Human Interest
    3 days ago

    THE HOUSE I GREW UP IN

    Right away I must apologize. “For what?” you ask. I’ve committed one of those unforgivable grammatical sins—I used “a preposition…
    Office Practice Info
    5 days ago

    PHYSICIAN JOB PROSPECTS

    An article in the May 2024 issue of Medical Economics magazine claims that “the demand for medical services is increasing…
    Bone & Joint Problems
    1 week ago

    MALLET FINGER

    Almost everyone has 8 fingers and 2 thumbs. Thumbs are important but not for this blog. There are 4 fingers…
    Drugs & Medications
    2 weeks ago

    SALT SUBSTITUTE REDUCES CHANCES FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

    Substituting regular table salt (100% sodium chloride) with salt substitute (62% sodium chloride, 25% potassium chloride, 12.5% flavorings) reduced the…
    Drugs & Medications
    2 weeks ago

    OTC DRUG FOR ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

    I must warn you, the reader, in advance, this blog is rated “R” and contains information that is of a…
    Drugs & Medications
    2 weeks ago

    TREATMENT OF SORE THROAT

    When it comes to medical protocols, the symbolic pendulum swings back and forth all the time. Many concepts in medicine…
    Human Interest
    3 weeks ago

    PACERS BLEW THEIR CHANCE

    After game one against Boston I really thought the Pacers had a chance to win the series. That was just…
    Human Interest
    3 weeks ago

    IRVINGTON

    Recently, a friend who had been reading about my youth activities on DrGOpines.com, pointed out that I was actually writing…
    Human Interest
    4 weeks ago

    THE INDIANA PACERS HAVE A CHANCE

    You’ll get no argument from me if you “accuse” me of being biased when it comes to the Indiana Pacers.…
    Human Interest
    4 weeks ago

    THE IRON SKILLET

    In life, “nothing lasts forever” and “all good things must come to the end.” These are trite cliches’, but they…
    Human Interest
    4 weeks ago

    THE GOOD GUYS WON!!

    Well, finally, the “good guys” won! Yes, for me the “good guys” are the Indiana Pacers. And today, they obliterated…
    Drugs & Medications
    May 17, 2024

    TOBACCO USE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE

    It surprises me in today’s culture that anyone starts smoking. So much information about the harms of smoking is in…
    Aging
    May 15, 2024

    HEARING LOSS: MORE DISABLING THAN YOU THINK

    Being hard of hearing is far more disabling than people think. Folks who are deaf from birth live in a…
    Aging
    May 13, 2024

    BEERS CRITERIA FOR MEDICATION USE IN OLDER PATIENTS: DANGEROUS COMBINATIONS

    Until I read the April 2024 issue of American Family Physician, I was unaware the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) had…
    Cancer
    May 9, 2024

    ”EIGHT PACKETS OF SWEET ‘N LOW?!”

    I have a friend who has a rather unusual habit. It’s a natural thing to him, but it definitely gets…
    Human Interest
    May 7, 2024

    HEY! LET’S GO TO “DOWNEY!”

    That was a common phrase spoken by east side teens in the 1950’s and 1960’s. “Downey” was the name given…
    Heart Disease
    May 5, 2024

    CARDIAC EJECTION FRACTION

    Do you understand what is meant by heart failure? As the name implies, people with heart failure have a heart…
    Diabetes
    May 3, 2024

    GLP-1’S BETTER UNDERSTOOD, STILL EXPENSIVE!

    Six months ago I published two articles on the use and side effects of Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor drugs. GLP-1’s,…
    Drugs & Medications
    April 30, 2024

    MEDSCAPE NEWS

    Statins Have Another Use: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), be it the oral or transdermal form, places women at a greater…
    Healthcare Policy
    April 27, 2024

    UNDERSERVED AREAS FOR SENIORS

    Old folks, at least those over age 65, are an interesting lot. In 2020, the census determined that 17% of…
    Drugs & Medications
    April 24, 2024

    ALLERGIC TO PENICILLIN? YES OR NO

    “Penicillin allergy is the most reported adverse drug reaction.” That’s right; “approximately 10% of the US population has reported allergies…
    Human Interest
    April 20, 2024

    THE MIRAMAR CLUB

    Who of you remembers the Miramar Club? I certainly do and very fondly. I bet, if you ever went there…
    Drugs & Medications
    April 17, 2024

    OVER-THE-COUNTER COLD MEDICINES: DO THEY HELP?

