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Neurosurgeon writes with both heart and mind in hit medical memoir | Inquirer Lifestyle

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Dr. Ronnie Baticulon in front of UP-PGH
When Ronnie E. Baticulon was a freshman in high school at the University of Perpetual Help Rizal, Las Piñas, he decided he wanted to become a doctor.
“I watched the TV series ‘ER,’ and I remember being fascinated by the patient stories, and how the doctors tried to help their patients regardless of who they were or which background they came from,” he said.
But as far back as fifth grade, Baticulon had been challenged by an English teacher to write better, burning through four library cards in a school year, becoming editor of the school paper. He was winning English and science contests, with encouraging teachers leading him, and he graduated valedictorian.
This was the beginning of the rare combination that led to an extraordinary book, “Some Days You Can’t Save Them All,” from the University of the Philippines (UP) Press, one that at just 192 pages, tells the story of how Baticulon achieved and overcame so much to become a pediatric neurosurgeon at UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Now the book became a big surprise bestseller. His story is literally the stuff of big stories.
At UP College of Medicine, Baticulon took …

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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 20

letters to the editor: sept. 20

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A “silver lining” to COVID?A saying originating from a poem written in 1634, “Every cloud has a silver lining”, may very well apply to the COVID 19 pandemic. The data and research regarding coexisting medical problems that lead to severe complications and even death in COVID infected people should be a wakeup call to all of us.Early data coming from China and Italy revealed that those people most severely stricken with the virus had medical comorbidities. This was confirmed here in the USA as well. In the New York City area, 88% of those admitted to the hospital had more than 1 co-morbidity. The Italian study showed that 99% of those who died of COVID had another medical diagnosis. In fact, 48.5% had three or more comorbidities!
What is comorbidity? It is when someone, in this case, one who has coronavirus infection, has another medically diagnosed problem. The most common comorbid medical problems associated with COVID 19 are hypertension, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and asthma. Obesity is the most common risk factor for those under age 50. In addition, those with cancer and kidney disease, as well as poor immune function are at increased risk for more serious outcomes.
Sadly, in the United States, we have …

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25 Ways You Make Yourself Sick Without Realizing It

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Eat This, Not That!25 Ways You Make Yourself Sick Without Realizing ItRead full articleLeah GrothSeptember 20, 2020, 7:03 AM·14 mins readSure, you know that eating junk food, avoiding exercise, and drinking like a fish isn’t going to do any favors for your health, especially during a pandemic. However, did you know there are many other habits, rituals, and practices most of us engage in that are also damaging our well-being—only we have no idea? Read on to hear the top health and medical experts around the country reveal all the ways that you’re inadvertently harming yourself. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.1Eating Anything That Has Been Tainted With This Chemical Modern orchard sprayer spraying insecticide or fungicide on his apple trees.You might think you are eating a super-healthy diet, but are in fact consuming dangerous chemicals. “Most grain and soy products in North America are sprayed with glyphosate, a known carcinogen and gut microbiome disruptor,” explains Dr. Steven Gundry, MD, medical director at The International Heart and Lung Institute Center for Restorative Medicine and the New York Times best-selling author of The Plant Paradox and …

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Column: ‘Our blueprint leads to a happier, healthier life’

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DO you remember the Kiltie cake shop, next door to Bluebird garage in Station Road, Tiptree?

Well, it’s had a bit of a transformation over the past three years and the shop is now home to our lifestyle medicine clinic, called Ancestral Health.

I’m a registered osteopath and it was founded by myself and partner Holly Gilbert, who specialises in birth preparation.

Between us, we’ve now helped over 1,000 people improve their health and wellbeing – quite ironic, given that the very building was serving people sugar-laden cakes and pastries just 25 years ago!

So what is lifestyle medicine?

It’s a therapy based around supporting people to make more informed health choices in their day-to-day lives.

It’s our belief that the majority of chronic diseases that exist in today’s world are largely caused by our lifestyles.

They can therefore be recovered from or prevented by lifestyle change.

A great example would be Sarah, a lovely lady from Colchester who came to us last year having suffered many years of burping, passing excessive wind, a bloating feeling in her stomach and daily headaches.

She’d seen her GP and taken the medications that were prescribed.

