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06/04/2021
Medical Examiner 6-4-21

We hereby present the latest edition of the internet's most salubrious newspaper.

Oh yes, brain fog is real, even on a clear day. The best medical advice: if you have it as a lingering side effect of COVID-19, talk to your doctor. You don't wan't brainfog-19 to still be plaguing you as brainfog-23 or -24. Also, our "Sleepy Kids" series concludes in this issue with a bunch of your...

This billboard in Miami is very cool. Meanwhile, US COVID deaths have topped 600,000.
06/04/2021

This billboard in Miami is very cool. Meanwhile, US COVID deaths have topped 600,000.

This billboard in Miami is very cool. Meanwhile, US COVID deaths have topped 600,000.

No, really.
05/29/2021
CDC Warns Against Kissing, Snuggling Backyard Poultry

No, really.

The CDC recently issued an advisory after an increase in reported salmonella cases across the country, warning backyard farmers against getting too close to poultry in ways that could easily spread germs, like kissing or snuggling. What do you think?

Wouldn't it be nice if just once these medical ads would drop all the highly technical terms and speak in plain English?...
05/26/2021

Wouldn't it be nice if just once these medical ads would drop all the highly technical terms and speak in plain English? Just once. That's all I'm asking.

Wouldn't it be nice if just once these medical ads would drop all the highly technical terms and speak in plain English? Just once. That's all I'm asking.

This issue has some great articles, if we do say so ourselves. Aside from the sobering stats on the cover, inside you'll...
05/21/2021
Medical Examiner 5-21-2021

This issue has some great articles, if we do say so ourselves. Aside from the sobering stats on the cover, inside you'll find the true tale of the surgeon who walked out of his own son's funeral; how to deal with a child who has sticky fingers; a profile of Hippocrates; and a lot more. Enjoy!

Part of the cover story takes a COVID snapshot of the River Region as of May 17. On that date we had already experienced well over 80,000 cases of the virus locally and more than 1,500 deaths. The numbers are sobering, and most of the 18 local counties have case rates higher than the Georgia and Sou...

05/20/2021

Get vaccinated today! Call Gold Cross for an appointment today! 706-434-4000

05/19/2021

CDC announces
The Masked Singer
no longer needs to be masked.

Now that Nurses Week (May 6-12) is officially over we can start celebrating Nurses Year. Today is Day 1.
05/13/2021

Now that Nurses Week (May 6-12) is officially over we can start celebrating Nurses Year. Today is Day 1.

Now that Nurses Week (May 6-12) is officially over we can start celebrating Nurses Year. Today is Day 1.

Ask questions first.Shoot later.But definitely shoot.Well, more accurately, get shot.
05/07/2021
Medical Examiner 5-7-21

Ask questions first.
Shoot later.
But definitely shoot.
Well, more accurately, get shot.

Step right up! Get your vax facts right here! You know that old saying, "Shoot first, ask questions later"? We suggest doing the opposite in certain situations, like maybe, oh, let's say if a global pandemic is killing hundreds of thousands of people. You can still do you due diligence - you should,...

We had to use our massive diesel-powered ArticleSqueezer6000 to get in all the salubrious information this issue contain...
04/16/2021

We had to use our massive diesel-powered ArticleSqueezer6000 to get in all the salubrious information this issue contains. Read the whole issue at AugustaRX[dot]com. (Upon your arrival there, just click on the cover.)

We had to use our massive diesel-powered ArticleSqueezer6000 to get in all the salubrious information this issue contains. Read the whole issue at AugustaRX[dot]com. (Upon your arrival there, just click on the cover.)

Here it is, the Examiner issue you've been waiting for your entire life!
04/02/2021
Medical Examiner 4-2-21

Here it is, the Examiner issue you've been waiting for your entire life!

There is a certain little golf tournament in town next week, and in response a trio of local doctors have penned the 10 Commandments of safe golfing during a pandemic. Useful. Speaking of useful, another local doctor is trying to educate us all in the ways of the vaccine. Part 2 of "Get Shot!" appea...

