Special topics: Lyme disease

Back in April I posted about medical science and what I had learned at my latest continuing education conference (the American College of Physicians conference in San Diego).  Go ahead and re-read that post to get my thoughts on how to approach medical science.  I had said that I’d be doing future posts about some of what I learned at doctor school in San Diego.  The first of those was a look at Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections.  Now I’m tackling Lyme disease, much at my own peril since there is raging controversy about this one – at least with some folks.

Here’s what you’ll find if you read on:

  • Lyme disease basics.
  • Acute Lyme disease.
  • Post Lyme Disease Syndrome, which some call “chronic Lyme disease.”

Fasten your seat belts, here we go . . .

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Ask the Dermatologist!

Things are very serious in the WCCO studios!

Hey hey!

A couple of weeks ago on the Healthy Matters radio show we featured two of my colleagues from Dermatology, Drs. Jenny Liu and Erin Luxenberg.  You’ll find us in the photo to the left in the WCCO studios in downtown Minneapolis getting ready for the show.

We’re obviously a pretty tense and serious group, eh?

We mostly focused on skin cancer during that show and it was really informative and fun.  If you missed the show, you can listen to the commercial-free podcast by clicking here (Healthy Matters show #434, April 30, 2017).

As usual, we get way more calls, texts, and tweets than we can get to on the live broadcast.  So for this blog post we are continuing the show, in a way, by having Dr. Luxenberg and Dr. Liu respond to some of the text questions from that show.  So if we didn’t get to your question on the air, maybe we will cover it here.

Here goes . . .  Continue reading “Ask the Dermatologist!”

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“Don’t worry, at least we will die together!”

Jerusalem, photo © David Hilden

Hi, friends!

In this post I simply want to invite you to read an essay I wrote which was recently published in a journal I admire.  Called Intima: a journal of narrative medicine, it is a literary place where medicine is explored through story, narrative non-fiction, and art.

My piece is called “Don’t worry, at least we will die together” and is an account of an experience I had back in 2015 while in Jerusalem.

In addition to reading my piece, I hope you will explore Intima and immerse yourself in any of the outstanding works that were submitted.  The journal, which originated at Columbia University in 2010, is a treasure that I hope many of you will come to know.

I haven’t posted much about my interest in Middle East issues, so I’ll give you just a bit of background.  If you do nothing else, please click on the Intima logo above and check out my essay.   For just a little more on my experience, keep reading. Continue reading ““Don’t worry, at least we will die together!””

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