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02/26/2020

Visiting hundreds of medical offices every month makes one thing painfully obvious: we have way more prompt care walk in facilities around here than we apparently need. Most are pretty lonely places; at least one has been essentially abandoned halfway through construction; another that was recently built and open for less than a year has already been closed for a couple months.

Here's an inside secret: from writing the first word to hitting the printing presses, this issue had to be built from sc...
02/21/2020

Here's an inside secret: from writing the first word to hitting the printing presses, this issue had to be built from scratch in less than 3 days. Speed kills, as they say, and this issue might set a new record for typos. The good news: many of them have been fixed in this online version (copy, then replace [dot] with [.]): https://issuu[dot]com/medicalexaminer/docs/02.21.20

02/20/2020

We have some kind of ongoing router/modem issue here at M.E. world headquarters that has affected our phones, so if you want to reach us send a message or an email ([email protected] works). Sorry for the inconvenience.

Everybody's reading it.
02/13/2020

Everybody's reading it.

02/07/2020

As a public service, we at the Medical Examiner always make sure that none of our posts go viral.

Today's crisp new issue is ready for clicks at AugustaRX.com
02/07/2020

Today's crisp new issue is ready for clicks at AugustaRX.com

02/07/2020
Flu Near You

The Medical Examiner recommends Flu Near You https://www.facebook.com/flunearyou.org/. It puts "public" back in public health by giving everyone the opportunity to add to the knowledge of where flu is and isn't. It takes about 10 seconds a week to participate.

Flu Near You aims to put the public back into public health. Register and report flu symptoms on a weekly basis, track the spread of flu in your community, and find local health and vaccine information.

Coronavirus prevention tip #41
02/02/2020

Coronavirus prevention tip #41

Well, it's February. This is a sad tale, indeed.
02/01/2020
Black Man Syndrome: in memory of Bryan Gowdy

Well, it's February. This is a sad tale, indeed.

When we are silent, we die, and with our deaths comes a world and generations who are faced with not experiencing or even knowing the strength that we possess and the beauty of all that we offer the world.

Congratulations, nurses! You deserve it! The poll results also ranked Members of Congress just below car salespeople.
01/27/2020
Nurses Again Outpace Other Professions for Honesty, Ethics

Congratulations, nurses! You deserve it!
The poll results also ranked Members of Congress just below car salespeople.

Nurses remain the most revered of 20 occupations rated for their honesty and ethics. Members of Congress and telemarketers are the least revered.

01/24/2020

Unfortunately, the Quotation Puzzle in the Jan. 24 issue and its solution don't match in the print edition. But they do in the online edition. Sorry about that! [Aren't you glad you like & follow the ME so you know this kind of stuff?]

01/23/2020

This well illustrates the feelings of many around Aiken and Augusta as they eagerly anticipate each new Medical Examiner.

So you're saying I've got a chance!
01/17/2020

So you're saying I've got a chance!

01/15/2020
Baltimore, Maryland has the highest rate of STDs in the US

Baltimore, Maryland has the highest rate of STDs in the US

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the Maryland city had 2,004 sexually transmitted disease cases for every 100,000 people who lived there in 2018.

Visit AugustaRX[dot]com or issuu[dot]com/medicalexaminer for a safe yet effective dose of salubriousness.
01/10/2020

Visit AugustaRX[dot]com or issuu[dot]com/medicalexaminer for a safe yet effective dose of salubriousness.

IN TRIBUTE: our profile from 2018 of a remarkable man in Georgia medical history, G. Lionel Zumbro, M.D., who performed ...
01/09/2020

IN TRIBUTE: our profile from 2018 of a remarkable man in Georgia medical history, G. Lionel Zumbro, M.D., who performed the first heart transplant, and one of the earliest anywhere in the world. To read the whole article; copy and paste the following (then replace [dot] with . https://issuu[dot]com/medicalexaminer/docs/mar16_18

No comment.
01/03/2020

No comment.

