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Dr. Val & Dr. Anonymous Podcast

For those of you who missed the Blog Talk Radio interview last night, you may enjoy the audiocast at your convenience by going to Dr. Anonymous’ podcast archives and clicking on the Dr. Val show.

We talked about:

  • How I got started with blogging
  • How I came to Revolution Health
  • What Revolution Health is and does
  • Abnormal brain MRIs
  • Kevin Everett’s spinal cord injury
  • MRSA
  • Cough medicine and kids
  • Concierge medicine
  • The Internet and the future of healthcare
  • My Halloween SNAFU

Click here to enjoy the conversation (you should start the podcast at minute 8 since we had technical difficulties with the audio prior to that minute). Thanks for listening!This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

Crohn’s Disease: Update From Dr. Susie Kane

Dr. Susie (Sunanda) Kane is a Crohn’s Disease expert who just moved from the University of Chicago to join a team of researchers and clinicians at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Susie was kind enough to answer some questions about Crohn’s recently.  We used the phone interview to create a short article at Revolution Health, but I think that listening to the entire conversation could be of benefit to those who desire deep and broad information about the disease.

In fact, a dear blogger friend of mine has a daughter with severe, fistulizing Crohn’s disease.  She has been in the hospital for 2 months, unable to eat.  It is my sincere hope that interviews like this one will go a long way to frame the discussion of the multiple treatment options for those struggling with this challenging disease.

We asked Dr. Kane what the common misconceptions are about Crohn’s disease, then she described the 3 types of Crohn’s disease, how they’re diagnosed and treated, and the latest cutting edge research that make a substantial improvement in the lives of those living with the disease.  The interview is about 30 minutes in total.  Enjoy!This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

Obese Girls Less Likely To Go To College

A new study in the journal Sociology of Education suggests that obese girls are only half as
likely to go to college as non-obese girls.
I interviewed the study’s author, Dr. Robert Crosnoe, to learn more
about the relationship of weight, self-esteem, and peer popularity to the
education of young women.

Dr. Val: What did your study reveal about the impact of
obesity on the education of young girls?

Dr. Crosnoe’s response – audio 1

Dr. Val: How does popularity figure into the equation?

Dr. Crosnoe’s response – audio 2

Dr. Val: How do you explain the gender gap – that obesity
didn’t seem to influence whether or not boys went on to college?

Dr. Crosnoe’s response – audio 3

Dr. Val: What should we do based on the study results?

Dr. Crosnoe’s response – audio 4

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

Alli (Orlistat): Should you try this weight loss drug?

There has been a lot of buzz about the new diet pill,
Alli (Orlistat).  Gastro Girl and Dr. Val
decided to interview the incoming president of the American College
of Gastroenterology, Dr. Brian Fennerty, about the weight loss drug.  He had lots of interesting things to say –
check out these 6 podcast links:

1.  Who is a good candidate for Alli?


2.  What should patients know about Alli?


3.  What about oily stool?
Is that a worrisome side effect?


4.  What about people with IBS?
Can they take Alli?


5.  Is there a link between Alli and colon cancer?


6.  What’s the bottom line about Alli?


Would you like to see more podcasts with experts on this blog?  Let me know!

P.S. Want to see what another expert is saying about Alli?  Check out James O. Hill, PhD’s blog post.

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

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