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Respiratory Season and Lessons Learned

It is September, fall is in the air, and what we might call “respiratory season” is nearly upon us. Respiratory season refers to the...

Kidney’s Don’t Get No Respect

The kidneys may be called the Rodney Dangerfield of the body, as they often “don’t get no respect.” The National Kidney Foundation estimates that...

The Butterfly Effect

My daughter recently brought home a monarch caterpillar. We cared for it in a container making sure it had a supply of fresh milkweed...

Our Antiviral Founding Father

When the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, the American colonies still needed to win the Revolutionary War to truly gain...

Health Care Access for Rural Americans

  For most of us, seeing the doctor means making a trip to the local clinic to see our primary care physician in person, but...

The Liver, We Can’t Live Without It

The liver is one of the most amazing but underrated organs in our bodies. We cannot live without it, and, unlike the kidney, we...

When Money is No Object

I’ve been spending a lot of time talking with patients about the COVID-19 vaccine. Sometimes we celebrate being fully vaccinated. Some patients are skeptical...

Patients Deserve Clarity

I was sitting in my beach chair on vacation soaking up the sun when I overheard the couple next to me sounding concerned. They...

Grandpa Was at Peace

My last conversation with Grandpa was over the phone. He was sick and dying. I was 1,200 miles away in residency, learning how to...

Did you Get the Message?

We all know the feeling. You ate too much, and now your stomach is letting you know about it. Or maybe you ate some...
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