A Men’s Health Month Wake-Up Call

by Jeremy Winograd on June 20, 2017

For all you Amazon Warrior Women raised in single-sex isolation, this statement may shock you (everyone else, not so much): men can be awfully stubborn.

Whether out of pride, laziness, or some misplaced sense of machismo, many men don’t like to ask for help, preferring to appear fully in control of their own destiny. Because it’s ingrained practically from birth by media stereotypes (the Judd Apatow Manchild, the Slovenly Sitcom Dad, the Gran Torino Grandpa, etc.), emboldened by romanticized images of athletes “playing through the pain,” and further entrenched by too many real-life role models, this attitude can be difficult to overcome. It can be kind of endearing when the stakes are low – sure, Joe, you decided to spend 16 hours trimming the lawn with a pair of scissors because you read online that it keeps weeds away, not because you didn’t want to admit you don’t know how to start the lawnmower. Sure. But it can literally be deadly when applied to one of the most common bugaboos of modern manhood – going to the doctor. [click to continue…]

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Is the Son-Rise Program a “Miracle”?

by Jeremy Winograd on June 13, 2017

son rise program effectivenessIn medicine, claiming the ability to perform “miracles” can understandably raise some hackles. Generally, medical professionals prefer to leave the supposed miracle-working to the likes of Dr. Oz and stick with empirically supported interventions, thank you very much. But “miracles” is exactly the word Kent, UK parents Mark and Annie Montague use to describe what they have experienced while attempting to socialize their severely autistic twin sons, Samuel and Jacob. A recent BBC feature documented how the family has found an apparent solution to their intense struggles with the twins’ non-responsive and often destructive behavior—including running away from home multiple times—in a form of social skills intervention called the Son-Rise program. Since they began participating in the immersive program—Mark and Annie went so far as to construct isolated indoor environments in which the boys could undergo their therapy—Samuel and Jacob have begun making eye contact, communicating effectively, and being less destructive.

With autism rates on the rise and in the news, the Montagues’ case may seem like a sign of hope for other families going through similar trials. However, before we begin proclaiming that a miracle cure has been found—or even that autism requires a cure in the first place—we should first examine the Son-Rise program with a healthy dose of scientific skepticism. [click to continue…]

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national safety monthJune is National Safety Month, and all across the country, the National Safety Commission is urging everyone to take a look at their environment and ensure that safety standards are being met. What does this mean for you as a physician? As every office and practice is different, it could mean a lot of different things, but here are a few things that you should go over as you’re inventorying the safety of your practice. [click to continue…]

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Coping with Mistakes as a Medical Professional

by Soliant Health on May 30, 2017

medical mistakesFirst, do no harm – the words of the Hippocratic oath are forever embedded in the memory of every person who spends even a moment in the medical profession. While our time is spent working to make the best decisions possible for the patients that have entrusted you with their care or the care of their loved ones, at the end of the day, we are all simply human. Mistakes will be made and whether they are the result of a judgment error, lack of information, or simply from distraction and being overworked, they can be detrimental and consuming. [click to continue…]

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medical organization tipsWhether you are still in school, you are just finishing up your education, or are moving into a new field, you may be looking for help and resources to grow and develop as a medical professional. While schools and work may provide some resources and connections that can help you to network and increase your potential, professional organizations offer great opportunities to their members to learn and grow as they navigate their chosen field of medicine. [click to continue…]

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better communication medicineHow many times have you sat in a lecture hall, struggling to pay attention and focus on the very important, yet very boring and technical information being shared by a professor or presenter? How many times have you sat, riveted in your seat, hanging on every word of someone who is sharing a well-told case study for grand rounds? When it comes to communication in medicine, often the information that needs to be communicated to physicians, office staff, and patients isn’t the most interesting, so finding ways to share key points in a way that holds the attention of the recipient can be a challenge. [click to continue…]

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