Maintaining hope during COVID-19 social distancing

I offer these comments on COVID-19 from the perspective of a palliative medicine doctor. I specialize in communicating sad, bad or otherwise hard to hear “serious illness” news while helping the patient, family or staff member maintain hope. You may not think of it this way but COVID-19 is a “serious illness” and we must regard … Continue reading Maintaining hope during COVID-19 social distancing

The Third-Leading Cause of Death for 15 to 24-Year-Olds

This week was National Suicide Prevention Week, and the Level 1 Trauma Center at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas had a special focus on suicide prevention to reduce injury. On average, one person dies by suicide every 16 minutes, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-old Americans. A study published … Continue reading The Third-Leading Cause of Death for 15 to 24-Year-Olds