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 1. Preventable Adverse Events (PAE) at U.S. hospital are the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.  A new study in the Journal of Patient Safety, conducted by John James of the advocacy group Patient Safety America, estimates that PAEs cause as many as 440,000 patient deaths a year in U.S. hospitals, far…

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You’re probably more aware than you care to be that influenza is a highly infectious viral illness.  It causes moderate to severe illness in all age groups around the world.   Common symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, fatigue, cough, sore throat and congestion.  In recent years, averages of 20,000 preventable deaths and 200,000…

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How Doctors Think By Jerome Groopman, M.D. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007 This book, How Doctors Think, inspired me to improve my skills as a practicing physician. This fascinating read, written by Dr. Groopman, who is a frequent medical writer and a prominent hematologist/oncologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, details the cognitive processes that…

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Our bodies need a combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates to function. These are all essential for normal growth and for repair of tissues, despite the fact that each one of them has been maligned by various fad diets. Proteins, in particular, are used for repairing cells and building muscle. They also are key for…

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Over the years, I have seen many storms including the horrendous Derecho last year when we lost four huge poplar trees in our yard, with one blocking an entrance of our circular driveway.  My neighborhood’s image changed after the storm, with hundreds of poplar trees taken down by our neighbors for fear of another nasty…

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With the assistance of Troy Wentzlaff The incidence of osteoporosis increases with age in men and women. Many are aware of the benefits in this regard that walking or jogging is good weight-bearing exercise for building stronger bones. Your upper body benefits from ‘weight-bearing’ as well. I agree with Thu that toned arms are a…

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