Recent Posts by Dr. Patrick Neustatter

Is it OK to Save Money by Using Generics?

If your goal is to keep medical expenses down, using generic medicines instead of name brand can make a huge difference. But are generics as good or as safe as name-brand drugs? [caption id="attachment_2303" align="alignnone" width="699"] Will they work? Are they safe?[/caption]   Today, about 88 percent of all scripts written are for generics, which…
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Weed and Holiday Heart – a New Warning

I learned about a variation on the Holiday Heart Syndrome last night.   Talking to a fellow physician friend, he told me he had to stop smoking weed because it caused atrial fibrillation (AF). [caption id="attachment_2297" align="alignnone" width="1013"] Could This Be Your Doctor?[/caption]   I trust it is not too radical, the idea of a…
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How to Avoid Dr. Death

  On February 16th, The Washington Post and the Dallas Morning News had an article about a Texas neurosurgeon, Christopher Duntsch, nicknamed “Dr. Death,” who was taken to court after he performed a spinal fusion on a 74-year-old woman. Duntsch left one nerve root severed and another with a screw through it, causing the patient…
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Sending Your Male Patients to the Gynecologist

It was a bit disorientating telling this guy I was seeing in the clinic that the painful swelling he presented with was being reported by the radiologist as possibly being scar tissue from a cesarean section or endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrium (the inside lining of the uterus that normally gets shed…
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