RadioMD: ER 101

RadioMD: ER 101

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  • News of the Week: Suicide and Depression

    Aug 15, 2014 | 10 min
    The recent tragic suicide highlights the national problem of depression and suicide.Depression is a serious medical disorder that affects your physical, mental and emotional health. Unfortunately, depression diagnoses have drastically increased in the past 10 years.In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, and affects roughly 350 million people globally.Depression is categorized by having persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest in hobbies or activities that used to bring joy, change in sleep and eating habits, hopelessness and the risk of suicide.Depression and suicide do not discriminate against ag...
  • The Hidden Dangers of Powder Caffeine

    Aug 15, 2014 | 10 min
    Did you know that one teaspoon of powered caffeine is equivalent to 30 cups of coffee?Caffeine is one of the most widely used substances around the world. In fact, caffeine is a billion dollar industry and Americans drink an estimated 300 million cups every day.Caffeine is a stimulant obtained by plants that can be found in coffee, tea, sports drinks, soda, chocolate, medicine, and more recently, workout powders.Caffeine powder has grown in popularity over the past couple of years and appeals more to young adults and teenagers. Caffeine powder is labeled harmless and has easy access for anyone to buy online or in stores. Unfortunately, caffeine powder is unregulated and is nearly 100 percent...
  • Malnourished in the ER: Why Are Seniors Not Eating?

    Aug 15, 2014 | 10 min
    According to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, many older adults who visit the ER are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition.According to a recent study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, more than half of older adults who visit emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition.Researchers from the University of North Carolina estimated the prevalence of malnutrition among older patients in the emergency department. Researchers assessed the nutrition among 138 older adults and found 16 percent were malnourished and 60 percent were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition.One possible reason for this could be that people may feel ...
  • Should Your Kids Be Vaccinated?

    Aug 15, 2014 | 10 min
    August is National Immunization Month and hopefully increases awareness on the benefits of vaccines.Vaccines are a way to biologically prepare and improve your immune system to certain disease(s). Vaccines usually contain a little bit of an agent that resembles a more serious disease-causing bacteria or virus.Even with the medical risks known, you may still choose not to vaccinate yourself, or your children. However, a new report from the Academy of Pediatrics says vaccines have low risk of serious side effects.This doesn't mean the vaccines won't cause a little discomfort to your child, but scientists and doctors believe the short term tenderness of the vaccine injection site outweighs the ...
  • Ebola Primer: How ERs are Ready

    Aug 15, 2014 | 10 min
    Ebola is one of the most deadly viruses with a fatality rate close to 90 percent.Ebola is a very severe infectious and life threatening disease characterized by fever, and internal bleeding.Other symptoms that are present at the early stages of the disease are muscle weakness and soreness, headaches and sore throat.An Ebola outbreak in Africa has killed more than 1,000 people and made international headlines. You may also remember the two Americans working in Africa who came down with the virus and were brought to the United States for treatment.How are emergency rooms in America prepare for something like this?It's not surprising of the recent concerns of Ebola spreading throughout the coun...
  • Medical News of the Week: Smallpox

    Jul 18, 2014 | 10 min
    Smallpox has officially been eradicated since 1979, but recently made national news when small amounts of live virus were found completely unprotected.Smallpox has officially been eradicated since 1979, but recently made national news when small amounts of live virus were found completely unprotected, far from the only known safe-guarded area in the U.S.Is there a possibility that there's more of it out there?Only two labs in the world have access to the smallpox virus; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in a medical lab located in Russia. Even though these vials of the highly contagious virus it's important to understand what smallpox is and how to recognize it in you or you...
  • What to Keep in a First Aid Kit

    Jul 18, 2014 | 10 min
    Whether you're in your home, taking a day trip or are on an extended vacation, learn which items you should always keep on hand.You never think an accident that requires immediate care will happen to you.Whether you're in your car going camping, flying across the country for a business trip or just at home, in your backyard enjoying the weather it's important to have an aid kit handy. Unfortunately, at some point in your life, everyone is going to either receive or administer basic first aid.One important thing to ask when preparing a kit is whom this will be servicing. Do you have children, pets and other family members?It's also crucial to include a list of medicine that you, your spouse o...
  • Dating Violence Among Adolescents

    Jul 18, 2014 | 10 min
    A recent Annals of Emergency Medicine study says one-in-five girls and one-in-eight boys reported dating violence in the past year.There's no way to tell whether or not your relationship with one person will turn violent until it's too late and it has already happened.When you hear of violence happening within a relationship, you typically think of adults and dating violence among adolescents is not something that is normally thought of.Not a lot of research has been gathered on adolescents, dating and violence because of this thought. Usually, previous research has been conducted on young adults starting at the age of 18 to low and mid twenties.However, a recent Annals of Emergency Medicine...
  • Herbal Supplements and Prescription Medications: A Prescription for Disaster

    Jul 18, 2014 | 10 min
    Many people take both in hopes of improving their health but the potential interactions could be even worse.Many people take both an herbal supplement and a prescription medication in hopes of improving their health. However in this case more is not always better and the potential interactions could be even worse.There's no denying the many health benefits you get from taking an herbal supplement and why you would want to add them into your healthy lifestyle. However, there are still some complications within the herbal supplement industry.Unfortunately, the natural supplement industry is unregulated, therefore a lot of mislabeling and monitoring happens and the FDA won't get involved until ...
  • Medical News of the Week: Why Are More Young People Having Strokes?

    Jun 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Recent statistics indicate that while stroke has been declining in the elderly, stroke occurrence on the rise in younger people; particularly those under the age of 50.Recent statistics indicate that while stroke has been declining in the elderly, stroke occurrence on the rise in younger people; particularly those under the age of 50.What might be causing this trend?The reasons are two-fold.First, there is increased vigilance in identifying strokes as they happen. Prior to the recent developments in medical knowledge and technology, stroke in younger people was often misdiagnosed as a migraine or even anxiety. Now, doctors and ER personnel are more accurate in diagnosing a stroke or a TIA (p...
  • Top Summer Food Safety Tips

    Jun 20, 2014 | 10 min
    With all the Backyard BBQs, picnics and parties, have you ever thought how safe your food is out in the hot summer sun?With all the Backyard BBQs, picnics and parties happening, have you ever thought how safe your food is out in the hot summer sun?Recent CDC statistics indicate that one in six people will develop a food borne illness each year.This can be potentially serious, especially for the elderly. What can you do to prevent food poisoning and other food borne illnesses from occurring?When you prepare food at home, you have a controlled environment with clean counter tops, dishes and cutting boards. But if you're outdoors, at a park or the beach, you don't have those benefits.Raw foods,...
  • Don't Let Water Activities Lead to Tragedy this Summer

    Jun 20, 2014 | 10 min
    According to the CDC, approximately 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day.Water activities such as swimming, boating or even just hanging out at the pool are a great way to spend summer days.But it's important to keep safety in mind when performing these activities.According to the CDC, approximately 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day.Drownings are often misrepresented by TV and movies. The thrashing about and screaming for help isn't always the case. In fact in many cases, drownings are incredibly silent.Who is most at risk for drowning?Toddlers, who are just beginning to explore their environment, comprise one group that is at risk. At that age, it actually h...
  • Summer Safety: Preventing Against Tick-Borne Disease

    Jun 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Lyme disease often takes the forefront when considering tick-borne illnesses, but other tick-borne diseases can be equally dangerous.Summer is the time that people spend a lot of time outdoors. Of course it is also the time when you're exposed to the threat of ticks.Lyme disease often takes the forefront when considering tick-borne illnesses, but other tick-borne diseases can be equally dangerous. For example, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be quite debilitating. This disease comes from bacteria, but it acts like a virus. The infection causes high fever and rash. The rash actually appears like tiny bruises or bleeding under the skin. It starts in the hands and feet and moves inward. Lyme d...
  • Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Could Be a Viable Threat in U.S.