Are you a smoker who did not make a New Year's resolution to quit? Your environmental activism is brave and commendable.
01/03/2020

Are you a smoker who did not make a New Year's resolution to quit? Your environmental activism is brave and commendable.

12/30/2019

We always make a special year-end offer to potential new advertisers, but this year we want it to be BIGGER & BETTER than ever! Normally we promise "Buy now and have no payments 'til next year!" But our sweetest deal ever is: Buy now and make no payments until the NEXT DECADE!

Looking for the Mystery Word in the current issue? Here are a couple of clues. 1. The word you're looking for is SLEEP. ...
12/23/2019

Looking for the Mystery Word in the current issue? Here are a couple of clues. 1. The word you're looking for is SLEEP. 2. As it clearly states below the scrambled word on page 12, the Mystery Word is always HIDDEN in one of our ADS. So all the entrants who found it in the big Professional Directory heading ("Sleep Medicine"), that's not our - or anyone else's - definition of "hidden." But if you find "sleep" actually hidden in an ad somewhere, you can still enter. Or re-enter if you think you got it wrong the first time.

12/23/2019

As of today, the
Medical Examiner
publication schedule for 2020 is up at AugustaRX.com.

12/22/2019

Just saw a post about the incoming federal law raising the legal age to buy tobacco to 21. Most of the responses lamented this as government intrusion in private matters and yet another loss of freedom. So are speed limits government intrusion? Seat belt laws? One-way streets? What about restaurant inspections? Are they government interference?

This isn't just the final issue of the year; it's the last one of this decade. Remember this moment. Someday you'll be t...
12/20/2019
Medical Examiner 12/20/19

This isn't just the final issue of the year; it's the last one of this decade. Remember this moment. Someday you'll be telling your grandchildren about it.

Let's look ahead with 20/20 to 2020 and get a head start on some salubrious changes. And let's take a look back at the accomplishments of the physician who made the Panama Canal possible, written by guest columnist Wayne Thigpen of the legendary Thigpen family (see "Three Faces of Eve"). Also in thi...

12/11/2019
4 Reasons Women Should NEVER Breastfeed in Public

Relevant to Dr. Bill Karp's column in the current Medical Examiner.

This is the ORIGINAL version of this video. Note: If you don't understand sarcasm, you will completely miss the entire point of this video. To subscribe: www...

12/02/2019

There are plans to introduce new columns in the Medical Examiner in 2020. One of them could be yours! If you're an aspiring writer with an idea, please message the Examiner.

11/28/2019

Here at Medical Examiner World Headquarters, we wonder who decided to set aside just one day each year to be thankful. Why not be actively thankful every single day? In fact, may we suggest a worthy recipient of your gratitude? This publication we all love would not be possible were it not for the loyal support of our advertisers. We are grateful to them and hope you are too. Our wish is that everyone who reads and enjoys the Examiner will look for opportunities to take their business to our advertisers - and let them know that's why you're doing so. And if not your business, next best would be telling them "Thank you for supporting the Medical Examiner." Like these friends (below) don't wait!

You're going to circle around looking for a closer parking spot AT THE GYM??? The Wheeler Y gets it.
11/21/2019

You're going to circle around looking for a closer parking spot AT THE GYM??? The Wheeler Y gets it.

SNEAK PREVIEW! Everybody gets to see tomorrow's digital edition today! That calls for a woo AND a hoo!
11/14/2019

SNEAK PREVIEW! Everybody gets to see tomorrow's digital edition today! That calls for a woo AND a hoo!

It's cool to go into an exam room at a doctor appointment and see an article you wrote posted on the wall.
11/06/2019

It's cool to go into an exam room at a doctor appointment and see an article you wrote posted on the wall.

Here is your crisp new Medical Examiner, loaded to the gills with salubrious information. Get clicking!
11/01/2019

Here is your crisp new Medical Examiner, loaded to the gills with salubrious information. Get clicking!