    Millions, if not billions, of dollars are spent on cold and allergy medications that may not actually work. Yes, that…
    Preventive Medicine
    April 13, 2024

    LEAD POISONING

    Do you remember in the old western movies we watched as kids, the outlaws, ie. the “bad guys,” always died…
    Human Interest
    April 9, 2024

    SUMMER CAMP PART TWO

    Between the ages of 12 and 18 years, I went to summer camp seven times. In part one of this…

      COVID-19
      January 25, 2024

      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #16

      Combined COVID-19, Flu Vaccine Candidate Headed to Phase 3 Trials: A new mRNA vaccine designed to protect against both flu…
      COVID-19
      November 8, 2023

      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #13

      Insurance Coverage Snags When Trying to Get COVID-19 Vaccine    Pharmacies have seen delays in delivery of Pfizer and Moderna…
      Cancer
      October 12, 2023

      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #11

      Co-Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Tied to Significantly Increased Odds For Depression, Anxiety    Findings published in the journal PLOS…
      Cancer
      October 5, 2023

      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #11

      Co-Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Tied to Significantly Increased Odds For Depression, Anxiety    Findings published in the journal PLOS…
      Cancer
      September 24, 2023

      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #10

      Systolic BP Appears to Rise Slightly in Winter Months    The American Heart Association’s Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2023 reported that…
      Cancer
      September 19, 2023

      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #9

      CDC Reports Overdose Deaths From Fake Prescription Pills Has More Than Doubled in Recent Years    Data reported by the…
      COVID-19
      September 16, 2023

      CDC RECOMMENDS ALL AMERICANS 6 MONTHS AND OLDER RECEIVE AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF UPDATED COVID-19 VACCINE

      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved “reformulated” COVID vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. That prompted a CDC Advisory…
      COVID-19
      September 12, 2023

      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #7

      Suicide is Leading Cause of Physician Death in the U.S.    Burnout has taken a huge toll on physicians over…
      COVID-19
      August 22, 2023

      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS, AUGUST 14, 2023

      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS AUGUST 14, 2023 History of Oral Contraceptive Use Appears to Have No Harmful Effects on Cardiovascular Disease…
      COVID-19
      August 4, 2023

      MORE MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS

      Adults Diagnosed with Depression Twice as Likely to Get Dementia Later in Life.    From USA Today—250,000 Danish citizens diagnosed…
      COVID-19
      March 18, 2023

      MOST COVID-19 DEATHS WORLDWIDE WERE AMONG OLDER PEOPLE.

      The high mortality rate from COVID-19 among the elderly was a fact everyone knew, but a lot of people ignored.…
      COVID-19
      March 4, 2023

      HYBRID IMMUNITY PROTECTIVE AGAINST OMICRON VARIANT

      SARS-CoV-2 is the gift that keeps on giving. More commonly known as COVID-19, this virus refuses to sit down and…
      Preventive Medicine
      January 18, 2023

      STROKE AND PFIZER VACCINE

      Have you heard the latest about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster? There’s always something, you know! This time, there are serious…
      Healthcare Policy
      December 26, 2022

      LIFE EXPECTANCY LOWERED—AGAIN!

      The CDC just announced the life expectancy of Americans recently dropped to a 25-year low. People born in 2021 have…
      Drugs & Medications
      October 28, 2022

      NEW ANTI-VIRAL DRUGS HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS

      On May 5, 2022, DrGOpines.com published an article titled “New Anti-Viral Drugs Receive Emergency Use Authorization.” In it, two new…
      COVID-19
      October 10, 2022

      PREVENTING SEVERE COVID-19

      According to a play written in the 16th century, “curiosity killed the cat;” or so they say! Mr. Tom stuck…
      COVID-19
      October 8, 2022

      ANOTHER GIFT FROM COVID-19

      In “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” cousin Eddie told Clark Griswold his “Jelly-of-the-month Club” Christmas “bonus” was “the gift that keeps…
      COVID-19
      June 9, 2022

      HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT STRAIN OF COVID-19 YOU HAVE?

