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Hatred Is a Disease. What Is the Cure?

Hatred is spreading like an epidemic across the country. Just this past week, the United States has had another horrific mass shooting, and multiple attempted assassinations. The shooter targeted Jewish Americans at a synagogue; the mail bomber targeted prominent Democrats. What do the alleged perpetrators have in common? Extreme right wing ideology, MAGA swag, and… Continue reading Hatred Is a Disease. What Is the Cure?

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Your Heart Is In Your Hands

The Centers for Disease Control has launched an ambitious campaign aimed at preventing a million cardiovascular events by 2022, appropriately titled Million Hearts.  Their website has some very basic information about the prevention of heart disease, summarized under the call to "Practice Healthy Living Habits" and including a ton of free tasty-looking recipes, FYI! Time Health… Continue reading Your Heart Is In Your Hands

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Physicians Are Standing Up and Speaking Out

If any physician suspects that a child (or an elder) is being abused, they are legally required to call the appropriate authorities. When Washington D.C. pediatrician Sanjiv Sriram saw that children were being abused, he did just that. He called Child Protective Services... on the Trump administration. In his excellent, informative article on this, he… Continue reading Physicians Are Standing Up and Speaking Out

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Just Another Manic Monday… To Put Into Perspective

Woke up this lovely Monday with two flat tires, one nonfunctioning furnace, indoor temp of 55 degrees, two kids needing to get to school, a booked afternoon clinic downtown, and an evening wake to attend. Before the morning was done we discovered that one car wouldn't start, either. We had thought we'd gotten off too… Continue reading Just Another Manic Monday… To Put Into Perspective

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Let’s talk about this CNN article on opiates and pregnancy

I am just now becoming more active in the fight against opioid addiction. I've shared my thoughts on this in real time and on a big stage. I'm newly waivered to prescribe Suboxone and Subutex. I'm working with both the obstetrics and substance abuse departments to set up a Prenatal Substance Use Disorders "clinic". So… Continue reading Let’s talk about this CNN article on opiates and pregnancy

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A Proper Library

A huge chunk of my better youth was productively spent in the reading rooms, at long study tables, or in hidden cubbies of a number of libraries. Mom started us young, at the orange- carpeted seventies- style children's room of my old hometown. I was very proud of my first card.  One of the reasons… Continue reading A Proper Library

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Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands…

There's a nasty stomach bug going around. It hit my husband's workplace last week, and then our daughter's school. Today, a colleague of mine has called out sick with it... And the hospital just sent out this email: A message from Infection Control and Occupational Health We are seeing an increase in gastrointestinal illness (nausea,… Continue reading Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands…

home life, Uncategorized

More than a kids’ birthday party

We celebrated Babygirl's fifth birthday this weekend. This was, in many ways, the typical kids' party, the kind where you invite the whole preschool class, do some fun activity, and eat cake. But we've established a tradition: the kids' parties are opportunities to also do some good in the world. And I'm proud of what… Continue reading More than a kids’ birthday party