    Jun 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Aside from being annoying and pesky, the recent spread of certain mosquito-related illnesses is now posing a real threat to the U.S.It's summer, and for certain parts of the nation that means the mosquitoes are out in full force. Aside from being annoying and pesky, however, the recent spread of certain mosquito-related illnesses is now posing a real threat to the U.S.In fact, one such formerly "exotic" disease just hit Puerto Rico.The Chikungunya virus is spread via the Asian Tiger Mosquito. This disease initially popped up in Africa and the tropics and made it's way to Europe. In 2013 the disease made its debut in the Caribbean. It's estimated that there may be as many as 160,000-200,000 c...
  • Medical News of the Week: Why Are Measles Making a Comeback in the U.S.?

    Jun 6, 2014 | 10 min
    Why are the measles making a comeback in the U.S.? From the recent stats, the answer is YES.Are the measles making a comeback? The CDC says that they are seeing the highest number of measles cases in the United States since 2000 with over 300 cases reported so far. Why? What are the measles and how can you prevent the disease?Back in the year 2000, the U.S. thought it had "eliminated" the disease. Since then, a lot of press and attention has been paid to people not getting vaccinations due to various reasons, from Hollywood celebrities "taking a stand" to people with religious principles. State governments and regulations are getting stricter in some aspects, but the measles still has become...
  • Lawnmower Injuries on the Rise

    Jun 6, 2014 | 10 min
    When doing yard work, what are the best things you can do to keep your limbs safe while still getting the job done?More than 250,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries last year, and the incidence of these injuries is on the rise. Kids under 19 account for 17,000 of these injuries every year, but adults are mostly affected.A lot of these injuries happen right away in the Spring, when you're a little out of practice and your lawnmower is still a little rusty from sitting over winter.Injuries often result from interactions with the blade. Remember, the blade doesn't turn off instantaneously. Furthermore, it doesn't even have to be "spinning" to cause damage, especially if it's...
  • The Dangers of the Summer Sun

    Jun 6, 2014 | 10 min
    The hot summer sun can feel like such a relief after a long winter. But there are some critical things to consider when it comes to the sun's rays.Being out in the hot summer sun can feel like such a relief after a long, drawn-out winter.But there are some critical things to consider when it comes to the sun's rays, and how exposure can increase your risk for skin cancer.There are two primary types of cancers: melanoma and non-melanoma.Non-melanoma includes basal cell carcinoma. With this type, you'll generally see a bump start to grow in sun-exposed areas of your body, oftentimes your face. The bump will grow very slowly with no other real symptoms and get wider and deeper as time goes on. ...
  • Are Sicker Patients Using Urgent Care?

    Jun 6, 2014 | 10 min
    An Urgent Care facility is not a replacement for the ER. Learn the key differences between the two, as well as signs that you should go directly to the ER.With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many clinics, hospitals and ERs are seeing a rise in patients.Unfortunately, there is a shortage of physicians available to take on the demand; which means that more and more urgent care facilities are trying to fill the void of not enough primary care.This can become problematic when people start substituting Urgent Care for the ER. Many patients are simply misguided as to where they should go, while others are being referred to Urgent Care by their primary physicians. One thing to keep ...
  • ER Visits on the Rise Despite Affordable Care Act

    Jun 6, 2014 | 10 min
    A recent poll shows that ER visits are on the rise since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was fully put into effect. Wasn't the ACA supposed to fix the healthcare system, not make it worse?A recent poll shows that ER visits are on the rise since January 1, 2014, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was fully put into effect.But wait a minute... wasn't the ACA supposed to fix the healthcare system, not make it worse?There are a lot of factors that go into this rise in ER visits. Actually, many physicians knew this trend was going to occur based on past experience. A key thing to remember is that just because you have health insurance, doesn't mean you have health care. Coverage does not equal acce...
  • Teen Survives Cross-Country Flight Stowed in Wheel Well: Medical Miracle?

    Apr 25, 2014 | 10 min
    It seems like something out of a movie, but the recent case of a teen stowing away in the wheel well of a plane, surviving from CA to Hawaii, is very real.It seems like something out of a movie, but the recent incidence of a teen stowing away in the wheel well of a plane, surviving all the way from California to Hawaii, is very real.Special guest, Dr. Hans House, has actually seen this happen before. When Dr. House was at UCLA, a young man was brought into the trauma center after stowing away on a flight from Tahiti to Los Angeles. He was covered head-to-toe in oil, extremely cold to the touch and very discombobulated. His mind was basically "scrambled" from being so cold and being at such a...
  • Head and Neck Cancer Becoming More Common in Younger Demographics

    Apr 25, 2014 | 10 min
    HPV is a major contributing factor do developing head and neck cancer and is resulting in increased diagnoses in the younger population.Traditionally, head and neck cancers have been diagnosed most in individuals over the age of 50. But there has been a recent change in who is being affected by these specific diseases.In fact, patients these days are 5-10 years younger than traditional head/neck cancer patients.Smoking and alcohol abuse are obvious contributing factors, but HPV (the virus that causes cervical cancer) has also become a high-risk factor as well.It's estimated that 50 percent of sexually active men and women carry the virus.The good news is that cancer cells caused by HPV respo...
  • Should Narcan Be Available to Parents?

    Apr 25, 2014 | 10 min
    The #1 cause of accidental death is overdose of opiate-based drugs. What if you could save someone you love from dying with one simple injection?Heroin use on the rise and all recent statistics point to growth in addiction to the drug.It's important to get past the idea that heroin is used by street "druggies" or criminals. Often, heroin use and resulting addiction is a natural progression from addiction to prescription medications. This can affect anyone, from kids to housewives.For some, this addiction can be deadly. In fact, the #1 cause of accidental death is overdose of opiate-based drugs.But what if you could save someone you love from dying?Narcan is a drug that rapidly reverses the e...
  • Shocking Trends Your Teen is Using to Get Drunk

    Apr 25, 2014 | 10 min
    The trend for teens to drink -- and binge drink -- is not slowing down. You might be surprised the ways teens go about getting buzzed.The trend for teens to drink -- and binge drink -- is not slowing down. You might be surprised, however, to learn the ways teens go about getting drunk.In this YouTube world we live in, where fads and trends become popular almost overnight, some of the unfortunate fads relate to the use of drugs and alcohol. For instance, kids have begun to use alcohol enemas and alcohol-soaked tampons to get a buzz.One disturbing new fad termed "eyeballing" actually has teens pouring vodka straight into the eye socket, which can do long term damage to their eyesight."Butt chu...
  • Do You Suspect Your Teen is Binge Drinking?

    Apr 25, 2014 | 10 min
    Spring breaks, prom and Summer parties are all prime activities for teen binge drinking. Make sure your teen does not become a statistic.According to Monitoring the Future, a nationwide sample of teens ranging from 8th graders to high school age students were surveyed on their drinking habits and the results are scary; more than 25% of 8th graders have used alcohol and that figure jumps to over 40% by tenth grade. What's scarier, is that your high school aged student has a 40% chance that they have binge drank (having 5+ alcoholic drinks in the past two weeks).Do you suspect your teen is one of the 40% that binge drink? Dr. Chuck Nozicka an expert on the topic of adolescent behavior joins Dr...
  • Ebola Virus: Is the U.S. Next to Be Affected?

