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Revolution Rounds: The Best of the Medical Expert Blogs, 1.21.08

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Are you struggling with depression? Mira Kirshenbaum suggests that talk therapy may be more effective than medications.

Does your child have mono? Dr. Stacy Stryer explains that mono has very different symptoms depending on a child’s age.

Be careful of vitamins and supplements – some of them may negatively affect your other medications. Dr. Julie Silver offers a list of the most common supplements that interact with medications.

If you see flashing lights or floating objects in your visual fields, see an ophthalmologist right away. Dr. Jackie Griffiths explains why the symptoms of retinal detachment can be quite ominous.

Are you about to have surgery? Dr. Jim Herndon suggests some questions to ask your surgeon before and after the operation.

Don’t be shy about asking for help when you have cancer. Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz highlights some great advice from the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Looking for ways to enhance your sex life? Mira Kirshenbaum has some creative suggestions.

Do you have diabetes? Exercise might be the most important “treatment” for type 2 diabetes. Dr. Jim Hill explains.

Did you know?

Fertility decreases by 5% for every 1 point increment in BMI over 29. That means that getting pregnant becomes more and more difficult as you gain weight! Dr. Mark Perloe explains.

Men can suffer from post-vasectomy pain. Dr. Joe Scherger describes this problem and what to do about it.

Could having children increase a man’s risk for prostate cancer? Dr. Mike Glode reviews the evidence.

Your brain needs sleep to recharge its neurotransmitters. Dr. Steve Poceta explains the exact reasons why sleep is so important for the health of the human brain.

Approximately 1 in 25 children will have at least one febrile seizure in their lifetime. Dr. Olajide Williams explains that a seizure that occurs during a time of fever does not mean a child has epilepsy.

Siestas and/or power naps could reduce your risk of heart disease. Dr. Joe Scherger highly recommends this regular form of stress reduction.

There are fat zip codes and skinny zip codes. Dr. Jim Hill explains why thinner people congregate in certain places. Think upper east side, Manhattan!

A recent study suggests that calcium supplements may put older women at higher risk for heart attacks. Dr. Jim Herndon explains why he’s skeptical of this potential link.

Medicare will not pay for in-hospital complications believed to be due to errors. Kelly Close wonders how they know for sure that an adverse outcome is related to an actual error or not.

Do you know someone who engages in repetitive, jerky movements? Dr. Olajide Williams is a neurologist who explains what “tics” are and what can be done about them.

Around the globe

China: How many autism experts are there in China? About 30 for 1.3 billion people. Robin Morris describes how bleak the prospects are for parents of children with autism.

United States: In an outrageous court ruling, a physician was held responsible for the death of a young boy who was run over by a patient (while driving his car) on blood pressure medicines. Dr. Cole Brown wonders how much of a patients’ actions can be blamed on his physician?

Africa: “River blindness” is caused by a parasitic invasion of the eye. These parasites can be killed with a medicine called ivermectin, but apparently the wily larvae have developed a genetic mutation that renders them resistant to the only known medicine that can kill them. Dr. Jackie Griffiths reminds us all how tenuous our antibiotic victory over microbes and parasites really is.

Personal perspectives

Some people use diet coke in their CPAP machines! Dr. Steve Poceta tells the story of how one of his patients preferred this type of humidified air. Not sure what that will do to your lungs…

Ever wonder how to weigh the pro’s and con’s of chemotherapy in a terminally ill patient? Dr. Mike Rabow describes how he advises patients about this difficult decision.

Dr. Rabow describes some tear jerking true stories from a hospice in Florida.

From the blogosphere at large: this week’s grand rounds is hosted by Alvaro Fernandez at The theme is: briefing the next US president on healthcare. Some really important information in there folks, so go ahead and have a good read!

This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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