Every doctor struggles with patients with somatic symptom disorder - or SSD to use the snappy new acronym that the DSM - 5 now calls it. A wonderfully insightful and informative new book Is It All in Your Head – true stories of imaginary illness by Suzanne O’Sullivan, MD, consultant in neurology and neurophysiology at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, England helps explain it.
Here’s a report of some exciting new research that has a multitude of storylines. It hits on: The importance of the microbiome to many aspects of our health – allergies and obesity in particular. Having a dog (or more precisely “a furry pet”) can influence the microbiome of babies – even before they’re born. It’s…Read more
The latest twist in men’s prostates is very opportune. I should of course say the latest twist in the long and acrimonious debate about whether men should be screened for prostate cancer by measuring their prostate specific antigen. By doing a PSA blood test. Is very opportune. [caption id="attachment_2322" align="alignnone" width="540"] A Much Debated…Read more
Here is another instance of my being out of touch with some of the modern, if bizarre, quasi-medical stuff that people get up to. I had written a piece for the local tabloid, Front Porch (which I will post later or look on line http://frontporchfredericksburg.com/current-issue/), about a friend, Mandy, who is a doula –…Read more