By Loren A. Olson, MD

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Eating disorders are among the most dangerous and difficult to treat of all mental health disorders. Eating disorders do not discriminate. They can be found in both genders, all age groups, and across a wide variety of races and ethnic backgrounds. Eating disorders adversely impact the health and well-being of those affected. And, sometimes, eating disorders can become quite severe and, without aggressive medical treatment, can lead to death.[1]

This article will explore the key features of these often misunderstood disorders.

Our unhealthy relationship with food

Were you ever told you must clean up your plate? Or eat your Brussel…

By Victoria T. Ferrara, Esq.

Medically reviewed by Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)

Family building via assisted reproduction or gestational surrogacy is complicated and requires planning. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it much more difficult.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made the already complicated process of assisted family building even harder. (Photo source: iStock)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on couples who are already having difficulties with family building. These couples have legitimate concerns about receiving in vitro fertilization treatments during a public health crisis.

These concerns include making regular hospital visits and risking COVID exposure. These concerns include each and every procedure involved with their infertility treatments, assisted reproduction, and gestational surrogacy.

Plans and embryos are frozen in time

In April, May…

By: Ilchi Lee

Medically reviewed by Patricia Salber MD, MBA

Ilchi Lee, the author of ‘Water Up Fire Down’, shares powerful tips to manage your stress and find your calm by using an Asian medicine energy principle

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You probably already know that you should manage your stress level. After all, it is widely acknowledged that stress has been linked to many of the most common health problems.[1] But have you ever considered that stress is a problem linked to your body’s energy system?

In traditional Asian medicine, the flow of life energy, also known as chi or qi, is the…

By Gregory Brown

Updated on December 5, 2020

TRX exercises are an efficient way for women to burn calories, build muscle, improve core strength at home.

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Whether your ultimate fitness goal is to build strength, improve your core stability, flexibility, balance, and endurance, or drop some serious pounds, all you need is the TRX training system*** and your body weight to perform it. The TRX system provides terrific workouts for both women and men.

Do you want to learn how to perform a variety of basic TRX workouts? And do you want to understand more about how this suspension exercise

By: Philip Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS

Severe eating disorders are the only mental illnesses regularly accompanied by dangerous, life-threatening medical complications

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Anorexia nervosa is considered the deadliest of all mental illnesses. (Photo source: iStock)

Severe eating disorders are the only mental illnesses regularly accompanied by dangerous, life-threatening medical complications. Significant medical instability results from a number of abnormalities, including:

In fact, the disorder can compromise virtually all of the body’s vital organs and systems.

There are a number of different eating disorders that lead to excessive weight loss and associated medical complications. The most common include:

In this article, I…

By: Steven R. Newmark, JD, MPA

Medically reviewed by Patricia Salber MD, MBA

Telehealth utilization under Medicaid surged during the pandemic providing needed services to the vulnerable. Ongoing funding must be ensured.

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We all need to keep an eye on the weather in our state capitals. That’s because a public health storm is forecasted. It is caused by the opposing forces of the pandemic-related economic downturn and related diminished tax income versus an increased demand by many unemployed Americans newly eligible for Medicaid. The Medicaid tsunami is here!

As explained by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), to support Medicaid and…


Aging is associated with an increased risk of poor vision. Poor vision, in turn, increases the risk for senior falls. Vigilance is needed to prevent both.

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More than ever, seniors need to be vigilant about their vision. Not only is it an essential sense, but poor vision presents another risk: preventable falls. Unfortunately, we live in the age of COVID which makes it harder for older adults to maintain their health, including their eye health. This article reviews the reasons why it is more important than ever that seniors get regular vision care.

The health risks of social isolation

There are millions of older…

By Jonathan Aviv M.D. & Suiana Chandrasekhar M.D.

A treatable, virus-related vagus nerve injury may be the cause of persistent shortness of breath in some COVID-19 long haulers.

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Some COVID-19 long haulers have persistent shortness of breath but normal lung imaging. (Photo source: iStock)

Persistent shortness of breath in COVID-19 long haulers may be due to a treatable nerve injury. This is a reminder that shortness of breath is not always pulmonary.

Sandy’s story

Sandy is a 42-year-old previously healthy woman who presented with a four-month history of an inability to have conversations or do Zoom meetings without feeling out of breath.

Her chest X-ray (CXR) and chest computerized tomography (CT) scan were normal. However, she had an…

By Gavin Clark

Medically reviewed by Margaret Cary, MD, MBA, MPH

A medical student finally learned how to give permission to himself to explore his memories and experience his emotions.

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Permission is a heavy word. When we are young and have little agency, permission takes on the most superficial meaning: asking for something tangible. It’s innately tied to something we want in the hopes of bettering the moment.

As we grow and our desires begin to intertwine with those around us, permission begins to involve incorporating others. We ask for dates and we ask for intimacy.

Either way, you cut…

By: Loren A. Olson, MD

Body dysmorphic disorder is a syndrome in which a person can’t stop thinking about some perceived flaw in their appearance.

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Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental disorder in which a person can’t stop thinking about some perceived flaw in their appearance. It may be a flaw that doesn’t exist or is so minor it isn’t noticed by anyone else. It leads to feelings of embarrassment and shame.

Sometimes people with the disorder avoid social situations because they feel their “defect” will be on display. A fairly common example is a person who has had multiple…

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