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5 ways to hold on to optimism — and reap health benefits - Blog Post

In these turbulent times, it may be a struggle to maintain a glass half full view of life. A poll just released by the Associated Press on New Year’s Day indicated that most Americans came out of 2016 feeling… Read More

What the 21st Century Cures Act means for behavioral health - Blog Post

The 21st Century Cures Act represents a significant set of initiatives aimed at improving the care of people with mental and substance use disorders. It builds on important innovations introduced in the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act… Read More

Understanding head injuries - Blog Post

Ski season is here, and I am reminded of the story of Natasha Richardson (Liam Neeson’s wife), who tragically died of a head injury while skiing without a helmet in 2007. Here in the emergency department, we see many… Read More

New guidelines for preventing peanut allergy in babies - Blog Post

Follow me on Twitter @drClaire In 2015, a study showed that giving peanut products to babies could help prevent peanut allergy. This was exciting news, given that 1-2% of children suffer from peanut allergy, an allergy that can not… Read More

Racism and discrimination in health care: Providers and patients - Blog Post

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.… Read More

The power and prevalence of loneliness - Blog Post

All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong? —The Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby” A few years ago, when I was the attending emergency physician working in the emergency department,… Read More

Preventing and treating colds: The evidence and the anecdotes - Blog Post

Oh, who doesn’t hate colds. You’re miserable, achy, tired, congested, and coughing. You may need to miss work, or go to the doctor. But it seems that no one really feels sorry for the person with a cold because… Read More
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