We’re All on One Side of a Door

I hear her behind the door. I need a moment to prepare. I look down, to make sure all is in place. We’re going to have to talk about the weight issue. I really don’t want to. Not right now. *Breathe in, Breathe out*  Will I need to bring up the cigarettes? I may. Oh God, […]

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‘Ask the Expert’ – A Neurosurgeon Answers Readers’ Questions

This month’s ‘Ask the Expert’ segment features Nader Pouratian, MD, a neurosurgeon whose biography is listed below. 1. Are there new therapies for glioblastomas? Glioblastoma is one of the most challenging diagnoses that we treat as neurosurgeons. The mainstay of initial treatment is surgical resection followed by temozolomide and radiation. Approved second line therapies include […]

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16 Things All Soccer Moms Agree On

16 Things Soccer Moms Agree On

Working mom and soccer mom. When two of my worlds collide. Is that even a plausible combination? I’m living proof that it is. It may be true that half the time, I have no idea what is going on. Or that I’m pretending to watch the game, when in reality, I’m socializing on the sideline with […]

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When Patients Become Therapists

Two doctor in the same house sometimes have to resort to working out their issues through their patients. A funny story.

My husband and I are so busy we have resorted to resolving our issues through our patients. No joke. Our mutual patient saw me in the office the other day and reported back to me on the ‘birthday situation.’ Birthday situation? I put on a quizzical expression and my patient clearly caught on, because she proceeded with […]

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Inspirational Spotlight: Shikha Jain, MD

Dr. Jain, our inspirational spotlight for the month, serves up drinks in an effort to raise money for the field in which she works, oncology and hematology

Inspiration from Chicago This week’s inspirational spotlight focuses on a doctor that not only spends her time helping to treat those with cancer, but also spends it raising money for them. Shikha Jain, MD is a Faculty Hematologist and Oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Jain may practice medicine in her white doctor’s coat by day, but […]

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‘Ask the Expert’ – An Allergist Answers Readers’ Questions

Ask the expert, allergy edition

This month’s ‘Ask the Expert’ focuses on your allergy questions. Below are the answers to the questions sent in by readers, kindly put together by pediatric allergist Gavin Schwarz, MD, whose bio is down below.   How effective are allergy shots? Allergy shots, or subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), is the most effective treatment available for treating environmental […]

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Letting the REAL Doctor Stick It In

The following is a story with a moral at its end.. and a laugh or two in between. The setting.. an inpatient unit in the Bronx, circa 2005.  I was a resident (and hence likely disheveled, or groggy, or exhibiting some other form of outward display of exhaustion) of the internal medicine program at Albert Einstein University […]

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