Dealing With Burns on July 4th Weekend

Firework displayJuly 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays. It embodies the spirit of family, reminds us of our roots as a country and provides a day filled with fun and good food. Unfortunately, the weekend is also often a big one for emergency rooms across the country that see a large number of burns from fireworks and grills. So in an effort to keep you and those you love out of the ER this weekend, I’ve gathered a few safety tips to help get through the holiday. Read more  »

Learning to Relax When You’re on Vacation

senior couple beach sunset sunrise Summer is finally here, which probably also means you’ve been planning some sort of a vacation for a while. I like to try and make a trip of some sort with my kids and grandkids every year. But while I can often find a few vacation days to get away from the office, I sometimes find it tough to really relax when I’m away. Before we all head off on vacation, I wanted to go through a few problem points when it comes to relaxing and some strategies to make your vacation a real break from work. Read more  »

Why Men Should Visit the Doctor’s Office

generations of menI see men all the time in my office with a selective vision of how to care for their health. They tell me that they do things like workout with friends on the weekend or skip dessert a few days a week. But when I ask them when they last had a colonoscopy or checked their blood pressure, most go silent. I completely understand the temptation to think that you know best when it comes to your health. The problem is, most men are more likely to skip a visit to the doctor than admit something is wrong. A study published recently found that only half of men could remember the last time they saw a doctor. Skipping regular visits can lead to big problems down the road if uncontrolled health issues go unnoticed or untreated. In the spirit of Men’s Health Week, I thought I’d give you some insight into what the man in your life should be paying attention to. Read more  »

How to Keep Cool This Summer

woman drinking water hot sweatingOn my daily morning walks, I’ve noticed that temperatures have really started to climb. While hotter weather can lead to bothersome problems like sweat stains on your work clothes, the heat can also have much more serious effects. Too much time in the sun without drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion and, in serious cases, heat stroke. Before we hit the hottest part of the season, I wanted to share a few tips to keep you from getting dangerously hot this summer. Read more  »

The Number-One Way to Boost Your Health This Summer

Girl hand stop smoking in Ashtray

Patients and friends often ask me what the best thing they can do for their health is. The question makes the answer seem deceptively easy, when in fact it’s very difficult. But there is one life change a person can make that surges above all others in making them a healthier person. What is it? Quitting smoking. Now I know only some of you actually smoke, but many of us have a friend or loved on who still hasn’t kicked the habit and even more who might smoke hookahs or cigars. In the spirit of No-Tobacco Day, I want to walk through why kicking the habit and getting tobacco out of your life is one of the best things you can do for your body. Read more  »

How to Get Started on Fitness This Summer

women weights exercise happyI made my first trip to the beach with my family recently and I was surprised at how many people were out enjoying the sun in spite of the cold water. For many people, though, beach season is a source of anxiety. You’re forced to peel off the layers that have kept your body under wraps. It can be tempting to try and jump into fitness as fast as possible, but there are some key things you should think about so you don’t go overboard. Before you start skipping meals or jump on the treadmill, I wanted to run through how to best get started on getting fit for the summer this year. Read more  »

What You Need to Know About Common Cancer Screening

doctor-patientIt’s easy to feel like everything in medicine should be straightforward, but unfortunately that’s far from true. New research is constantly changing and deepening our understanding of how to keep people healthy. But I also recognize that getting conflicting advice can be tough to navigate, especially when it comes to getting screened for cancer. To help us out, the American College of Physicians, the nation’s leading organization for internal medicine doctors, has reviewed the evidence and recommendations for cancer screening to clarify what we know. I wanted to walk through their findings with you so that you can get a better sense of how to stay on top of your cancer risk. Read more  »

Protecting Your Eyes as the Days Get Brighter

couple beach sunglasses funOne of my favorite parts of this time of year is how long the days start to get. While I spent the winter leaving for work and coming home in the dark, the days are finally long enough that I can enjoy the sun’s glory for almost my entire day. Last week I spent some time talking about how to keep your skin safe when the sun’s rays start to strengthen during this time of the year. Today, I want to talk about how that protection applies to your eyes. Most people know to put on sunscreen when they head out in the sun, but few recognize how much protection their eyes need. Read more  »

The Best Way to Enjoy the Summer Sun

Sunscreen_PromoThe summer sun finally made an appearance in New York this week, bringing with it the warmest temperatures we’ve had so far. I took the opportunity on Sunday to get outside with my family and enjoy the warm air. But that outdoor adventure also brought me a first for the season: a sunburn. When the weather changes outside, we all tend to forget about the dangers of the sun after having been covered by coats and hats all winter long. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and, with the temperature climbing, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to have fun in the sun while also protecting yourself and your family from the potential harms of the sun’s rays. Read more  »

Knowing the Signs of Stroke Could Save Your Life

woman-with-headacheI’ve talked a lot about stroke on my show, both because strokes are often disabling and deadly and because most women don’t realize how at risk they really are. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women, and more women have strokes every year than men. In spite of that, I find that many people think about stroke as a man’s disease and the symptoms they look for when assessing a stroke reflect the symptoms to watch for in men. Few people are even aware that women can have different symptoms.

This point was brought home to me this past week with the release of a survey out of Ohio that showed that only one in 10 women surveyed recognized some of the less common, female stroke symptoms as signs of stroke. I want to take some time to cover the signs and symptoms of stroke so that you can better recognize when you or a loved one might be in danger. Read more  »