Weekly Health Columns

May 9, 2018

The Word of the D-d-day is D-d-disfluency

  By Kathy Hubbard   According to Wikipedia, disfluency, also spelled dysfluency is “any of various breaks, irregularities (within the English language, similar speech dysfluency occurs in different forms in other languages) or non-lexical vocables that occurs within the flow of otherwise fluent speech.” Got that? Of course you did. Basically, it’s when we don’t […]

May 2, 2018

Is It a Mental Illness or Just a Phase

  By Kathy Hubbard   “My daughter has been very depressed for the last several months,” a woman wrote on the Ask the Expert page of the Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH) website. “She was very withdrawn and rarely wanted to come out of her room. At one time we were even fearful we […]

April 25, 2018

BGH Strives for Best Patient Experience

One can only imagine what the Patient Experience Survey might contain if the Duchess of Cambridge were to fill one out about her recent stay in a maternity hospital that cost over $9,000 per day. Was the caviar cold enough? Were the foot massages satisfactory? Oh my. In any healthcare facility it’s critical that patients […]

April 18, 2018

Lab Work Essential for Accurate Diagnostics

“I pass out when the doctor brings out the blood pressure cuff, so you can imagine what I do when they tell me I need to have blood drawn,” a friend of mine said recently. That sparked stories about body fluid tests that, frankly, we all found a bit amusing. I won’t bother you with […]

April 11, 2018

Opening the Dialogue About STDs

What did Al Capone, Ludwig van Beethoven and Abraham Lincoln have in common? They all allegedly had syphilis. Obviously, Lincoln didn’t die from it, but it’s believed that he infected Mary whose knife-like back pain, dementia, impaired coordination, weight loss and blindness gave evidence that she’d been infected. Today, thanks to antibiotics, people rarely die […]

April 4, 2018

Occupational Therapy Methods Improve Daily Life

“What is occupational therapy?” a gentleman wrote to a newspaper helpline. “I am retired and I don’t need a job. What does OT stand for? Overtired? Overtime?” “Your life is made up of occupations – meaningful everyday activities,” the American Occupational Therapy Association explains. “These occupations can include many roles, such as being a parent, […]

March 28, 2018

Show Your Gratitude on National Doctors Day

  In the first two years of medical school a fledgling physician will double his or her 15,000-word vocabulary with mostly Latin-derived words that are difficult to pronounce. Then, eleven or more years later, and after a cost of at least a quarter of a million dollars they can put their name, including the M.D., […]

March 21, 2018

Make Sure You Can Digest What You Ingest

In the 1920s some college guy was bragging that he had swallowed a live goldfish. His fellow Harvard students bet him $10 that he couldn’t do it again. He did and a craze was born. As far as I can tell, no harm was done to any of the players, and in one case no […]

March 14, 2018

Want to Breathe Better? Join the Club

“I have emphysema. I should have died ten years ago but instead I quit smoking,” Janet R. wrote on a blog at the American Lung Association’s website. She said that she had smoked for fifty years. Her father died of lung cancer, her mother from complications of emphysema. “I thought the same couldn’t happen to […]

March 7, 2018

What You Need to Know About Analgesics and Your Kidneys

We all know what analgesics are, don’t we? You know: aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen sodium (Aleve). These are the medicines we buy in the grocery or drug store to alleviate pain and fevers. “These drugs present no danger for most people when taken in the recommended dosage,” National Institute of Diabetes and […]

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