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  • Are you taking enough steps daily for a long, healthy life? September 24, 2022 3:16 pm The Arizona Republic Most of us have heard about the health benefit of walking a few thousand steps a day, but did you know it could help you live a longer life? This week's, our medical columnist Dr. Michael Daignault discussed a new study of more than 2,000 adults that …
  • Walking could save your life. Here's how. September 22, 2022 10:17 am Courier News - New Jersey Did you know that getting in your daily steps could save your life? A new study of more than 2,000 adults showed that taking at least 7,000 steps per day reduced mortality by 50% to 70% compared to those who took less steps. The average age of study …
  • I went to the ER, and things are not getting better. When is it time to go back? September 16, 2022 1:02 pm The Arizona Republic I worry about patients after I discharge them from the emergency room. It might seem strange that an ER doctor would worry about this; isn't it a good thing that I've done my job and ruled out any life- or limb-threatening illness or injury in my …
  • Should you be switching from collagen to gelatin? September 1, 2022 1:14 pm USA Today Americans spent almost $300 million on collagen supplements in 2020 with the global market expected to increase. As the most abundant protein in our body and the key structural component of our skin, muscles, bones, blood vessels and connective tissue , it …
  • The Daily Use Of This Common Pill Might Have More Risks Than Benefits August 29, 2022 5:19 pm LA Weekly In partnership with The Fresh Toast One of the world’s most utilized pills — used by over 29 million people, with about 7 million of them using it without physician supervision — has some negative side effects that outweigh its benefits. Aspirin is a …
  • I learned why our brains feel too full for more bad news August 27, 2022 3:13 pm The Arizona Republic Every day another headline highlights something to worry about.  Whether it's the latest health scare, economic challenges or social conflict, our brains start to feel like they're fill up – a feeling that's totally normal, according to experts …
  • Don't fall behind on these important wellness checks August 20, 2022 3:14 pm The Arizona Republic Are you up-to-date with all your health screenings?  In this week's medical column, Dr. Michael Daignault, an emergency room doctor in Los Angeles, explains the importance of making sure you haven't put off these screenings amid COVID-19, which …
  • Are you up-to-date with key health screening… August 18, 2022 11:23 am Courier News - New Jersey At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw a drastic decline in the number of patients with non-COVID medical emergencies. A CDC study found that overall ER visits declined 42% from March to April 2020 compared to the same time in 2019. Even more …
  • Why I'll be walking outside with no shoes this weekend August 13, 2022 3:35 pm USA Today I'm shedding my shoes this weekend to put my bare feet on the grass. Why? If you haven't read my latest story, this might sound strange. Let me explain. This week I looked into the practice of earthing, also called grounding, which is based on the …
  • Local parents react to CDC's changing COVID-19 guidelines August 12, 2022 8:34 am CBS Los Angeles The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled significant changes Thursday as part of a sweeping effort to overhaul the agency's COVID-19 guidance. Doctors said that the CDC's move is a way for everyone to adapt to the fact that COVID is …
  • TikTok misinformation continues to spread unabated August 11, 2022 1:52 pm USA Today A recent TikTok video went viral with the false claim that the titanium dioxide used in L. brand organic tampons is responsible for miscarriages, cancer and a host of other medical problems.  Titanium dioxide, or TiO2, is a naturally occurring mineral …
  • 'Earthing' is getting attention. What is it? August 10, 2022 3:34 pm USA Today Earthing (or grounding) is the practice of placing your bare feet on the ground for health purposes. Being barefoot can help your body absorb Earth's electrons and in theory offers health benefits. People who practice earthing say they have found both …
  • Are you tracking your vaccines? Here's why you should be. August 6, 2022 3:24 pm USA Today COVID-19. Monkeypox. The list of viruses on our mind seems to keep growing longer – as does the list of vaccines we can take to prevent infection and severe illness. To help keep it all straight, our medical columnist Dr. Michael Daignault used this week…
  • How to take ownership of your immunization record August 3, 2022 3:56 pm USA Today Vaccines have vaulted to the forefront of importance and public awareness over the last two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Recent researched showed that vaccines prevented 19.8 million deaths from COVID-19 in their first year. The ever-evolving omicron …
  • Alkaline water: Should you be splurging to make your body less acidic? July 28, 2022 2:46 pm USA Today As a medical doctor, the explosion of interest in alkaline water in recent years has been very concerning. Alkaline water consumption is projected to hit a market capitalization of $1.3 billion by 2023. No doubt this is driven by clever marketing …
  • Joe Biden is working remotely while he has COVID-19. Experts say you probably shouldn't do that July 27, 2022 11:49 pm Salon Last week, after news broke that President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19, the administration worked to play down the severity and risk to the septuagenarian commander-in-chief. After a status update from his staff that his symptoms were "mild …
  • Omicron has shattered what we know about COVID reinfections. Here’s why you may be vulnerable. July 24, 2022 1:41 pm Orlando Sentinel - Florida Initially, enduring COVID had one redeeming quality: It gave you some short-term immunity from getting infected again. But the new omicron subvariants are shattering that trend. BA.5, which now makes up 66% of COVID cases in Florida, has caused more people …
  • I've been neglecting this SPF spot, have you? July 23, 2022 3:03 pm Courier News - New Jersey We've come a long way when it comes to SPF. When I was younger, I mostly remember using sunscreen on family trips to the beach. But now that we know the importance of wearing sunscreen daily for both anti-aging purposes – and more importantly skin …
  • Do this, not that: Easy hacks to improve sleep, boost wellness July 21, 2022 1:09 pm USA Today As an emergency room doctor, I am trained in providing acute and critical care. But it’s equally important to help my patients and readers manage their day-to-day wellness. That's why I've put together some simple swaps you can start doing today, …
  • What you need to know about the myth of 'dry… July 14, 2022 11:13 am Courier News - New Jersey Concerned parents bring their eight-year-old son into the emergency room. Earlier in the day, while playing in the family pool, they saw him “go under for a couple seconds.” After a brief coughing episode and some rest, he was back in the pool, playing …