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The antibiotic casebook

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The practice of medicine on the front lines is a challenging mixture of science and art. At times it is like doing stand-up improvisation. Your patients present with a previously unknown scenario and you have to react without rehearsal in immediate real time.  As a practitioner you are being pressed by increasing regulations and pushed toward statistical goals apparently representing “good care.” Patients at the same time are demanding all of the new treatments and investigations available (as presented on the Internet and in the lay press).  Many of our patients fit easily within these practice parameters but many do not and it is with the latter in mind that the following scenarios are offered here and in the next two issues. The names and antibiotic flavors are fictitious but the stories are as real as daily practice. Many of you will be able to immediately put your own names on the participants. (more…)

Stress May Affect Food Choices

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Stress may contribute to ”emotional eating” – eating foods that are high in fat and calories to cope with stressful situations – according to findings published in the November/December issue of Psychosomatic Medicine. (more…)

Flu Vaccine Delivery Underway. Part 4

Monday, June 25th, 2012

In the meantime, the CDC said, vaccination of people at high risk for flu complications “should proceed routinely during regular healthcare visits” to doctors, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and other places where vaccinations are normally given. (more…)

Flu Vaccine Delivery Underway. Part 3

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Because pneumonia and other infections with pneumococcus bacteria are the most common complications of influenza, people in one of the high-risk groups are being urged to get vaccinated against pneumococcal infections. Medicare will also pay for those shots, but will require a signed consent and a check on the recipient’s age and health, and whether she or he has received a vaccination before. Normally, one pneumococcal immunization is good for a lifetime. (more…)

Flu Vaccine Delivery Underway. Part 2

Monday, June 25th, 2012

In Maryland, about 80 percent of the number of doses needed for the state’s child vaccination program had been received. The manager of the state’s immunization programs, Gregory Reed, says the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had received so many inquiries that it sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter to 3,800 physicians, assuring them that the supply is going to be adequate, and urging that in the meantime they adhere to guidelines that would make sure people at higher risk get shots first. (more…)

Flu Vaccine Delivery Underway. Part 1

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The National Immunization Program of the Centers for Disease Control expects 70 percent of the supply of influenza vaccine needed this year will be delivered by the end of November. (more…)

The Effects of Back Pain

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Back pain can range from mild morning stiffness to severe and debilitating pain that interrupts everyday physical activities at work and at home. Back-pain sufferers often report back spasms, cramping, aching and difficulty moving. In some cases, the pain is so intense that posture is twisted.
What Are the Emotional Effects of Back Pain? (more…)

Physical Findings

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The physical findings of obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) can be obvious from across the room; while asleep, people with OSAHS tend to snore and take long pauses (greater than 10 seconds) in their breathing. (more…)

The Energy of Life. Part 2

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

These single atoms, along with their vibrational patterns, combine to form molecules, cells, tissues, organs, systems, and whole beings. And just as that whirling propeller interacts with the environment to create a new energy pattern, so our energy fields interact with all other universal energies, endlessly creating and recreating patterns. (more…)

The Energy of Life. Part 1

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

All matter is energy. Albert Einstein showed us this with his famous equation E=MC2. Scientists today measure and map electromagnetic energy fields, indeed produce and manipulate artificial energy fields. We are continuously surrounded by and permeated with these many energies in our daily lives. (more…)