Can Caffeine Decrease Your Risk for Arrhythmia?

Caffeine and Your Arrhythmia Risk Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Drinking caffeine may decrease your risk for arrhythmia. Diagnosis Life summary: Drinking caffeinated coffee could have health benefits. Interestingly, one of those benefits is to protect your heart. That is contrary to what we think about caffeine! After all, doesn’t caffeine give you palpitations? A study in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology challenges that notion. A look at more than…

Life Is Like a Garden

Plant Your Flowers Watch Them Grow Life is a little bit like a garden. You have to find time to plant the seeds for beautiful flowers to grow. — Oscar de la Renta &nbsp…

Is the Opioid Epidemic Black and White?

A Closer Look at the Opioid Epidemic Is It Black and White? by Tanya Feke, MD I took personal offense when I first heard someone call the opioid epidemic a white man’s disease. My father became an addict in his youth and unfortunately suffered an overdose in middle age. He was not a black man or a Hispanic man. He was a white man. My father came from humble beginnings. He was not rich, he was not privileged, and he did not graduate from high school. He worked like a horse and did everything he could to make…

Free Yourself from Memory

Cherish the Special Moments Let Go of the Pain It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory. — Paul Coelho &nbsp…

R46.0 – Very Low Level of Personal Hygiene

Brush Those Teeth, Baby R46.0 – Very Low Level of Personal Hygiene Think about your morning routine. You may brush your teeth, floss, and gargle with mouthwash. You may hop in the shower. You may spray and roll-on antiperspirant or deodorant. You may brush your hair or run your fingers through it to neaten it up. You may put on a pair of fresh underwear and get dressed in clean clothes. Then again, you may do some of these things or none at all. It may not always be comfortable to talk about but odds are you or…

Pediatricians Sue the FDA Over e-Cigarettes

The FDA Is Being Sued Over e-Cigarettes Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Pediatricians sue the FDA over e-cigarettes. Diagnosis Life summary: We all know that cigarettes are bad for your health and e-cigarettes are no exception. The use of e-cigarettes in high schoolers increased 900% between 2011 and 2015 and people who vape are more likely to turn to traditional cigarettes. Despite this, the FDA is…

Play the Hand You’re Given

Life Is a Game Play to Win We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. — Randy Pausch &nbsp…

How Riding a Bike Affects a Woman’s Health

Why a Woman May Want to Ride a Bike Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Riding a bicycle has these effects on a woman’s health. Diagnosis Life summary: Beyond the obvious benefit of keeping fit, riding a bike can have other effects on a woman’s health. It’s a good news, bad news situation. The bad news, a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine shows…

Be Kind to Yourself

The Golden Rule Be Kind and Spread Joy How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you. — Rupi Kaur &nbsp…

What Are the Odds of Getting Sick on an Airplane?

Will You Get Sick on an Airplane? Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Odds are you are not going to get sick on that flight. Diagnosis Life summary:  Most people assume that they are going to catch a cold from that guy sniffling at the end of the aisle. Believe it or not getting sick is not as common during air travel as you may think. A study in the Proceedings…

We Could All Use a Little Romance

Embrace the Romance of Life Every Day Is Beautiful Beautiful. Crushingly so. You look like the rest of my life. — Beau Taplin &nbsp…

Are You Influenced by Prescription Drug Ads?

Are You Influenced by Prescription Drug Ads? A High-Pressure Industry By Tanya Feke, MD Today’s Worst Prescription Drug Ads My kids get a kick out of how agitated I get when I see pharmaceutical ads on TV. What a scam! As a family physician, I know firsthand how many people come into a doctor’s office asking for the “latest and greatest” drug they saw on television, a drug they probably don’t need and that would likely cost them a small fortune. You may remember my rant last year about the weight-loss drug Contrave. Of course…

Set Yourself Free of Expectations

The Expectation Trap Live According to Your Own Rules Expectations are resentments waiting to happen. — Brene Brown &nbsp…

Z56.3 – Stressful Work Schedule

Working 9 to 5 and Then Some Z56.3 – Stressful Work Schedule An employee commuting to the “office”, working long shifts, coping with a boss who has unreasonable expectations, dealing with co-workers who do not do their fair share, staying late for overtime, being assigned meaningless tasks, not to mention facing a steady stream of deadlines. A parent waking the kids for school (harder than it sounds!), helping them with homework, feeding them, clothing them, providing for them, not to mention chauffeuring them to every activity under the sun. Let’s not forget cooking, household…

Non-Opioid Medications Are Better for Chronic Pain

Non-Opioid Medications for Chronic Pain Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Opioids are not better for pain control than non-opioid medications. Diagnosis Life summary:  From back pain to joint pain, millions of people suffer from chronic pain. The question is how can we best treat it, or at least decrease that pain so that someone can stay active and productive? The default for far too many years has been…