34 Days of Ruby Slippers

34 Days of Ruby Slippers: Looking down at our own reminder of home, sweet home

The month of June marks both the birth and death of actress Judy Garland, who is the legendary actress behind The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy. When I think of this classic movie, I picture the tornado scene, the Munchkins and their yellow brick road, the four quirky friends Dorothy meets along the way, and the very loud […]

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4 Project Ideas for Teaching Children Empathy

I am always on the lookout for new ideas. But here’s something that always gives me pause, from the mere importance it plays in our lives- giving back to the community. Even more importantly, teaching my children how to give back to the community. Teaching my children to be empathetic. Because let’s face it, in […]

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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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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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8 Reasons your Child Should Play Board Games

8 Reasons Your Child Should Play Board Games!

I grew up loving board games. It was a natural relationship, one strengthened by my being an only child. To this day, I love them. Do I pass my love for board games on to my kids? Absolutely. Board Game Benefits Board games are fun, first and foremost. My words are always met with pleasure when the words, […]

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Inspiration Spotlight: John O’Hanlon

Inspiration in Children. A child shaves his head for childhood cancer

Meet John O’Hanlon. Child. Student. Boy Scout. Sportsman. And now he can add Selfless Fundraiser to his resume. John and a few of his friends decided to make a statement for a cause they felt strongly about. That cause was childhood cancer. What they did was simply moving. The boys selflessly agreed to shave their hair off in order […]

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Malpractice Makes Perfect: Questions Answered

Court- a decision not to go to court after a medical malpratice case

I was asked for an update on my story Malpractice Makes Perfect, where I went into some of the details surrounding my run-in with malpractice, being on the receiving end of a medical error. I shared my story, also published on the syndicated website KevinMD.com on March 31, 2017, for several reasons. One- I wanted to humanize […]

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