Why people with diabetes are at high risk for the flu

Last year, more than 80,000 people died of the flu and its complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This statistic is especially concerning for those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, who are considered “high risk.” I encourage all my patients to get the flu shot each year. But my … Continue reading Why people with diabetes are at high risk for the flu

How innovative brain surgery ended tremors for this Navy veteran with Parkinson’s

Imagine not being able to sleep, eat, shower or the other little things we all do every day without a thought. For years, this was my life with an aggressive form of early-onset Parkinson’s disease. I could barely live my life. But you know what really bothered me? That I couldn’t play with my son. … Continue reading How innovative brain surgery ended tremors for this Navy veteran with Parkinson’s

An orthopedic surgeon’s take on the e-scooter craze

They’re everywhere these days. You see them in parks, on sidewalks, even in the streets, and people of all ages are using them. I’m talking about electric scooters, or e-scooters, and they are causing quite the alarm. As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, I’ve seen very few scooter-related injuries over the years — until this year. Unlike … Continue reading An orthopedic surgeon’s take on the e-scooter craze

How stroke care is evolving to improve patient recovery

The story of medicine over the last 100 years has been one of tremendous progress. Over the past decade, care for stroke — a leading cause of death and disability in the United States — has seen particularly exciting advances. With all the media coverage about cancer and heart attack, though, stroke is often overlooked … Continue reading How stroke care is evolving to improve patient recovery

What is prediabetes and can you reverse it?

You’ve heard of diabetes, but do you know about prediabetes? Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not elevated to the point of diabetes. Prediabetes indicates a person has insulin resistance — meaning your cells are becoming resistant to insulin, the hormone our bodies use to regulate blood sugar. Insulin tells your body … Continue reading What is prediabetes and can you reverse it?