      Have you ever heard someone with COVID-19 say, with all the confidence in the world, “I had Omicron?” They knew…
      COVID-19
      May 27, 2022

      mRNA VACCINE EFFICACY

      Who really knows how effective mRNA vaccines are for COVID-19. All degrees of outrageous claims about them are made back…
      COVID-19
      May 21, 2022

      BREATHALYZER TEST FOR COVID-19

      Here’s an exciting piece of news!  The FDA has just issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a breathalyzer test…
      COVID-19
      May 5, 2022

      NEW ANTI-VIRAL DRUGS RECEIVE EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION

      In recent weeks, two new anti-viral drugs have received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. The two…
      COVID-19
      February 19, 2022

      AT-HOME TESTS FOR COVID-19: WHAT’S GOOD AND WHAT’S NOT

      Testing oneself for COVID-19 has become commonplace. At least it sure seems that way because more and more people ask…
      COVID-19
      February 10, 2022

      MYOCARDITIS AFTER COVID-19 VACCINE

      I’ve already written three blogs about the incidence of myocarditis after receiving an mRNA vaccine for COVID-19. Now here’s a…
      COVID-19
      February 4, 2022

      MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES: What are they? What do they do?

      This is a difficult subject to write about. Difficult because to understand it, you must possess basic knowledge of the…
      COVID-19
      February 1, 2022

      FUNDING UNDERSERVED, INTENSIVE BP CONTROL, COVID-19 TESTING.

      These are a few headlines from the Journal of the American Medical Association issue for November 23/30. A brief explanation…

      CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

        Preventive Medicine
        March 19, 2023

        FRUITS AND VEGGIES IN YOUR DIET

        If you’ve ever watched “My 600-lb Life” on The Learning Channel (TLC) you are familiar with the comments I’m about…
        Diabetes
        July 30, 2023

        MORE ABOUT SUGAR IN OUR DIET

        Recently, I reported information that certain amounts of sugar in our diet were tied directly to increased risk of a…
        Heart Disease
        April 15, 2020

        CHOLESTEROL

        What is it and how does it cause harm? Everyone has heard of cholesterol. Everyone has cholesterol. Everyone should worry…
        Heart Disease
        June 26, 2021

        CORONARY CALCIUM SCORING TEST: Should you have one?

        For decades physicians have been searching for the ideal, non-invasive test to diagnose coronary artery disease early enough to prevent…
        COVID-19
        August 4, 2023

        MORE MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS

        Adults Diagnosed with Depression Twice as Likely to Get Dementia Later in Life.    From USA Today—250,000 Danish citizens diagnosed…
        Heart Disease
        February 24, 2021

        HEART ATTACKS IN WOMEN: Are They Really Different?

        For many years, the mantra has been that heart attacks in women are different; they are harder to diagnose, the…
        COVID-19
        August 22, 2023

        MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS, AUGUST 14, 2023

        MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS AUGUST 14, 2023 History of Oral Contraceptive Use Appears to Have No Harmful Effects on Cardiovascular Disease…
        Heart Disease
        June 28, 2018

        Passing Out is Scary!

        Passing Out: By “passing out” I don’t mean leaving the theater, but instead I mean losing consciousness. The fancy name…
        Preventive Medicine
        September 21, 2022

        TOO MUCH HDL-CHOLESTEROL?

        For decades we’ve been told about the cardio-protective benefits of the “good cholesterol,” High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL-C). We were…
        Heart Disease
        August 3, 2022

        HEART TRANSPLANT: FINDING DONORS IS DAUNTING!

        A heart transplant is unquestionably the most serious operation a human can have. Removing a person’s heart is a terminal…
        Heart Disease
        July 5, 2023

        AN AD WORTH WATCHING!

        I never thought I would say this, but there’s an ad on TV I think everyone over age 50 should…
        Drugs & Medications
        December 25, 2023

        ANTI-ARRHYTHMIC DRUGS AFTER ABLATION: DO THEY HELP?

        If you’re one of the ever-increasing number of folks who have undergone ablation for atrial fibrillation, you may be wondering,…
        Preventive Medicine
        April 24, 2021

        EXERCISING TO PREVENT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

        Ever since I can remember, moderate intensity Aerobic exercise has been recommended by the American Heart Association and the American…
        Drugs & Medications
        May 3, 2020

        MORE ON ASPIRIN AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

        On March 22nd, I published a blog on aspirin for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. The message…
        Blood Diseases
        July 28, 2020

        BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS ARE MORE THAN JUST BLOOD!

