Monthly Archives: September 2008

Better to Give than to Receive

For the last couple of years I’ve made a commitment to donate blood every month or two at Cedars-Sinai.  Though I must admit the first few times I was scared by the whole experience, I almost look forward to it … Continue reading

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Get Your Flu Shots

The first day of fall is three days away.  The kids are back in school, temperatures are dipping lower and the leaves on the trees in LA are doing nothing.  In this magical season a doctor’s thoughts turn to flu … Continue reading

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Arthroscopic Surgery Ineffective for Knee Arthritis

Arthroscopic surgery is a common treatment for moderate to severe knee arthritis.  Through scopes inserted through small incisions the knee is irrigated and irregularities in the cartilage are shaved off. In fact, no study has ever demonstrated that this surgery … Continue reading

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Gamma Rays are Good for Your Veggies

Last month the Food and Drug Administration allowed food manufacturers to irradiate fresh lettuce and spinach to kill bacteria.  The decision resulted in some controversy and much press coverage.  (See link to LA Times article, below.)  The process involves shooting … Continue reading

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