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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Wednesday, 6th February, 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, [LINK: https://www.wsj.com/articles/elizabeth-holmes-the-breakthrough-of-instant-diagnosis-1378526813] Elizabeth Holmes:  A Breakthrough Instant Diagnosis dated ...

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Safeguard Yourself from Ticks and Mosquitoes
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Tuesday, 15th May, 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 article was inspired by the very well written ...

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Monday, 8th January, 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 very helpful for me to understand some ...

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New Vaccine for Prevention of Shingles Approved
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Sunday, 5th November, 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 is a ...

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What's New with Flu (2017-18)
written by Pamela Prindle, R.N., BSN, CNOR
on Thursday, 21st September, 2017

The autumn months bring temperature changes and remind us of the influenza (flu) season that will occur soon.  Influenza is a highly infectious virus that causes 20,000 preventable deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations annually. The seemingly low protection (45%) of last year’s flu vaccine spells uncertainty for most of us when deciding to vaccinate for flu this year; however, ...

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Red Dresses Represent More than Valentine's Day
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Saturday, 25th February, 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 [LINK: https://www.goredforwomen.org/] *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 United ...

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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
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Saturday, 10th December, 2016

The [LINK: /article/the-/#sthash.DCygD0E9.dpbs] 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. ...

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Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Wednesday, 5th October, 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 long time reporter at NPR, spent ...

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Published by Corcovado, 2016
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Wednesday, 6th July, 2016

My good friend from medical school forwarded me an article called [LINK: http://stanmed.stanford.edu/2015spring/before-i-go.html] /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 ...

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Vaccinate for Vacations!
written by Pamela Prindle, R.N., BSN, CNOR
on Wednesday, 15th June, 2016

As the days get longer and schools let out, the summer travel season is heating up.  If you are traveling internationally, be sure to get all the appropriate shots to protect yourself from preventable infections.  As a first step, everyone should be up to date on the routine vaccines.  The following should be up to date if you are traveling: */Tetanus:/* *Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis*: ...

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