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News earlier in the year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that the number of middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes has risen by more than 50% from 2017 to 2018 seemed to catch us all a little flat-footed. It translated to a problem of 2.1 million young people to a problem of 3.6 million young people — and counting. Recent data from the CDC shows that today, 1

A number of years ago, my wife, Gena, was given multiple routine MRIs to check on an arthritic condition. To generate a better image, a contrast dye is often routinely injected into the area of the imaging. The chemical agent most commonly used is a heavy metal called gadolinium. These tests yielded little about arthritis, but they did result in gadolinium poisoning. In theory, gadolinium should be expelled from the body through the kidneys. When

It remains the single most common medical complaint by patients. It is sensory, emotional and perceptual — seemingly all at the same time. The way we experience it varies greatly. No two patients experience it the same, yet it is one of the body's most important communication tools. Because the experience is so individualized, it can be challenging for the physician treating it. At the least, it is unpleasant. At its worst, it is intolerable.

In September 2018, I talked about health issues related to "polypharmacy," a word new to me at the time used to describe individuals taking multiple medications (five or more drugs concurrently), and a term applied most frequently to the elderly. It is not an inherently negative term, but it does have a dark side. It is frequently used to describe situations in which individuals are taking an unhealthy mixture of various medications. At the time,