A Day in the Life Scenarios
    March 1, 2021

    ODDITIES IN MEDICINE: Why don’t people know they’re sick?

    I was often surprised when patients either didn’t know they were “sick,” or were unaware of a physical abnormality I…
    Human Interest
    November 2, 2020

    WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DELIVER A BABY?

    Delivering a baby; the dramatic event that is the culmination of months of waiting, anxiety, and anticipation. The excitement of…
    Human Interest
    October 6, 2020

    HOW DOES YOUR DOCTOR CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPECIALIST FOR YOU?

    As a family doctor, every day I was tasked with referring patients to specialists. I wasn’t capable of handling every…
    A Day in the Life Scenarios
    October 2, 2019

    “DOC, I JUST DON’T FEEL GOOD!”

    That lament was heard from patients many times every day. Every day someone would come to my office saying they…
    Human Interest
    January 17, 2019

    A DAY IN THE ICU: Chaos and Crisis

    Spending time in the hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was not “my thing.” It made me very nervous because the…

      COVID-19
      March 22, 2021

      RATES OF VACCINATION BY STATE: March 2021

      Census Bureau and CDC data reported.
      COVID-19
      March 22, 2021

      FACTS AND FIGURES—COVID-19

      Vaccine Acceptance, Deaths by State, Co-morbidities There’s quite a lot written about COVID-19. Every day, I receive several email newsletters…
      COVID-19
      March 6, 2021

      SIX COVID-19 VACCINES IN PHASE III TRIALS

      We’ve heard repeatedly about the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for COVID-19. Those are the two vaccines in use locally; if…
      COVID-19
      March 5, 2021

      ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO PFIZER-BIONTECH VACCINE

      Today’s media seems to have difficulty reporting the good news that comes from developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. Such is…
      COVID-19
      February 22, 2021

      COVID-19 AS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE U.S.

      The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) just published a report on death rates for COVID-19 comparing them to…
      COVID-19
      January 12, 2021

      COVID-19 VACCINE: MY EXPERIENCE

      The Maricopa County (Arizona) Health Department began administering COVID-19 vaccine in late December. Maricopa County has the bulk of the…
      COVID-19
      January 11, 2021

      PFIZER OR MODERNA? WHICH VACCINE SHOULD YOU TAKE?

      By now, everyone knows that through the wonder of scientific knowledge and innovation, two COVID-19 vaccines are currently available. Pfizer/BioNTech…
      COVID-19
      December 28, 2020

      ASYMPTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19

      One of the distressing things about COVID-19 is you can get it from someone who isn’t sick. Like chicken pox,…
      COVID-19
      December 23, 2020

      ELEVEN FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT COVID-19

      Patient care.com is an online medical newsletter I receive daily. Lately, nearly every article refers to some information or nuance…
      COVID-19
      December 23, 2020

      HOUSEHOLD TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19: Who is at highest risk?

      Once again, JAMA is on the COVID-19 watch and has reported information that has practical application for families exposed to…
      COVID-19
      December 12, 2020

      COVID-19 UNKNOWNS

      SARS-CoV-19, better known as COVID-19, has been, and is, one of the most frustrating, disruptive, and mysterious infectious diseases with…
      COVID-19
      December 5, 2020

      AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTING

      These days news travels fast so you may already know the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the…
      COVID-19
      December 3, 2020

      COVID-19 and AIR TRAVEL

      For all the millions of passengers who travel worldwide by air, the number of cases of COVID-19 infection that can…
      COVID-19
      November 21, 2020

      PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE 90% (95%) EFFECTIVE!

      By now you’ve surely heard the good news about the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company in collaboration…
      COVID-19
      November 15, 2020

      TESTING FOR COVID-19: A Question of Reliability!

      The October 15 issue of American Family Physician journal had a very nice article on the outpatient management of COVID-19.…
      COVID-19
      October 4, 2020

      INFLUENZA AND COVID-19: You could have them both this winter!

      For me, “flu season” usually began right after Thanksgiving. Family gatherings always seemed to trigger the spread of the flu…

      CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

        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
        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…
        Heart Disease
        January 23, 2020

        CORONARY CALCIUM SCORING TEST: Should you have one?

        For decades physicians have been searching for the ideal test to diagnose coronary artery disease early enough to prevent a…
        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…
        Aging
        April 18, 2019

        ASPIRIN and STATINS: Ineffective??

        The results of two important studies were reported in the most recent issue of American Family Physician, the journal published…
        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…
        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…
        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…
        Blood Diseases
        June 6, 2019

        BLOOD CLOTS: Some are Good, Some are Bad!

