Category Archives: Medicine

Still seeking the key to Parkinson’s treatment

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The other weekend, I was talking with a friend about Parkinson’s Disease.  One of our synagogue members is succumbing; during the discussion, my friend  mentioned that his mom also suffered from the ailment.  And, when I told him so did my grandfather, he mentioned how he was surprised that L-Dopa was the experimental treatment his mom tried- and that the doctor who was involved was at St. Barnabas in New York.  To which I replied, he meant Dr. Bill Cooper- which blew him away.  Because that was the name he was trying to draw up in his memory.  It was pretty clear that we must have crossed paths some 47 years ago.

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Sight for Sore Eyes?

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Since I was around 6 years old, I’ve been wearing glasses. Admittedly, a traumatic experience made them necessary.  And, until my oldest was born, I was a four-eyed monster (with clip-on sunglass attachments, since they could never make prescription glasses that would solve my light aversion problems.)

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He gave

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No, this blog is not about a rock star nor an actor, but we all should recognize his passing. Dr. Robert Schattner (he was born Isaac, but changed his name, while he attended the University of Pennsylvania Dental School) died the 29th of January (the second day of Shvat in the Hebrew calendar), at the age of 91, due to kidney failure.

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Diet For Life

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What do we do when we just can’t lose weight?

No, don’t tell me we’re not trying hard enough. Some folks have fallen into the black hole of (no) weight loss- metabolic syndrome. I know that sounds like gobbledygook- and to some degree it is. Because it is not an illness per se, but a combination of risk factors that mean the subject is not losing weight, can succumb to heart disease, and/or diabetes.

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Microrobots to the rescue?

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Acid reflux.  Sounds terrible, right?   Where does this acid come from?   Our stomachs, of course.  The acid level in our stomach is critical to breaking down those foods we ingest, so that enzymes can get the nutrients from our food.  And, if we ingest a pathogen or two, then the acid milieu makes toast of them.   Of course, that same acid means that many of the pills we take to feel better or repair our physiological problems get destroyed, too.

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