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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Comparative Relevance of Physical Fitness and Adiposity on Life Expectancy

Brisk walkers were found to have longer life expectancies. Brisk is defined as a pace at which it is difficult to hold a conversation and perform the activity at the same time. So, if you’re telling your life story to your walking buddy without halting mid-sentence to take a breath, you should probably quicken the pace. 🙂
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Scientists Think They Finally Know What Happens in The Skin When You Have Eczema

Interesting. I wonder why the filaggrin protein defect originated in the first place? Mother Nature sometimes originate “defects” as a solution to another problem. For instance, hypothesis of sickle cell trait as protection against malaria, cystic fibrosis carrier as protection against dehydration from cholera, inflammatory bowel diseases as protection against intestinal parasitic infestation and keloid rapid skin healing to protect against infection and sepsis. When I see genetic and molecular variances, I can’t help but think, “what problem was mother nature trying to solve….”
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Why Does Coffee Make Us Poop? Scientists Gave Coffee to Rats to Find Out

Increases sympathetic activity which activates the lumbar plexus of the rectum and anus. As with most cause-effect stimuli, a pavlovian response may occur. Indeed, once the association is made, bowel activity may be triggered simply by the scent of coffee.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Why am I always cold? 5 possible causes

I would add #6, sedentary. If we spend more than 50% of our waking hours seated or in bed, we are likely to feel cold. It's simple, there's not enough movement to raise metabolism and generate body heat. As a start, get up every hour. Avoid sitting for more than an hour continuously while awake. Work up to walking at a brisk pace 30 minutes daily at least 4 days weekly. #GetUpandGo
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Minnesota Medical Association - MN Supreme Court Rules Physician-Patient Relationship is Not Necessary to Sue Docs for Malpractice

What a harmful decision which excises the heart of who we are as caring, compassionate healers. When I think of all the random calls and "curbsides" I, and just about every physician, gets in a day, it's frightening to think that any of those cause lead to legal jeopardy. Think of all the family, friends and even random encounters who "pick our brains." For instance, I had vehicle trouble on my way to work this week. I called roadside assistance. As the man was looking at my truck and chitchatting, he picked my brain about some medical topics. Can he now sue me? Can Aunt Velma who asked me about her diabetic neuropathy at Thanksgiving sue me? Can anyone reading a medical blog, article or watching medical broadcast sue? Imagine if you can sue a plumber, a roofer, a bartender just for "picking their brain" without having a customer-client relationship? Physicians and nurses who got into the profession because we like human-to-human interaction, we want to offer the comfort of a touch and to serve mankind through sharing of our knowledge and skill, are we are to become more insular, more aloof, more distant to our calling, more distant to our hearts, more distant to humanism, more distant to the community we serve? How do you all feel about Minnesota's decision?
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Friday, April 26, 2019

How to Properly Mulch Around a Tree | This Old House

The Best Time to Plant a Tree was 20 Years Ago. The Second Best Time is Now. -Chinese Proverb Happy Arbor Day! Plant a tree. Plants produce oxygen which is good for your lungs. 🌱
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Why narcolepsy is an autoimmune condition

Narcolepsy is a rare condition, but it’s not as uncommon as you might think. About 1 in 2000 people in the US is estimated to have narcolepsy. That means in Brazos County, which has a population of 223,000, there may be approximately 110 cases of narcolepsy. The challenge is recognition and diagnosis. It is thought that up to 50% of narcolepsy goes undiagnosed due to failure of recognition.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD