectancy
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Average life expectancy in the US is increasing, but among lower income people it is not, and the lifespan gap between rich and poor is increasing.
Online Pharmacies, Fake Drugs
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Consumers who purchase medicines online are taking a big risk-experts say 97% of online “pharmacies” are rogue sites operating illegally. Experts discuss how consumers can buy safely.
The Safety of Self-Driving Cars
May 1, 2019 • 18 min
Self-driving cars are being developed more rapidly than most experts thought possible. But even if they’re technically possible, can we be assured of their safety?
Presenteeism
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Experts discuss the huge cost of presenteeism on the economy and the accommodations that could save businesses billions of dollars.
Correcting Color Blindness
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Color blindness affects up to eight percent of men. Experts explain color blindness and the glasses that can treat it.
Distracted Teen Drivers
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Graduated driver’s license programs have improved teen driving records, but a new study finds they are often distracted before crashes. Experts discuss distracted driving and ways to get teens to pay attention on the road.
Infant Sleep and Shaken Babies
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
New parents are often at wits’ end when their baby won’t sleep. Infants who won’t sleep and cry inconsolably are also at major risk of being victims of shaken baby syndrome. Experts discuss the connection and ways babies can be more reliable sleepers.
Police response and the mentally ill
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Specially trained crisis intervention teams have spread around the country to prevent deaths, injuries, and unneccessary incarceration.
Medical Notes 16-41
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Wearable monitors don’t help with weight loss, morning sickness and open floor plans effect on eating.
Navigating the Digestive System
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Most people have little idea what goes on in the digestive system. A science writer explains everything she found during an exhaustive investigation.
How Kids Can Take Control of Chronic Disease
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Children with chronic diseases often have a tough time transitioning from pediatric care to adult care, which has to be managed by the patient.
Inflammation and Depression
May 1, 2019 • 18 min
Inflammation, which is part of many illnesses and infections, has been found in brain cells and is being implicated as a cause of depression.
High Risk Organ Donors
May 1, 2019 • 18 min
High risk organ donations and even organs carrying diseases that never would have been acceptable before are now able to be used if recipients accept them.
The High Health Cost of Sugar
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
One expert describes why he believes sugar is to blame for the obesity epidemic, and changes that made sugar a larger part of our diets.
Medical Notes 16-46
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Depression and anti-depressants, alcohol’s link to fertility, and liver friendly vodka?
Misophonia
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
A surprisingly large number of people become agitated when they hear sounds such as chewing, slurping or sniffling. This disorder, misophonia, is largely unknown, but researchers believe audio processing is mis-routed to rage centers in the brain.
How Weather Causes Pain
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Experts discuss different conditions affected by weather, why pain responds to weather changes and possible remedies to some of these maladies.
The Traumatized Brain
May 1, 2019 • 9 min
Traumatic brain injuries may produce cognitive and personality changes months later. An expert explains these injuries and how to prevent some of the consequences.
Medical Notes 16-48
May 1, 2019 • 2 min
Medical Notes this week: Teen pregnancy, headaches connection to the thyroid, a gas saving myth, teaching kids to type and soda taxes
Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Holidays
May 1, 2019 • 9 min
Experts discuss causes and remedies for seasonal affective disorder.
Medical Notes 16-44
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Americans aren’t getting flu shots, acne slows aging skin, and kidney stones and roller coasters.
Locked-In Syndrome
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Some people who have a stroke in the brain stem suffer from a condition where they are fully aware yet cannot move a muscle, except for sometimes the eyes.
Twice Exceptional Children
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
Many people feel that gifted children don’t need any help because they’re talented, but some have disabilities that are not identified because they are masked by their gifts.
Misunderstanding Autism
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Experts describe how misunderstanding autism has drastically affected treatment, and how schools and other institutions can change their approach to improve treatment.
The Risk of the Front Passenger Seat
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Few people are aware that the vehicle occupant most likely to be hurt in a crash is the one in the front passenger seat. Experts discuss how car occupants can protect themselves from injury.
Hurdles to Hearing Aids
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Only about a fifth of people who could use hearing aids have them. An audiologist, hearing aid manufacturer, and hearing aid user discuss why.
Doctor Suicide
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Experts discuss the coverup of doctor suicides, the reasons behind depression in doctors, and why doctors who are depressed are less likely than normal to get help.
Medical Notes 16-45
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Turning carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into ethanol, laser eye surgery, and the accuracy of online symptom checkers.
Medical Notes 16-39
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: The Zika virus and tears, obesity and increased cancer risk and head lice are becoming resistant to treatment.
Power Naps at Work
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Most employers believe the workplace is no place to nap, but research links a short nap in the middle of the day to increased productivity.
The Powerful Influence of Friends
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
An expert discusses the many ways friends determine our destinies.
Leprosy
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
We hear little about leprosy today, but it still exists, and because it’s now treatable, often the stigma is worse than the disease.
PANDAS: Dangerous Aftereffects of a Strep Throat
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
Strep infection may prompt a severe reaction in some children, causing their own immune system to attack cells in the brain.
Multitasking
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Multitasking seems like a necessity for most people, and most of us think it inproves our efficiency. Researchers discuss why our brains can’t do two things at once, and why “supertaskers” may be different.
Epi-Pen Price Hikes
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Experts discuss the economics involved with the Epi-Pen price hike and what patients can do to be protected without going broke.
Affluenza
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Some young people have escaped jail by claiming “affluenza:” their wealthy parents instilled no moral compass, so they believed they could do anything without consequence.
Direct to Consumer Drug Advertising
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Experts discuss the pro’s and cons of direct to consumer advertising and its effect on patients and physicians.
Safety Minute
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
This week’s Safety Minute from the National Safety council is on back to school safety.
Dupuytren disease and Disabled Hands
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Dupuytren disease is the most common disorder crippling hands that most people have never heard of, and it stubbornly resists treatment.
Mindless Eating
May 1, 2019 • 6 min
People eat for reasons other than satisfying hunger, and those reasons play a great role in whether we eat too much or not. Experts discuss the role of the environment in our appetites and how we may use it to stay slim.
PBC: Liver Autoimmune Disease
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
A variety of liver diseases may cause test results that mimic alcohol-related cirrhosis. One, known as PBC, is the second largest reason for liver transplants in women.
Lupus and the Skin
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
A minority of patients have lupus only on the skin, and while this is not life threatening, it can still be psychologically devastating.
Air Pollution and Lung Health
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
Air pollution is blamed for one of every eight deaths worldwide, including 200,000 in the US each year. A noted lung physician discusses some of the diseases smog can cause and ways to keep your lungs safe.
Medical Notes 16-38
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Too much good cholesterol, the connection between sleep and learning, and fungal diseases are destroying banana crops.
Exoskeletons: Enabling Paraplegics To Walk Again
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Motorized, computer-controlled braces are making the concept of the bionic human into reality. Experts discuss how these exoskeletons work and how they may be used in the future.
Gossip
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
While backbiting, vicious slander is usually disruptive, researchers have found that informational gossip has benefits for society.
Car Crashes and PTSD
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Car accident survivors and one of the world’s foremost experts discuss variables that make PTSD worse and essentials victims must carry out to recover.
Grief
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
Everyone deals with grief at one time or another. An expert discusses how it’s experienced by most people, and a writer/illustrator discusses his experience dealing with his spouse’s sudden death.
Dealing With the Empty Nest
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
A psychotherapist discusses common reactions and strategies for renewing purpose living in the empty nest.
Botox and Depression
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
Many people are familiar with the use of Botox to reduce wrinkles and frown lines. But Botox can also be used to reduce the effects of depression. One of the principal researchers on this subject explains.
Sibling Abuse
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Psychological or physical abuse by siblings is much more common than most people realize. Experts discuss warning signs of abuse and how parents can act without endangering the family.
Brain Injury and Homelessness
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Research shows many homeless men have suffered a traumatic brain injury, raising the possibility that TBIs may cause behaviors directly leading to homelessness.
Medical Notes 16-43
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Alcohol and the heart, menopause and cardiovascular disease, and the myth of muscle memory.
Fungal Sinusitis
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Many people who have chronic sinusitis may have an allergic reaction to fungi rather than a bacterial infection and treatments for the two are completely different.
Double Dipping and the Five Second Rule
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Party snacks are prime territory for contamination. A scientist discusses the myth of the five second rule.
Preserving Life Versus Prolonging Death
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
An award winning science writer discusses her experience observing how medical professionals and patients differ in their acceptance of impending death, and what families need to know to navigate the end of life toward a “good death.”
Medical Notes 17-01
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Health and female physicians, Aspirin’s link to lower pancreatic cancer risk, New Year’s resolutions
Food Addiction
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Experts explain the brain chemistry of food addiction, how it is virtually identical to the chemistry of drug addiction and alcoholism, and what it means for the nation’s fight against obesity.
The Benefits of Fear
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
During the Halloween season, many people seek out frightening experiences. This controlled fear has a psychological and developmental purpose, as an expert explains.
The Nature of Addiction
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
Many people have misconceptions about what addiction is and is not. A noted British journalist explains how these myths fuel the war on drugs, and alternatives that might curb addiction and drug trafficking.
Child Suicide Survivors
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Experts discuss the right and wrong ways to help children cope with parental suicide.
Curing Sinusitis
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Many people confuse allergies, colds, and sinus infections. A physician describes the differences, and the new ways sinusitis can be treated.
Drug Abuse and Personality
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
New science has discovered that certain personality types are predictably predisposed to addiction risk, and that educational efforts can be targeted to them effectively.
Miscommunication and Color Energy
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Scott Schwefel, author of Discover Yourself discusses an innovative way to classify communication styles to avoid miscommunication and conflict.
Our New Genetic Knowledge
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
A physician and Pulitzer-prize winning author explains what our new genetic knowledge means for our medical future.
The Future of Little People
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Experts, all little people themselves, discuss major causes of dwarfism and the prospect of treatments that could one day make little people much more rare.
Amnesia: Waking up in the future
May 1, 2019 • 18 min
It’s rare for people to lose their memory of past events. An expert discusses why doctors believe it occurs, and a woman to whom it happened recounts her experience.
Uncertainty In Medicine
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Diagnostic tests are often less certain in their results than people think, making patients sometimes doubt doctors’ competence.
The Salt Bomb
May 1, 2019 • 11 min
Experts discuss why salt is such a health problem and what the federal government is doing to push food processors toward reducing salt content in our diets.
Varicose Veins
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
An expert physician explains what varicose veins are and new treatments that simplify getting rid of them.
Baby Talk
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Experts discuss why and how parents should hold “conversations” with their babies.
Lew Body Dementia
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Lewy body dementia affects 1.4 million Americans, with symptoms commonly misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease.
Rethinking Parenting
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
An expert discusses why conventional wisdom about raising kids is often all wrong.
Doctor’s Obesity Bias
May 1, 2019 • 19 min
Studies show that doctors are as biased as the rest of us against people who are overweight, resulting in lectures, misdiagnoses, and patients who avoid the doctor.
Kidney Stones in Kids
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Experts discuss why the risk of kidney stones in kids is rising, why doctors still sometimes miss the diagnosis, and how kidney stones are treated in children.
Medical Notes: Week of July 15, 2018
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 15, 2018. Despite cancer screening’s potential risks, many Americans still want it. Then, a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology finds those who take aspirin have nearly…
Hospitals and Housing
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
Experts discuss their “housing first” approach and how it is helping to reduce healthcare costs for the homeless population.
Misunderstanding Autism
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Experts describe how misunderstandings about autism has drastically affected treatment and what changes are needed to improve treatment.
The High Health Cost of Sugar
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
An expert describes why he believes sugar is to blame for obesity, and the changes in the market and government advisories that made sugar a much heavier part of our diets.
Adult Bullies—More Common Than We Think
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Experts describe adult bullying, where and how it occurs most, what they are seeking, who they target, why it continues, and what needs to happen to stop it.
Anxiety and Depression-Not a Chemical Imbalance?
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
For decades, doctors have believed depression and anxiety were the result of chemical imbalances. However, a journalist’s investigation shows there are many factors involved.
Violence Against Healthcare Workers
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Experts discuss how and why attacks on healthcare workers occur and how hospitals and health care workers can do a better job preventing them.
Odd Medical Treatments of the Past
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
An expert examines how far we’ve come in medicine, leading him to conclude doctors in ancient Greece provided better care than those in the US 150 years ago.
Heart Attacks in Young Women
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Surveys show young women are often unaware of their risk for a heart attack and are much less likely to go to the emergency room when one occurs.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
May 1, 2019 • 18 min
Polycystic ovary syndrome affects about 10% of American women, but has such a wide variety of troubling symptoms that it’s often misdiagnosed.
“Broken Heart Syndrome”
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
When a person suffers a severe emotional shock, they may suffer what looks like a heart attack most recover but this can be fatal, confirming that it is possible to die of a broken heart.
Long Term Psychological Damage of Natural Disasters
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Mega-storms such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria disrupt uncounted lives and leave psychological scars that can last for decades and recur every hurricane season.
Staying Calm in Stressful Times
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
Meditation and mindfulness could be in even more demand as civility declines and stress increases. An expert explains how it works.
Medical Notes 17-50
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Concern about a potential Parkinson’s disease pandemic, how stress prevents aging in cells, and Botox to relieve migraines
Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Holidays
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Some people may get the blues or worse as the days get shorter, they suffer from seasonal affective disorder, a chemical change in the brain caused by decreased exposure to sunlight.
Medical Notes 17-49
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Adults are bullied as much as children, why aging predictors don’t work, and a link between air pollution and stress
Misconstrued Body Basics
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Many people have questions about their bodies that seem so silly, they never bring them up with their doctors.
Hangovers
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches an expert discusses why hangovers occur and what might work to prevent them and recover from them.
Medical Notes 17-48
May 1, 2019 • 2 min
Questions around using stents to reduce chest pain, incidents of asthma are on the rise, exercise is the key to maintaining weight loss, and the importance of variety in relationships
Medical Notes 17-47
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and a link to children developing ADHD, a new treatment for COPD, women and test anxiety, and how smell sensitivity varies by time of day
Navigating the Aging Process
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Two experts discuss managing the transition from complete independence as we age.
Medical Notes 17-46
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
The negative impact from long lists of negative side effects, too much exercise, broccoli to combat digestion issues, and the distracting dashboard
“Big Chicken”
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Poultry farming has become heavily industrialized, in part through the use of antibiotics in feed. This contributes to the spread of antibiotic resistance, as an expert author explains.
Medical Notes 17-45
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Concussions link to multiple sclerosis, the impact of severe asthma, and addiction to tanning salons
Medical Notes 17-44
May 1, 2019 • 2 min
Plummeting breast cancer death rates, detecting concussions with an app, reluctancy to use AEDs, vaping over traditional cigarettes, and the impact of mental health on the effectiveness of flu shots
Exploding Head Syndrome
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
A sleep disorder strangely named “exploding head syndrome” may keep more than 10 percent of people awake at night by inflicting them with crashing sounds that only they can hear.
Including Females In Basic Research
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Only about a third of research subjects in clinical studies are women this results in poor understanding of how new drugs work on women.
Medical Notes 17-42
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
More effects from the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s water supply, air pollution increases the risk of kidney disease, and a link between menopause and happiness
Why the Opposition To Later School Start Times?
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Experts discuss how students and even the economy would benefit from later school start times and the reasons many people and school districts still oppose the change
Medical Notes 17-41
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Youth football before the age of 12 may be especially damaging to the brain, time consuming electronic health records, and more women than men are going to college
Medical Notes 17-40
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
A rise in death from stroke, probiotics to fight peanut allergies, and the average age that men become dads is rising
Declining Fertility Rates
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Experts explain that dropping fertility rates in the US may not be as good a thing as we may think, and may lead to labor shortages and elderly populations.
Medical Notes 17-39
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
A new test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, estrogen therapy helping fight off gum disease, and changing grocery shopping habits at the start of the school year
Medical Notes 17-38
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Opioid addiction and improper disposal of painkillers, proteins link to a healthier gut, and the proliferation of mommy-shaming
Do Cardiologists Know Nutrition?
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
A healthy diet is one of the best weapons against heart disease, yet new studies show cardiologists (as well as other physicians) are woefully deficient in nutritional knowledge
Medical Notes 17-36
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Rust in the brain causing Alzheimer’s, feeling tired on the job, and smart stairs that spare leg pain
Pet Obesity
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
Experts discuss why pet obesity is a problem and ways pet owners can keep their furry friends healthy.
Medical Notes 17-35
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
A new blood test for Alzheimer’s disease, a malaria drug to combat Zika, and evolutions role in restless nights
Medical Notes 17-34
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Fertility in men in the western world is falling, how the poor function of taste buds could lead to obesity, and a link between alcohol and recall
Medical Notes 17-33
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
The number of college students binge drinking is dropping, the physical and mental demands of staying healthy, and sweating less if you have a tattoo
Death Prep
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Even though death is part of life, few people prepare for it by collecting important documents and contact points that survivors will need to know.
The Risks of Egg Donation
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Egg donation is not regulated, and while short term risks are known, few donors have been followed for years. Experts discuss what we know and what we don’t.
Medical Notes 17-32
May 1, 2019 • 2 min
A link between poor sleep and Alzheimer’s, convincing people to eat more vegetables, a natural compound that helps people live longer, and the negative effects from late night snacking
Medical Notes 17-31
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Proton-pump inhibitors and an increased risk of death, a new link between drinking coffee and a lower risk of several diseases, and worse cold symptoms if you are lonely
Medical Notes 17-30
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Smartphone use and carpal tunnel syndrome, the effect of pesticides on pregnant women, and the link between sex and brain power
Medical Notes 17-28
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
A new treatment for ulcerative colitis, the effects of smoking on future generations, and wind farms that help crops grow
Medical Notes 17-26
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Technology and parenting, exhaustion in doctors, and abusive bosses
Medical Notes 17-24
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Health benefits of banning trans fats, diagnosing lung cancer with a swab of the nose, and a link between Tweeting and weight loss
Giggling Epilepsy
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Epilepsy can show itself in many ways, including as episodes of giggling and laughing.
Medical Notes 17-23
May 1, 2019 • 2 min
pot smoking among pregnant teens, lead poisoning from target practice, painkiller abuse, and employees who work from home work longer hours
Medical Notes 17-22
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Going gluten free, kidney transplants in children, and incidents of bullying are dropping
Alternatives to Opioids for Pain
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
The crisis with opioid painkillers is making doctors look at alternative medicine therapies for a substitute for these drugs.
Medical Notes 17-21
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Going gluten free, kidney transplants in children, and incidents of bullying are dropping
Medical Notes 17-20
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Umbilical cord blood being studied to treat dementia, pregnancy after cancer, and the brain process that makes people want to have their left side is their “good side”
Intergenerational Living
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Some retirement homes are offering local college students room and board in return for interaction with elderly residents.
Elephant DNA: The secret to cancer suppression?
May 1, 2019 • 18 min
Some animals, such as elephants, almost never get cancer, and scientists have learned that the elephant DNA repair system is 20 times more powerful than the human system
Medical Notes 17-19
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Sugary beverages and poor memory, mindfulness not affecting men, and the temperament of babies varies by where they live
Cancer Treatment and Sex
May 1, 2019 • 10 min
Many patients are shy about bringing up the effect cancer treatment has on sexual function, unaware there are ways to help.
Bariatric Surgery in Teenagers
May 1, 2019 • 15 min
The proportion of severely obese teenagers continues to rise, but teens are often held back until even bariatric surgery isn’t enough to return them to normal weight
Doing Too Much For Terminal Patients
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
A critical care physician discusses how doctors are learning to resist their impulses to over-treat.
Penicillin Allergy? Probably Not
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Experts discuss how penicillin allergy misdiagnoses happen and what results when so many of us avoid the most effective, yet cheapest antibiotic.
Workplace Genetic Testing
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Workers are protected from having to take genetic tests for employers, however, a bill under consideration would allow corporate wellness plans to ask workers for a test
Cancer Research Recruitment
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
Clinical trials drive medical advancement, but cancer clinical trials seldom meet their goals in recruiting patients.
Putting the Brakes on Environmental Regulation
May 1, 2019 • 16 min
Experts on each side of the climate change debate discuss pro’s and con’s of EPA cuts.
Medical Notes: Week of March 26, 2017
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
A look at top medical headlines for the week of March 26, 2017: A breakthrough in a blood test for cancer, treatment for pitching injuries, and the link between productivity and a good sex life.
Medical Notes: Week of March 19, 2017
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 19, 2017, including: Mental health treatment linked to stroke, waking up early to stay healthy, and the benefits of working from home.
Shortening the Course of Antibiotics
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Since the introduction of antibiotics doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran longer than necessary but bacterial resistance is forcing a reevaluation.
Medical Notes: Week of March 12, 2017
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 12, 2017, including: The increase in drug overdose deaths, vitamin D to ward off infections, and drug prices.
Tone Deafness
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Many people sing badly and think they’re tone deaf, but a surprisingly low proportion of them truly can’t tell one note from another.
Medical Notes: Week of March 5, 2017
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes this week: Opioid addicts and amnesia, traffics link to domestic violence, driving and concussion recovery, and the affects of strict discipline
Medical Notes: Week of February 26, 2017
May 1, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 26, 2017, including: Pregnancy and baby aspirin, obesity and education, toxic snow.
Can Primary Care Doctors End the Opioid Epidemic
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
Primary care doctors can treat opioid addiction in their offices using drug substitution therapy potentially erasing the stigma of getting treatment.
Medical Notes: Week of June 3, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A new link between specific genes and depression, the potential to use a certain protein to treat sundown syndrome in Alzheimer’s patients, and new research on an increased risk of death after the death of a spouse.
Autism and Substance Abuse
Apr 28, 2019 • 12 min
Recent studies show that people with autism are twice as likely as others to engage in substance abuse, contrary to previous belief that they are extremely unlikely to use drugs or alcohol. An expert and an author who has used alcohol to cope with his…
Medical Notes: Week of August 5, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 5, 2018 including: a new drug to help with excessive sweating which impacts 15 millions Americans. The FDA has approved a new epilepsy drug derived from marijuana. And a new study shows having the…
Tick Paralysis
Apr 28, 2019 • 10 min
Summer is tick season, and tick bites are common. However, bites from a couple of types of ticks can produce paralysis and even death if the tick is not removed quickly. An expert discusses.
Increasing Osteoporosis
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
Osteoporosis is increasing as America ages. However, fewer people are being tested for bone density and are agreeing to treatment because of side effects of osteoporosis medications. Experts discuss the devastating effects of increased broken bones and…
PTSD in Kids
Apr 28, 2019 • 9 min
Mental health experts once believed that children were too young to remember traumas well enough to suffer much from post-traumatic stress disorder. Now they know that children as young as 2 or 3 can be affected, often for the rest of their lives. An…
Medical Notes: Week of July 1, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
New recommendations for earlier colorectal cancer screenings, low rates of folic acid consumption by pregnant women, exercise may not improve prevent cognitive impairment, and more evidence that drinking soda leads to weight gain.
Doctors Obesity Bias
Apr 28, 2019 • 17 min
Studies show that medical professionals are as biased as the rest of us against people who are overweight, resulting in lectures, misdiagnoses, and patients who start avoiding the doctor. Experts explain the problem, results, and what might be done about…
Lonely College Students
Apr 28, 2019 • 16 min
Studies show that college students are America’s loneliest people—even more so than the elderly—even though they’re surrounded by people and activities. The role of technology is discussed in isolating students, and the role of changing culture toward…
Medical Notes: Week of September 30, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 2 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 30, 2018 including: A vaccine for acne, a “good cholesterol” correlation to heart attacks, and solutions for “I-pad neck.” Finally, designating a driver for, “The morning after.”
Drowning: It Doesn’t Look Like You Think
Apr 28, 2019 • 7 min
Seven hundred children under age 15 drown in the US each year, most within sight of a parent or other adult. Experts discuss one major reason: drowning doesn’t look like most people picture it, and so are unaware the child is in trouble.
Medical Notes: Week of October 7, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 7, 2018 including: Identifying Alzheimer’s at an early age, sleepless nights due to restless leg syndrome, and finally, wrinkles and an increased chance for heart disease.
Medical Notes: Week of June 24, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at new proposed hypertension guidelines, youth baseball injuries, and drinking coffee to be have more productive meetings.
Drug Abuse and Harm Reduction
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
As the opioid crisis continues, the city of Vancouver, BC, has found that a harm reduction approach helps addicts move to safer drug use and eventually getting clean. An author who’s watched the process discusses the controversial approach of officially…
Tackling High Drug Prices
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
The White House has rolled out a plan to reduce the cost of prescription drugs nationally. Experts and those involved discuss elements of the plan and how it might work.
Summer Eye Protection
Apr 28, 2019 • 8 min
Summer is when people want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Skin protection and sunscreen are something most of us consider, but overexposure to UV rays is extremely dangerous to the eyes as well.
An Unusual Court Challenge to Obamacare
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
A number of court cases have challenged the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, and the federal government has always defended the law—until now, and a Federal Court case brought by the State of Texas. With the stakes increased, experts discuss…
Medical Notes: Week of October 14, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 14, 2018 including: A new anti-depressant to help mothers experiencing postpartum depression, an asthma drug that may help reduce the damaging effects of multiple sclerosis, and finally, angry…
Autism and Prodigies
Apr 28, 2019 • 10 min
Behavioral similarities between prodigies and some people with autism have long been noted. Now some researchers are beginning to find genetic links between the two phenomena. Experts discuss findings and their implications for autism treatment.
Medical Notes: Week of July 8, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
Concerns over flu deaths in children has experts concerned, a new study shows it is possible to catch up on lost sleep, and finally there is evidence that what a doctor wears can impact how patient’s feel about them.
Is Sex Addiction Real?
Apr 28, 2019 • 16 min
The authoritative DSM-5 manual used by psychiatrists does not accept sex addiction as a real addiction, yet many doctors insist it’s as real as any other compulsion. Experts and an admitted former sex addict discuss the disorder, its treatment, and the…
Addiction, Relapse and Criminalization
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
After criminal convictions, many people with substance use disorder are placed on probation with the condition they remain completely drug free. They are often jailed when they relapse, setting back recovery and removing them from treatment that helps…
Medical Uncertainty
Apr 28, 2019 • 9 min
Many patients want certainty in diagnoses, especially when they’ve had expensive diagnostic tests. However, those tests are often less certain in their results than people think, making patients sometimes doubt doctors’ competence.
Babies and Their Gut Bacteria
Apr 28, 2019 • 11 min
Children have up to five times as much asthma and allergies as their grandparents, and a new study shows that an imbalance of gut bacteria in the first year of life may be why. An expert pediatrician discusses why this occurs and ways to address the…
Polyamines
Apr 28, 2019 • 12 min
Researchers have discovered a variety of components in foods that are essential to health but are low in quantity in most diets. One of these is a set of compounds called polyamines. Researchers explain what they are, how they work, and how people can…
Enhancing Food Safety
Apr 28, 2019 • 7 min
Increasing recalls for food contamination have scared many Americans. A noted expert discusses why contamination scares are becoming more common, what government and producers are doing to protect us, and what we can do in our own kitchens to make foods…
Medical Notes: Week of June 10, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
Researchers may have found the cause of polycystic ovary syndrome, another study showing the impact on brain health from tackle football, and researchers at UCLA may have found an antidote to hangovers.
Medical Notes: Week of July 22, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 22, 2018. Some of the topics this week include an alarming study showing an increase in suicide rates. Two surveys, one that polled parents and one that polled pediatricians, revealing very…
Doctor Suicide
Apr 28, 2019 • 12 min
Doctors are attempting suicide in high numbers, and are much more likely than the general population to complete it. Experts discuss the coverup of doctor suicides, the reasons behind depression in doctors, and why doctors who are depressed are less…
Presenteeism
Apr 28, 2019 • 14 min
Presenteeism is when people go to work at less than peak efficiency due to illness, injury or distraction. Experts discuss the huge cost to the economy, the chronic illnesses that exact the most cost, and the accommodations that could save businesses…
Coping With the Empty Nest
Apr 28, 2019 • 11 min
Parents who have spent 18 years or more raising children often feel lost when the last child leaves home for college or their own place. A psychotherapist discusses common reactions and strategies for renewing purpose living in the empty nest.
The “Other” Side of Military Science
Apr 28, 2019 • 13 min
Most people think of military science in terms of defeating the other side. But it also involves keeping our troops sheltered, clothed, fed, and protected from adversaries like exhaustion, infection, heat and noise. A noted investigative journalist…
Firefighters and PTSD
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
Firefighters have extremely high rates of PTSD, similar to combat soldiers, yet are very reluctant to seek help. Experts discuss reasons for this reluctance, results of it, and how new efforts at peer counseling may help ease the psychological strain.
Medical Notes: Week of June 17, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
Using an eczema drug to treat asthma, scientists are developing a biomedical tattoo to catch cancer early, exercise is likely the key to not having a heart attack, and why chewing gum and walking is good exercise.
Medical Notes: Week of July 29, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 2 min
A look at the top medical notes for the week of July 29, 2018. Some of the topics covered include: a new app in California to review doctors, a study on bacteria in surgical implants, the role obesity plays, before and after menopause, in a woman’s risk…
The Baseball Rule
Apr 28, 2019 • 10 min
People injured by foul balls at major league baseball games have little chance of recovering damages against teams because of a more-than century old judicial rule that essentially says fans know the risk they’re taking by attending. Experts explain the…
Medical Notes: Week of October 28, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 0 min
Medical Notes for the week of October 28, 2018 including: hay fever vaccines, egg freezing becoming common for young women, and finally more evidence supporting the existence of junk food addiction.
Medical Notes: Week of October 21, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
Top medical notes & headlines for the week of October 21, 2018, including: A new study suggest gum disease may kick start Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly half of Americans spend most of the work day sitting, and some have now installed treadmill desks.…
Medical Notes: Week of November 4th, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 2 min
Medical Notes for the week of November 4th, 2018 including: post surgery opioid addiction in women, risks of drinking one drink per day, intestinal bacteria ties to obesity in toddlers, and lung cancer death decreases in California due to anti-smoking…
Electroshock Therapy Today
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
Electroconvulsive therapy still has a stigma, with the reputation of being a painful, disturbing procedure that wipes out memories and, if movies are to be believed, even creates zombies. Experts explain the reality—that ECT is a quiet procedure that…
Gene Research and Our Future
Apr 28, 2019 • 14 min
Gene research has made incredible leaps in the last decade. A physician/Pulitzer-prize winning author explains what our new knowledge means for our immediate medical future, given our struggles with genetic knowledge in the past.
Medical Notes: Week of September 9, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 9, 2018 including: A connection between adolescent drinking and adult prostate cancer, a study on music preferences related to income, and finally, matching musical tastes to dating profiles to…
Medical Notes: Week of August 19, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 19, 2018 including: a study on how stress changes our genes, research on artificially sweetened drinks being beneficial to colon cancer patients, a report on why study drugs don’t work, and…
Medical Notes: Week of August 26, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 26, 2018 including: Germs resistant to hand sanitizers, a new study regarding removing children’s tonsils and adult health, a report on biological age vs chronological age, and finally, is calorie…
Baseball Pitchers and Arm Injuries
Apr 28, 2019 • 11 min
Major League Baseball teams spend $1.7 billion annually on pitchers, yet it is an extremely risky investment. Teams haven’t figured out how to prevent all-too-frequent arm injuries, which are now filtering down to children as well. A journalist who…
Medical Notes: Week of September 2, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 2, 2018 including: High blood pressure links to dementia, then osteoporosis genetic screening tests, and finally, is friendship timeless?
Medical Notes: Week of September 23, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 23, 2018 including: Unplanned pregnancy associations to attachment insecurity, the ideal amount of hours you should spend sleep, and what’s the safest level of alcohol consumption?
Medical Notes: Week of September 16, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 16, 2018 including: Women and heart attack survival rates, the leading cause of death for people with disabilities ages 45 years and younger, and finally free food at the workplace and its cost…
Medical Notes: Week of August 12, 2018
Apr 28, 2019 • 1 min
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 12, 2018 including: a new study about colonoscopies and bacterial infections, then research on how a glass of wine can ward off PMS, and finally how concern about future stress can make the…
Preventing Bullying of Kids with Disabilities
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
Many children are bullied, especially in the middle school years, and many parents worry about their kids, especially if the parents have experienced this themselves growing up. But kids with disabilities are about twice as likely to be victims as those…
Unraveling The Mystery of the Flu
Apr 28, 2019 • 12 min
The flu’s unique ability to mutate makes it one of the toughest diseases to solve, as it evades vaccines and treatment. It also has a deadly history, which prompts fears each flu season. A noted expert discusses all about the flu and its myths.
Medical Notes: Week of April 28, 2019
Apr 28, 2019 • 2 min
Medical Notes for the week of April 28, 2019 including: How the medication Celebrex might be increasing Heart valve disease, then what you eat can sabotage your flu shot. Then, adult cannabis use and the correlation of increased need for more sedatives…
Penicillin Allergy: Not Really, Most of the Time
Apr 28, 2019 • 16 min
Millions of Americans believe they are allergic to penicillin. However, most of them are wrong. Experts discuss how these misdiagnoses happen and what results when so many of us avoid the most effective, yet cheapest antibiotic.
Medical Notes: Week of April 21, 2019
Apr 26, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of April 21, 2019 including a new study concludes the number one public health threat worldwide is a poor diet. Then, rapid eye movement sleep disorder and the link to Parkinson’s disease, and, a rare form of cancer has now been…
Heart Disease Misinformation
Apr 24, 2019 • 11 min
Heart disease is often preventable, but how people look at it often keeps them from doing as much about it as they could. Often this is a result of myth and misinformation. An expert physician discusses some of the most harmful of these myths.
Mental Health In The ER
Apr 21, 2019 • 17 min
Many people having a mental health crisis go to the emergency room. However, ER’s are not well equipped to handle them, and many patients are boarded there for hours or even days without treatment. Experts discuss the reasons for the failure, the outcomes…
Medical Notes: Week of April 14, 2019
Apr 19, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of April 14, 2019 including: A major study showing a daily aspirin does nothing to prolong life, and increases risk in gastrointestinal bleeding. Then, soda with sugar and the connection to heart death and increased cancer…
Friends - The most Powerful Influence on our Lives
Apr 17, 2019 • 12 min
Research shows that friends are the most powerful people in our lives, influencing our behavior, attitudes and health even more than our parents or spouses. An expert discusses the many ways friends determine our destinies.
The Miracle Of Transplants
Apr 14, 2019 • 16 min
Organ transplantation has dramatically changed lives and is raising hopes it could do even more for millions of people. But getting where we are has not been easy. A transplant surgeon traces the history of transplant research and notes the courage to…
Medical Notes: Week of April 7, 2019
Apr 12, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of April 7, 2019 including: The average american eats enough eggs a week to raise risk for heart attack or death. Then, a study indicating common heartburn medications are being linked to kidney failure and chronic kidney…
Symptom Searching on the Internet
Apr 10, 2019 • 11 min
One of the most popular searches on Google is for symptoms and what they mean. It’s created a much more well informed patient population, but one that may panic at the least pain or discomfort. Two experts discuss how to think of symptoms and how to…
Examining “Medicare For All”
Apr 7, 2019 • 17 min
Congressional plans, one from each side of the political spectrum, are competing to blow up the current healthcare system. Here experts examine one of them—the left’s bid to replace private insurers with a government-run single-payer plan labeled…
The Rising Tide of Rudeness
Apr 3, 2019 • 13 min
Studies show a rudeness epidemic in the US, and that people are profoundly affected when they experience or even witness it occurring to someone else. Two experts discuss.
Medical Notes: Week of March 31, 2019
Mar 31, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of March 31, 2019 including: A nasal spray to treat depression called Esketamine. Then, parent skills that can help navigate conflict with teens. Finally, fast food now accounts for 11% of the energy intake in the United States.
“Difficult” Patients: Questioning Authority
Mar 31, 2019 • 15 min
Patients used to accept doctors’ orders without question. Today, more are asking questions and challenging their doctors’ opinions. However, even those who do it politely are likely to be labeled “difficult.” A doctor whose late wife nearly made a career…
Medical Notes: Week of March 24, 2019
Mar 29, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of March 24, 2019 including: In the first two months of 2019 the U.S. has had more cases of measles than ALL of 2017. Then, if you don’t get enough sleep during the week, you can’t catch up by sleeping in on the weekend, and…
Taking Body Basics Seriously
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
Many people have questions about their bodies that seem so silly, they never bring them up with their doctors. While the answers are sometimes humorous, often they are more complicated and important than we imagine. An expert physician/writer discusses.
Knee Replacements
Mar 24, 2019 • 18 min
Knee replacements are successful for 80 percent of recipients, yet many assume the success rate should be higher. Those who are not successful often are bitterly disappointed. However, patients and physicians can take steps to avoid a bad result. New…
Medical Notes: Week of March 17, 2019
Mar 22, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of March 17, 2019 including: Does the world’s most widely used weed killer cause cancer? Then, the push up test and it’s reliability to predict heart disease. Finally, gardeners will tell you there’s a reason playing in the dirt…
All About Hangovers
Mar 20, 2019 • 11 min
On St. Patrick’s Day—one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year—an expert discusses why hangovers occur and what might work to prevent them and recover from them.
Recruiting Patients For Cancer Clinical Trials
Mar 17, 2019 • 17 min
Clinical trials drive medical advancement, but cancer clinical trials seldom meet their goals in recruiting patients. Experts discuss causes, consequences, and actions being taken to meet needs.
Medical Notes: Week of March 10, 2019
Mar 15, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of March 10, 2019 including: A new study finds that the active ingredient in antibacterial soaps can actually be making bacterial able to withstand medications. Then, a study suggests enlarged prostates appear to prevent colon…
The Effects of Workplace Fatigue
Mar 13, 2019 • 12 min
Fatigue in the workplace carries enormous costs in loss of productivity and injury. Experts are beginning to measure its precise effects in real time using wearable motion sensors, with some surprising results that will shape solutions. An expert who has…
Fibbing To Your Doctor
Mar 10, 2019 • 17 min
New surveys show that as many as 80 percent of people omit information, stretch the truth or outright lie to their doctors. Experts discuss why it happens, consequences, and methods that might reduce the amount of less than-truthful answers to doctors’…
Medical Notes: Week of March 3, 2019
Mar 8, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of March 03, 2019 including: Women’s brains burn energy in a much more youthful way throughout adulthood. Binge drinking and prolonged heavy drinking may trigger a permanent change in a person’s DNA. Finally, more than half of…
When Chronically Ill Kids Grow Up
Mar 6, 2019 • 12 min
Children with serious chronic diseases often have a tough time transitioning from pediatric care, which has much support built in, to adult care, which has to be managed by the patient. Experts discuss how parents can make it easier with a gradual…
Silent Heart Attack
Mar 3, 2019 • 17 min
Heart attacks that produce few if any symptoms may be mistaken for indigestion or simple malaise, but they can be more serious than heart attacks that bring crushing pain because they often don’t bring a victim to the hospital for lifesaving help. Experts…
Medical Notes: Week of February 24, 2019
Mar 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of February 24, 2019 including: Explorers and scientists are speculating that an age inhibitor, or “fountain of youth” drug may be ready for human trials. Lower speed limits increase crashes due to government overrides? A study…
Research Ethics: How Far Have We Come?
Feb 27, 2019 • 12 min
In the mid-1960’s, many Ivy League and Seven Sister colleges as well as prestigious prep schools allowed researchers to photograph incoming students naked as part of work on a now-discredited theory linking physical characteristics to leadership…
Veterinarian Suicide
Feb 24, 2019 • 17 min
A new CDC report shows that suicide among veterinarians is much higher than in the general population. Experts discuss the unique stresses that affect these professionals, including financial, compassion fatigue, euthanasia, and online harassment. They…
Medical Notes: Week of February 17, 2019
Feb 22, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of February 17, 2019 including: A cancer diagnosis can create stress that goes beyond the breaking point. Electric scooters are a rapidly rising cause of injury, and a new study shows 1 in 3 will need treatment in the E.R., and…
When Does Genetic Engineering Go Too Far
Feb 20, 2019 • 12 min
Advancements in genetic science are often clouded in ethical controversy. Often, scientists are accused of “playing God.” Experts discuss a new platform where scientists and public can debate it, and from which education can be disseminated.
When Law Enforcement And Trauma Care Collide
Feb 17, 2019 • 17 min
Many patients arrive in the emergency room as a result of violence or car crashes—events in which police have an investigative interest. Sometimes, police needs clash with trauma care, and priorities are hashed out case by case. Experts discuss which…
Medical Notes: Week of February 10, 2019
Feb 15, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of February 10, 2019 including: The life long effects of trauma experienced at a young age, the need for an additional knee replacement surgery after the first, and finally if you’re in a stressful situation, think of your…
What Determines Our Food Preferences?
Feb 13, 2019 • 11 min
Scientists are discovering that our food preferences are much more than a matter of taste, and that taste itself is more complicated than we thought. Psychology also plays a role. An expert discusses what determines preferences, such as why some people…
Xenotransplantation - Organs From Other Species
Feb 10, 2019 • 17 min
After attempts to use non-human primates as a source of scarce organs for transplant, doctors have turned to pigs for a variety of reasons. They’re now making great progress against the largest hurdle—rejection. One of the world’s foremost…
Medical Notes: Week of February 3, 2019
Feb 8, 2019 • 2 min
Medical Notes for the week of February 3, 2019 including: Cancer deaths are on the decline, parents are dissatisfied with the systems school have in place to counteract gun violence. A study shows an increase in cardiovascular harm to patients taking…
Superstitions In Sports
Feb 6, 2019 • 12 min
Professional athletes are among the most superstitious of all people. While we may be tempted to think these rituals have no effect on performance, psychologists say that if an athlete believes it helps, then it actually does. Experts explain how…
Talking To Your Baby
Feb 3, 2019 • 15 min
Scientists have discovered that the way parents talk to their infants has a huge effect on their intellectual development and later success. Experts discuss why and how parents should hold “conversations” with their babies.
Medical Notes: Week of January 27, 2019
Feb 1, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of January 27, 2019 including: A drinkable cocktail of designer molecules that stops the development of dementia. Then, using sugar substitutes as part of a weight loss resolution and the evidence that suggests it’s no better or…
The Early Days of Hormones
Jan 30, 2019 • 12 min
Hormones were unknown until a little more than 100 years ago, and experts admit we still have a lot to learn. An expert author details the discovery of hormones and how our growing knowledge has shaped treatment of many diseases and conditions.
Rethinking Antibiotics
Jan 27, 2019 • 17 min
Since the introduction of antibiotics in World War II, doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran longer than necessary. Bacterial resistance is forcing a reevaluation, shortening courses sometimes to just a few days and even…
Medical Notes: Week of January 20, 2019
Jan 25, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of January 20, 2019 including Vitamin B9 is an essential nutrient, and now new research shows supplementation is more important than we thought. Then, If you ever fibbed to your doctor, you’re not alone, and scientists have…
Dupuytren’s Disease: Crippler of Hands
Jan 23, 2019 • 12 min
Dupuytren’s disease (pronounced DOO-pah-tren) is the most common disorder crippling hands that most people have never heard of. It is a genetic condition of the fascia beneath the skin of the palms, and it stubbornly resists treatment. An expert and a…
When You Have No Primary Care Doctor
Jan 20, 2019 • 16 min
Surveys show that fewer Americans have a primary care doctor, especially among younger people. Experts discuss the ramifications of this trend both medically and economically, reasons behind it, and how primary care practitioners are changing the way they…
Medical Notes: Week of January 13, 2019
Jan 18, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of January 13, 2019 including the number of people with dementia around the world has more than doubled since the 1990’s, the effects of air pollution on city dwellers, and finally studies proving that it doesn’t take long to…
Invisible Girls: Victims of Incest
Jan 16, 2019 • 11 min
Experts say incest is the most common of all sexual abuse, but the least discussed openly. This can leave victims isolated and less able to reveal abuse, which can have further psychological ramifications later on. A noted expert on sexual abuse discusses…
Autism in Girls (2019)
Jan 13, 2019 • 17 min
Experts have believed that autism affects four times as many boys as girls, but the ratio may not actually be quite that high. Doctors are learning that autism shows up differently in girls’ behavior as a result of brain differences. This leaves many…
Medical Notes: Week of January 6, 2019
Jan 11, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of January 6, 2019 including: Death risks related to blood transfusion, sleep studies indicating high anger responses in those who are sleep deprived, and finally abused employees making great bosses.
The Addiction Spectrum
Jan 9, 2019 • 12 min
Does addiction affect all of us in some degree? A noted addiction specialist and author believes we are all somewhere on the addiction spectrum, from bad habits to full-blown addiction. He discusses how small triggers can push people to seek relief,…
Medical Notes: Week of December 30, 2018
Jan 4, 2019 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of December 30, 2018 including: Death rates for most major health conditions are in decline except for chronic kidney disease. Children don’t just grow up faster but also age faster if they had a tough childhood, and finally, if…
Epilepsy Myths
Jan 2, 2019 • 11 min
Epilepsy affects 3.5 million Americans, yet stigma prevents many from speaking out, which in turn prolongs the stigma. An award-winning writer who has epilepsy describes the discrimination faced by people with seizure disorders and dispels the many myths…
Personality and Drug Abuse
Dec 30, 2018 • 16 min
Drug and alcohol addiction and abuse is rising. Researchers have found that “fear mongering” educational efforts to combat it in adolescents doesn’t work. New science has discovered that certain personality types are predictably predisposed to addiction…
Smart Roads
Dec 30, 2018 • 17 min
In the near future, cars will be able to provide data as well as receive it, and a variety of methods are being researched to tap into this. Experts explain how cars can communicate with roads, traffic signals and central computers, and how roads…
Medical Notes: Week of December 23, 2018
Dec 28, 2018 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of December 23, 2018 including: The reason for a decline of American lifespans, a study explaining why waiting a year between the birth of 1 child lowers complications, and finally if your desk is a mess, your co-workers…
Little People, Disability and the Prospect of “Cure”
Dec 26, 2018 • 12 min
Many people with dwarfism also face skeletal abnormalities which can lead to disability. Experts, all little people themselves, discuss major causes of dwarfism, the hurdles they create, the struggle for respect, and the prospect of treatments that could…
Amnesia
Dec 23, 2018 • 17 min
It’s a rare thing for people to lose their memory of past events. An expert discusses why doctors believe it may occur, and a woman to whom it happened recounts her experience.
Medical Notes: Week of December 16, 2018
Dec 21, 2018 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of December 16, 2018 including: Studies showing neither aspirin, nor omega 3 fish oil supplements help during a heart attack. Then, health issues related to inflammation and grief and finally, people with ADHD being recognized…
Avoiding Food Waste
Dec 19, 2018 • 12 min
During the holidays, leftovers from gatherings and parties may threaten to take over the refrigerator. An expert discusses consumer-friendly how-to’s, including how to read labels, that can lengthen food life and help avoid food waste.
The Good and Bad of Medical Crowdfunding
Dec 16, 2018 • 16 min
Medical campaigns account for a third of monies raised on crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, and many people who’ve fallen through the holes of the safety net have been helped this way. But new studies show that fraud is rampant in crowdfunding, with fake…
Medical Notes: Week of December 9, 2018
Dec 14, 2018 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of December 9, 2018 including: The increase in skin cancer deaths among men, a higher heart attack risk due to an immune molecule called IL-17, and finally, changes to diagnosing pain levels using EEG.
Party Food Safety
Dec 12, 2018 • 12 min
During the holidays, party foods are a prime source of food-borne illness. Two food scientists discuss common ways foods become contaminated, some of the myths of food contamination, and ways to keep foods safe when you have guests to protect.
ICU Inefficiency
Dec 9, 2018 • 17 min
With monitors surveying every part of patients’ bodies, hospital intensive care units appear to be a model of high tech. But systems engineers say ICU’s are actually models of inefficiency because few of those high tech devices talk to each other. Experts…
Medical Notes: Week of December 2, 2018
Dec 7, 2018 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of December 2, 2018 including: A study indicating how ramping up exposure to peanuts can make it safer for kids with allergies. Then, the increase of multigenerational households, and why volunteering to help out co-workers…
Implicit Biases in Science
Dec 5, 2018 • 12 min
Most people think of science as fact-based and not as subject to bias as the rest of the world. However, studies show that gender bias is rampant in science, and that women are not taken as seriously as men, even with identical qualifications. Experts…
Fungal Sinusitis
Dec 2, 2018 • 16 min
Many people who have chronic recurrent sinusitis may have an allergic reaction to fungi rather than a bacterial infection. Treatments for the two are completely different, and in some cases, fungal sinusitis can be life threatening. Two experts and a…
Medical Notes: Week of November 25, 2018
Nov 30, 2018 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of November 25, 2018 including: the cost of non-fatal injuries annually, a possibly cause to scoliosis, why volunteering to help out a co-worker isn’t always a good thing, and finally, what kind of person swears the most?
Open Offices
Nov 28, 2018 • 12 min
Companies instituting open offices without walls often claim they improve collaboration and interaction. Studies now show that the opposite is true—that workers put on headphones and interact via email rather than in person in order to shut out…
School Based Mental Health
Nov 25, 2018 • 16 min
Schools would be a good place for programs to screen for mental health issues in students, and to educate about mental health to lessen the pervasive stigma. Some states are making programs mandatory, but elsewhere schools and personnel may resist, seeing…
Medical Notes: Week of November 18, 2018
Nov 23, 2018 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of November 18, 2018 including the connection between the appendix and Parkinson’s Disease, plus asthma related issues due to obesity, third generation households, and finally, makers of smoke alarms may be thinking of changing…
Emotional Support Animals
Nov 21, 2018 • 10 min
A woman who suffered abuse as a child describes the mental health benefits of owning a dog, and an expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act discusses requirements for emotional support animals.
Reporting “Bad Parents”
Nov 18, 2018 • 16 min
Just about anyone can report a parent to a child abuse hotline. It’s meant to protect children, but all too often, parents are reported when no abuse or neglect exists in order to retaliate for a divorce or some other grievance. An expert and a woman who…
Medical Notes: Week of November 11, 2018
Nov 16, 2018 • 1 min
Medical Notes for the week of November 11, 2018 including doctors pinpointing the gene at fault for AML. Plus, obesity links tied to asthma, immaturity being mistaken for ADHD, and finally vitamin gum and it’s benefits.
Leprosy in the Modern Era
Nov 14, 2018 • 12 min
Thanks in part to its Biblical past, the disfiguring disease leprosy carries more stigma than most diseases. We hear little about it today, but it still exists, and because it’s now treatable, often the stigma is worse than the disease. An expert…
MDMA for PTSD
Nov 11, 2018 • 16 min
People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder often can’t face their trauma, which is necessary for psychotherapy to work. It is a big reason PTSD is so difficult to treat. Scientists are leading clinical trials into the use of the banned drug MDMA…
The Surprising Importance of Tickling
Nov 7, 2018 • 12 min
Tickling is a unique application of the sense of touch that surprisingly has developmental and cultural importance. Experts discuss the science and sociology of tickling.
The Psychology of Adopted People
Nov 4, 2018 • 15 min
People who are adopted have more psychological problems than others, yet they also tend to have other psychological strengths. Experts, both themselves also adoptees, discuss the roots and outcomes of these issues as adopted children grow up.
Narcolepsy And Cataplexy
Oct 31, 2018 • 12 min
Sleep disorders can be difficult to diagnose and treat. A science journalist discusses his efforts to overcome narcolepsy, which produces extreme daytime sleepiness, and cataplexy, which produces instant sleep-like paralysis, as well as the science behind…
Exploding Myths About The Flu and Flu Vaccines
Oct 28, 2018 • 17 min
About 40 percent of eligible people have been vaccinated against the flu in recent years, but many more might do so were it not for persistent myths about the disease and its vaccine. For example, a new survey shows that more than half of parents believe…
Getting Rid of Those Old Style Hospital Gowns
Oct 24, 2018 • 11 min
Surveys show that hospital gowns are one of the things that most makes a hospital stay unpleasant. Finally hospitals may be moving to get rid of the old style gowns toward a less revealing, more dignified design that is still functional for healthcare…
Homesickness
Oct 17, 2018 • 12 min
What we now call “homesickness” used to be a medical diagnosis called “nostalgia,” and it was considered life-threatening. Today many people consider homesickness to be a childish emotion, but an expert says it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all suffer…
Dementia In Women
Oct 14, 2018 • 17 min
About two-thirds of people with dementia in the United States are women, and researchers are discovering it’s not just because they live longer. Reproductive history also plays a role. Scientists are focusing on the role of estrogen as a potential…
Health Crises and Financial Disaster
Oct 7, 2018 • 18 min
Medical bills have long been labeled the number one cause of bankruptcy in the US. A recent study has examined how medical crises produce personal financial disaster. Researchers say for the uninsured, medical bills are, indeed, a heavy burden. But for…
Solving the Recycling Crisis
Sep 30, 2018 • 16 min
For decades, the US has exported much of its recycled waste to China, an option no longer available to us by Chinese government policy. Now much of this waste may go to other Asian third world countries that are poorly equipped to take it. Experts say US…
“Flat Head Syndrome”
Sep 30, 2018 • 12 min
Since the beginning of the “baby on back” movement to reduce sudden infant death syndrome, many more infants are developing misshapen heads with a flat spot in one place. An expert discusses whether this is serious, how it can be treated with a…
Lewy Body Dementia
Sep 23, 2018 • 16 min
The second most common form of dementia is virtually unknown to most people. However, Lewy body dementia affects 1.4 million Americans, with symptoms commonly misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease. Additional symptoms such as hallucinations and…
The Coming “Hothouse Earth”
Sep 16, 2018 • 17 min
Rising global temperatures have produced effects such as extreme weather and a rising sea level. Climate scientists fear that if temperatures continue to rise, we may soon reach the point of no return. If the earth’s natural cooling systems start to fail,…
Imposter Syndrome
Sep 16, 2018 • 11 min
“Imposter syndrome” can undermine careers and lead to psychological distress. Two noted experts in the field discuss origins and how to deal with the phenomenon.
Saving Talk Therapy For Mental Illness
Sep 12, 2018 • 12 min
Decades ago, psychiatric treatment meant talk therapy. Now it usually means drugs or cognitive behavioral therapy for an extremely short time. A noted clinical psychologist and author explains why patients are better served when talk therapy is an option…
Using Naloxone For Drug Overdoses
Sep 9, 2018 • 16 min
The drug Naloxone has been hailed as a lifesaver, as it can reverse the effects of what would otherwise be fatal opioid overdoses. Expert panels recommend that more average citizens carry it, especially those likely to be in contact with drug users.…
An Online Test for Dementia
Sep 5, 2018 • 10 min
If dementia is recognized early, medication and coping strategies are very beneficial. However, dementia is often undiagnosed and untreated until it is far along. A newly developed online test can help assess if someone has mild cognitive impairment, a…
Healthcare and the Homeless
Sep 2, 2018 • 15 min
Homeless Americans have a life expectancy of only around 50, and often use the ER for primary care at a huge cost. The lack of followup care for their illnesses and the mental health or substance abuse disorders common in this population add up to an…
Lisfranc Injuries
Aug 31, 2018 • 10 min
People who injure their foot often think they have a mere sprained foot or ankle when they actually have an injury that is potentially much more severe and disabling if not treated. Experts explain the Lisfranc joint and injuries that can hurt it.
Miscommunication and Personality Type
Aug 15, 2018 • 9 min
People have different ways to interpret the world around them, and miscommunication is often a result when we assume we see the world similarly. A noted author discusses an innovative way to classify communication styles to avoid clashes.
Trigeminal Neuralgia - Searing Pain in the Face
Aug 8, 2018 • 12 min
A searing, stabbing pain on one side of the face can be so severe it’s sometimes called “the suicide disease,” and may evade diagnosis for some time. The cause of trigeminal neuralgia is often a throbbing artery in contact with nerves at the base of the…
Vitamin D and Preterm Births
Jul 15, 2018 • 10 min
Premature births are increasing in the US, but a new study shows they could be cut drastically if pregnant women increased blood levels of vitamin D. An expert discusses misconceptions about the vitamin, how it works and how it could be used to reduce…
The Shrinking Human Jaw
Jul 8, 2018 • 13 min
Over the last 8,000 years, the human jaw has been getting smaller due to an increasingly soft diet and a lack of jaw exercise. The result is an epidemic of crooked teeth and serious health consequences.
The Other Side of Military Science
Jul 1, 2018 • 17 min
A noted investigative journalist explains the less well known side of military research.
Vanishing Teen Rights of Passage
Jun 24, 2018 • 16 min
Teenagers used to experience rites of passage including getting a driver’s license, going out on dates, drinking, having sex, and getting a job. They’re engaging in these activities much less often today. It means less risk, but may leave adolescents less…
Living Through Excruciating Pain
Jun 17, 2018 • 10 min
Pain is an often misunderstood reality for millions of people. A noted university professor who became a quadriplegic in a bicycle accident discusses her constant pain and the way it changes life.
Medical Notes: Week of May 27, 2018
May 27, 2018 • 1 min
A study with new evidence to support the hygiene hypothesis, a link between exercise and macular degeneration, and how complaining impacts morale in the workplace.
Medical Notes: Week of May 20, 2018
May 20, 2018 • 1 min
A rise in illnesses contracted from insects, fracking chemicals found in ground water, and a future cure for food poisoning.
Medical Notes: Week of May 13, 2018
May 13, 2018 • 1 min
A new study shows arthritis may be caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the intestines, the impact of caffeine on Alzheimer’s disease, and how an erratic schedule affects your weight
Processed Food Addiction
May 6, 2018 • 10 min
Researchers are discovering that for some people, eating processed foods produces some of the same brain effects as people addicted to alcohol or drugs. An expert discusses how dietary adjustment can end this addiction and its effects.
Using Animals to Sniff Out Disease
May 6, 2018 • 15 min
Diseases apparently have distinctive odors that humans can’t detect. Researchers are using dogs, mice, rats and other animals to literally sniff out cancer and other diseases in the laboratory. In the 3rd World, rats are used to diagnose TB. Experts…
Medical Notes: Week of May 6, 2018
May 6, 2018 • 1 min
Next year’s flu vaccine, a link between calcium and colon polyps, and the risk of a potential chocolate shortage
Medicare Tackles the Opioid Epidemic
Apr 29, 2018 • 15 min
New limits on Medicare prescriptions of opioids are controversial, as some doctors believe patients could suffer more pain. Others believe the limits will achieve a much needed brake on the temptation to overprescribe while allowing legitimate treatment.
Curing Chronic Sinusitis
Apr 29, 2018 • 9 min
Many people confuse allergies, colds, and sinus infections. A physician specializing in these maladies describes the differences, and the new ways sinusitis can be treated.
Medical Notes: Week of April 29, 2018
Apr 29, 2018 • 1 min
Foreign Accent Syndrome
Apr 22, 2018 • 9 min
People who suddenly speak with what sounds like a foreign accent often have a brain injury due to a stroke or other trauma. Experts discuss the syndrome and chances of recovery.
Diagnosing Perinatal Depression
Apr 22, 2018 • 15 min
Perinatal depression is seldom brought up by a new mother, so healthcare providers must screen for it carefully. Experts discuss the balancing act.
Medical Notes: Week of April 22, 2018
Apr 22, 2018 • 1 min
Using pot to combat the opioid epidemic, therapy dogs in the ICU, and how losing your life savings could cost you your life.
Adventures of a Paramedic
Apr 15, 2018 • 14 min
A former paramedic describes the “inside story” of the job, its dangers and rewards.
The Mystery of Meniere’s Disease
Apr 15, 2018 • 10 min
Experts discuss symptoms and treatments of Meniere’s disease, an often misdiagnosed disorder producing loss of hearing and crippling vertigo.
Medical Notes: Week of April 15, 2018
Apr 15, 2018 • 1 min
How cancer impacts the rest of a person’s life, a new treatment for urinary tract infections, and the connection between lowering stress levels and your sweetheart’s t-shirt.
Medical Notes: Week of April 8, 2018
Apr 8, 2018 • 1 min
Is vaping safe, the danger in judging a person’s health by their weight, and how much money buys happiness.
The Price Consequences of Doctor Consolidation
Apr 8, 2018 • 15 min
Hospitals and very large medical groups are buying up independent physician practices but studies show purchased practices cost more for patients.
The Vaccine Race and Ethics
Apr 8, 2018 • 10 min
Millions of lives have been saved as a result of vaccines. But in the development of desperately needed vaccines, scientists cut corners in ways that wouldn’t be allowed today.
Teaching Doctors To Listen
Apr 1, 2018 • 10 min
Experts discuss how to help doctors better listen to their patients when diagnosing their illness in order to improve care plans and decrease healthcare costs.
Sexually Abusive Doctors
Apr 1, 2018 • 15 min
The Dr. Larry Nasser case publicized doctors who sexually abuse patients. However, the extent of these assaults is unknown, as few doctors are ever punished and their misdeeds are never known.
Medical Notes: Week of April 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018 • 1 min
How PFC’s affect weight gain, women are more likely to bully other women, and what is more important for longevity exercise or the occasional drink?
Stem Cells and COPD
Mar 25, 2018 • 9 min
Lung diseases such as COPD are difficult to treat but a new method taking a patient’s own stem cells is showing success.
Medical Notes: Week of March 25, 2018
Mar 25, 2018 • 1 min
A new treatment for Gulf War Illness, eating disorders in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, and a link between nose jobs and selfies.
Medical Notes: Week of March 18, 2018
Mar 18, 2018 • 1 min
A new test for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, treatment for colicky babies, and the long-term affect of letting kids under age twelve try alcohol
Drunkorexia
Mar 18, 2018 • 14 min
Studies show that a large proportion of college students are at least occasionally “drunkorexic,” avoiding food when they know they’ll be drinking later in order to get a better buzz or to keep from gaining weight.
Big Data and Healthcare
Mar 18, 2018 • 11 min
Big data is changing the world, but it’s been slow in coming to healthcare. An expert in healthcare IT explains how that’s changing and what it could mean to treatment.
Overdoing School Lockdown Drills
Mar 11, 2018 • 15 min
A noted expert discusses how schools go wrong with lockdown drills and what they should do to be effective.
The Mystery of Anesthesia
Mar 11, 2018 • 10 min
Anesthesia is a bedrock of medical practice, yet doctors admit we don’t know exactly how it works. An expert discusses anesthesia’s back story and recent improvements.
Medical Notes: Week of March 11, 2018
Mar 11, 2018 • 1 min
A new antibiotic found in soil, a link between bullying and mental health, and babies crawling on carpet and allergens
Medical Notes: Week of March 4, 2018
Mar 4, 2018 • 1 min
New studies show doctors may have more time than they thought to respond to a stroke, a study on how we treat people if they look like someone we’ve known in the past, and research into sugar comas
Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
Mar 4, 2018 • 10 min
Children suffering from a rare disorder called cyclic vomiting may vomit for days on end once or twice a month. Experts describe how the disorder remains difficult to treat.
Medical Notes: Week of February 25, 2018
Feb 25, 2018 • 1 min
Hope for a new, faster anti-flu drug, a study shows that food poisoning is often the culprit behind the 24-hour stomach flu, and research revealing short people are less likely to develop blood clots
ADHD and Sleep Disorders
Feb 25, 2018 • 15 min
New research shows that most people with ADHD have a disordered body clock, prompting disturbed sleep, sleep deprivation, and a worsening of ADHD symptoms.
A Real-Life Star Trek Tricorder
Feb 25, 2018 • 10 min
A real-life version of the Star Trek Tricorder has won a major contest after passing multiple tests. Its developer discusses what the device is and how it could be used.
Dashing Old Stuttering Myths
Feb 18, 2018 • 14 min
New research has several findings about stuttering including a structural deficiency in the brain’s wiring, an inability to perceive rhythms, and a successful way to treat stuttering.
Manufacturing Happiness
Feb 18, 2018 • 11 min
Surveys show that most Americans are less than happy, and seldom experience joy. Two experts discuss how even naturally glum people can manufacture joy.
Fiber and the Gut
Feb 18, 2018 • 10 min
Experts discuss how far fiber can go to keep us healthy, and what happens when we ignore fiber in the diet.
Medical Notes: Week of February 18, 2018
Feb 18, 2018 • 1 min
A familiar tool in the fight against melanoma, proof we can tell if people are sick by looking at them, an unexpected benefit of going to church, and research on why women avoid certain majors
Speaking Out on Sexual Harassment
Feb 11, 2018 • 14 min
Experts discuss the state of sexual harassment claims with more women speaking out, what makes these perpetrators more dangerous, and how to make legal claims stick.
Medical Notes: Week of February 11, 2018
Feb 11, 2018 • 1 min
When should kids get their first smartphone?, the affect of loneliness on health, and a story that will make you think twice about stifling a sneeze
Medical Notes: Week of February 4, 2018
Feb 4, 2018 • 1 min
Why the ozone layer is recovering, slowing the natural aging of your lungs by eating fresh tomatoes and apples, and at what age spending habits form.
TBI’s and Personality Change
Jan 28, 2018 • 10 min
An expert explains traumatic brain injuries and how to prevent some of the consequences.
Medical Notes: Week of January 28, 2018
Jan 28, 2018 • 1 min
Why the flu season is so bad this year, getting more sleep to help cut down on eating sugar, and a reason to add cursing to your workout.
When Should Kids Get a Phone?
Jan 21, 2018 • 15 min
Experts discuss how parents can decide when the time is right for their kids to get their first phone.
Silent Reflux
Jan 21, 2018 • 9 min
An expert discusses telltale symptoms and the dietary triggers that can cause silent reflux.
Medical Notes: Week of January 21, 2018
Jan 21, 2018 • 1 min
A link between a blood thinner and a reduced risk of cancer, kids who eat fish sleep better and higher IQs, and the rise in women enrolling in US medical schools
Egg Donation for Family and Friends
Jan 14, 2018 • 10 min
An author/journalist who has donated twice with vastly different results discusses the technology and what to look out for when approaching egg donation.
Medical Notes: Week of January 14, 2018
Jan 14, 2018 • 1 min
Increased risk of heart disease death for people with restless leg syndrome, an experimental test for whether an upper respiratory infection is caused by a virus or bacteria, and genes that cause bad breath.
Medical Notes: Week of January 7, 2018
Jan 7, 2018 • 2 min
The link between “chemo brain” and inflammation in the blood, the rise in attempted suicide in young girls, individuality in diets to lose weight, how where you walk contributes to your health, and smart pills that let doctors know when patients take meds
Dreams vs. Reality for Children in Poverty
Dec 31, 2017 • 12 min
Poor children often can’t access healthcare in spite of decades of efforts. A pediatrician who has established clinics for the poor discusses the problem.
Medical Notes: Week of December 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2017 • 1 min
Birth control pills and cancer risk, the link between disabilities and imprisonment, and late night snacking leading to wrinkles.
Medical Notes: Week of December 24, 2017
Dec 24, 2017 • 1 min
Weight gain when drinking diet sodas, adverse affects in pregnant women, and are cats or dogs smarter?
Medical Notes: December 16, 2017
Dec 20, 2017 • 1 min
Boosting the effectiveness of the nasal mist flu vaccine, implementing new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, fecal transplants, and the search for the abominable snowman
Hiccups
Dec 17, 2017 • 10 min
Hiccups are annoying and uncomfortable, and doctors don’t know why we get them. An expert explains what hiccups are and why most home remedies actually work.
Mental Health Treatment For Children
Dec 10, 2017 • 15 min
Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to treat mental illness in children and efforts to be sure they’re prepared.
Human Trafficking: Slavery By Another Name
Dec 3, 2017 • 15 min
Experts discuss why foreigners are especially at risk of being intimidated into forced labor and how they might be rescued.
Pancreatic Cancer
Dec 3, 2017 • 10 min
An advocate and a genetic counselor discuss the state of pancreatic cancer screening and the few alternatives available.
Childhood Trauma, Later Disease
Nov 26, 2017 • 12 min
Researchers have found that severe emotional trauma in childhood triggers physical disease later in life, and has a cumulative effect.
Alzheimer’s, Spouses, and New Relationships
Nov 26, 2017 • 14 min
Spouses of Alzheimer’s disease patients often struggle with depression while caregiving, some have started new relationships while their loved one is still alive but no longer recognizes them.
“Helpful Lies”
Nov 19, 2017 • 11 min
Lies aren’t always bad but as the stakes of lies rise, honesty trumps kindness. Yet few people are ever able to distinguish when they’re being told lies.
Handshake Bans and Hand Washing
Nov 12, 2017 • 16 min
Experts discuss and describe what it takes to wash hands well enough to be “clean.”
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Nov 5, 2017 • 10 min
Experts discuss symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder and how it may be treated, though few with the disorder agree to psychological treatment.
More Carbon Dioxide, Less Nutritious Food Crops
Nov 5, 2017 • 15 min
Rising levels of carbon dioxide are making crops grow bigger, however, these crops contain lower levels of important nutrients, endangering nutrition for millions of people.
Preparing for Disaster
Oct 22, 2017 • 11 min
Many people will have to deal with a natural disaster at some point in their lives. Two civil defense experts discuss how to be ready before it comes.
The Biology of Addiction
Oct 22, 2017 • 17 min
Scientists are learning the specific workings of the brain when it is addicted to a substance or behavior, and showing that all addictions are similar.
Medical Notes: Week of October 22, 2017
Oct 22, 2017 • 1 min
Concussions in girls, eating foods rich in flavonoids to fight effects of the flu, and how being under stress impacts the way we perceive new threats.
Cancer and Beauty
Oct 15, 2017 • 13 min
Women undergoing cancer treatment often suffer hair loss and other impacts on appearance. A noted beauty expert discusses best ways to deal with it.
Undocumented Immigrants Skipping Healthcare
Oct 9, 2017 • 17 min
With the federal government’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, many of them are skipping going to the doctor or the emergency room for fear of deportation.
Pica
Oct 8, 2017 • 11 min
Pregnancy and early childhood are the most common time for a strange disorder that prompts people to eat non-food items such as clay or ice.
A Possible Treatment For Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Oct 1, 2017 • 15 min
Researchers explain experiments on animals with a new treatment that could eliminate fetal alcohol syndrome, perhaps even after birth.
Enlisting Men Against Sexual Assault
Sep 24, 2017 • 14 min
Experts discuss what can be done to enlist men to do much more to prevent sexual assault.
Teenage Boys: They’re Not Lazy
Sep 24, 2017 • 11 min
An expert psychologist explains the inner workings of teen boys and how parents can bring out the best in them.
Cutting Nicotine in Cigarettes
Sep 17, 2017 • 16 min
Experts explain the FDA’s proposed plan to mandate a significant cut in the nicotine content of cigarettes to encourage them to move to healthier forms of nicotine distribution.
Lung Cancer Stigma
Sep 10, 2017 • 17 min
Most forms of cancer have a built-in constituency of patients and loved ones, but lung cancer patients, instead, are often blamed for their own disease.
Medical Notes: Week of September 10, 2017
Sep 10, 2017 • 1 min
The link between mental health and talking to yourself, using a brick of coffee to improve head surgery, and what freckles on your eyes might mean.
Are Lefties Really Different?
Sep 3, 2017 • 11 min
Experts discuss where handedness comes from, and what differences truly result.
Behavioral Sciences at the CIA
Sep 3, 2017 • 15 min
Experts, including an active CIA analyst, describe how they us psychological techniques to predict the behavior and decisions throughout the world.
Medical Lab Mistakes
Aug 27, 2017 • 13 min
An expert explains that human error is impossible to completely eliminate, so labs are increasingly turning to DNA tracking to catch mistakes when they occur.