        Donating blood is a good-hearted thing to do. In medical school, I did it 2 or 3 times a year,…
        Cancer
        October 5, 2023

        MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #11

        Co-Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Tied to Significantly Increased Odds For Depression, Anxiety    Findings published in the journal PLOS…
        Drugs & Medications
        2 weeks ago

        SALT SUBSTITUTE REDUCES CHANCES FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

        Substituting regular table salt (100% sodium chloride) with salt substitute (62% sodium chloride, 25% potassium chloride, 12.5% flavorings) reduced the…
        Heart Disease
        August 15, 2023

        SHORTNESS OF BREATH

        Doctors call shortness of breath a single, much shorter name—Dyspnea. The Greek and Latin derivatives of dyspnea are “dys” which…
        Heart Disease
        May 25, 2023

        CARDIOVASCULAR MORTALITY STAGNANT, RISK FACTOR PREVALENCE WORSE!

        Most of us are aware of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. We hear about them in public service announcements,…
        COVID-19
        January 25, 2024

        MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #16

        Combined COVID-19, Flu Vaccine Candidate Headed to Phase 3 Trials: A new mRNA vaccine designed to protect against both flu…
        Heart Disease
        August 21, 2020

        ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: Does it affect Length of life?

        That question and several others were answered recently by information reported in a study reported in the British Medical Journal…
        Aging
        January 20, 2020

        THE USE OF STATINS IN THE ELDERLY

        For some people, the use of statins continues to be a concern. Concern, not because they don’t do what they’re…
        Preventive Medicine
        September 9, 2022

        DO STATINS CAUSE MUSCLE PAIN AND WEAKNESS?

        It’s statins again!  This time it has to do with muscle pain and weakness patients attribute to statin therapy. A…
        Preventive Medicine
        September 5, 2022

        DIABETES, MUSCLE PAIN, ANTIBIOTICS, HEART & INTESTINAL DISEASE

        AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS RESEARCH ARTICLES 2021 Many practicing physicians and family medicine residents in training are interested in…
        Preventive Medicine
        June 22, 2022

        CAROTID STENOSIS AND STROKE

        Carotid stenosis is a narrowing of the artery in the neck that sends blood to the brain. When blood flow…

        DAY-IN-THE-LIFE SCENARIOS

          A Day in the Life Scenarios
          March 8, 2024

          FINDING A NEW DOCTOR: QUITE A CHALLENGE

          Fortunately, finding a new family doctor is a task you don’t have to do very often. When the situation arises,…
          A Day in the Life Scenarios
          January 17, 2024

          I.U. MEDICAL SCHOOL IN THE MID 1960’s

          I started medical school in September, 1965. After three years of undergraduate study at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, I…
          A Day in the Life Scenarios
          November 30, 2023

          PATIENTS WILL TELL YOU WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEM!

          In medical school, so many our professors would tell us students, “If you listen closely to a patient, he will…
          A Day in the Life Scenarios
          September 14, 2023

          94th ANNUAL PHYSICIAN REPORT FROM MEDICAL ECONOMICS

          Every year, Medical Economics magazine publishes their annual survey on physician activities. It includes information on physician income, practice satisfaction,…
          A Day in the Life Scenarios
          June 24, 2023

          PROBLEMS WITH HEALTH INSURANCE

          On June 15th, the Washington Post carried an article reporting on American health care  consumers’ satisfaction with their health insurance.…
          A Day in the Life Scenarios
          June 19, 2023

          PRE-PLAN FUNERAL? CHOICES ABOUND!

          When you get old, like most readers of DrGOpines.com, making critical life decisions is very important. Managing the end of…

          YOUR WELLNESS MATTERS

            January 9, 2024

            WHITE TEETH

            Many people today have a significant focus on personal appearance. You might not think so from the way segments of…
            October 5, 2023

            MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #11

            Co-Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Tied to Significantly Increased Odds For Depression, Anxiety    Findings published in the journal PLOS…
            September 4, 2023

            MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #6

            New Vaccines for COVID-19, RSV Coming This Fall    The American Academy of Family Physicians has announced that “health officials…
            September 1, 2023

            MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS NO. 5

            Cancer Among Younger Americans is Increasing    A study published on JAMA Network Open using data from the National Cancer…
            August 28, 2023

            LISTENING TO MUSIC FOR INSOMNIA

            When I was in grade school, I thought it was cool to listen to a late night disc jockey on…
            August 25, 2023

            WATER FLUORIDATION, CREST TOOTHPASTE

            There’s little or no disagreement with the statement that fluoridation of community drinking water supplies has been one of public…
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