This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz revealed last week that her contract for the show stipulates that she must lose weight gradually over the TV season as part of her character’s arc. Currently morbidly obese and playing a personal assistant … Continue reading WHAT THIS IS US STAR CHRISSY METZ’S WEIGHT-LOSS CLAUSE MEANS
Every year on the third Monday in March, medical school deans across the nation warn their senior students to stay alert for a pager call. Worse than a late-night code blue, that ring, if it comes, portends terrible news. Continue reading Surviving the Match
Wintertime means the joyous anticipation of time off school or work, and trips near and far to visit relatives or bask in the Hawaii sunshine. Unfortunately, winter vacation can also bring colds, strep throat or food poisoning. Here are three … Continue reading Healthy traveling is happy traveling
“Am I contagious?” Doctors hear this question all the time. Patients want to know if they can go back to work or school. Parents wonder if going to a birthday party will mean inflicting pink eye on 30 kids. Continue reading Am I contagious?
These days the word gluten-free is everywhere, from the grocery store aisles to restaurant menus to morning talk shows. The growing prevalence of people suffering from gluten-related disorders has even spurred a group of 15 experts to propose a new … Continue reading Flying the friendly skies while navigating the challenges of eating gluten-free
Dr. Eric Topol wants patients to own their own health data. The tech-loving cardiologist-turned-genomics professor from the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, CA has been popping up a lot lately, in op-eds and at health technology conferences. Continue reading X-Ray Selfies and Uber-Docs: A Glimpse of Medicine’s (Near) Future
Image via ConsumerReports.com The sheer volume and variety of dietary supplement products now available to our patients is enough to boggle even the most well-informed mind. They vary very widely in their price points, their quality of manufacture, and the … Continue reading ConsumerLab vs. Labdoor: Rating the Supplement Rating Sites
Image via CityMetric.com Low-income individuals are also often less equipped to adapt to climate stressors. Urban communities of color often have reduced access to alternate housing, food, water, cooling, or transportation in the event of a weather emergency. Continue reading Unhealthy Air, Unhealthy lungs, Unhealthy Communities
The Indian party was in full swing. The ladies gossiped in the kitchen and rolled dough, and the men smoked and sipped whiskey in the den. One of our ‘uncles’ popped a second gulab jamun sweet in his mouth, prompting … Continue reading A Little Bit of Diabetes
At the recent national meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP), I dropped in on a session about medical volunteering. I thought I might hear about an interesting opportunity to volunteer in Africa, or South America perhaps. Continue reading Health professionals volunteer their services when the ACA isn’t enough
Many doctors have a difficult time with marijuana as medication, and consider doctors who prescribe it as second-class citizens. These doctors fear that they will enable recreational drug use, that patients will abuse medical cards to get drugs for friends and that patients will lie to them to get a card. Continue reading Why it might be hard to find a medical marijuana doctor
Nineteen states have mandatory pricing laws for retail goods. Here’s some of California’s law, for example. Continue reading Why are medical bills so hard to understand?