Some people say Krispy Kreme's offer to give a free daily donut for the rest of the year to anyone who has been COVID va...
03/29/2021

Some people say Krispy Kreme's offer to give a free daily donut for the rest of the year to anyone who has been COVID vaccinated is not healthy. But did you know others are protesting that the offer discriminates against people who don't want the vaccine? True. #KrisyKreme #vaccine #covid19

Some people say Krispy Kreme's offer to give a free daily donut for the rest of the year to anyone who has been COVID vaccinated is not healthy. But did you know others are protesting that the offer discriminates against people who don't want the vaccine? True. #KrisyKreme #vaccine #covid19

03/26/2021
What she said.
03/19/2021
Medical Examiner 3-19-21

What she said.

It takes tremendous courage to admit serious mental health issues, even in confidence, let alone on a world stage. So what Meghan Markle said matters - a lot. Especially in the healthcare field, where any doctor who said what she said could be risking career su***de. That needs to change. Some peopl...

03/18/2021

BREAKING NEWS (TO ME)
This might be old news, but I learned today that the 2-story University Hospital clinic on Peach Orchard around the corner from Sconyers is going to be razed and an Aldi will take its place.

03/18/2021

For anyone who may be interested, Gold Cross EMS is administering vaccines (Pfizer) on Saturday. Call 706-831-3907 to register or get more info.

Zoom meetings are great, aren't they? Until you do them hours every day for an entire year. Then the newness starts to w...
03/05/2021
Medical Examiner 3-5-21

Zoom meetings are great, aren't they? Until you do them hours every day for an entire year. Then the newness starts to wear off just a little. We have some antidotes for "Zoom fatigue" as suggested by a Stanford University study. Am I muted? Can you hear me? And please, don't overlook our other cover story either.

Working from home, all dressed for the occasion (from the waist up at least) should be easier than commuting to the office, right? Maybe it was at first, but not a whole year later. There is a real thing called Zoom fatigue, and we take a look at a Stanford study of the phenomenon. Before you leave....

03/04/2021

It's never good when you loop around behind your doctor's office to leave and he's out back on a cigarette break.

Seriously? One???
03/01/2021

Seriously? One???

Seriously? One???

02/24/2021
02/19/2021

Well, on the plus side in Texas they can store vaccine doses outside, right on the porch.

In this week's issue you can walk a mile in the shoes of a compassionate caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient. You can go...
02/19/2021

In this week's issue you can walk a mile in the shoes of a compassionate caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient. You can go back to the 1800s, when women were not allowed to be doctors. You can relive the lobotomy craze of the mid-1900s (no, it wasn't a dance craze). You can walk in the shoes of a front-line physician who is forced to make wrenching ethical decisions every day. Or you can just walk. Put on some walking shoes and take off.

In this week's issue you can walk a mile in the shoes of a compassionate caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient. You can go back to the 1800s, when women were not allowed to be doctors. You can relive the lobotomy craze of the mid-1900s (no, it wasn't a dance craze). You can walk in the shoes of a front-line physician who is forced to make wrenching ethical decisions every day. Or you can just walk. Put on some walking shoes and take off.

You anti-maskers...I feel like you're starting to come around. You're getting closer, but you still have some work to do...
02/12/2021

You anti-maskers...I feel like you're starting to come around. You're getting closer, but you still have some work to do.

You anti-maskers...I feel like you're starting to come around. You're getting closer, but you still have some work to do.

Yes, it's our collective (and unfortunate) 1st Anniversary with COVID-19. It's the anniversary none of us thought would ...
02/05/2021
Medical Examiner 02-05-21

Yes, it's our collective (and unfortunate) 1st Anniversary with COVID-19. It's the anniversary none of us thought would happen. This relationship was supposed to be so last year. But here were are. Would you like a distraction? Here are 16 pages of them. Just one highlight: for an article that is informative and virtually defines the phrase "no-nonsense nutrition," click your way over to page 8.

They say the first year of marriage is always the rockiest. Well, we've reached our first anniversary with the worst partner of all time. But that can only mean one of two things: either this scoundrel leaves our lives or we're getting a divorce. Either way, it's going to be over. Eventually. In the...