Diagnostic Mistakes
Aug 27, 2017 • 13 min
Medical errors are the third largest cause of death in the US, and mistakes in making diagnoses are the most frequent form of error. A noted expert discusses why mistakes happen, and what doctors and patients can do to make them less frequent.
Multitasking
Aug 21, 2017 • 14 min
Researchers discuss why our brains can’t do two things at once, and why supertaskers may be different.
Rural Hospitals in Trouble
Aug 20, 2017 • 17 min
Experts discuss the need for rural healthcare and the close link between hospitals and community economics.
Homelessness Criminalized
Aug 13, 2017 • 16 min
Laws criminalizing homeless activities may make cities feel like they’re easing public discomfort, but jail does little to address the root causes of homelessness.
Social Jetlag
Aug 6, 2017 • 12 min
New studies show that changing your weekday sleep schedule by sleeping in as a little as an hour every weekend can have severe health impact.
Car Crash Victims and PTSD
Jul 30, 2017 • 18 min
Two car accident survivors and one of the world’s foremost experts discuss what can make PTSD worse and the essentials victims must carry out to recover.
Evaluating Veterans’ Healthcare
Jul 30, 2017 • 11 min
An expert discusses her contention that the care the VA provides is much better than its perception.
Consolidating 911: Where do we draw the line?
Jul 23, 2017 • 17 min
Expensive tech built for cell phones has pushed 911 call centers to consolidate, but will it cost lives when a far away worker with no local geographic knowledge takes your call?
Healing Children: Not Just Little Adults
Jul 23, 2017 • 12 min
Children’s medicine is more specialized than many people think an expert explains how pediatric practitioners and hospitals are set up to deal with the different biology of children.
Sibling Abuse
Jul 16, 2017 • 14 min
Psychological or physical abuse by siblings is much more common than most people realize. Experts discuss warning signs of abuse, and how parents can act.
Medical Notes: July 16, 2017
Jul 16, 2017 • 1 min
Side effects from antibiotics given in the hospital, environmental rules fatigue, and the link older dads and geeks
Teeth and the Struggle for Oral Equality
Jul 16, 2017 • 9 min
We often judge people by their smiles, however, dental care and medical care have always been separate in the US, creating a large population that doesn’t receive dental care.
The Science of Smell
Jul 9, 2017 • 9 min
The sense of smell evokes powerful memories and makes food taste good, but it also has important functions in interpersonal relations and personal safety.
Our Obesity Obsession: Does Science Support It?
Jul 9, 2017 • 14 min
Experts discuss how culture drives our obsession with weight and what science really has to say about it.
Overwhelmed Teens
Jul 2, 2017 • 15 min
High achieving high schoolers are often pushed to do more and more creating a culture of pressure that has mental health consequences.
A Doctor Who Really Can Feel Your Pain
Jul 2, 2017 • 9 min
Dr. Joel Salinas has mirror touch synesthesia, a condition involving cross-wiring in the brain that allows him to feel it when people experience pain.
Children and Social Anxiety
Jun 25, 2017 • 11 min
An expert whose daughter was afflicted discusses social anxiety warning signs in children and how the disorder can be treated.
Medical Notes: Week of July 2, 2020
Jun 25, 2017 • 1 min
Technology and parenting, exhaustion in doctors, and abusive bosses.
Perfect Pitch
Jun 25, 2017 • 17 min
The ability to “know” the musical pitch had been thought to be learnable only at an early age but new research shows perfect pitch is teachable to adults as well.
Medical Notes: Week of June 18, 2017
Jun 21, 2017 • 1 min
A look at important medical, health and science headlines for the week of June 18: Bad advice for those being bullied at work, a type of stroke that increases suffers desire to drink alcohol, and studying flamingos to improve braces and artificial limbs.
“Textalyzers” To Stop Texting While Driving
Jun 18, 2017 • 16 min
Experts discuss the “textalyzer,” how it would work to deter texting while driving, and its pros and cons.
Household Chemicals
Jun 18, 2017 • 10 min
A noted expert discusses the vast amount that we don’t know about chemicals and how tougher regulation in other countries could help keep Americans safer
Only Children and Their Parents
Jun 11, 2017 • 14 min
Experts refute the myths about only children and discuss how parents can help children navigate life with no siblings.
The Sense of Touch
Jun 11, 2017 • 12 min
A neuroscientist explains the sense of touch and what can happen when it’s not working as it should.
Rescuing Runaways
Jun 4, 2017 • 10 min
One young woman who overcame a life on the streets describes how she beat the odds and what runaways need to have a chance to succeed.
The Health Effects of Loneliness
Jun 4, 2017 • 15 min
Studies are showing that loneliness and social isolation have profound effects on our physical health, and increase the risk of death substantially.
E-cigarettes and Oral Health
May 21, 2017 • 10 min
There are still a lot of questions about electronic cigarettes, but evidence is accumulating that the effect on the oral cavity can be as significant as tobacco cigarettes
Blood Substitutes
May 21, 2017 • 15 min
Researchers have sought safe and effective blood substitutes for 60 years, and a few viable alternatives are in animal testing
Medical Notes: Week of April 30, 2017
May 3, 2017 • 1 min
Firefighter heart attack deaths, a link between sleep and dementia, and avoiding eating junk food by…waiting.
Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment
Apr 30, 2017 • 15 min
Doctors can cure cancer in children better than ever, but decades later, many survivors suffer from chronic disease as a result of powerful cancer treatments.
Medical Notes: Week of April 23, 2017
Apr 26, 2017 • 2 min
Dogs that can sniff out cancer, depressions and heart disease, lack of sleep connection to more arguments, and how parents feel about their kids playing sports.
Multiple Myeloma - Why is Iceland So Important?
Apr 23, 2017 • 14 min
Scientists are tapping the entire adult population of Iceland for a clinical test for treatments for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.
Medical Notes: Week of April 16, 2017
Apr 19, 2017 • 1 min
Higher levels of concussions in women, DNA typos, and intelligence in first born children.
Moderate Exercise - It’s Better For You
Apr 16, 2017 • 11 min
Experts discuss how much exercise is enough and how to make the most of light exercise.
Medical Notes: Week of April 9, 2017
Apr 12, 2017 • 1 min
Drinking coffee to fight dementia, nonprescription birth control pills, and finally quality over quantity of sleep.
Why Taming Sleep Leaves Us Restless
Apr 9, 2017 • 10 min
Sleep used to be natural, governed by darkness, light, and fatigue. Now it’s highly processed and scheduled.
Medical Notes: Week of April 2, 2017
Apr 5, 2017 • 1 min
Relieving allergy symptoms, rampant incorrect use of inhalers, and relieving pain with green light.
Plagues and Dreaded Diseases
Apr 2, 2017 • 10 min
Plagues can wipe out entire populations and create fear and great mystery in how they spread. An author who has explored plagues and dangerous diseases explains.
Difficult Patients
Mar 26, 2017 • 16 min
Patients used to accept doctors’ orders without question. Today, more are challenging their doctors’ opinions. However, even those who do it politely are likely to be labeled “difficult.”
Rudeness
Mar 26, 2017 • 14 min
Studies show a rudeness epidemic in the US, and that people are profoundly affected when they experience or even witness it occurring to someone else.
Crippling Anxiety
Mar 19, 2017 • 12 min
Anxiety is normal, but too much can be crippling. An author and anxiety sufferer discusses the nature of crippling anxiety and what people can do about it.
Remaking the FDA
Mar 5, 2017 • 16 min
Some FDA commissioner candidates have proposed radical reform. Experts discuss what reform might look like and what the FDA needs to better succeed.
Eye Transplants: A Future Reality
Feb 26, 2017 • 10 min
Doctors are taking what they’ve learned in hand transplants, especially in nerve regeneration, and applying it to eye transplant development.
Peanut Allergies and Kids
Feb 12, 2017 • 16 min
New studies show rather than keeping kids away from peanuts to protect them, parents should give most infants peanuts from an early age.
Music for the Dying and Grieving
Feb 12, 2017 • 10 min
Music thanatology is a specialized practice of playing harp music for the dying. A practitioner of the art explains how there is also science to it as well.
Public Hospitals
Jan 22, 2017 • 11 min
Public hospitals have a poor reputation, but in some fields, especially trauma, they are often among the best hospitals in the US.
Eating Disorders in Adults
Jan 8, 2017 • 15 min
Over the last decade, the number of women over age 30 seeking treatment for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder has skyrocketed.
Reversing the Shortage in Primary Care Doctors
Jan 1, 2017 • 10 min
The shortage in primary care doctors is getting worse. We talk to Dr. Elizabeth Baxley about how to keep medical students in primary care.
Reengineering the ICU
Jan 1, 2017 • 15 min
Hospital intensive care units appear to be a model of high tech, but systems engineers say ICU’s are actually models of inefficiency.
Healthcare Under Trump: What to Expect
Dec 18, 2016 • 18 min
Experts discuss what kind of healthcare reform to expect from the incoming Trump Administration.
The Psychology of Weight Loss Surgery
Nov 27, 2016 • 13 min
Patients who have bariatric surgery stand to lose not only lots of weight but often an identity which changes many of their relationships.
Adoption Psychology
Oct 9, 2016 • 14 min
People who are adopted have more psychological problems than others, yet they also tend to have other psychological strengths.
Drinking Water Safety
Aug 7, 2016 • 17 min
Experts explain the danger of lead, especially to children, and other chemicals that may be in drinking water.
Child Heart Arrhythmias
Jul 31, 2016 • 13 min
Children and adolescents seldom have “heart attacks,” but they sometimes have heart arrhythmias which can look like the same thing, and be just as deadly.
Fighting Your Insurer
Jul 24, 2016 • 14 min
A new field of advocates are helping people navigate the insurance system, assisting with denials and delays. Three experts discuss how to fight your insurer and win.
Drowning on Land
Jul 17, 2016 • 12 min
When a child is pulled out of the water and revived they may face life-threatening peril hours or days later as the body reacts.
Kidney Transplant Sensitivity
Jun 5, 2016 • 13 min
Experts explain a new desensitization technique that may help people who need a kidney transplant and kidney exchanges that make more patients eligible for transplants.
Big Data in Medicine
Jun 5, 2016 • 17 min
When doctors can take advantage of massive amounts of data on patient outcomes, lives will be saved. We look at one of the first efforts, an attempt to associate dangerous drug interactions.
Bullying Kids with Special Needs
May 29, 2016 • 17 min
Kids with disabilities are twice as likely to be victims of bullying. Experts discuss the problem and how to prevent bullying of these children.
Bleeding Disorders
May 22, 2016 • 15 min
Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia can be extremely serious but are treatable. However, many must fight the legacy of more primitive treatment, such as HIV and hepatitis C.
Homeless Healthcare
May 15, 2016 • 16 min
Experts discuss how doctors on the street can improve health for the homeless and lower cost for society.
Adventures of a Paramedic
May 1, 2016 • 12 min
A former paramedic describes the “inside story” of the job, its dangers and rewards.
Restless Leg Syndrome
May 1, 2016 • 8 min
Restless legs syndrome strikes people at night, creating some of the worst sleep conditions known by any patients. Experts discuss identifying and treating the syndrome.
Drug Shortages
Apr 10, 2016 • 15 min
Experts explain why drug shortages occur, the unfortunate outcomes, and what they do to try to minimize the damage.
Contextual Care
Apr 3, 2016 • 12 min
Studies have found that many doctors don’t really listen to their patients, and so miss how illness is affected by the other things in life.
OTC Drugs and Tweens
Mar 27, 2016 • 11 min
Experts discuss how to educate tweens on taking OTC drugs safely.
Biofilm
Mar 27, 2016 • 14 min
Biofilm is resistant to many antibiotics and is gaining new attention as a source of hard to eradicate infections.
Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor
Mar 13, 2016 • 8 min
Experts discuss the most common reasons for secret-keeping and the consequences that may result.
Concierge Medicine in Primary Care
Mar 6, 2016 • 13 min
In response to “factory medicine” some doctors are moving to a “concierge medicine” practice where patients receive more personal care for higher fees.
The Bystander Effect
Feb 28, 2016 • 13 min
Experts discuss why this effect occurs and how it can be broken by technology.
