Adult Smoking Rates At All-Time Low: We Are Almost There, America!

The NY Daily News recently reported that adult smoking rates are at an all-time low: Cigarette smoking is at an all-time low. Only 15.3% of American adults now light up — down from 16.8% in 2014 and 24.7% in 1997, the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday. Americans are butting out because of the high... Read more »

Don't Blow Off Getting Enough Sleep

“There is never enough time in the day.” How many times have you heard people say this? Our lives are so packed, so busy with so many things we need to do that something has to give. Frequently, the thing that is given up is sleep. And as the US Centers for Disease Control recently... Read more »

The Ever Present Visitor

True it is that I have no role In treatment course so wisely devised Indeed I do not even possess a soul Still I pray thee make perception revised I am neither cold, nor hard of heart Though thus it may seem to untrained eye Full of hope, am I, from the very start That... Read more »

It's Still Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot

It’s already February in Chicago, and I am sure most of us (myself included) are already looking towards the coming warm weather. Consequently, the flu may be far from many people’s minds. It shouldn’t be. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season often peaks in February, and it can last well into... Read more »

Are Restricted Work Hours Better For Doctors In Training?

I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was July 1, 1999. I turned to look at the patient board, and “Hassaballa” was listed as the responsible Intern (first-year resident) next to five patient names. It was surreal. For the previous four years, I was just a student. It sunk in at that moment... Read more »

Tragedy's Silver Lining

“Listen, I know how you feel.”  I am sure that many grieving families in the intensive care unit have scoffed, either openly or secretly, when they heard a physician say that sentence when faced with the imminent death of their loved one. I am sure that, in their minds, they were saying, “How do you... Read more »