Just another receptionist at a doctor's office on an ordinary Thursday.
10/31/2019

Just another receptionist at a doctor's office on an ordinary Thursday.

Another award-wanting installment of The Examiners, this one ripped from today's headlines and appearing in the Nov. 1 i...
10/30/2019

Another award-wanting installment of The Examiners, this one ripped from today's headlines and appearing in the Nov. 1 issue of the Medical Examiner, available all over town (and on Nov. 1, online too).

DEA NATIONAL RX TAKE-BACK IS TODAY, 10AM -2PM! According to a 2018 national survey, the majority of abused prescription ...
10/26/2019
Take Back Day

DEA NATIONAL RX TAKE-BACK IS TODAY, 10AM -2PM!
According to a 2018 national survey, the majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often the home medicine cabinet. Local safe "no-questions-asked" disposal sites include:
• PARKS PHARMACY in North Augusta
• CVS on Walton Way at 15th
• TLC PHARMACY in Aiken
• KROGER on Lewiston Road in Grovetown
• More sites: https://takebackday-dot-dea-dot-gov/
The TAKE-BACK event in April of this year resulted in the safe disposal of 468.72 TONS of unused, unwanted and expired medications. DON'T FLUSH!

10/19/2019

GEORGIA FANS: Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Is your pharmacy open right now? A pharmacist told me a few days ago that the demand is so high that it's often a 45 min to 1 hour or more wait. "The only time it isn't," she said, "is during Georgia games."

10/18/2019
10/17/2019

SOBERING: I was making my rounds as World's Oldest Paperboy this morning when I went into a pulmonologist's office. The receptionist made reference to our recent cover story on vaping, then said, "Please stay on this subject. We have so many patients with serious complications caused by vaping," including one who she said is currently on life support. I didn't ask and she couldn't have told me, but it's a safe bet this is a young person. Can we all agree that plain old fresh air is the best thing - maybe the only thing - we should deliberately inhale?

Sometimes the waits at doctor appointments are too long. Waaaay too long. Nice bra, though.
10/17/2019

Sometimes the waits at doctor appointments are too long. Waaaay too long. Nice bra, though.

Yes, this is really a cereal brand.
10/09/2019

Yes, this is really a cereal brand.

10/07/2019

SAFETY TIP OF THE WEEK:
In the event of fire, never use an elevator. Use water.