    Apr 11, 2014 | 10 min
    In light of the recent Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa, might the U.S. be next?The 1995 movie Outbreak portrayed a widespread medical disaster, via an Ebola Virus outbreak in the U.S. Although this movie makes you think seriously about what could happen, the chances of this actually occurring are highly unlikely.A recent Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa has scientists on alert. However, they believe this is a new strain, eliminating the concern that the disease spread from other parts of Africa.According to the World Health Organization, Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is spre...
  • Are Vaccinations Good or Bad for Your Child?

    Apr 11, 2014 | 10 min
    There has been a recent resurgence in deadly diseases such as measles and whooping cough, partly due to the anti-vaccine movement.Childhood diseases such as whooping cough (pertussis) and measles were thought of as non-existent in recent years. Now, there has been a resurgence of cases due to the high profile backlash against vaccines.If we stopped vaccinating today, in the next five years there would be over 2.7 million deaths from measles. In fact, measles is the #5 cause of death in the U.S. to children under the age of five.For whatever reason, parents in the U.S. seem to be reluctant to give their children these vaccines. If you went to a parent in Africa and offered them a cure to a de...
  • Serious Dangers of Distracted Driving

    Apr 11, 2014 | 10 min
    Distracted driving causes more than nine deaths each day in the US. Learn how to avoid becoming a statistic.With advancements in technology and every teen walking around with a smartphone (all which serve as more than just a "phone"), fresh drivers are often distracted by these devices... particularly while driving.This has become a huge problem in recent years. In fact, many states are passing new legislation making it illegal to use handheld devices while driving. But are these new laws being enforced?Dr. James Williams joins Dr. Leigh to discuss this ever-growing issue.According to the CDC, each day over nine people are killed due to distracted driving, and more than 1,000 accidents occur...
  • E Cigarettes: Your Child May Be in Danger

    Apr 11, 2014 | 10 min
    E-cigarettes are gaining popularity. But there are still many health risks to watch out for, especially where your children are concerned.You see them everywhere now... people smoking or "vaping" indoors where regular smoking is not allowed. But are e-cigarettes safe?Medical toxicologist, Dr. Ron Kirchner, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the truth behind e-cigarettes and their health affects and risks.The refill liquids that these electronic devices use have much higher nicotine concentration than you may think; in fact, potentially dangerous amounts. The flavors and aromas may be appealing to a child and can be extremely dangerous -- even deadly -- should a child digest these liquids. Because th...
  • Gestational Diabetes: Putting You and Your Baby at Risk

    Apr 11, 2014 | 10 min
    Obesity is a huge risk factor for developing gestational diabetes. Learn the facts so you can protect both yourself and your unborn baby.It's not secret that obesity is a problem in our nation... often referred to as an "epidemic" and now even classified as a disease by the AMA. One of the resulting factors of obesity is the potential development of diabetes.How might this affect expecting mothers?Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women. Obesity and lifestyle are both risk factors for gestational diabetes.Some women who develop the signs of gestational diabetes, actually suffered from diabetes prior to becoming pregnant but did not know. In other women, there...
  • Antibiotic Overuse can Put Patients at Risk

    Mar 14, 2014 | 10 min
    Are you overmedicating yourself every time you get a simple cough? Know when you should and should not use antibiotics.Are physicians prescribing too much medication?A recent study in the British medical journal discussed delaying prescription drug use, specifically antibiotics. Dr. Rade Vukmir, an expert in the area of antiobiotics joins Dr. Leigh to discuss this study, as well as proper use.Often times, people seek medical assistance at the first sign of a cough and do not let an illness "run it's course." Instead, they rush to a doctor or emergency department to get a prescription.This could actually be weakening your defenses for the next time you are really sick and actually need antibi...
  • Itchy, Irritated Eyes? It Could Be Pinkeye

    Feb 14, 2014 | 10 min
    Do you suffer from red irritated eyes, itchiness or swelling in your eyes? It could be Conjunctivitis, better known as pinkeye.Sports broadcaster, Bob Costas recently brought national attention to pinkeye during the Winter Olympics. He was the butt of the joke on many late night talk programs, however, pinkeye and eye infections are nothing to take lightly.Dr. Lorrie Metzler discusses pinkeye and eye infections and important information, should you start to see red.Pinkeye or conjunctivitis is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the membrane lining of the eyelid. Symptoms include, red irritated eyes, itchiness, swelling and watery eyes. Pinkeye can be extremely contagio...
  • Winter Extreme Athletes Can Suffer Extreme Injuries

    Feb 14, 2014 | 10 min
    Once considered extreme sporting events such as snowboarding and skiing slopestyle events have now become mainstream. With extreme sports can come extreme injuries. Educate yourself before hitting the slopes.With competitions like the X games and even the Winter Olympics, including events such as snowboarding and skiing slopestyle events...once considered extreme sports have now become mainstream.As exciting as these sports are to watch and even participate in for those of you so bold, they are extremely dangerous.Our expert, Dr. Christopher Hogrefe comes on ER 101 to talk about these exciting, yet very dangerous activities that you see being attempted at many ski resorts and sledding hills ...
  • Decriminalizing Pot May Land More Kids in the ER

    Feb 14, 2014 | 10 min
    A new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine looked at states that decriminalized marijuana and found an increase in the number of children requiring medical intervention involving the drug.A new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine looked at states that decriminalized marijuana and found something very interesting...an increase in the number of children requiring medical intervention involving the drug.The author of this study, Dr. Sam Wang discusses the findings.Medical and recreational marijuana industries have grown tremendously in the last few years. It's no longer smokable forms that are only available. There is a wide variety of edible forms that can look appealing to a child,...
  • A Deadly Problem: Heroin Use on the Rise

    Feb 14, 2014 | 10 min
    Heroin abuse and overdoses are on the rise. Dr. Marsha Ford helps shed some light on this lethal addictive drug.Is heroin abuse is on the rise? The answer is yes. Since 2006, Heroin use has doubled in the U.S. Dr. Marsha Ford joins Dr. Leigh to shine some light on this very real problem.Prescription medication and pain killers have been abused for decades. Now that these medications are becoming harder to come by, people are turning to Heroin, because it is available on the street.Heroin overdoses have claimed the lives of many popular celebrities, including Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Chris Farley and most recently, popular Glee actor Corey Monteith and Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman.C...
  • Hidden Health Benefits of Wine & Chocolate

    Feb 14, 2014 | 10 min
  • Avoiding Potential Injuries Related to Ice and Snow

    Jan 31, 2014 | 10 min
    Are you prepared for the potential risks that ice and snow bring? Dr. James Williams provides some life saving suggestions.When the weather gets cold and icy conditions set in, there are various risks that you need to protect against.Dr. James Williams talks with Dr. Leigh about the many injuries that winter can take it's toll on your body, also the more common reasons you could wind up in the ER and how to keep yourself safe.Be prepared for all of the potential risks Mother Nature may throw your way this winter.Slips and falls are a major concern in icy and snowy conditions, especially for the elderly. Whether you are old or young, make sure you wear proper footwear and cover yourself appro...
  • Carbon Monoxide: The Silent, Odorless Killer

