Good Bones Life is short, though I keep this from my children. Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways, a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least  fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative  estimate, though I keep this from my children.…

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There is much discussion in the medical literature about which is more important for a long healthy life, being fit or having a healthy weight. There isn’t a simple answer, so I’d like to thank my colleagues for debating these points with me over the past few days. For sure, FITNESS is VERY important. From…

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I used to wonder why some humans do not seem to mind inflicting pain on others.  Why can’t we all try to get along with each other?  Why can’t we, especially if we are religious, practice what we were taught in churches and temples and mosques that everyone should try to be kind and loving…

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Pain Relievers and Hearing Loss  A study from Harvard, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, showed an increased risk of hearing loss in patients who used pain relievers on a long term basis.  Those who used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen two or more times a week for six years reported a…

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The first book review I wrote for this website focused on The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. I absolutely loved that book. Critics agreed, since it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. It is hard to top such a sweeping drama in terms of the breadth and depth of cancer research. Therefore, this book…

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