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Dietitians, you have your work cut out for you.
My wife likes to garden and loves all creatures, its Sunday and I ask her what she'd like to do today. Her response, "How about we pick up a bird feeder", I have to say that was not even close to being one of the top 10 things to do on a Sunday for me. I reluctantly say, "sure", happy wife happy life, right ladies? So off to my favorite store we go, Home Depot. I figure I can go play with tools and grunt & moan with other like males about the new power tools and which latest tool to get. My wife & I meet at the checkout and off we go back home. Aaah back home, She goes to the backyard to play with her birds and I plop on the couch with remote in hand - ah I love Sundays. No more than 10 minutes go by and I hear the door open and my wife yells, "Honey?" - me "Yes Dear" her - "I could use your help" - in my head, "DAMN" - me out loud, "sure babe be right there". I pause the TV as to not miss any commentary, take a breath, put on my happy face and head to the garage. What's up hon? She asks if I could help put this pole together and stick it in the ground for her. Well, of course, nothing like a woman in need of my muscle to beat my chest, grunt & feel like the Man I am. Piece of cake. Fast forward 4 hours, she is making dinner and out the window, she sees a bird. She instantly bursts into "Oh honey come quick there is a sparrow eating from the birdhouse, hurry it's a baby sparrow." You can imagine what I am thinking, Really Hon, Right now, I don't really care about birds dear, ESPN2 is on…….etc. out loud I say "I am coming hon be right there". As soon as I get to the window, I look out, focus on the baby sparrow, my wife puts her arm around my waist as if to say, "see isn't that beautiful" when all of a sudden a huge black crow swoops down and grabs the sparrow and flies off! I instantly break into one of the best laughs I have ever had in my life. She is in horror at what she just saw which of course makes me laugh even harder. She starts to hit me, saying "stop that, you're so mean, that's terrible…..etc. I say "hey you wanted a birdhouse". I get hit again, but as I leave to go back to my throne, I say "but hon anytime that happens again, call me cuz I do want to see that, that was awesome!". I get a dirty look, you know, most likely no sex tonite look, but I have to say it was worth it. I laugh as hard as the day it happened whenever I think about birds. Laughter truly is the best medicine.
Medical updates!
Best issue of the year so far!
This is scary. This looks a lot like my student nurse's uniform and classroom when I was in school thousands of years ago! So much has changed in 40 yrs. We no longer wear a cap, or a dress. Most of us wear scrubs and running shoes.
Have a question about food, diet or nutrition? Feel free to post it on AskDrKarp or private facebook message or email [email protected] If I use your question for a Medical Examiner column, I will change your name and/or location, to keep you anonymous. My answers are what are called "No-Nonsense Nutrition" answers...that means that if you are interested in what the facts and data show, then ask a question. If you are interested in a testimonial approach to nutrition based on people's feelings, perceptions or what their relatives, friends and neighbors say, then then these answers are not for you...
Enjoyed going to Waynesboro to speak to The Exchange Club...all because of my columns in The Medical Examner!.... https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1777261719020397&id=1148604001886175
I just received an interesting question from a reader stimulated by my recent column on soft drinks in The Medical Examiner. The question concerns whether there is any relationship between the artificial sweetener in Diet Coke, aspartame, and oral ulcers. Searching PubMed (Ovid), the source for peer-reviewed, evidenced-based information, worldwide....searching from 1946-present, there were 1167 published scientific articles on aspartame, 2078 articles on mouth ulcers but zero articles relating aspartame to mouth ulcers. So, in spite of all the non-evidenced-based, testimonial statements you read on social media, there is no scientific evidence that aspartame causes mouth ulcers... The reader also asks why aspartame and phenylalanine are to be avoided by people with phenylketonuria, yet it appears in diet sodas. "If it's so dangerous, why ("the hell"...her words) is it in there?" she asks. Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inborn error of metabolism. People with PKU have problems metabolizing phenylalanine. Aspartame is converted to the normal amino acid, phenylalanine, in the body. If untreated, PKU can lead to intellectual disability, seizures, behavioral problems, and mental disorders. PKU occurs in about 1 in every 12,000 babies and is screened for at birth. If a baby has PKU, she or he is put on special formulas and a special diet to about age 10. Aspartame should be avoided by these individuals because it is converted into the normally non-toxic amino acid, pheylalanine, in the body. Phenylalanine is a naturally-occuring amino acid and is present in just about every protein you eat, whether from plants or animals. It is not a problem for humans without the metabolic disease, PKU. The red warning label on Diet Coke is to warn individuals with PKU not to drink Diet Coke or any other diet sodas with aspartame in it. The warning does not apply to individuals without PKU. I hope this clarifies the issue of aspartame, phenylalanine and mouth ulcers. Regards, WBK
I just read the article about money and happiness on the front cover of the April 7th edition. I really enjoyed it. So true.
I'll be with Deke Cophenaver tomorrow, Friday, 06/22/17, 10:30 a - 12 noon, on his radio show, "There It Is," https://www.facebook.com/dekecopenhaver/ You can call in (706) 863-5800) and ask me questions if you want. You can also listen to the show, live, on WGAC 95.1 FM/580 AM or on the web at wgac.com. You can watch the show on Facebook Live on Deke's page, below. So, feel free to call in...if I use your question for a Medical Examiner column, I'll change your name to keep you anonymous...I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to call in... your question will add interest to the show. Regards, Warren Karp www.wbkarp.com