What is a Calcium Score? A Cardiologist Answers (Guest Post)

Importance of Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in western society, accounting for 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. alone. One in every six healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease through expensive diagnostic testing, medications, procedures and surgeries, such as coronary artery stenting and coronary artery bypass grafting […]

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I am Chia Pet- Hear Me Roar!

A look back at a dcoctor's grade school days and the power of words.

I’ve always been fascinated by words. Words hold such power- enough to move even the bravest among us to tears. They can put a smile on your face and even make your entire day instantaneously better. Why do they affect us so much? They are, after all, made up of a few simple letters, strung […]

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Bossy Saves Lives (A Guest Post)

Sasha Shillcut, MD, guest blogger speaking about how being bossy is not always a bad thing. In fact, it sometimes saves lives.

Since I was a little girl, I have been called a lot of things. Sensitive. Funny. Strong-willed. Outgoing. Take-charge. Friendly. Bossy. Focused. And my favorite: domineering. I’ve always been a direct person. I’m an extrovert, which means I walk into a room and I am energized by the people around me. I am also a […]

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All Rolled Up, With Nowhere to Go

Rolled ice cream from ICE, a fantastic treat in NYC

In a little shop, so small it’s almost hidden from view as you walk down MacDougal in the Village, stands an ice cream shop, so cool and fun that I’ve often daydreamed about its ice cream scrolls. I say this because they literally look like the scrolls of an ancient book. Except it’s actually scrumptious, sweet ice cream. […]

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The No-Dog Side of the Fence

the face of a dog is seen through the fence, in black and white

I sit on the no-dog side of our fence. Allow me to explain. My children have been begging us to get a dog. My husband seems to align himself on their side, when it comes to adoption. It comes naturally to him, I say.. He’s owned a dog. But I haven’t. Not in this lifetime, at […]

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An Uncommon Day Spent in Board Game Heaven

The setting, Greenwich Village, on average weekday morning. Preparations for my son’s departure to sleepaway camp were finalized and we took the day off to spend it with him. On a last minute whim, we drove into the city to investigate a rumored shop. Home to a myriad of board games, this option was an enticing one for our […]

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An Awkward Teen Gets Hired by a Mouse

My secret’s out. It was me, that awkward teen. I’m happy to report, over thirty years later, that I’ve blossomed into a functioning, well-rounded adult. I’d even say I’m much less awkward today, and much more comfortable in my own skin. My kids may not agree. Rewind to the 90’s Back in ’94, as a […]

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