    Jan 31, 2014 | 10 min
    Carbon monoxide is a very serious threat when the weather drops. Be sure you and your family are protected against this silent killer.One common problem when the weather turns cold is carbon monoxide poison.Dr. Eric Lavonas, director of Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center speaks about the silent killer, carbon monoxide.The name alone speaks to the severity of this poison, as it is the #1 poison that is likely to kill you.Carbon Monoxide leaks are not detectable by smell or sight.Every home should be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector which could save your life. They will detect high levels of gas and allow you to get out of the home long before any loss of consciousness or life threa...
  • Recognizing Frostbite Before It's Too Late

    Jan 31, 2014 | 10 min
    Your best prevention against frostbite this winter is knowledge. Educate yourself with expert advice from Dr. Juan Fitz.The majority of the country has been subjected to sub zero temperatures this winter.One very serious risk with the arctic cold and windchills is frostbite.Frostbite is damage to the skin and underlying tissue that results when the blood vessels contract restricting blood flow to certain areas, often the ears, nose and fingers due to extreme cold condtions.Dr. Juan Fitz joins the show to help you and your family protect against frostbite and be prepared should you be subjected.Exposed skin can be at risk of frostbite within 5-10 minutes when conditions are 0 degrees or below...
  • Don't Risk Hypothermia During Cold Weather

    Jan 31, 2014 | 10 min
    The polar vortex has cause deadly cold in many areas of the country this winter. Are you protecting you and your loved ones against Hypothermia?Winter has been extremely brutal across the country this season. The Polar Vortex has brought icy temperatures that are unseasonably cold, especially in areas that are not accustomed to icy, wintery conditions.Some areas of the country have dealt with deadly cold.Dr. Juan Fitz, an expert on cold weather injuries joins Dr. Leigh to talk about Hypothermia and how you can best protect yourself this winter.Hypothermia is a condition where your body's temperature drops below that required for normal metabolism and body functions. This is something you mus...
  • A Lack of Medical Liability Reforms Hurt Patients

    Jan 17, 2014 | 10 min
    A poor medical liability environment drives health care costs up and creates longer ER wait times. Find out how your State graded in the recent ACEP EM report card.The American College of Emergency Physicians recently issued a report card on the State of Emergency Medicine in the U.S. The overall grade was a D+.One major area that was graded was Medical Liability, which categorie's overall grade was a C-. A poor medical liability environment drives health care costs up and creates longer ER wait times among other things. What makes up a poor vs. a strong environment? Find out as Dr. Douglas Brosnan joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the recent report card.Learn how your state graded at www.emreportc...
  • Is Your State Committed to Patient and Quality Safety?

    Jan 17, 2014 | 10 min
    Quality and Patient Safety is essential in order to improve care and prevent injuries. Find out how your State graded in the recent ACEP EM report card.The American College of Emergency Physicians recently issued a report card on the State of Emergency Medicine in the U.S. One of the important categories graded was measuring Quality and Patient Safety, which is essential in order to improve care and prevent injuries.The overall grade was a C. See what States are falling behind and if your State made the grade at www.emreportcard.org.New indicators may have affected the overall grade, including, several measures of health equity to look at systems and policies that allow institutions to addre...
  • How Healthy is Your State? Grading Public Health

    Jan 17, 2014 | 10 min
    Is your state doing everything it can to keep you safe and healthy? From smoking rates to seatbelt and child safety seat laws - find out how you can do more.As part of the recent ACEP EM report card, Public Health and Injury Prevention didn't make the grade either, coming in with an overall grade of C.Everything from drunk driving, to immunizations to smoking and injury prevetion were taken into account when grading this category.Public Health and Injury Prevention included the following sub-categories; Traffic safety and drunk driving Immunizations Fatal injuries State health and injury prevention efforts Health risk factors Is your state doing everything it can to keep you safe and healthy...
  • Is The Nation Ready in the Event of a Disaster?

    Jan 17, 2014 | 10 min
    Where does your State rank in disaster preparedness? How about our Nation as a whole - it's not as good as you'd think. Find out what you can do.In recent years, there have been more and more tragic events and national disasters in the U.S. From 9/11 to multiple shootings in our Nation's schools, airports and even movie theatres to the Boston Marathon bombing and countless other events. You never know when a disaster or mass casualty event will take place. Is our nation ready?The newest ACEP Emergency Medical Environment report card was put out and the U.S. overall garde in disaster preparedness was a C-This grade would strongly indicate that our medical system as a whole is not as prepared ...
  • America's Emergency Care Environment Report Card - How Did We Grade?

    Jan 17, 2014 | 10 min
    The Recent annual state-by-state report card on our Nation's Emergency Care System was put out by ACEP. Find out how your state and our nation graded.Have you ever been to an ER? Chances are that you will at some point in your lifetime...at least once.The new comprehensive report card by The American College of Emergency Physicians looks at the current state of America’s emergency care environment and the support it is getting from state and national policies. ACEP decided to put out this annual report card 3 years ago. Categories graded include; Access to care Quality and patient safety Medical liability environment Public health and injury prevention Disaster preparedness Budget cuts, a ri...
  • Can You get Tuberculosis on a Plane?

    Dec 6, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. Greg Moran joins Dr. Leigh and helps clear the air about the infection known as TB and what your actual risk factors are.Can you get Tuberculosis from flying?Recently, a passenger boarded a plane with TB which caused quite the panic. Was there really a reason to panic? You have a much higher risk of getting the flu than you would TB.Tuberculosis is a contagious airborne bacterial infection that involves lungs and may spread to other organs.Dr. Greg Moran joins Dr. Leigh and helps clear the air about the infection known as TB and what your actual risk factors are.
  • What are Freestanding ERs?

    Dec 6, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. Henry Higgins joins Dr. Leigh to talk about the need for free standing emergency departments and the real benefit they provide.If you are like most people these days, you are running all day, every day and lead a very busy lifestyle. Perhaps, your primary care doctor does not even have office hours that are condusive to your availability.Out of consumer necessity, more and more free standing emergency departments are popping up all over the country.Free standing Emergency Rooms are every bit as regulated as traditional emergency rooms. They are fully staffed, fully accredited, licensed and give the same high quality care as hospital based ERs.Dr. Henry Higgins talks about the need for th...
  • Urgent Care Facilities are Not Substitutes for ERs

    Dec 6, 2013 | 10 min
    Do you know when you should be going to the ER? Perhaps, your medical emergency is best suited for a free-standing or urgent care center?Do you know the difference between an Emergency Room and an Urgent Care Center? There are many citizens who do not unfortunately.Many people may be flocking to Urgent Care Centers to get treated for emergencies because of all the news about ER overcrowding and the like, but this can be very dangerous, even life threatening.Urgent Care Centers are categorized as a type of walk-in clinic focused on the delivery of amulatory care. They primarily treat injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not considered serious or life threatening.Dr. Henry Higgi...
  • Does Your Teen Know Molly aka MDMA?

    Dec 6, 2013 | 10 min
    Molly or MDMA, also known as ecstasy is a very dangerous drug that your teen may be more familiar with than you know.Do you know Molly? Chances are your child might. Maybe you've even heard your teen talk about this trendy, but very harmful drug.Molly or MDMA, also known as ecstasy is a drug whose effects resemble that of a stimulant and psychedelics. This drug has been around for a long time now. Molly is the current street name for this drug and the perception is that it is safer. This is not true at all.Expert, Dr. Jose Torradas joins the show to help you sift through the confusion and dangers about this popular club drug that may just save your child's life.
  • Is Drug and Alcohol Use in Teens on the Rise?

