Wonderful, Wonderful

Something wonderful is about to happen. What?  Where?  When? We’ll get to the details later. For now, I am told that Jerome Adams MD is now finalizing his “Surgeon General’s” report. And what, exactly is that, anyway?  Very interesting, these Surgeon Generals...

Suicide Prevention

Patient one is visiting his Family Doctor for a routine visit, which begins with some friendly chatting: “What have you been up to Joe?”  “Oh, being lazy, just sitting on my front porch looking at the bridge.” “You mean the Zilwaukee Bridge? What are you thinking...

Patient Safety

True story: Our patient, post-surgery, sees an oncologist who, perusing the pathology report, sees that cancer cells have apparently “penetrated the capsule.”  Ordinarily, this means the cancer is invasive and our patient will require a full-bore treatment regimen:...

Deprescribing

Your grandmother fell and broke her hip.  A common occurrence for aging adults in America.  Just another accident.  And yet, you wonder, was it entirely an accident?  Could it have been prevented? Let us consider your grandmother’s medical situation.  Like many aging...

First do no harm

It is widely recognized that 1/3rd of the money spent on health care in this country is wasted…and THAT isn’t even the BAD news. The truly BAD news is that all that unnecessary wasted money, $800,000,000,000 and counting, is actually making us sicker in so, so many...

Mission Impossible?

I’m looking at something I never expected to see, no-one ever expected to see.  Take a photo of a black hole 54 million light years (318,000,000,000,000 miles) from earth?  Never!  Well, a 28-year old computer science graduate student believed it could be done and she...