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Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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May 25, 2020

HOW TO PROPERLY WEAR A MASK: Masks are very important to protect others from droplets that you might produce while speaking, coughing, sneezing or breathing. Please wear them in any public place, especially indoors to stop the spread of COVID 19. Below are the proper ways to wear a mask and to take it off.…

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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

February 6, 2019

I took the advice of one of my patients and read this fascinating book which details the background of a promising Silicon Valley startup, Theranos. When I first heard of the company in the glowing Wall Street Journal article, Elizabeth Holmes: A Breakthrough Instant Diagnosis dated September 8, 2013, I was wondering why another company had not developed this…

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Safeguard Yourself from Ticks and Mosquitoes

May 15, 2018

With warmer weather and longer days, we spend more time outside.  This brings plenty of opportunities to improve our health with exercise and events in the great outdoors.  The great outdoors also exposes us to more insects such as ticks and mosquitoes that can threaten our health.  We need to be preparing for protection.  This…

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

January 8, 2018

One of the jobs of a practicing internist is to help patients improving health through lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and sleep. This can be quite challenging for me, so the fact that fascinating book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business delves into the neuroscience behind our daily routines, was…

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New Vaccine for Prevention of Shingles Approved

November 5, 2017

The FDA approved the use of Shingrix, a recombinant inactivated vaccine, for protection against shingles in patients aged 50 and older on October 20, 2017.  The American Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), recommended that Shingrix be given instead of Zostavax, the currently available live, attenuated vaccine which has been on the market since 2006.  Shingles…

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Red Dresses Represent More than Valentine’s Day

February 25, 2017

February has traditionally been designated Red Dress month to raise awareness of the issue of heart disease in women.  Now there is a special day and a website as well.  The stereotypical  heart patient is an older man who may have high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  However the leading cause of death in women in the…

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The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer is Winnable–and How We Can Get There By Vincent T. DeVita, Jr. M.D

December 10, 2016

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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Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

October 5, 2016

When I saw the subtitle of this book, I immediately felt hope. It is good to think of the opportunity that lies with midlife. Often being in this time of life brings stress with aging parents, growing children and health issues. So often the word “midlife” goes along with the word “crisis”. Not so in this book. The author, a…

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Published by Corcovado, 2016

July 6, 2016

My good friend from medical school forwarded me an article called Before I Go published in the Spring 2015 Stanford Medicine magazine. It was written so beautifully by a young neurosurgeon that it made me tear up. Dr. Kalanithi majored in English and biology at Stanford and then got a master’s in English literature before attending Yale School of Medicine. This…

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How To Raise An Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Henry Holt and Company, 2015

March 9, 2016

In the introduction to this book, the author remembers that “by the time I stepped down as dean at Stanford in 2012 I had interacted not only with a tremendous number of parents but with students who seemed increasingly reliant upon their parents in ways that felt, simply, off.” “Helicopter parenting” , “invasive parenting”, and…

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