    Dec 6, 2013 | 10 min
    Is your teen using drugs or trying your prescription medications? One study shows they may be.Do you suspect that your teen may be using drugs?That is many parents worse fear. Recently, a new study has come out stating that 1 in 10 older teens have misused a prescription drug.Are your children getting the true message of the dangers that come with drug and alcohol use?Your child may very well be gaining access to prescription medications from your very own medicine cabinets or drawers and could be mixing them with alcohol.Dr. Jose Torradas joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the dangers drugs and these prescription medications have on your adolescent.Make sure you dispose of any unused medications an...
  • New Guidelines on Statins: Are They Necessary?

    Nov 22, 2013 | 10 min
    Cardiologist Dr. Tim Fischell weighs in on the new guidelines for preventing heart attack and stroke.Recently, The American Heart Association and The American College of Cardiology came together to write new guidelines about statins (drugs used to lower cholesterol levels) to prevent heart attack and stroke. But now, new reports suggest the risk calculator for cholesterol appears flawed. So what should you really know? Cardiologist, Dr. Tim Fischell weighs in on this very important health matter.
  • Change Your Metabolic Rate to Better Lose Weight

    Nov 22, 2013 | 10 min
    Cardiologist and author of Burn Calories While You Sleep provides diet and exercise tips to insure weight loss.Did you know that you can exercise while you drive?Building core strength all while changing your metabolic rate. This equates to burning calories and losing weight.Cardiologist and author, Dr. Tim Fischell joins Dr. Leigh to discuss his new book, Burn Calories While You Sleep and talks proper nutrition and some exercise and diet tricks to help you lose that unwanted weight.
  • Can You Really Lose Weight While You Sleep?

    Nov 22, 2013 | 10 min
    Could this possibly be true? You can lose weight while you sleep.As you reach your 30's, 40's and beyond, your fitness level decreases and your weight undoubtedly gains.But, can you actually lose weight while you sleep?Cardiologist and author, Dr. Tim Fischell says yes! He joins Dr. Leigh to discuss his new book, Burn Calories While You Sleep and talks about how you can be thin, fit, healthier and live longer.
  • There Needs to Be More Attention Paid to Mental Health in the U.S.

    Nov 22, 2013 | 10 min
    There seems to be a misguided perception of mental health in the U.S. What can be done to help this nationwide crisis?There are major problems with treatment of mental health patients in this country.Emergency Departments are backed up, often times days to help these people dealing with mental illness.Is the emergency room the best place for these patients? What can be done to correct this nationwide crisis?There seems to be a misguided perception of this disease and needs to be better eductaion and understanding, as it is trul a disease just like any other...and many times just as deadly.Dr. Nathan Schlicher joins Dr. Leigh to discuss metal healthcare in the US and some of the challenges we...
  • Dissecting the Mental Health Crisis in the U.S.

    Nov 22, 2013 | 10 min
    Mental health care is a major problem in America. Why is the problem so bad and why aren’t patients most in need getting the care they deserve?More and more we are seeing tragic events popping up all over the U.S. that are due to mentally ill individuals not receiving the care they need.Over the last few decades there has been a de-institutionalizing of mental health.Perhaps the controversy and bad press of the mental health facilities in earlier decades have led to this issue or perhaps it is a flawed healthcare system?Much of this burden has filtered into our nation's Emergency Departments, where wait times for psychiatric beds are sometimes weeks before a patient can be tended to.Dr. Nath...
  • Are Herbal Supplements All They Are Cracked Up To Be?

    Nov 8, 2013 | 10 min
    New research suggests that herbal supplements are often not what they seem.A recent study in the New York times shows that DNA coding and fingerprinting on some popular supplement brands are suggesting they often not what they seem.What exactly are they and do they perform as advertised? Dr. Mark Rosenberg joins Dr. Leigh to break down this disturbing study.
  • Transgender Patients and Healthcare

    Nov 8, 2013 | 10 min
    A recent study shows that many trans patients actually refused healthcare because they felt safer doing so.A recent study in the annals of emergency medicine found that 21% of transgender patients actually refused emergency care because they felt safer outside of the ER and possibly had negative experiences in the past.Many issues can result from a lack of communication between trans patients and the physicians. It is important that care givers get all information to best treat the patient.It is also important that the emergency care providers make trans patients feel comfortable.The study findings paint a sad picture and will hopefully make us open our minds and provide safe healthcare for ...
  • Transgender Care in the Emergency Room

    Nov 8, 2013 | 10 min
    A recently published study on special needs of transgender patients is discussed.A recently published study in the annals of emergency medicine looks at the special needs of transgender patients.Author, Dr. Great Bauer joins Dr. Leigh to discuss this study. The results may shock you.While approximately one-third of transgender patients needed emergency care in the previous year, only 71 percent of those with self-reported need indicated they were able to obtain care. In fact many patients defered care until they were desperate and needed to go to the ER.
  • Best Treatment for Your Diabetes Type

    Nov 8, 2013 | 10 min
    Learn how you can best treat or reverse your Diabetes symptoms.Dr. Howard Mell joins Dr. Leigh to discuss how to best treat Diabetes and alleviate such side effects as nerve damage, heart failure, stroke, erectile dysfunction even coma.All types of Diabetes are treatable. Type 2 Diabetes can actually be reversed.If you or a loved one are diabetic or pre-diabetic then this is a must listen!
  • Breaking Down Type 1, Type 2 & Gestational Diabetes

    Nov 8, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. Howard Mell helps break down type 1, type 2 and gestational Diabetes.Diabetes is one of the most rampant diseases in the United States today.Pre-Diabetes is on the rise, to the point where it has almost become the norm in emergency rooms glucose readings.Do you or a loved one suffer from Diabetes or pre-diabetes?Dr. Howard Mell joins the show to discuss type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes and helps to break it all down.
  • End of Life Care & Advance Directives: Clearing the Confusion

    Oct 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. Dan Morhaim, author of The Better End helps clear the confusion of end of life care.Do you want to be able to make the choice on how and when you want to die? At the very least, the type of care you will receive at the end of your life.Dr. Dan Morhaim, author of The Better End joins the show to discuss advance directives.Healthcare costs, better communication with your physician and more of the confusion that surrounds end of life care is cleared up.
  • Advanced Directives: Provide Clear Instructions for Your Family

    Oct 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Having an advanced directive will help you provide clearer guidance to the physicians and family members when your loved ones are unable to express wishes for themselves.Unfortunately, life & death decisions are made in the emergency room every day, and often times there isn’t a knowledge of the patients’ wants or intent. Having an advanced directive will help you provide clearer guidance to the physicians and family members when your loved ones are unable to express wishes for themselves.New York times recently reported on advanced directive, which can be a sensitive subject.Dr. Dan Morhaim, author of The Better End joins Dr. Leigh to sort through all of the confusion where advance directiv...
  • Halloween Safety: Costumes, Candy and Clutter, Oh My

    Oct 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Keep your kids safe this Halloween with important and even life saving tips and tricks to make your Halloween a treat.Trick-or-treating and costumes are fun, but can also be extremely dangerous, even life threatening.Costumes can be sight restrictive and may be difficult for drivers to see. It's important that your costumes can be seen while trick-or-treating.Also, make sure all hoses and tools, are put away out of harms way. These and many other life saving solutions are provided.Make sure your kids are safe this Halloween. Dr. Bret Nicks provides important safety tips and tricks to make sure your Hallowen is a treat.
  • Tylenol Overdoses

