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It’s warming up and spring will soon turn into summer. May is skin cancer awareness month so we’ve come up with some tips to help you protect your skin all summer long. Melanoma (a form of skin cancer) is the second most common cancer in women ages 15-29 so it’s important to do what you can to protect your skin. Shade Is Your Friend Whether you are at the beach or at your local park, shade is your best friend. When possible, find the shady spots while you are outside especially when the su

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Many people are choosing concierge medicine for their families because of its many benefits. Concierge medicine, or private medicine, provides patients with comprehensive, individualized and coordinated care under the direct supervision of a world-class, board-certified physician. Here are some of the benefits you can expect if you decided to give concierge medicine a try: Concierge physicians service an average of 300 patients. Primary care physicians handle an average of between 2,000 and 4,00

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Based on a study in 2016, the obesity rate was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million adults. In 2019, obesity is not something to take lightly as some of the obesity-related conditions include stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer. Although losing weight can seem like a daunting task, we are here to support you. There is no easy way to lose weight, but here are some tips to help you jump start your weight loss goals. Drink Plenty Of Water It’s important to be dri

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I was feeling anorexic and chilled as I sat with my wife at a local diner. The right lower quadrant pain that had been worsening over the past 3 days could no longer be ignored. “I have acute appendicitis,” I told my wife. “I need to go to the radiologist.”A computed tomography (CT) scan of my abdomen confirmed my suspicion. After learning that I also had leukocytosis, we headed to the emergency department (ED). The ED doctor was pleasantly surprised that someone had come to his facil

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Patients often bemoan about having to live with the daily disturbances and challenges required of diabetes self-management. Counting carbs, taking medications with names longer than Greek Gods none of which are covered by insurance, having to monitor blood glucose levels three to six times daily and even having to incorporate healthy foods and exercise into daily living can elicit a feeling of distress in most patients with diabetes. Those individuals who are suffering from diabetes are indeed l

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Making a self-diagnosis of acute appendicitis is unpretentious especially when the patient is a family physician with over 30 years of clinical experience -right lower quadrant pain, increasing in intensity over a three day period associated with anorexia and chills. I arranged to undergo the appropriate tests which corroborated my diagnosis. After calling the surgeon, I headed to the hospital for the appendectomy. However, from the moment I arrived in the emergency room, until the time I was di

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Sleep is an integral part of life. All animal require sleep, foot, water and oxygen in order to survive. For most of us, 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep is necessary to maintain our health. Interestingly, sleep deprivation for 11 days is unsustainable and will result in death whereas we can survive for 3-4 weeks without food. Sleep deprivation can lead to loss of memory, irritability, muscle pain, confusion, car accidents, falls, diabetes, hypertension, weight gain, heart disease and depression

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Yes, my wife, Lisa thinks I am crazy and she may have a valid point. Nevertheless, the importance of my decision to write the 3rd edition of my medical textbook Diabetes Management in Primary Care was based on providing better care for my own patients. Really? How can writing a 700 page book help you, my patients? Writing a medical text book is no easy task. Unlike writing a fictional novel, the text book must be provide accurate information while providing guidance to physicians on how best to

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The 2001 IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, identified six fundamental aims for healthcare — that it be safe, effective, patient-centered, efficient, equitable, and timely. Of these, “timeliness is in some ways the least well studied and understood,” the IOM says. The new report, Transforming Health Care Scheduling and Access: Getting to Now, aims to answer two questions: How can timely care be ensured in various healthcare settings