Fighting the winter blues – a lighter look

The winter blues – now is the time they can set in – shorter, dark days, colder temps and holiday stresses all contribute.  Its also been a rough couple of weeks in the news – it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when terrible things happen.  However, if you look for it, there are ways to fight […]

Processed meats – cancer risk or hype

Bacon is perhaps the archetypical of processed meats – whether typical US or Canadian – it is one of the most identified foods by sight or smell.  Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified  processed meats as a cancer risk, equating it to smoking.  How did they come to this decision, and can we infer the […]

Back to School

It’s that time of year in NYC (I know other parts of the country already started) when buses are filled with children sporting back packs, tales of summer vacation are told and germs are spread. In my office, it is also the time of year in which adults get re-exposed to germs they haven’t seen […]

Start Spreading the News…

Start Spreading the News… I am thrilled to announce the next phase in my journey as a Physician.  After 3 years in Arizona, I am returning to NYC and will be practicing at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Associates. I have thoroughly enjoyed living in Arizona – it was a wonderful experience for my […]

Happy 4th of July – Keep it SAFE

As we enjoy the 4th of July, a reminder from TheDiagnosisMD to stay safe this holiday weekend. Fireworks are beautiful to watch – the sounds, color and spirit evoke great memories for many.  Some of my favorite 4th of July memories 20 years ago on call during my 4th day of Internship at Bellevue Hospital […]

Personalized Medicine isn’t necessarily Personal

3 months ago our family dog got sick.  Her liver was very inflamed.  The evaluation revealed copper deposits in her liver.  This was likely due to a genetic defect – very common in several breeds in dogs, but not common in hers.  Despite efforts to remove the copper with medication, the damage was too severe, […]

Reality Check – why an Internist is important

It was a typical Monday for an Internist – lots of phone calls, catching up on results that came in over the weekend, a full office schedule.  I was about to go see my next patient when my assistant said that Dr. X was on the phone about a patient, could I take the call. […]

E-cigarettes – deterrent or path to addiction

Recently, the CDC published its 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey – which looks at smoking in middle and high school students in the US.  As a physician, but more as a parent of a newly minted teenager, the results were of great interest – and concern.  While cigarette use declined in high school students, e-cigarettes and hookah use […]

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