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5 Most Desirable Medical Specialities Around the Globe

5 most desirable medical specialities around the globe

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With a lack of certainty surrounding the future, being and feeling healthy may help bring the security that you need during these unpredictable times.When it comes to your health, there is a direct relationship between nutrition and physical activity that play an enormous part in physical, mental, and social well-being. As COVID-19 continues to impact almost every aspect of our lives, the uncertainty of the future may seem looming. Sometimes improvisation is necessary, and understanding how to stay healthy and fit can significantly help you manage your well-being during these times. Tip 1: Communicate with your current wellness providers and set a plan Gyms, group fitness studios, trainers, and professionals can help you to lay out a plan that will either keep you on track through all of the changes and restrictions or help you to get back on the ball so that all of your health objectives are met.Most facilities and providers are setting plans to provide for their clients and customers to accommodate the unpredictable future. The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C. An enormous amount is on …

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Someone San Diego Should Know: Dr. John Alksne

someone san diego should know: dr. john alksne

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It is regarded to be one of the most painful disorders known to medicine. In English literature it was called the “suicide disease” because victims would commit suicide to escape its facial pain. A disorder that has been around since the beginning of time, the cause was unknown for thousands of years.In the early 20th century surgeons tried cutting nerves to alleviate the pain. Those surgeries failed.In 1968, Drs. John Alksne and Peter Jannetta led a team of surgeons who tried a new strategy. Instead of focusing on nerves, they focused on blood vessels. They opened a patient’s head, found a blood vessel that was pressing against a nerve and moved it.The patient was cured.
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Since 1968, Alksne has performed hundreds of similar surgeries, and the procedure is now performed regularly around the world helping many thousands of patients.Alksne is a renowned neurosurgeon who has worked at UCSD School of Medicine since 1971. As a neurosurgeon he specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the brain and nervous system, such as injuries, epilepsy, tumors, aneurysms, infections and strokes.

Dr. John Alksne(Courtesy)

He has been in the forefront of advances in neurosurgery, pioneering new …

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Vicksburg physician set to take top spot with state’s medical association – The Vicksburg Post

vicksburg physician set to take top spot with state’s medical association – the vicksburg post

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For a fourth time, a member of Vicksburg’s medical community is poised to take the top leadership position with the Mississippi State Medical Association.
Vicksburg pediatrician Dr. Geri Weiland was elected the association’s president-elect in August. She becomes association president in August 2021 and will join three other Vicksburg doctors who have held the association’s top post.
Drs. Briggs Hopson Jr., Randy Easterling and Dan Edney have each lead the association. 
A former resident of Pascagoula, Weiland is a graduate of LSU and the University of Mississippi Medical School and has been practicing at Merit Health River Region since 1983. She was serving as the association’s first female speaker of the house in more than 150 years before becoming president-elect.
“I’m not the first female president, but the fourth Vicksburg president, which I think is another testament to Vicksburg’s involvement in organized medicine,” she said.
Weiland said her election is “an honor and a little scary because it’s a commitment for a lot of work. I’ve been in a leadership position for over 11 years as the vice speaker and speaker, but this is going to be a little bit different to be the spokesperson for …

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Linda Evans talk about the upcoming VIMY Awards from Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine – KESQ

linda evans talk about the upcoming vimy awards from coachella valley volunteers in medicine – kesq

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A passion for taking care of Steamboat’s active patients

a passion for taking care of steamboat’s active patients

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Dr. Alex Meininger didn’t just know he wanted to be an orthopaedic surgeon someday. He specifically knew he wanted to practice in a ski resort town.As a skier, competitive cyclist and outdoorsman, he understands the opportunity for work-life balance that living in a community such as Steamboat provides. It also offers him the chance to relate and socially interact with his patients, almost all of whom are fellow athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.“Maintaining an active lifestyle can also be an outlet and decompression for a stressful occupation,” Dr. Meininger said. Alexander K. Meininger, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Certified added Qualification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, and fellowship trained in Sports Orthopaedic Surgery.Dr. Meininger specializes in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques, with a focus on joint preservation and knee injuries, at the Steamboat Orthopaedic and Spine Institute (SOSI). He has gravitated toward knee injuries such as ACL tears and meniscus injuries because they’re prevalent among so many of his athletic patients.“My practice is about saving lifestyles, not lives. We’re giving people the function they’re seeking to pursue the lifestyle they want.” – Dr. Alex Meininger“I enjoy taking care of athletic …

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St. John’s Health launches new ‘lifestyle medicine’ program in March

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For decades, doctors have recommended healthy lifestyle choices as a way to fight diseases. Now, St. John’s Health has an entire program dedicated to improving patients’ lives through wellness programming.Dubbed “lifestyle medicine,” the hospital will begin offering wellness coaching and other tools to help patients have better outcomes without the use of medication or invasive procedures. Many offerings are tools St. John’s already provides, but with a more tailored focus.“We’re not creating a new department,” CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre told the hospital’s board of trustees when the idea for the program was introduced over the summer. “It’s an umbrella for what we already have.”


Though the program was announced to the hospital board in August, the official launch is March 2. Under the auspices of the Wellness Department, St. John’s will offer several modalities for patients, including one-on-one wellness coaching, tobacco cessation counseling, nutrition consultations and diabetes education.Wellness can be a nebulous word that applies to both proven and unproven aspects of health care. In the new St. John’s program, wellness focuses on six pillars of patient health: nutrition, sleep, relationships, exercise, stress management and avoiding risky substances.


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