Turns out that ‘don’t worry, be happy’ might not be the best medicine

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Well – if you are getting too much UV radiation and potentially developing squamous cell carcinoma anyway. A study at the Stanford Cancer Center and Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection suggests that periods of short-term stress can boost the immune system temporarily and help protect against cancer cell development. The [...]

Obama’s Speech: What’s an internist to do?

I’ve been watching the healthcare reform debate from a distance, like all doctors. It was a brilliant stroke of genius on the part of both Republicans and Democrats (when they undertook the job of changing all of healthcare) to do so without the input of any practicing physicians. I’m very glad about this – it [...]

Kidneys for sale in New Jersey

In the news coverage of the massive corruption arrests in New Jersey, there was a little medical shocker – “Another man in Brooklyn, Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, was accused of enticing vulnerable people to give up a kidney for $10,000 and then selling the organ for $160,000. Mr. Dwek pretended to be soliciting a kidney on behalf [...]

July 4th – In Lou Gehrig’s Honor

Head on over to SFGate for a unique Doc Gurley take on the Fourth of July American Independence holiday – a celebration and remembrance on this 70th anniversay of Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech. Major League Baseball is honoring the occasion by reading Lou Gehrig’s words in their entirety in the 7th inning of 15 games [...]

5 Things To Do For Your Health This Month – July

Looking for your five simple things to do for your health this month? No wonder – when July arrives, we’re solidly into summer – the month brings sun, socializing, and, sometimes, stress. Here are five simple things you can do this month for your health. Check in every month, and, by the end of the [...]

Giggling Gorillas, Chuckling Chimps

There were several neat articles this week about whether or not animals actually laugh. I got a real charge out of it – the idea that chimps chuckle when tickled, that even gorillas can guffaw – and then we got to the part where a cat’s purr is called a laugh, plus the claim that [...]