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Expert Opinion: Why Doctors Should Prescribe Gratitude

A dear friend was recently diagnosed with a serious illness. In coping with her diagnosis and to keep friends and family updated on her treatment, she […]

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Expert Opinion: 3 Things a Philly Doc Thinks You Should Know About E-Cigs

You’ve probably heard the term “vaping” a lot recently. It’s used to describe the use of e-cigarettes and experiencing the inhalation of the “vapors”  from […]

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Doctor’s Opinion: How My Experience With Post-Partum Depression Helps Me Relate to Patients

I just had my baby and thankfully, all is going well. He’s thriving and I am having a much better post-partum experience this time than […]

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Expert Opinion: When Doctor Becomes Patient

I’m at the tail end of my pregnancy and hopefully all will go well. I was recently told I have gestational hypertension—i.e. high blood pressure […]

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Expert Opinion: Do Doctors Secretly Judge Obese Patients?

There is no doubt that Obesity is an epidemic, not only here in Philadelphia, but across the United States. The reasons are many and now […]

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Expert Opinion: What Does Legalizing Marijuana Mean to Healthcare?

Now that marijuana is being legalized in several states (Pennsylvania to follow, perhaps?), what health and safety issues will we face? We’ve made huge strides […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Quit Smoking … to Get a Job?

Last year, several hospitals in Pennsylvania began testing incoming employment candidates for nicotine, in addition to routine drug and alcohol screening. Apparently, if a candidate has been given […]

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Going Nuts: Dealing with Nut Allergies During the Holidays

Do you check with guests about their food allergies before having a party? Every year we hear tragic stories of young lives lost from contact […]

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How Having a Baby Later in Life Affects Your Breast-Cancer Screenings

I’m almost 40, and I’m about to have my second baby. It’s comforting at least to know that I’m not alone: A recent Los Angeles […]

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What You Need to Know About This Year’s Flu Season and Flu Shots

This year we have a buffet of flu vaccine products to choose from, with at least five new ones on the market. Manufacturers have listened […]

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A Doctor’s Take on Obamacare: Are Patients Really Ready for This?

I’m a physician, and I, like many others in my profession, are keenly watching the rolling-out of Obamacare. I understand the mixed emotion around the […]