"Health care disparities between different races are due to genetic differences." Really? Seriously?
02/01/2021
Experiences in racism of a female resident physician

"Health care disparities between different races are due to genetic differences." Really? Seriously?

When I respond to racism, you tell me to be quiet. When I don’t respond to racism, you tell me to speak up and that I am part of the problem. I’ve experienced racism my entire life. You have been trying to control my response to racism my entire life.

01/30/2021
The current issue of the Medical Examiner marks 350 twice-monthly issues since the premiere edition in 2006. Yay us! (Mo...
01/25/2021

The current issue of the Medical Examiner marks 350 twice-monthly issues since the premiere edition in 2006. Yay us! (More than 200 back issues are available 24/7 in our archives at issuu[dot]com/medicalexaminer.)

The current issue of the Medical Examiner marks 350 twice-monthly issues since the premiere edition in 2006. Yay us! (More than 200 back issues are available 24/7 in our archives at issuu[dot]com/medicalexaminer.)

Patients need patience as the vaccine rollout rolls out rather clunkily. But you know the old saying: a watched syringe ...
01/22/2021
Medical Examiner 01-22-21

Patients need patience as the vaccine rollout rolls out rather clunkily. But you know the old saying: a watched syringe never injects, so here are 16 pages of salubrious reading to keep you occupied while you wait and help the time fly by.

This vaccine is going to work. Eventually. So let's be patient as the vaccinators get their global act together. In the meantime, it's never too late to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. His wise words, some of which are reproduced on pages 2 and 3, have never been more relevant or mor...

01/13/2021
This morning I drove past a medical office that was offering COVID vaccines. There were maybe 30 people in line on the s...
01/12/2021

This morning I drove past a medical office that was offering COVID vaccines. There were maybe 30 people in line on the sidewalk, each person standing right next to the next person. Some were not wearing masks. Oh......kay.....

This morning I drove past a medical office that was offering COVID vaccines. There were maybe 30 people in line on the sidewalk, each person standing right next to the next person. Some were not wearing masks. Oh......kay.....

Our pledge to you, our readers: If the Medical Examiner ever stops publication (for the record, nothing of the sort is p...
01/08/2021

Our pledge to you, our readers: If the Medical Examiner ever stops publication (for the record, nothing of the sort is planned), you won't still be seeing our newsstands all over town two or three years later. Promise.

Our pledge to you, our readers: If the Medical Examiner ever stops publication (for the record, nothing of the sort is planned), you won't still be seeing our newsstands all over town two or three years later. Promise.

This is probably our finest issue of 2021. No, I think it definitely is. 100%.
01/08/2021
Medical Examiner 01-08-2021

This is probably our finest issue of 2021. No, I think it definitely is. 100%.

SPEED KILLS! Except when it doesn't, and in the case of the COVID vaccine, speed was just what the doctor ordered. Literally. Except it wasn't THAT fast: this type of vaccine has been in development, at least in concept, since the late 1980s. It isn't the "rush to market" that many would have you be...

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Love your articles and your writers ! On the 4/2/21 "Crash Course" article, just wanted to comment on the use of emergency flashers. When I was training to become a First Responder, I was told that the first cause of car accidents was speeding & the second cause was tailgating. Since my husband has been dealing with the after effects of a detached Retina, I have become the driver to any place requiring highways &/or dangerous traffic situations, ie. almost everywhere! Many times a vehicle has been on my back fender & waving the driver off did nothing. Then, I put on my flashers & they backed right off. I shut them off when this happened & was pleased to get the message across before they plowed through me. This has worked with gigantic tractor trailers & little sport cars. Hope it helps, thanks for your publication. Sheila Wagner
Wondering where you can see all the "Ask Dr. Karp" Medical Examiner columns published to April, 2021? They are at this link....
Pretty tragic in these times. Remember the January, 2020 issue of The Medical Examiner, before we ever heard of COVID-19? "Stick With The Science"... whether it is with nutrition or anything else... look at the facts and data...You can re-read the column here: https://sites.google.com/site/wbkscience/
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 s*x 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.