What is a Standard of Care?

Throughout the past century, we’ve seen extraordinary advances in medicine and technology. The ways we detect, diagnose, and treat disease have changed the course of humankind. Among these changes is the method by which we screen for disease in a seemingly healthy population. It’s called preventative medicine. There is a...

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The Madness of March, 2019

The competition throughout the NCAA basketball season is always high but as soon as March rolls around it changes dramatically. March Madness. Teams are no longer just competing against other teams, but they are competing for spots, wins, and championships. Brackets start forming, bets are on the table and the...

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No Drugs! Death, Maybe

How many student athletes die from steroid use? That was the first thought to cross my mind after hearing that Clemson players, Dexler Lawrence, Zach Giella and Braden Galloway, were suspended from the BCS Championship Playoff. Despite having filed an appeal last week, they won’t be on the field tonight...

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Curiosity and Heart Screenings

This article appeared in Medpage Today. Are physicians in Europe more curious than physicians in the United States? I get that impression after reading headlines from the recent study about soccer players and heart screenings in England: “Screening fails to predict most heart deaths in young soccer players” (Reuters) “More young footballers dying of heart...

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An Apple a Day

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. I heard this as a kid, and now as a parent, I always look for healthy advice and habits to pass on to my kids. This week, the apple became even more important in the prevention of disease. Apple announced that its...

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Now Spit

Previously posted in Huffington Post on December 13, 2016 I went to the dentist for my six month check up last week. I didn’t want to be there. Are you surprised? I hate all of the poking and scraping. It was also the day before my daughter’s 14th birthday. I...

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Healthcare Like an Egyptian

Dear Pharoah: I recently read that the Detmold Child died from a heart condition. I’m so sorry. I know that he’s been dead for 6,500 years; however, I’m just getting the news. It’s absolutely incredible that scientists today could examine a mummy and conclude that the cause of death was...

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What Does a Mom Say?

Ding ding ding? No, that’s a fox. So, what did your mom say? Did she have a go-to phrase, quote or cliche? I don’t remember if my mother had one (which won’t surprise my mother at all). However, in trying to think of one, and knowing that we are having...

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The Financial and Emotional Costs of Heart Screenings

As I write this, Mason Tellez, a track athlete from Whittier High School, remains hospitalized.  According to a statement by his mother, he collapsed during practice with an undetected heart condition.  “He remains in serious condition, but at this point is breathing on his own.” Our prayers and thoughts are...

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Heart Screening at Final Four

Download Press Release Atlanta – (February 11, 2013) – Less than an hour from the Georgia Dome, the day before the NCAA Championship Game, over 300 students will be screened for potentially fatal heart conditions that cause sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and death, the #1 killer of student athletes. Demand for the...

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