Jul 25, 2013 6:00am

Soda Sale Decline Could Signal Healthy Change

Great news: We’re buying less soda. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Inc. and Dr. Pepper all reported declines in soda sales during the second quarter in North America despite new marketing efforts. Why is this a good thing? Because sodas and other sugary drinks are linked to one of the biggest… Read More »

Jul 12, 2013 6:00am

New Limits on Arsenic in Apple Juice

There’s good news today for parents who give their kids apple juice: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced new draft guidelines that call for no more than 10 parts per billion of inorganic arsenic in apple juice — roughly the same level allowed… Read More »

Jun 27, 2013 6:00am

Hepatitis A Outbreak: A Berry Important Lesson

I started my career at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an outbreak investigator. So whenever there’s an outbreak, I look carefully and ask, “What can we learn from this?” In the case of the ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen berries… Read More »

May 23, 2013 6:00am

Can You Do Yoga if You Aren’t Flexible?

I always thought that of yoga as something only done by young, lithe ballet enthusiasts. It was definitely not something practiced by uncoordinated, middle-aged guys who can’t touch their toes. Put me in the latter category and add to that that I’m nearly six-and-a-half feet tall and have had two back… Read More »

Mar 25, 2013 6:00am

Is Religion Good for Your Health?

Faith and medicine frequently intersect. My patients and I often talk about spirituality when we discuss medical issues. For many people, life-and-death decisions are grounded in a belief that a higher being will guide the outcome as much, or more than, the physicians and treatments… Read More »

Mar 14, 2013 6:00am

Older Americans Over-Screened for Colon Cancer

Screening is the best way to prevent colon cancer. But should everyone get a colonoscopy?  Not so fast. The recommendations for colorectal cancer screening are pretty clear: Start screening at age 50 and continue through age 75 with a colonoscopy every 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy… Read More »

Mar 7, 2013 6:00am

Over 50? Join the ‘Colonoscopy Club’

When I moved to New Jersey from Atlanta three years ago, one of the biggest challenges was finding a doctor I could connect with. I did the things I tell friends to do: I asked for recommendations; I cross-referenced with my insurer; and I checked credentials online…. Read More »

Feb 28, 2013 7:00am

Mediterranean Diet and 5 More Ways to Protect Your Heart

As American Heart Health Month comes to a close, I wanted to take some time to talk about prevention. We actually know a lot about preventing heart disease, and there are easy things you can do right now to lower your risk. First, know your… Read More »

Feb 21, 2013 7:00am

Daily Aspirin Is Not for Everyone

I was sitting down to watch the bowl games on New Year’s Day when the phone rang. It was my dad.  A year ago, he’d called to tell me he was being admitted to a hospital in Florida with a heart attack.  Thankfully, this time it wasn’t his… Read More »

Feb 14, 2013 7:00am

Yes, You Can Die From a Broken Heart

It’s hard to imagine someone getting to adulthood without experiencing the pain of a broken heart.  It’s all part of living life and forming relationships. I remember the girl in high school who said, “I don’t think so” when I called to ask her to… Read More »