Painful wait times at the doctor’s office.  It’s an old story with few exceptions. As a dad, I have to deal with many of the same issues of parenting that you deal with: sleepless nights , fevers and holding my kids down for shots (my wife did it once, I think, then she promptly retired from this job).  However, waiting at the pediatrician is not something I have to do.  So, I can’t truly empathize ...

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This quarter of medical school has by far been my favorite, because almost everything we do has an explicit clinical correlation. Each week we work in small groups of 10 or so students to go over patient cases, practice respiratory and cardiovascular (our two organ blocks this quarter) physical exam skills, and interface with real patients in the hospital. These experiences have been both exciting and humbling, and two in ...

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I so wish I could say: Daddy, thank you so much for the stories. When my sister and I were little, we had an almost daily ritual with my father: drawing stories. He would sit us on his lap and get out his clipboard, a piece of paper and his black click pen. He'd divide the paper into four parts, and draw as he told a story. Sometimes he drew old favorites and we knew what ...

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ZDoggMD returns in the next episode of his web series, Dr. House of Cards.  He navigates an interaction with an "anti-vaccine mother" in a family medicine clinic, Frank Underwood-style.  At the 2:11 mark, watch how he reframes the conflict and goes on the offensive. For more Dr. House of Cards, check out the first episode.

Dr. Bob Sears deserves blame for declining vaccination rates Measles is on its way to an all time high. In 2000, measles was eliminated (meaning some travelers from areas with low vaccine penetration might arrive in the U.S. with the disease, but no case came from U.S.), but has been slowly creeping back. Since 2008, this has been more than a trickle. Let’s put the important goal of measles elimination in perspective. Before ...

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Criticizing The Fault in Our Stars does childhood cancer a disservice A pediatric oncologist seems to suggest we shouldn’t be getting too upset about childhood cancer because kids and teens dying or going blind “are things that we don’t typically encounter.” “I think the important thing to realize is that cancer in children is highly treatable and ultimately curable,” Dr. Charles Hemenway of Loyola University said in HemOnc Today, in response to the movie ...

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Applying the anti vaccine mentality to car seats What if a big TV station came out with a blockbuster story claiming that infant car seats were implicated in cerebral palsy (CP)? After all, something like 99.7% of babies diagnosed with cerebral palsy had been brought home from the hospital in a car seat. In fact, every single time they went anywhere in a car, they were strapped into them. That’s ...

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When we moved to Irving, TX and I decided to join a practice in nearby Lewisville, I realized I wanted to know more about the schools in the area and get a feel for the culture of the teachers that would be teaching my patients and kids.  I searched online and found great and encouraging information about Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Irving and Lewisville school districts.  I also looked up several teachers ...

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Find yourself a physician who is stingy with prescriptions Antibiotic use is the direct cause of the rise of untreatable superbugs that are killing people. Antibiotic use is also the cause of most cases of C. diff colitis in kids, a potentially life-threatening, difficult-to-treat gut disorder. Antibiotics have also been linked with recurrent wheezing  in infants and inflammatory bowel disease. They can also trigger allergic reactions that can be severe ...

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From MedPage Today:

  1. Google Glass in Medicine: Not Quite Ready Yet. A long list of potential medical applications for Google Glass was counterbalanced by an equally long list of obstacles to widespread implementation.
  2. Safety Net Hospitals Already Benefit from ACA. At Seattle's largest safety net hospital, the proportion of uninsured patients fell from 12% last year to an unprecedented low of 2% this spring ...

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