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    PAIN MANAGEMENT AFTER ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA

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    MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #17

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    THE HOUSE I GREW UP IN

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    PHYSICIAN JOB PROSPECTS

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    MALLET FINGER

    Almost everyone has 8 fingers and 2 thumbs. Thumbs are important but not for this blog. There are 4 fingers…
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    SALT SUBSTITUTE REDUCES CHANCES FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

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    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…
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    TREATMENT OF SORE THROAT

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    Human Interest
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    IRVINGTON

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    May 21, 2024

    THE IRON SKILLET

    In life, “nothing lasts forever” and “all good things must come to the end.” These are trite cliches’, but they…
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    TOBACCO USE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE

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    HEARING LOSS: MORE DISABLING THAN YOU THINK

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    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…

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      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #16

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      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #13

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      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #11

      Co-Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Tied to Significantly Increased Odds For Depression, Anxiety    Findings published in the journal PLOS…
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      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #11

      Co-Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Tied to Significantly Increased Odds For Depression, Anxiety    Findings published in the journal PLOS…
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      MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS #10

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      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…
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      August 4, 2023

      MORE MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS

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      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

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      Preventive Medicine
      January 18, 2023

      STROKE AND PFIZER VACCINE

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      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

        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
        August 21, 2023

        MEDICAL NEWS BRIEFS AUGUST 5, 2023

        COVID-19 May Have Contributed to Rise in Precocious Puberty Among Girls    HealthDay—During the COVID-19 pandemic more than the normal…
        Drugs & Medications
        March 7, 2022

        STATIN INTOLERANCE OVERESTIMATED

        The use of statin drugs has been challenged for years by the fear of alleged adverse effects. Patients who need…
        Drugs & Medications
        October 16, 2022

        STATINS ARE “MIRACLE DRUGS!”

        I’m going to beat the statins drum once again! Very few drugs have had the impact on cardiovascular disease than…
        Heart Disease
        March 20, 2020

        BLOOD THINNERS AND ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: Who Should Take What?

        Since 2014, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Heart Rhythm Society have recommended a set…
        Heart Disease
        July 28, 2023

        POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN BEWARE!

        After menopause, women have a lot of health problems to worry about. Besides hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and…
        Heart Disease
        August 5, 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…
        Preventive Medicine
        August 5, 2022

        BREAKFAST HELPS US LIVE LONGER!

        It used to be said, breakfast is the “most important meal of the day.” “They” said eating a good breakfast…
        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…
        Preventive Medicine
        January 11, 2022

        ALCOHOL AND ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

        We hear conflicting messages about alcohol all the time. Some people praise it’s medicinal virtues while others continually point out…
        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…
        COVID-19
        September 28, 2021

        PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE AND MYOCARDITIS

        In July, I wrote a blog about the incidence of myocarditis in young males after vaccination with Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.…
        Heart Disease
        December 17, 2020

        ABLATION PREVENTS PROGRESSION OF ATRIAL FIB

        Many of you readers of Dr G Opines are familiar with Atrial Fibrillation because you’ve had it, yourself. It’s not…
        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…
        Heart Disease
        October 19, 2020

        PREVENTION OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: Decades of Learning and Progress!

        For decades, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), and heart disease, in particular, has been the number one killer of American adults. Heart…
        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…
        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…
        Preventive Medicine
        May 27, 2021

        COMMON SENSE TREATMENT OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

        Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a very common problem. I treated patients with high blood pressure every day, and many…
        Drugs & Medications
        March 28, 2022

        TYLENOL AND BLOOD PRESSURE: THERE’S MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE!

        Most people think of Tylenol (acetaminophen) as a safe drug. They substitute if for aspirin because they are continually reminded…
        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…
        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…
        Preventive Medicine
        July 27, 2021

        GUIDELINES FOR DIAGNOSING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

        Americans are constantly being encouraged to control their blood pressure. Hypertension is a serious health hazard that leads to many…
        Heart Disease
        August 8, 2021

        DRUG OPTIONS FOR TREATING CHOLESTEROL AND REDUCING CARDIOVASCULAR RISK

        A subject I’ve blogged about several times is cholesterol. The biochemistry of cholesterol, it’s clinical significance, and guidelines for treatment…
        Drugs & Medications
        June 5, 2024

        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…

        DAY-IN-THE-LIFE SCENARIOS

          A Day in the Life Scenarios
          June 19, 2024

          FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY

          In several previous blogs I’ve written that I completed a two-year residency in Family Medicine. My residency was from August,…
          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.…

          YOUR WELLNESS MATTERS

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            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…
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