Monthly Archive: July 2019

Jul 17

Laparoscopic surgery quiz

Here is a fast quiz about laparoscopic surgery procedures. Which of these statements about laparoscopic surgery are true? Laparoscopic surgery procedures produce less post-operative pain. True or False? They offer faster recovery times. True or False? They result in shorter hospital stays. True or False? The visible scars produced by laparoscopic surgery are smaller. True …

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Jul 15

It Takes a Team

Any hospital surgery procedure will involve a whole team of medical professionals. Last week we blogged about the collection of electronic and medical devices that make modern surgical procedures so safe and effective. That is half of the story; the other part is the people who make those devices serve the needs of patients. If …

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Jul 13

Choosing the Best Therapy

Why do doctors choose the drugs they prescribe or the procedures they use (like laparoscopic surgery)? Why do you sometimes hear that medical experts have changed their minds about a therapy? You may have heard that a new review suggests that risk of a brain bleed outweighs any heart benefit that a daily low-dose aspirin …

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Jul 12

The Worst of Screen Time

watching tv

Just last week, we mentioned the danger of too much “screen time” and how it contributes to obesity-related diseases. The June 26 edition of the Journal of the American Heart Association focused on a particular kind of screen time: watching TV. The study from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute followed almost 3,600 Mississippians …

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Jul 08

A Room Full of Miracles

laparoscopic surgery

Did you see the last launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket? It seems like a miracle. This machine functioned almost perfectly, placed 24 satellites into orbit and safely landed two of its boosters. The two side boosters touched down at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, next door to Kennedy Space Center. The central booster …

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Jul 05

Insulin Prices Skyrocket

If you follow the news, you may have recently read or heard about the cost of insulin. Our blog is not about economics or politics, but physicians do have an interest in drug costs.  The doctor who discovered insulin refused to put his name on the patent, feeling that it would be unethical to profit …

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Jul 04

Happy 4th of July

Happy Birthday America!

Jul 03

The danger of too much screen time

cell phone use

Our blog has pointed to the fast-food business and the sugar industry as major culprits in the epidemic of obesity affecting America and the developed world.  We have been careless in not pointing to another factor, the one you are engaged in right now – screen time. Health officials are more and more aware of …

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Jul 01

What is “Morbid Obesity?”

Doctors would do well to remember that, “If it can be misunderstood, it will be misunderstood.” On a medical chart, the term “morbid obesity” has a specific meaning to the medical personnel who read it, but it may be lost in translation to the patients who hear that diagnosis. To a doctor (or an insurance …

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