Changing the mind of a doctor — Not an easy matter

Changing one’s mind is hard. Changing the mind of doctors is even harder.

Doctors are supposed to be the medical experts. Often we are. But sometimes I wonder whether our attachments to old ideas gets in the way of seeing the obvious.

I am reading Michael Lewis’s book The Undoing Project. Learning how Kahneman …

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in My Head?

Q: Why do I get songs stuck in my head? Does this happen to everyone?

A: You’re not alone. According to experts, 98 percent of us get stuck on a song — known as an earworm.

Certain people are more prone to earworms. Those with obsessive-compulsive disorder or who have obsessive thinking styles experience this …

Finding the tick in time could save you from Lyme!

“Doesn’t it typically happen during the summer?” asked a worried lady that had walked into my clinic in November with a growing circular rash on her wrist. She was referring, of course, to Lyme disease, that scourge of outdoor enthusiasts. While the peak season for Lyme disease is indeed summer, the ticks that transmit it …

New Parent? How You Can Recognize a Congenital Heart Defect

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United States, affecting nearly one in 100 births every year. Most heart defects are caught during pregnancy, but some are not.

It’s important for parents to know the warning signs of heart defects that may appear in their baby’s first months of …

Recipe: Lighter Pork Scaloppini With Lemon and Dill

Made with garlic, lemon, white wine, and fresh herbs instead of the traditional flour and butter, this scaloppini is light and flavorful. Keep it healthy with a green salad on the side.


12 ounces pork tenderloin, sliced into ½-inch thick rounds (8 slices total)
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper…

I’ve Had Radiation. Will Heart Surgery Be Risky for Me?

Q: I’ve had radiation therapy to the chest. Will heart surgery be more risky for me?

A: Radiation therapy to the chest to treat cancer — most often breast cancer or Hodgkin’s lymphoma — can lead to what’s known as radiation heart disease.

This condition may develop in cancer survivors 10 or more years …

Home sleep studies may help identify sleep apnea

What if I need a sleep study? If you are one of the approximately 35% of Americans who snore, perhaps this has crossed your mind. You have read on the internet or watched a newscast about sleep apnea, a condition associated with an increase in heart attack and stroke risk. Loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, …

Recipe: Chicken and Escarole Soup with Lemon

Warm up your winter with this soothing, nutrient-rich chicken soup. Instead of soggy white flour noodles, we’ve tossed in a bunch of hearty green escarole, full of folic acid, fiber, and vitamins A and K. The chicken is a great source of protein, of course, and also provides nearly all the vitamin D3 (niacin) that …

Isn’t Colonoscopy Painful, Even With Twilight Sleep?

Are you putting off your colonoscopy because you’re concerned this screening exam for colorectal cancer will be painful? The truth is that colonoscopy is virtually painless for most people, says colorectal surgeon James Church, MD.

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Advanced primary care vs (or is?) direct primary care

One of my most popular Twitter retweets this month highlighted a graphic from the Wall Street Journal showing that in 2014, middle-income households spent 25 percent more on health care than they did in 2007, but 6 to 18 percent less on other basic needs such as housing, transportation, food, and clothing. I commented: Too much