    Sep 27, 2013 | 10 min
  • Survival Tips in the Wilderness

    Sep 27, 2013 | 10 min
  • Lightning: The Real Danger

    Sep 27, 2013 | 10 min
  • Domestic Violence - Part 2

    Sep 27, 2013 | 10 min
  • Domestic Violence: It Can Happen to Anyone

    Sep 27, 2013 | 10 min
    An approximate 25% of women have been victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. Could you be one of them?appen
  • Brain-eating Amoeba: Rare, Deadly - Only a Few Survivors

    Sep 13, 2013 | 10 min
    It sounds like something out of a science fiction horror movie, but these parasites are real and almost uniformly deadly.It sounds like something out of a science fiction horror movie, but these parasites are real and almost uniformly deadly. Although extremely rare, 2 teenage cases have occurred this summer in various parts of the country. We will talk about one girl’s miraculous recovery and how you can protect your kids and yourself.
  • Ovarian Cancer - The Silent Killer

    Sep 13, 2013 | 10 min
    Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer, projected to kill more than 14,000 women this year. Dr. Robin Lacour will discuss what you should know about this terrible disease, including, some encouraging advances.
  • Fighting the Childohood Obesity Epidemic

    Sep 13, 2013 | 7 min
    The CDC estimates more than one third of children and adolescents are considered overweight or obese. Is your child one of them?Childhood Obesity has become a major epidemic in the US.The CDC estimates more than one third of children and adolescents are considered overweight or obese.Is your child one of them?Emergency Room physican, Dr. Peter Pagnussi talks about this serious issue and some potential solutions.Learn what you can do.
  • Common Sports-related Injuries in Young Athletes

    Sep 13, 2013 | 10 min
    ER docs treat over one million sports injuries a year in young athletes. Learn how to best protect your young athlete.If you have a child that plays sports, undoubtedly they have had some sort of injury - even if mild.Emergency room physicians treat over a million sports-related injuries a year in young athletes.Sports Medicine expert, Dr. Kevin Waninger joins Dr. Leigh to discuss some of the most common injuries in young athletes, including, concussions, broken bones, serious cuts and more.Learn how your child can help prevent some of these injuries and how to best treat them when they occur.
  • Your Child Athlete and Concussions: What You Need to Know

    Sep 13, 2013 | 10 min
    Concussions are an issue not only for the NFL but also your child athlete.Concussions are in the news often these days, with the recent NFL settlement, pro sports putting concussion programs in place, etc.But, what about your child athlete? Are they being attended to as carefully as the professional athletes?Sports Medicine expert, Dr. Kevin Waninger joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the dangers associated with concussions, as well as, when is it safe to return to action and are emergency physicians clearing these kids too soon even after a mild concussion? Learn how you can help keep your child safe and make the proper decisions where consussions are concerned.
  • Back to School Health Checklist

    Aug 30, 2013 | 10 min
    Notebooks and pens aren't the only things your kids need before they head off to school. Learn which health-related items they need as well.Many schools send out a school supply checklist for kids before they had back to school, which includes things like how many notebooks they need, the kind of pencils they should bring, whether or not they need pens, etc. But not often enough do schools send out a health-related checklist. In this segment of ER 101, Dr. Juan Fitz joins Dr. Leigh to discuss all of the things your kids need before they hop on the bus again for one more year of the books.For instance, you should make sure that their medical records are up to date, including things like any a...
  • Kids Swallowing Magnets: A Growing Problem

    Aug 30, 2013 | 10 min
    Kids putting things in their mouths is a fairly regular occurrence. Unfortunately, it's also a very dangerous occurrence.Does your young child put everything in his or her mouth?Chances are, that's a regular occurrence.Unfortunately, it's also an extremely dangerous occurrence.Magnets are found in many household products... some which you may not even realize. These magnets are small yet powerful, and potentially hazardous. Your child could easily get his or her hands on these and swallow them.This is becoming a very serious problem, as swallowing them could cause holes burned into your child's bowels and many more serious health concerns.Dr. Julie Brown teams up with Dr. Leigh to share why ...
  • Do You Know the Difference Between Bell's Palsy and Stroke?

    Aug 30, 2013 | 6 min
  • Lyme Disease Outbreak is on the Rise

    Aug 30, 2013 | 10 min
    Lyme disease cases are on the rise. What do you need to do to protect yourself?Lyme disease cases are at least 10 times higher than originally thought – with as many as 300,000 cases being reported according to the CDC.If you like to camp or spend time outdoors - if you own a pet, you should be concerned about ticks and tick bites.Dr. Gabe Wilson joins Dr. Leigh to discuss why Lyme disease cases are on the rise and what you should be doing to protect yourself and your family...including the family pet.
  • Is it Safer to Live in the City?

    Aug 30, 2013 | 10 min
    If you thought it was safer to live in the country compared to the city – think again.If you are considering moving yourself or your family someday soon...you may want to consider moving to a city.Obviously, there is a lot to consider, from travel times, to schools and more, but, safety should be a big factor as well.Believe it or not, it may actually be safer to live in a city.Dr. Sage Myers joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the new study by the Annals of Emergency Medicine, which suggests the country may not be as safe as living in a city.
  • HPV Vaccination Rates Dropping in Teenage Girls

    Aug 2, 2013 | 10 min
  • Why Are More Women Dying of Prescription Painkiller Overdoses?

    Aug 2, 2013 | 10 min
    More and more women are dying from overdose due to prescription painkillers. Could you be at risk?A new report from the CDC shows that a death among women from prescription painkiller overdoses is skyrocketing. Opiate overdose deaths among women spiked five-fold in the last decade, according to an analysis by the CDC. Our physician expert will discuss why this is happening and how you or a loved one can help protect against overdose and learn the signs when help may be needed.
  • Leaving your Child in a Hot Car = Deathtrap

    Aug 2, 2013 | 10 min
    Every year dozens of children die or are seriously injured from being left in a hot vehicle.Kids and hot cars are a deadly combination.Every year dozens of children across the country die or are seriously injured from heatstroke due t being left in a hot vehicle.There are additional risks for leaving your child alone in a car, especially when temperatures are extreme.Don't be foolish. Learn the risk factors of leaving your child unattended - no matter the age and how to protect them from heatstroke.
  • Keep Your Family Safe While Traveling

    Aug 2, 2013 | 5 min
    Solid advice to prepare you and your family for safe travels.Summer is a big time for family vacations.You always are seeing news of plane crashes, train de-railments, horrible car accidents and even mishaps on the open seas. But, what can you do to help prevent these potential accidents?Dr. Jacquis joins Dr. Leigh to help provide you some solid tips when traveling with your family. Be prepared the next time you take that family vacation.
  • Men's Health: HPV, Oral Sex & Neck Cancer

    Jun 21, 2013 | 10 min
    Michael Douglas caused a stir when he claimed throat cancer can be caused by HPV. But can you really get cancer from a virus in this way?Michael Douglas caused a stir when he claimed throat cancer can be caused by HPV. But can you really get cancer from a virus in this way?We've been told for some time now that the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) increases your chances of developing cervical cancer. And now it is coming more to light that HPV can also increase your risk for head, throat and neck cancers.This is an issue, certainly, considering it's estimated that more than 50% of adults have been exposed to HPV at some point in their lives.Special guest, Dr. Vikas Mehta, joins Dr. Leigh to discus...
  • Fireworks Safety: Don't Let Fun Turn to Tragedy

