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…

Make the Impossible Possible

Form Your Own Opinion Get What You Want Impossible is just an opinion. — Paul Coelho &nbsp…

Mediterranean or Vegetarian: Which Diet Is Better?

The Mediterranean vs. Vegetarian Diet 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. A vegetarian diet is as heart healthy as a Mediterranean diet. Diagnosis Life summary:  The Mediterranean diet is often toted as being the best diet for heart health. Are there other diets that could be just as effective in decreasing your risk? A study in Circulation compares a low-calorie vegetarian diet with the same calorie Mediterranean diet over 3…

Exploit Your Strengths

Make the Most of What You’ve Got Be Brave Find what works for you and exploit it. — Mark Twain…

Women Are More Likely to Be Depressed Than Men

Women Are Twice As Depressed As Men 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. Women are more likely to be depressed than men. Diagnosis Life summary:  The good news is that there has not been a significant worsening of depression in the US over the past decade. The bad news is that women are now twice as likely as men to be depressed. As a woman, this is a depressing fact in…

Enough with All the Meetings

Life Is More Than Meetings Set Yourself Free People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. — Thomas Sowell…

Stair Climbing Decreases Blood Pressure

Stair Climbing Decreases Blood Pressure 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. Stair climbing decreases blood pressure. Diagnosis Life summary:  If you are a post-menopausal woman and have high blood pressure, I’ve got good news. If you have bad knees, then maybe not. A new study in Menopause found that stair climbing can help to decrease your blood pressure. Women were put into two groups, one that did supervised…

Life Is Built On Courage

Life Is What You Make It Add Courage Life shrinks or expand in proportion to one’s courage. — Anais Nin…

Even One Cigarette Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease

Even One Cigarette Is Too Much 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. Even one cigarette can increase your risk for heart disease. Diagnosis Life summary:  There is no safe level of smoking. According to a meta-analysis of 141 prospective studies in BMJ, studies that looked at millions of healthy men and women, even one cigarette a day can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Compared with people who…

How Far Will You Travel?

Where Do I Go From Here? Go on an Adventure Travel far enough, you meet yourself. — David Mitchell…