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  • Got an injury? Should you reach for an ice pack or heating pad? May 19, 2022 11:11 am Journal & Courier - Indiana There are a whopping 35 million visits to emergency departments across the country annually for injuries. A majority of these are musculoskeletal injuries managed with X-ray imaging, splinting and possible orthopedic surgery consults. Most acute pain from  …
  • Scars are a common problem. How to prevent scarring and what treatments you want to avoid. May 12, 2022 12:00 pm The Arizona Republic Many patients seek out their local Emergency Department across the country on a daily basis for management of open wounds that usually include primary closure with either sutures or staples. Open wounds make up approximately 4.5% of ER visits annually. We …
  • Keeping it Together: Feeling overwhelmed this week? You're not alone. May 7, 2022 3:04 pm USA Today This week has been a lot. The glitz and glam of Monday's Met Gala was overshadowed when a leaked document revealed the conservative Supreme Court planned to take away the constitutional right to abortion. And an actress in a high-profile civil suit was …
  • Activated charcoal benefits explained: Does it actually prevent hangovers? May 5, 2022 11:07 am USA Today There are more than 1 million visits to the ER annually for drug or medication poisoning. Activated charcoal is one of the emergency treatments we frequently use to treat critical poisonings. But in recent years, activated charcoal has crossed over to the …
  • Parents concerned about hepatitis strain affecting children April 29, 2022 11:13 pm Spectrum News - North Carolina CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Doctors around the world are trying to figure out what is causing severe hepatitis causing acute liver failure in children. Two cases were confirmed in North Carolina.   What You Need To Know On April 23 the World Health Organization …
  • Cary Elwes was hospitalized for a rattlesnake bite. What to do if you get a snakebite April 26, 2022 3:41 pm Journal & Courier - Indiana Snakebite season is upon us as “The Princess Bride” actor Cary Elwes recently discovered while working outside his home in Malibu, California. Elwes suffered an envenomation from a rattlesnake bite to his finger but he was quickly evaluated and treated …
  • I'm taking this advice to heart and trying to trust myself more April 23, 2022 3:03 pm USA Today It's easy to doubt yourself – at least, it is for me. When this happens, I usually turn to loved ones for guidance. But there's a difference between seeking advice and relying on others to make your decisions for you. This is something I've …
  • We've long been told salt is bad for you. Is it really? April 21, 2022 11:05 am Journal & Courier - Indiana Dr. Michael Daignault For years now, we’ve continued to debate whether salt is actually “bad” for our health. And in discussing healthy diet and lifestyle choices with both my ER patients and friends alike, the common thread is the failure to distinguish …
  • These Are the People Who Should Get a Second COVID Booster Shot - CNET April 18, 2022 4:05 pm Cnet President Joe Biden, who is 79, got his second COVID booster on March 30, 2022. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. Americans 60 and older should get …
  • The dos and don'ts of going to the ER April 14, 2022 11:13 am USA Today Dr. Michael Daignault During this past winter's COVID-19 surge, fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, a lot of front-line and customer-facing industries were impacted by widespread infections.  Local emergency medical service (EMS) …
  • I'm eligible for a second Covid booster. Should I get one? April 11, 2022 1:17 pm Mint Here are considerations health experts say people should weigh. What is the recommendation? Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said any person aged 50 and older can get a second COVID-19 …
  • Want a little more happiness in your life? Read this. April 9, 2022 3:30 pm The Arizona Republic We could all use a little more happiness in our lives, right? That's why I loved that our columnist Sara Kuburic, the Millennial Therapist, wrote about how to find it this week. While there isn't a magic or easy solution to ensure happiness, Sara …
  • TikTok swears by post-gym massage gun use. Is it a good idea? April 6, 2022 12:38 pm Journal & Courier - Indiana Dr. Michael Daignault The #gymtok hashtag on TikTok is ripe with videos extolling the many benefits of using a handheld percussion massage gun after a workout. For those of us who are frequent gym-goers, we are always on the lookout for new hacks to …
  • Is it possible to overdo it with COVID-19 vaccine boosters? April 3, 2022 2:50 pm The Vallejo Times Herald - California First, it was one or two COVID-19 vaccine shots. Then it was get a booster shot after eight months, until they changed it to six, then five months. Now, federal health authorities have approved yet another shot four months from your last one if you’re at …
  • Why Epsom salt should be a staple in your home medicine cabinet April 1, 2022 1:16 pm The Arizona Republic Dr. Michael Daignault “Add two scoops of Epsom salt to a warm bath. Soak for 20 minutes then rinse with cold shower. Repeat nightly as needed.” I often recommend Epsom salt to patients I see in the ER for a variety of reasons including low back pain, …
  • I'm Eligible for a Second COVID Booster. Do I Need to Get It? - CNET March 29, 2022 9:57 pm Cnet President Biden gets his second COVID booster on March 30. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. Both the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers …
  • Doctors Concerned Federal COVID Funding May End March 22, 2022 5:07 am CBS Los Angeles - California LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Doctors concerned about uninsured patients are calling on Congress to approve a new round of federal COVID funding. “There are people in the community that don’t have health insurance,” said Dr. Jerry Abraham, director of the vaccine …
  • Do you suffer from lower back pain? It may be time to think outside the medicine cabinet. March 17, 2022 12:43 pm WFMY Dr. Michael Daignault After a recent ER shift, I was thinking how often patients turn up due to acute low back pain (LBP). ERs across the country see more than 2.6 million visits annually for LBP. One study showed that a whopping 84% of adults will suffer …
  • Yikes, I believed this medical myth too. Did you? February 26, 2022 4:28 pm Journal & Courier - Indiana If you're like me, you've heard putting hydrogen peroxide on wounds is the best way to make sure they're clean. Feel it sting and see it foam? That means it's working, I recall being told growing up. And that's what many people are …
  • Everyone puts hydrogen peroxide on their wounds. They really shouldn't. February 24, 2022 1:35 pm Journal & Courier - Indiana Dr. Michael Daignault One of the more dangerous medical myths I frequently in the ER is the widespread belief by patients that copious amounts of hydrogen peroxide should be used to clean cuts and scrapes of any size. With emergency rooms across the …