    Jun 21, 2013 | 10 min
    Fireworks can be fun and magical, especially for children. But don't let your fireworks fun turn into a tragedy this summer.Fireworks are a fun and often integral part of most families' summer plans.Although fireworks can be exciting and magical, especially for children, they are extremely dangerous.This summer don't let your fireworks fun turn into tragedy. Learn the where, who, what and why of fireworks safety from special guest, Dr. Bret Nicks.
  • Lyme Disease Prevention: Tips to Keep You Safe

    Jun 21, 2013 | 10 min
    What is the best defense against tick bites and Lyme disease? We've got the 411 on tick prevention.This year is slated to be one of the worst for ticks.As summer kicks into high gear, many people will be outdoors... playing in the grass and near woods, camping at campsites, running and riding bike on wooded trails, etc.Unfortunately, these are prime areas for tick bites.Of course, a major concern of getting a tick bite is contracting Lyme disease.It's important to learn what signs to look for. For instance, if you see a bullseye rash, you may have been bitten by a tick.Our expert guest, Dr. Arlo Weltge, discusses ways to best prevent tick bites this year as well as treatment options if you a...
  • Saving Your Kid from a Trip to the ER

    Jun 21, 2013 | 10 min
    A marble up the nose means a trip to the ER. How can you prevent this and more dangerous situations from happening in the first place?A marble up the nose typically means a trip to the ER. How can you prevent this (and more dangerous situations) from happening in the first place?Pediatric expert, Dr. Chris Amato, weighs in on this issue, which is particularly important given that children make up 25% of all emergency visits per year.So what can you do as a parent to help ensure that your little one doesn't end up in the ER?Like mentioned above, ER doctors see many instances of "foreign objects" in places they shouldn't be (ears, noses). So make sure you're supervising your kids when they're ...
  • When to Worry: Pediatric Emergency Visits

    Jun 21, 2013 | 10 min
    As a parent, you have certain instincts when it comes to your kid's health. But what are some of the warning signs you might be missing?Kids make up 25% of the 130 million emergency room visits that occur every year. And as a parent, you have certain instincts when it comes to your kid's health. But what are some of the warning signs you might be missing? When should you truly worry, and when should you wait it out?Special guest, Dr. Chris Amato, joins Dr. Leigh to share some important information regarding when it's appropriate (and necessary) to bring your child to the ER. This is especially important for parents with small children who have no real way of conveying feelings of unwell - ot...
  • Our Nation's Mental Health Crisis

    Jun 7, 2013 | 10 min
    Our nation's mental health system is on the brink of disaster! Is there hope for the future?President Obama recently hosted a Conference on Mental Health at the White House, at which he addressed the looming mental health crisis in our nation.According to the The Annals of Emergency Medicine, emergency departments are being seen as "de facto" psych wards due to the lack of facilities available to help individuals struggling with mental health issues.This is a real problem.Our expert guest, Dr. Mary Fitz-Gerald, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the "health" of the mental health system in America.
  • Summer Safety: Hidden Bacterial Dangers

    Jun 7, 2013 | 10 min
    Bacteria and other germs may be lurking at some of your fun Summer hot spots. Learn your potential risks.Picnics, beaches, water parks, pools and hot tubs... What do these all have in common?Answer: Bacteria!There is a real risk for lurking bacteria and other germs at some of your favorite local Summer hot spots.Special guest, Dr. Al Sacchetti, weighs in and shares information about the potential risks and how you can prevent getting sick this Summer.
  • Drowning Dangers: Stay Safe In and Near the Water

    Jun 7, 2013 | 10 min
    It only takes a short time for someone to drown. Learn how you can stay safe while in and/or near the water.Drowning in the ocean, lakes or pools can become a very real and terrifying reality for some families.It only takes a short time for a person to drown, and sometimes drowning doesn't necessarily "look" like drowning.Our expert guest and emergency doc, Dr. Angelique Campen, will give sound advice on what to watch for to help prevent this tragedy from happening to you or your loved ones.
  • Ouch! Bug Bites, Stings and Poisonous Plants

    Jun 7, 2013 | 10 min
    Bug bites, bee stings and certain plants like poison ivy can cause extreme irritation and are potentially dangerous.Camping, hiking, and BBQ's are all fun outdoor activities; but with the outdoors and fun in the sun come certain pesky threats.Bug bites, bee stings and poisonous plants such as poison ivy can really put a damper on your good time - especially if you are allergic!Expert of these outdoor dangers, Dr. Peter Paganussi, shares tips on how you and your family members can stay safe this Summer.
  • Protect Yourself from Sunstroke and Heat Illness

    Jun 7, 2013 | 10 min
    If you or your kids will be spending long periods of time in the sun, then you better know the signs of heat stroke.Outdoor activities are fun - and very much looked forward to, especially after a particularly long winter!But there is a hidden danger lurking every time you or your children exert yourself or spend too much time in the sun.High levels of UV rays due to long periods of sun exposure can cause serious health problems if you don't protect yourself.Special guest, Dr. Charles Pattavina, shares with you the warning signs of heat illness, how to best protect you and your family from sunburn, and the necessary supplies you should have with you while having fun in the sun!
  • Antibiotics and Cardiac Death

    May 10, 2013 | 10 min
    Could azithromycin, a popular antibiotic, be the cause of cardiac death? Learn how to protect yourself.There have been conflicting studies recently about whether or not azithromycin - one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics - causes cardiac death. Initial studies said it was dangerous. But now a recent article suggests that's not the case in the least. It's no wonder people are confused, not to mention concerned!Our special guest, Dr. Lorraine Metzler, shares some important information about this topic, as well as how you can make sure you and your family members remain safe.
  • Is Sleeping Pill Abuse on the Rise?

    May 10, 2013 | 10 min
    Emergency departments are seeing a rise in cases involving misuse of sleeping pills. Could someone you love be at risk?Is sleeping pill abuse on the rise?A new study states that there has been a significant rise in emergency room visits among sleeping pill users. So, why the increase?In this interview, special guest Dr. David Lee will discuss how sleeping pills work and the dangers that can come along with misuse.If you or a loved one has trouble sleeping or uses prescription or over-the-counter medication, then you need to listen to this show... It just may save a life.
  • Have You Checked Your Blood Pressure Lately?