The Psychology of Egg Donation
Feb 28, 2016 • 9 min
An author and journalist who has donated twice with vastly different results discusses the technology and what to look out for when approaching egg donation.
Thyroid Disease
Feb 21, 2016 • 8 min
Thyroid disease affects millions of Americans, many of whom have not been diagnosed. Experts discuss symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Zika Virus
Feb 21, 2016 • 15 min
Experts discuss the Zika virus, how it’s transmitted, its spread to the US, the severe birth defect it has been linked to and how to protect yourself from it.
Industry Funding of Clinical Trials
Feb 14, 2016 • 14 min
Funding of clinical trials has dramatically shifted so that today, trials paid for by pharmaceutical and device makers outnumber publicly funded trials 6-to-1.
Fixing The Healthcare Cost Spiral
Feb 14, 2016 • 8 min
American healthcare is the most expensive in the world. An expert author details some of the causes and possible solutions now being established.
ICU PTSD
Jan 24, 2016 • 15 min
A surprisingly high percentage of people who’ve been treated in the ICU later suffer from PTSD. Experts discuss why this occurs and what’s being done to treat and prevent it.
Harmful Inflammation
Jan 21, 2016 • 10 min
Low-level systemic inflammation is being tied to many disorders including heart disease. Experts discuss how inflammation can be combatted through diet and supplementation.
Gene Editing
Jan 17, 2016 • 15 min
Scientists have developed the technology to edit single genes, which could eliminate some inherited diseases. However, doctors don’t know how “germline editing” would affect other genes.
Lactivism
Jan 17, 2016 • 10 min
An expert and author discuss the political forces creating unusual unanimity behind breast feeding, and the truth of health claims on the benefits.
Ankle Replacement
Jan 10, 2016 • 10 min
Hip and knee replacements are common, now doctors say ankle replacements have become technically good enough to make fusion obsolete for arthritis patients in pain.
Toxic chemicals in products
Jan 3, 2016 • 9 min
A noted expert discusses how the US might regulate potentially toxic chemicals better, and how tougher regulation in other countries could help keep Americans safer.
Seriously Ill Adolescents
Dec 27, 2015 • 8 min
A novelist discusses her observations from years on the hospital floor with her sick child as the basis for her book.
It’s No Holiday In The ER
Dec 20, 2015 • 14 min
The holidays are like no other time in your local hospital’s emergency department. Experts discuss, among other things, why more heart attacks occur and how to prevent them.
Human Trafficking
Dec 13, 2015 • 15 min
Experts discuss why foreigners are especially at risk of being intimidated into forced labor in the US and how they might be rescued.
Cancer Prehabilitation
Nov 29, 2015 • 9 min
A nationally known rehab specialist discusses using prehabilitation techniques for newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Recharging Old Eggs
Nov 29, 2015 • 13 min
Infertility is often due to poor egg quality, or chromosomal damage. A new procedure seeks to replace mitochondria in old eggs with fresher mitocohndria to improve egg quality.
Doctors’ clothes: Reason to Change?
Nov 22, 2015 • 9 min
Controversy has broken out over the doctor’s traditional white lab coat and necktie. Experts discuss.
Food Insecurity
Nov 22, 2015 • 12 min
Experts discuss reasons for food insecurity, outcomes, and a variety of inventive solutions.
Interrogation tactics and false confessions
Nov 15, 2015 • 13 min
Scientists have found that the psychology of innocent people is a major reason for false confessions. Experts discuss why this occurs and how to prevent it from happening.
Your Medicine Cabinet
Nov 15, 2015 • 8 min
A pharmacist advises what should be in your medicine cabinet and how to keep those medicines safe and effective.
One More Year Inside Alzheimer’s
Nov 8, 2015 • 8 min
One year ago, we visited Greg O’Brien, a journalist attempting to document his own decline into early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He discusses the how the disease has progressed.
Thermogenesis and weight loss
Nov 8, 2015 • 13 min
The body uses extra calories to stay warm in cold conditions, creating heath through thermogenesis. Recently scientists discovered one of the mechanisms the body uses for this - brown fat.
Almost Addicted
Nov 1, 2015 • 7 min
People who use drugs, even those who are not addicted, are often destructively enabled by families. An expert explains what families have to do to break through their own denial.
Preventing Misdiagnoses
Nov 1, 2015 • 13 min
Studies estimate that about five percent of diagnoses are wrong, leading treatment down the wrong road. Experts discuss why misdiagnoses occur and how they might be prevented.
Anti-Drunk Driving Technology
Oct 25, 2015 • 12 min
Experts explain how a device called DADSS - Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety- can test whether a person is drunk as he attempts to start his car and debate some of the issues surrounding its possible rollout.
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Oct 18, 2015 • 12 min
As many as five percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases may in reality have a treatable disorder caused by “water on the brain.” An expert and patient discuss.
The Importance of Play
Sep 27, 2015 • 7 min
Many schools are cutting down on recess to focus on the 3R’s, but child development experts say play is part of children’s “work” and an important part of how they learn.
Stem Cell Regeneration
Sep 20, 2015 • 12 min
Scientists have discovered that older research animals can seemingly be made young again with infusions of young blood which reactivate stem cells opening the door to possibly rolling back the clock on aging.
Palcohol - Powdered Alcohol
Sep 13, 2015 • 6 min
Newly-invented powdered alcohol is entering the market, but some experts and legislators believe it should be banned because it’s likely to be abused by teens.
Liquid Biopsies
Sep 6, 2015 • 12 min
Cancer biopsies traditionally require surgery to remove a piece of tumor. But researchers hope to eventually be able to use liquid biopsies for cancer screening and early diagnosis.
Perfect Pitch
Jul 12, 2015 • 14 min
The ability to “know” the musical pitch of any sound has traditionally been thought to be learnable only at a very early age through musical training. But new research shows perfect pitch is teachable to adults as well.
TV Doctors: Truth or Fiction
Jul 5, 2015 • 7 min
TV doctors wield tremendous influence with patients, sometimes even more than a person’s own doctor. Experts discuss how celebrity doctors miss the mark and why they’re so popular.
Doctor’s Emotions
Jun 28, 2015 • 7 min
Many doctors believe emotion is detrimental to medical practice, and many patients think doctors are cold and emotionless. But one influential physician explains why emotion is important to doctors.
Multiple Births in IVF
Jun 21, 2015 • 13 min
More than 5 million children have been born as a result of in-vitro fertilization, but many are born as twins, triplets and even quadruplets. Experts discuss new technology that promises to reduce the number of multiples in IVF.
Digitizing Medicine
Jun 14, 2015 • 13 min
Digital technology has revolutionized many industries, but medicine has lagged behind. One of the nation’s most influential doctors discusses what the consequences are and what it will take to bring health care technology to its full potential.
HIV From the Beginning
Jun 7, 2015 • 9 min
When AIDS first became widespread in the 1980’s, it was a death sentence. A doctor who has spent her career on the front lines of HIV recounts the desperation of the early days and the transition of HIV into a treatable chronic disease.
The Science of Smell
May 31, 2015 • 9 min
The sense of smell evokes powerful memories and makes food taste good, but it also has important functions in interpersonal relations and personal safety. Experts discuss the science behind it.
Cheaper Breast Cancer Gene Testing
May 31, 2015 • 13 min
Testing for breast cancer genes BRCA-1 and 2 has been inaccessible to many women due to extremely high cost. Now a new 249 dollar breast cancer gene test is available. Experts discuss whether this changes who should be tested.
Drowning: It Doesn’t Looks Like You Think
May 24, 2015 • 8 min
Seven hundred children under age 15 drown in the US each year, most within sight of a parent or other adult. One major reason is because drowning doesn’t look like most people picture it, and so are unaware the child is in trouble.
Dietary Gene Therapy
May 17, 2015 • 8 min
Many diseases have a genetic trigger, but a noted researcher concludes that alteration of the diet can override that programming. He discusses how disease doesn’t have to be preordained.
Baseball Pitchers: Injuries Waiting to Happen
May 15, 2015 • 11 min
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports explains the science of pitching injuries.
Lung cancer, no smoking
May 10, 2015 • 13 min
Lung cancer is the world’s #1 cancer killer, but its association with smoking has created a stigma that often stuns patients who never smoked and results in much less research money for lung cancer than for other less lethal diseases.
Neuroplasticity
Apr 26, 2015 • 7 min
Since the dawn of medicine, doctors have believed that, once injured, the brain could not heal. Now they’ve learned that the brain can heal, and are beginning to tap ways to make it heal better and faster.
Too Many Vitamins?
Apr 19, 2015 • 12 min
Vitamins are essential to our health, and we can get most through our diets. Standards for dietary minimums help prevent deficiency diseases, but little is known about whether it’s possible to consume too many vitamins.
Food Trends
Apr 12, 2015 • 10 min
A longtime food market researcher discusses why we choose the foods we eat.
Workplace Bullies
Mar 15, 2015 • 13 min
At some point in their careers, 35 percent of workers will be bullied badly enough to affect their health. Experts discuss the reasons for workplace bullying and how to prevent it.
The Late Effects of Childhood Cancer
Mar 1, 2015 • 13 min
Doctors can cure cancer in children better than ever, but decades later, many survivors suffer from serious, chronic disease as a result of powerful cancer treatments. Often those survivors don’t get screening and treatment for late effects. Experts and…
Your Eye Exam: More Than Meets the Eye
Feb 8, 2015 • 7 min
Eye exams are looking for a lot more than just eye diseases or how well you see. The eye is the window to the rest of our body’s health, and many diseases can be spotted there first. An ophthalmologist explains.
Gender Bias in Science
Feb 8, 2015 • 14 min
Few female role models exist at major research universities in scientific fields, subverting efforts to get more women into math and science. Many scientists have dismissed gender bias as a factor. However, new research shows that unintentional bias…
The Pitfalls of Online Dating
Feb 1, 2015 • 12 min
For the first time in history, today more than half of American adults are single. Many are still looking for love—more than 40 million are members of online dating sites, which have their busiest time of the year between now and Valentine’s Day. A noted…
The Flu: It’s Bad This Year
Feb 1, 2015 • 8 min
The 2014-2015 flu season started much earlier than normal and so far has been much more severe than usual. Experts explain how this year’s mismatch occurred between the flu vaccine and the predominant strain of flu, and how people can protect…
HPV, cancer, and the HPV vaccine
Jan 25, 2015 • 15 min
Human papilloma viruses are responsible for many cancers, especially cervical cancer and throat cancer. Vaccines exist for the major HPV’s that cause these cancers, yet relatively few eligible youths have gotten them. Experts discuss the toll of HPV and…
Music Thanatology
Jan 25, 2015 • 8 min
Music thanolotology is a specialized practice of playing harp music for the dying. A practitioner of the art explains how there is also science to it as well.
Making and Breaking Habits
Jan 18, 2015 • 9 min
The new year is a time for people to stop bad habits and start new, good routines. An expert discusses the psychology of habits and how people can be more successful in changing their lives for the better.
Moral injury
Jan 18, 2015 • 14 min
The military is beginning to recognize a new category of emotional and spiritual injury in war—moral injury, a result of committing or witnessing an event such as an atrocity that violate deeply held ethical beliefs. Experts discuss evolution of the…
Performer’s injuries
Jan 11, 2015 • 14 min
Professional musicians often suffer from repetitive motion injuries, while dancers suffer athletic injuries. Both often “play hurt,” in part due to fear of losing position or income, or because they are more likely than most professions to have no health…
Failure to launch
Jan 11, 2015 • 9 min
It’s much more common today for 20-somethings to delay moving out of Mom and Dad’s house to start an independent life. An expert discusses the reasons for this trend, and emerging thought on whether this apparent new stage of life is normal.
Heart failure
Jan 3, 2015 • 9 min
Heart failure is a major source of death and disability. Experts discuss causes, consequences and new treatments that may greatly lessen its toll.
Sharks in suits: workplace “almost psychopaths”
Jan 3, 2015 • 14 min
Almost everyone is victimized at some point by a cutthroat co-worker who lies with ease and feels no remorse. These people may be “almost psychopaths,” people with psychopathic characteristics too subtle to be diagnosed. Two experts explain how these…