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Seatbelts Save Lives

July 5, 2009 1 Comment

Woke up this morning to this headline in the Boston Herald….Eight killed in wrecks before dawn For anyone who knows me, inexplicably, I am a huge NASCAR fan. I watch the race, the minor league races, the talk shows, I even read websites about it. I have often joked that I would pick going to…

Percocet and Vicadin could get banned

July 2, 2009 No Comments

Yesterday I wrote about more stringent warnings about acetaminophen (ACM). You can read that here. Now a govt. agency is recommending that Percocet and Vicadin be banned due to the problems associated with ACM. The way that Percocet and Vicadin work is they combine a narcotic with ACM to fight pain. ACM is combined with…

Acetaminophen is Getting a Closer Look

June 30, 2009 No Comments

Acetaminophen (ACM) is the most popular over the counter drug for pain relief in the United States. There was an estimated twenty nine billion units sold in 2005. Twenty nine BILLION! Whoa, that is a lot. The FDA recently released a report urging stronger warnings and stricter dose limits for drugs, like Tylenol® that contain…

Marijuana May Cause Cancer

June 24, 2009 No Comments

There has been a long held belief that marijuana, while known to cause certain conditions, did not cause cancer. A ruling from California and a latest study are challenging that belief. The state of California recently added marijuana smoke to the list of chemicals that regulators claim causes cancer. A spokesman for the state said…

ADHD Drugs May Be Linked to Rare Deaths

June 16, 2009 No Comments

Currently there are approximately 2.5 million children and 1.5 million adults taking stimulant medication.  The two most popular meds are Ritalin and Concerta, with ADHD being the most common condition that they treat. For those of you who may not know ADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which can best be characterized by…

TV Reduces Young Kids' Language Development

June 8, 2009 1 Comment

So TV reduces children’s language development?  Funny, some of the words that have come out of my young son’s mouth are 100% attributed to TV.  I mean where else can a 6 year old learn about priapism?  Well I am sure that erectile dysfunction is a popular topic around the dinner table, most people I…

Can Overtraining Your Knees Lead to Hip Pain

June 2, 2009 3 Comments

In the last year some of baseball’s biggest stars have had to spend time on the disabled list with torn hip labrums.  This injury did not exist 10 years ago prompting baseball’s medical staffs to scramble to come up with the reasons behind this. One trainer was quoted as saying he has never seen anything…

Are You a Real Doctor?

May 29, 2009 No Comments

  Every now and then I get a patient who asks me the above question.  My answer is usually very succinct and revealing, “Depends.”   Wow, that just clears it all up doesn’t it? The real answer is, it does depend.  What is your definition of a doctor.  According to Webster a doctor is a…

How to Not Face the Recession

May 22, 2009 No Comments

The American Academy of Family Physicians just released a survey where almost 90% of 600 family doctors reported their patients have expressed concerns about paying their bills and 87% were showing up with more signs of stress since the recession had started. Ok, fair enough people are worried, what is disturbing is what they chose…

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