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This week's guest columnist is Cynthia Kudji-Sylvester, MD, a family practice resident at Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics. Many moms are frightened by coughs that sound “different.” Once when my daughter was coughing, she balled up her…
Hustling into church last Sunday, the usher's eyebrows went up. He whispered jokingly, “you're late!” I whispered back, “My New Year's Resolution is to eat more, exercise less, and be late for more stuff!” Breaking bad habits and starting good ones…
This week's guests are Lisa Nguyen, MD, and Chris Johnson, MD, family practice residents at Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics. Battle after battle, deciphering riddles to find the next location, the hero finally enters the last dungeon. He…
When I need a cavity filled and get that lidocaine shot in the mouth, I break out in a sweat and get faint, nauseated and pale. It's purely in my head, not a medication reaction, ever since anatomy class in medical school. It's something about that…
This week's guest columnist is Rachel Jacobs, MD, a family practice resident at Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics. Excited and full of candy, my brother and I skipped out of the movie theater, reliving our favorite parts. That “reliving”…
Predictions for “hot toys” this Christmas include some perennial favorites: Barbie's Dreamhouse, a car set (Monster Jam Garage this time), and good ol' Lite Brite. But here's the one I want: a 6-foot-long inflatable, remote-controlled, sound-equipped…
This week's guest columnist is Chioma Ekwueme, MD, a family practice resident at Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics. My son recently had a swollen ear. The parent in me began to panic as the worst possible diagnoses flashed in my mind: severe…
Airline pilots practice emergencies that rarely happen. But if they do, pilots are ready to act quickly and save lives. The problem with emergencies is they require what the military calls “perishable skills,” a.k.a. “use it or lose it.” Every year,…
This week's guest columnists are Carrie Guidry, MD and Priscilla Tutu, MD, Family Practice residents at Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics. The leaves are changing, and the air is (maybe) getting crisp. Soon, we'll be indoors with friends and…
In their third year of school, medical students begin to choose their specialties, rotating through each one - Internal Medicine, Surgery, OB/GYN, Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I have my third-year students read The Official MD Handbook. Written as…
This week's guest columnists are Aminah Phelps, MD, and Jacob Clement, MD, family practice residents at Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics. Girls love pedicures, and some guys too! Feet don't get lots of pampering, so pedicures are a treat.…
When video recorders became available in the 1990s, parents used them to record children's behavior that looked like seizures. I attended a lecture titled “Things That Look Like Seizures, But Aren't,” where a neurologist showed tapes parents had…