        The human body is an amazing organism. The amazing brain allows us to think, reason, and remember; the amazing heart…
        Heart Disease
        June 3, 2019

        AN EPIDEMIC OF A DIFFERENT COLOR: Atrial Fibrillation

        I have at least 8 or 10 personal friends who have had episodes of Atrial Fibrillation. My wife and I…
        Heart Disease
        March 23, 2020

        ASPIRIN AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: Does it help?

        ASPIRIN FOR THE PREVENTION OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE Preventive medicine focuses on two areas of disease prevention that have separated it’s…
        Heart Disease
        April 9, 2020

        ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: RISKS FROM CANCER AND HIGH PROTEIN DIET

        High Protein Diet Lowers Risk Certain Cancers Increase Risk Every month, physicians receive numerous medical publications both solicited (by subscription)…
        Heart Disease
        December 19, 2018

        SUDDEN DEATH: A Very Disturbing Event

        Sudden death is always a tragic and terribly disturbing event. When someone who “appears to be the picture of health”…
        Heart Disease
        August 8, 2018

        CHOLESTEROL: What is it and how does it cause harm?

        Everyone has heard of cholesterol. Everyone has cholesterol. Everyone should worry about cholesterol. But what is it, why do we…
        End of life Issues
        September 26, 2020

        ON-SITE CPR IMPROVES SURVIVAL

        CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. It is the physical process of attempting to restore a person’s heart and lung activity…
        Heart Disease
        April 3, 2019

        HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: It’s Still The Silent Killer!

        HYPERTENSION: High blood pressure (HBP) has for decades been called “the silent killer.” It works insidiously while you’re completely unaware…
        Aging
        September 15, 2019

        SHOULD OLDER FOLKS TAKE A STATIN? Is it worth the effort?

        IF YOU’RE OLD SHOULD YOU TAKE A STATIN? A lot of us have worked our way gradually into what people…
        Heart Disease
        October 6, 2019

        SMOKING AND THE RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE.

        Cigarette smoking has long been known to be a contributor in causing cardiovascular disease. There is no argument that smokers…
        Heart Disease
        September 17, 2020

        ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: Benefit of Early Rhythm Control

        In the past, the emphasis for treatment of Atrial Fibrillation focused on control of the heart rate. A rapid heart…
        Heart Disease
        January 2, 2021

        HYPERTENSION AFFECTS COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE

        An article I read today had some disturbing information about hypertension and the effect it has on memory, verbal expression,…
        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…
        Heart Disease
        October 15, 2020

        NEW INFO ON CHOLESTEROL AND TRIGLYCERIDES

        The American public has been well-aware of the harmful effects of cholesterol for many, many years. Diets, lifestyle changes, statin…
        Heart Disease
        May 6, 2019

        CHOLESTEROL TREATMENT GUIDELINES: Latest Info

        AHA vs. USPSTF Both the American Heart Association (AHA) and the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issue guidelines…
        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…
        Heart Disease
        December 14, 2020

        PREMATURE VENTRICULAR CONTRACTIONS: A Worrisome Nuisance!

        Dr. G Opines is privileged to have many regular readers. I appreciate that because every time I hear someone say…

        DAY-IN-THE-LIFE SCENARIOS

          Healthcare Policy
          March 22, 2021

          WHO GOES TO THE ER? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

          Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have a family doctor. Either, they live in a neighborhood where doctors don’t choose…
          Human Interest
          March 3, 2021

          “MYSTERY DIAGNOSIS”

          I came upon an interesting program on the Life Network while I was surfing cable channels last month. It caught…
          A Day in the Life Scenarios
          March 1, 2021

          ODDITIES IN MEDICINE: Why don’t people know they’re sick?

          I was often surprised when patients either didn’t know they were “sick,” or were unaware of a physical abnormality I…
          Human Interest
          February 26, 2021

          DR. G CHOSE FAMILY MEDICINE. WHY DID OTHER DOCTORS CHOOSE THEIR SPECIALTY?

          Over the past several weeks, I’ve written extensively about the factors and events that influenced me to pursue a career…
          Human Interest
          February 1, 2021

          CHOOSING AN INTERNSHIP

          Internships still existed when I was in medical school. An internship was akin to a tradesman’s apprenticeship. For one year…
          Human Interest
          November 2, 2020

          WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DELIVER A BABY?

          Delivering a baby; the dramatic event that is the culmination of months of waiting, anxiety, and anticipation. The excitement of…
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