Obesity is now increasingly recognized as the "natural" consequence of societal changes that have occurred over the past decades to foster an increasingly obesogenic environment. Yet, rather than focus on the root causes of these societal drivers of obesity, governments apparently prefer to make obesity prevention a personal matter, with a strong emphasis on trying to get individuals to change their lifestyles. It is clearly far easier to simply tell people to ...

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An excerpt from Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank published by W. W. Norton & Company, 2010 (paperback January 2011). On eBay, you can buy a fetal ultrasound scrapbook that has a poem on the first page that begins, “I loved you from the start.” It comes with Care Bear stickers. One of them is a pregnant rabbit eating ...

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Your mother has been up all night. She has Alzheimer's Disease and now it has progressed to that inevitable stage of the dementing process where she is paranoid, agitated, and confused. She fidgets and paces and walks all day. She gets out of bed multiple times each night. She has gone out the door into the back yard and tried to escape to the street, wearing only her night clothes. Sometimes ...

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I recently completed a long stretch of night shifts in the emergency department. I have done a myriad of things – spent over twenty minutes trying to convince a patient to take a pill that she needed to treat her psychosis, sutured a facial laceration for a young gentleman who kept insisting that he wanted to leave AMA (against medical advice) and just place a ...

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An excerpt from Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss. Published by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright(c)2011. by Barbara Okun, PhD and Joseph Nowinski, PhD One of the first tasks facing families upon receiving a diagnosis is to learn more about the illness or disorder that faces them. There are many ways to do this: by visiting Internet web sites; by ...

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Advocacy is an important and vital skill for any young adult, but young adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities have a bit of a unique need for developing the skills. I would argue that the skills needed for self advocacy need to have the opportunity to develop in small ways when a child becomes a toddler. For me, the roots of my advocacy were planted in the years prior to ...

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Doctor D has dodged some questions in his career, but he has also been on the receiving end of some non-answers and can attest to their usefulness on the patient's side of things. How can a doctor dodging a question help the patient? Let me tell you a story: Doctor D’s son Little D was born with a very rare genetic condition which required he see an expert at a big university. As ...

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Winning the lottery -- yes, I've heard the horror stories of how people's lives have taken a turn for the worse after it's happened. But, like many others, I still wonder what it would be like. I'd be willing to take my chances with the win! But this post is not about money. Not at all. Actually it's about gratitude. It's about the many 'lotteries' in life that have nothing to do ...

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An excerpt from Little Patient Big Doctor: One Mother's Journey. by Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick Dear Doctor, I want to share with you my experiences with two of my children . . . . I share the hecticness our lives with you for a reason. We are all the same. We are all busy. We all face adversity. And while we want most to trust the opinions of professionals, ...

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One thing that many residents do not know is that there are more benefits to becoming a board certified physician than just that plaque on the wall.   One of these benefits is that ability to pick up a few extra hours of work here and there doing consulting for the multitude of companies that would like the opinion or expertise of a physician. In some cases this consulting can be about ...

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