Quick tips: C. difficile infection will gross you out

OK, let’s talk poop.

As promised in my April 2 post, I plan to do a series of short posts about specific medical topics since I recently returned from “doctor’s school” in San Diego at the American College of Physicians meeting.  Missed that post?  Re-visit it at “Should you trust the latest medical advice?”

Today’s post will cover C. difficile infections, or CDI.  This may be the ickiest post I’ve yet done!

First, a warning.  What you about to read may make you go “Ewwww” and may make you wonder what kind of people actually talk about this stuff in polite company.  I’ll tell you who talks about it . . . a bunch of doctors in a classroom on a sunny San Diego day. That’s who talks about it. Lucky for you, I’ll summarize here. Continue reading “Quick tips: C. difficile infection will gross you out”

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Pets and peanuts! The scoop about allergies (VIDEOS)

By yasmapaz from Puerto Rico, via Wikimedia Commons

 

I like dogs.  And I like peanuts.  But like many of you, I also have allergies.  Many of us have a love-hate situation with dogs, cats, peanuts, pollen, dust, mold, trees, flowers . . .

Take a look at this puppy.  Seriously, I can’t even stand the cuteness.

 

 

John B. Sweet, MD

So this past week on the Healthy Matters radio broadcast, I coerced my medical school classmate, Dr. John Sweet, into joining me in the studio.  I’ve known John for years since we actually sat together in lecture back in med school.  He listened to the professor.  I just talked in class. Real surprise, there.

Anyway, John became a terrific allergist.  So this week after the show, we decided to record a series of short videos in which John gives us a few nuggets of solid medical info about allergies.  This post features two of those videos – one about pet allergies and the other about peanut allergies.  (Spoiler alert:  no one gets rid of their pet and yes you CAN give your little ones peanuts to help prevent allergies).

Not much reading on this post . . . you get to watch videos!  We’re all about multimedia so let’s get to it.   Continue reading “Pets and peanuts! The scoop about allergies (VIDEOS)”

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Should you trust the latest “medical advance”? And koalas too!

Hey friends!

The plaque in this photo above was a gift from a medical student and hangs on my wall right above my desk. It is a saying reportedly from Michelangelo that I use in teaching medical students and residents fairly often.

I even gave a speech to some graduating medical students called “I am still learning.”  I don’t even think Michelangelo actually said this at age 87 but the sentiment still resonates.  This post is about learning medicine.

This past week I’ve really been going back to school.  I’m now back from several days in San Diego at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine conference.  ACP is my professional organization, and our annual conference brings many thousands of us together to learn about the latest in medical science, pick up tips for our practice from some of the country’s top experts, and re-connect with colleagues from around the world.

In the next several posts, I am going to highlight for you some of what I learned at the ACP conference in San Diego.  Look for short posts in the coming weeks about:

  • Clostridium difficile infection
  • Lyme disease
  • Zika virus
  • Menopause and depression
  • Pain control and opiates
  • Sleep disorders
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Blood pressure in older adults
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Weight loss and exercise
  • Iron replacement
  • Osteoporosis

I’ll try to keep these future posts really short and helpful.

Continue reading “Should you trust the latest “medical advance”? And koalas too!”

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