Friday, August 01, 2014

To collaborate or not: This is the question

The proverb, “Two heads are better than one,” was attributed to John Heywood, an Englishman, when it was first recorded in the 1500s, but the...


Friday, August 01, 2014

Self-love is the cornerstone of resiliency

Resilient people regard themselves lovingly. I am not speaking of a self-absorbed conceit. Rather, people who live a joyful and peaceful life have a healthy...


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Adequate zinc levels are important to overall health

There has been some recent controversy about supplementing with zinc and age-related macular degeneration. The original Age-Related Eye Disease...

Infectious Disease

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Protect your patients traveling to polio-infected countries

In 1988, when the global polio eradication effort began, there were an estimated 350,000 paralytic cases, about 1,000 cases per day on ...


Friday, July 25, 2014

Ethnicity and the lab

At the University of Toledo Medical Center, where I work, the laboratory reports estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) data separately for African Americans and non-African...


Thursday, July 17, 2014

The origin of obstetrics

Dr. Brien’s Medical History Moment: Symbol of medicine In my last blog, I mentioned Aesculapius and the origins of the “Caduceus,” the symbol of medicine. In...


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Interventional cardiologist goes to Washington: Insights from a physician advocate

I recently returned to the hospital after a productive Fly-In with SCAI and the Alliance of Specialty Medicine. This...


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Bringing colorectal cancer into the spotlight

Still in the shadow of public and medical attention, yet quite infamous, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the...


Monday, January 20, 2014

Chief ALJ details 460k appeals backlog, suspension of hearings

A recently obtained memorandum from the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals Chief administrative law judge Nancy Griswold to Medicare...