Is Eating Eggs Really As Bad For Your Heart as Smoking?

My view is eggs is something like that of an early morning protein packet.  I know they are high in cholesterol, but they are natural, right?  Well, not everything that is 'natural' is healthy and unfortunately this seems to be true of eggs (even when served without bacon).  Recent studies suggest that consumption of three eggs per week may in fact be as bad for your cardiovascular system as smoking.

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To Scan or Not To Scan: What Is the Best Imaging Technique for Diagnosis of Appendicitis in Children?

When a child presents to the ER with abdominal pain, I am always faced with a decision.  Could this be an appendicitis?  Should I order an abdominal CT scan?  With recent research indicating that radiation from CT scans in pediatric patients triples the risk of developing leukemia and brain tumors, this is a weighty decision.  Appendicitis can also be diagnosed with ultrasound imaging.  Given the risk of radiation exposure with CT, which test is better for the diagnosis of appendicitis in pediatric patients?

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EHR: What Happened to Quality?

I am pretty sure the IT guy at my last job purposefully picked the EHR program we used for his own personal job security.  The more problems, the more we needed him, right?  I mean, that thing was so strung together it was unbelievable.

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Electronic Health Records Mandate: Quick Overview

It seems that recently healthcare bloggers and medical news sites have been discussing the transition of medical records from paper charts to computers.  Why?  I don't think the introduction of the use of the computers in a profession has received so much attention since 1995. 

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Antibiotic Overuse: Both Physicians and Patients to Blame

Today physician blog KevinMD posted a guest post written by Dr. Michael Kirsch, a blogger and gastroenterologist with whose opinions I frequently align myself.  In his post, Dr. Kirsh discusses the ever-present battle of antibiotic overuse and the reasons for the abuse of these medications prompting me to discuss the topic as well.

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Studies Show You Can Pass On the Fish Oil

For years, healthcare providers have been recommending foods rich in omega-3s as part of a healthy diet as well as supplemental fish oil for individuals at risk for heart disease.  Recently the benefits of omega-3s have been called into question.  Are these foods and supplements as heart-healthy as we originally thought?

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Do Toddlers Really Need to Be Treated for ADHD?

I forgot one of my pet peeves in my post last week so I am devoting a whole post to this particular peeve as I find it rather alarming.  What is it?  Toddlers on ADHD medications. 

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We Remember

With a solemnness I have not reserved for any of my other posts, today I would like to remember September 11, 2001.  As I listened to the names this morning of those we lost eleven years ago, this day stood vidid in my memory.

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Case Study of the Week: DVT

This weekend, my husband and took a road trip to Indianapolis giving me plenty of time behind the wheel to contemplate various road-trip related medical conditions for this week's case study.  I ultimately decided on the DVT (deep vascular thrombosis).  DVT is a diagnosis I make, or at

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Nurse Practitioner Bridge Programs: Can You Really Enroll In a NP Program Without an RN Degree?

The typical path to becoming a nurse practitioner requires that students complete a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) followed by a Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN).  For those of us who did not know we wanted to become NP's and did not complete an undergraduate degree in nursing or who are making a career change to complete a MSN degree, technically we should have to return to school to first obtain our BSN.  But is there a faster way to become a nurse practitioner?

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Nurse Practitioners: How Much Money Do We Save Our Country?

As you can tell by your paycheck, NP's make a great living, however they are not paid as highly as physicians.  Obviously, then there must be some cost savings associated with nurse practitioners providing healthcare over physicians.  How much money do nurse practitioners save our country?

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Don't Bring Me Your Poop! My Pet Peeves as a NP

Over my years of working as a nurse practitioner, I have developed a few pet peeves in my practice.  My patients all mean well, but occasionally there are things they do that gross me out (yes, even I am susceptible to the dry heaves) or just really annoy me.  What patient behaviors som

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