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Does Drinking Alcohol Really Help You Live Longer?

Does Drinking Alcohol Really Help You Live Longer?

A study on 90-somethings found that drinking may be the secret to longevity. It’s only natural to want to make your life as long, happy, and healthy as possible. Immortality might still be reserved for sci-fi novels, superhero movies, and Black Mirror episodes. But in the meantime, we’ve got longevity! Scientists have been researching the […]

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Publishers Weekly Review of HYPE

Publishers Weekly Review of HYPE

Surgeon Shapiro (Take a Deep Breath) sets out to clear up medical misperceptions in this feisty, fact-filled diatribe (even the acknowledgment page complains that “hype abounds and needs to be bashed”). She tackles such questions as how to put risk into perspective (readers should worry more about eclairs than Ebola), how to understand the causation/correlation […]

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Sometimes not doing surgery makes you a better surgeon

Sometimes not doing surgery makes you a better surgeon

Having been surgically trained and surgically-minded, I’ve had expression ingrained in my psyche such as “a chance to cut is a chance to cure,” “when in doubt, cut it out” and “nothing can heal like cold, hard steel.” Indeed, as a surgeon, I see patients in my office and in the hospital with the specific […]

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Doctors Are Still Prescribing Codeine For Kids After Tonsillectomies

Doctors Are Still Prescribing Codeine For Kids After Tonsillectomies

Despite a warning by the FDA regarding the significant safety risks of opioids, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that 1 in 20 children were still prescribed codeine after having a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, according to data through 2015…  

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10 Podcasts Doctors and Other Health Experts Love

10 Podcasts Doctors and Other Health Experts Love

These are the shows they can’t stop listening to. If you love podcasts, you know there’s no better way to get through a long run or your daily commute. And the best podcasts leave you craving more. But there are so many shows so many to choose from, it can be tough to find exactly […]

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Teething Terrors

Teething Terrors

We love, love, love our baby… but do NOT love the terrible pain our normally chipper little sweetie is apparently suffering through as her first teeth are coming in! We are only dealing with her very first tooth and are both out of our minds trying to soothe her sore gums. And this is just […]

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Should children get their tonsils taken out?

Should children get their tonsils taken out?

Tonsillectomy continues to be a common surgery in children. Two large studies show that the surgery will help kids with sleep disorders due to big tonsils, and will also help kids with recurrent infections, but perhaps not as much.  Sleep disordered breathing, which may include loud snoring, gasping at night, sleep apnea, and tless sleep, may […]

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Drowning risks: Even kiddie pools pose danger

Drowning risks: Even kiddie pools pose danger

Just a few inches of water in a kiddie pool are enough to drown a child. “When we think of pool risks, we think of the big pools, complete with deep ends, diving boards and swim parties,” said Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mattel Children’s Hospital of the University of California, Los […]

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Not just a tech: Everyone’s important in the OR

Not just a tech: Everyone’s important in the OR

The other day, I was operating on a little girl with a congenital ear abnormality. Not life and death stuff, but delicate surgery nonetheless. My surgical scrub technician was someone with whom I hadn’t worked before, and I asked him if he was enrolled in the operating room nurse training program, as many of the […]

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Is Maci Bookout Smart to Have Back-to-Back Babies?

Is Maci Bookout Smart to Have Back-to-Back Babies?

Just nine months after Maci Bookout welcomed daughter Jayde, the Teen Mom OG star announced that she and fiancé Taylor McKinney are expecting their second child together. “#Makingmoremoneys baby boy coming soon!” the 24-year-old captioned her February 14 post. “Happy valentine’s day!@tmon3yyy #lastbutnotleast” The tot will arrive at the end of May — the same […]

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