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  • 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 …
  • What's it like to have monkeypox? I spoke to someone who had it. July 9, 2022 3:22 pm Journal & Courier - Indiana You've likely read about monkeypox in headlines, but this week, I dived deeper into the diagnosis by interviewing people who had their own experiences with the virus to bring our readers info on what it's really like. One person I spoke to was Matt …
  • How to 'summer-proof' your child and keep them safe this season July 7, 2022 11:20 am USA Today July 4 has come and gone and now we enter the second half of summer. The emergency room has returned to its pre-pandemic volume of patients. Families and kids are interacting and traveling this summer more than any time in the last few years. For this week …
  • Are common multivitamins worth the money? New study explores the benefits, harms. June 30, 2022 11:19 am USA Today In a previous column, I discussed the limited efficacy of the $14 billion Americans spend annually on cold and flu supplements. The bottom line was that we can get the vast majority of our immune-boosting vitamins from a diverse healthy diet, good sleep …
  • As Pride Month comes to a close, I've been thinking about this ... June 25, 2022 3:35 pm Journal & Courier - Indiana It's already that last newsletter of June 2022, and I can't believe it! It feels like this month has gone by so fast. And as I celebrate the last weekend of Pride Month with friends in New York, I'm reminded of how far the LGBTQ community has …
  • Should you exercise first thing in the morning or at night? Here's what research says. June 23, 2022 11:08 am WFMY Millions of Americans carve time out of their busy schedule to exercise daily. But only 23% of adults aged 18+ meet the recommended guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. The biggest hurdle for most people: Not having enough time. …
  • Viral trend has people drinking a gallon of water per day. Should you? June 16, 2022 11:28 am USA Today Editor's note: This column was originally published in November 2021. We are running it again as summer swiftly approaches. Dehydration is a common cause of many of the ailments that bring patients to the ER on a daily basis. This includes headaches …
  • Can daily coffee use save your life? Here's what the latest research says. June 9, 2022 11:36 am Journal & Courier - Indiana You’ve probably heard of the many benefits of drinking coffee. There is no shortage of research studies attesting to the benefits of one (or two or three) cups of joe every day. Some of the studied benefits include reduction of risk of: Parkinson’s disease …
  • Fatty liver disease affects millions of unaware Americans. Here's what you need to know. June 2, 2022 11:55 am USA Today Patients who come to the emergency department with abdominal pain often get an ultrasound as part of their diagnostic workup – especially if the pain is localized to the right upper abdomen. This is done to evaluate for emergency causes of the pain, …