    May 10, 2013 | 10 min
    Knowing your blood pressure is key to preventing potentially life-threatening health issues.A big risk factor for stroke and/or heart attack is high blood pressure. Do you know your blood pressure numbers? Most people will probably answer no. But that's a huge mistake - even if you consider yourself to be relatively healthy.In fact knowing your blood pressure levels is far more important than knowing your credit score or how much money is in your bank account because it could mean the difference between life and death. Join special guest Dr. Gary Goodman to find out what you can do to keep your blood pressure normal and healthy and prevent serious health issues down the road.
  • The 411 on Preventing Stroke

    May 10, 2013 | 10 min
    How can you prevent a future stroke? Learn important steps to take to protect yourself and your loved ones.The month of May is Stroke Awareness Month; but the information in this interview is crucial all year long.Join us and Dr. Stephen Anderson as we continue our conversation on all things stroke.Learn important risk factors and what you may be able to do to help prevent a future stroke.
  • Learn Your Stroke Factors

    May 10, 2013 | 10 min
    Learn invaluable information about one of the nation's top killers.Stroke is one of our nation's top killers. But is there anything you can do to stop this deadly condition from affecting you and those you love?The answer is YES.For example, it is crucial that you learn the signs and symptoms of stroke. Knowing these signs and risk factors may just save a life - possibly even your own.In this interview with Dr. Stephen Anderson we will discuss how stroke damages the body, as well as what you can do if you or someone you know experiences signs of stroke.
  • The Cinnamon Challenge is NOT Harmless

    Apr 26, 2013 | 10 min
    There is a scary trend that is sweeping this nation and it must be stopped!In our Medical News of the Week, we're talking about the Cinnamon Challenge.You may have heard of this trend on morning talk shows, or seen examples of it plastered all over YouTube. And while those videos may get some chuckles, this challenge is no laughing matter.In fact, it's downright dangerous.If you are not aware of this silly and literally childish trend that is sweeping our nation, you must listen in. Parents, especially, need to be aware of the dangers and serious medical issues that can and will take place if your child parttakes.
  • What Military Medicine Has Taught Us for Tragic Events

    Apr 26, 2013 | 10 min
    What have we learned from military doctors that can help us in times of terror and tragedy?Explosions like those that happened in Boston are usually only seen in war zones - like in places such as Afghanistan or Iraq.So... what have we learned from our military doctors that can help save lives here at home? Which methods have already been useful in treating victims, such as those affected in the Boston bombing?We speak to active duty military physician, Col. Robert Gerhardt, who explains how lives can be saved by adopting some wartime medical practices.
  • Basic First Aid Preparedness

    Apr 26, 2013 | 10 min
    Would you be prepared to come to the aid of a severely injured vicitm if tragedy struck near you?Hopefully, no one ever has to experience something like the recent Boston bombings... but, what if you did?Would you know basic first aid for yourself or others if you happened to be a bystander? What should be your immediate response, given such a situation?Our expert, Dr. Eric Lavonas, walks us through life-saving advice that you and everyone you know should have.Share this interview with friends, family, colleagues, neighbors. It may just save a life!
  • When Terror Strikes, America's Emergency Response is the Best

    Apr 26, 2013 | 10 min
    America's emergency response system is the best when handling some of our history's most tragic events.Our nation has dealt with some of its worst acts of terror in recent decades.When these acts take place, they are horrific... oftentimes unbelievable.It's becoming more and more evident that these days we all need to be aware and prepared for events like the Boston Marathon bombing.Fortunately, our nation's emergency response system always seems to be ready and at its finest during tragic, dark times.Our guest, Dr. Parveen Parmar, knows this all to well, as she was one of the doctors who tended to victims of the Boston event. Tap into Dr. Parmar's mind as she shares what goes through the mi...
  • Boston Marathon Bombing: Stories From the ER

    Apr 26, 2013 | 10 min
    Firsthand accounts of this tragic event from a Boston ER doctor.The recent Boston Marathon bombing was one of the most tragic events in U.S. history.When horrible acts of terror occur, there are those who rise to the occasion and help the injured, including our nation's emergency room physicians.By many accounts, Boston's emergency system worked brilliantly and saved many lives.So, what can other cities take away and learn from this event? How could response and treatment be improved?We answer these questions as more with special guest Parveen Parmar, MD, one of the emergency physicians who helped some of the vicitms of Boston. Hear her firsthand account of the events from that historical da...
  • What ER Doctors Wish You Knew About Child Abuse

    Apr 12, 2013 | 10 min
    Emergency physicians see the victims of child abuse all too often. Learn the warning signs.Emergency doctors see child abuse cases come through their emergency departments all too often.And while you may think your family is immune, abuse of a child is oftentimes not readily or outwardly recognizable.Is there anything YOU can do to help prevent this abuse?Special guest Dr. Chris Amato shares how ER physicians deal with these cases, as well as important warning signs to look out for.
  • Prevent the Neglect & Abuse of Children

    Apr 12, 2013 | 10 min
    Why would anyone deliberately hurt an innocent child? The emotionally charged topic of child abuse is discussed.In all reality, Child Abuse Prevention Month should be a year-long event.The fact that anyone could deliberately hurt a child is almost unspeakable.It's a difficult topic, but one that needs attention. Special guest Adam Rosenberg shares valuable information including signs to look for and how you can try and prevent this abuse - whether its in your own family, or a family you know.If you have been in an abusive relationship or know someone who is at risk, please share this very important show.
  • Severe Facial Lacerations & Other Injuries

    Apr 12, 2013 | 10 min
    Prevention and treatment of facial lacerations, bruises and bone fractures.April is Facial Protection Month.Whether you play sports or not, you are always potentially at risk for lacerations, bruises or fractures of the face.Find out tricks to help prevent potential injuries to your face that could leave scars or worse.
  • Compound Fractures & Severe Sports Injuries

    Apr 12, 2013 | 10 min
    Our expert discuss tragic sports injuries and if they can be prevented.Horrific sports injuries, like Kevin Ware and Joe Theisman, will be burned into the minds of those who witnessed it forever.Compound fractures, where bones break in several areas are tragic, but are they just freak accidents or can they be prevented?Find out why this happens, who is at risk and if anything can be done.
  • Smartphone Apps That Can Save Your Life

    Mar 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Medical apps are popping up everywhere, but can they save a life?Medical and health apps are becoming more popluar. From testing your blood to apps for doctors.Should we rely on these apps for our medical advice?Just like any good health advocate, research is beneficial to learning what to use and not to use. Information is the best medicine afterall.Our expert helps us learn what to be on the lookout for when it comes to these apps.
  • Prevention & Treatment of Falls in the Elderly

    Mar 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Learn the leading cause of falls in the elderly and what we can do to help prevent falls.Falls are a common cause of injury in the elderly.There are many things that can be done to help prevent falling and serious injury, including staying active and fall proofing the home.If you have an elderly parent or are a caregiver, you must listen for some great advice.
  • Caregivers and ER Preparedness

    Mar 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you a caregiver? If so, then learn how to be best prepared if an ER visit is necessary.As a caregiver, it is your responsibility to look after the health and well-being of an elderly parent or loved one.Learn when is the right time to take them to the ER and how you can be best prepared if/when that time is needed.
  • Teens & Distracted Driving

    Mar 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Distracted driving deaths are becoming more and more common everyday, especially in teen drivers. Learn what needs to be done.Nowadays people are busier than ever and constant distractions are everywhere!With smartphones, tablets and other devices people are constantly tapped into texts, emails, social media and more. It shouldn't have to be said that these tasks should not be dealt with while behind the wheel of a car, but sadly they are. Distracted driving injuries and fatalities are on the rise. Learn why we as a society need to reduce this growing epidemic.
  • Real Talk About Underage Drinking

    Mar 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Real talk about a real problem - underage drinking.Young people often don't always make the best decisions, especially when it comes to drinking underage.There are many opinions on how to help curtail this problem, but the real solution as in many cases is communicating with your child.Whether it be spring break, school dances and parties, this conversation is a must listen for all parents!
  • Should Sugary Drinks be Banned?

    Mar 15, 2013 | 10 min
    Sugary drinks are not good for us, but should they be banned?New York recently attempted to ban sugary drinks and other cities are also considering proposing the same.Nowadays, supersizing these sugary drinks are helping cause health issues and deterioration in humans. There are addicitive qualities which has caused major concern.These drinks are not good for us, but should they be banned?

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