Posts Tagged ‘Sleep’

BQ365 Weeks 3-5: The Science of Sleep

by Brian Kim, MD, MS


“… Sufficient sleep is not a luxury—it is a necessity—and should be thought of as a vital sign of good health.”
– Wayne H. Giles, MD, Centers for Disease Control

“I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today.”
– George Foreman

A few months ago, while rounding the floor of the medicine wards, I stepped into the room of a patient who had been admitted the previous night. A successful businesswoman in her 30’s, she had managed to ascend the corporate ladder with ease, despite being, to the surprise of her close friends and family, a high-functioning alcoholic. That is until, one day, she (and her liver) stopped functioning. She had a laundry list of medical problems, a number of which could have taken her life in a matter of weeks to months. And, yet, the only issue that seemed to be on her agenda that morning (or at least the only one she wanted to talk about) was how poorly she had slept last night and wanted to know what I could do about it. We talked about her sleep every morning for the next 30 days, until she was finally discharged from the hospital.

It seemed incongruous, maybe even absurd, to have spent so much time discussing an issue that ranked #11 on my list of 13 problems for this patient. But, as I have seen with countless patients, both in and out of the hospital, there are few concerns (other than pain and constipation) that are voiced as consistently as poor sleep. Read the rest of this entry →

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04 2013

The Baby Manual: Instructions for your new Kiddo

by Joshua Goldman, MD, MBA | goldman@myhousecallmd.com


adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ HealthyChildren.org

How many times have you heard new parents say that they wish their new baby came with an instruction manual?  Well, we made one.  It’s by no means the comprehensive novel that comes with a new car (and no, your baby doesn’t come with power windows), but the slimmed-down guideline below will get you started when it comes to caring for your new family member.

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12 2010

Guide to a Healthy & Happy Holiday Season


by Joshua Goldman, MD, MBA | goldman@myhousecallmd.com

The holiday season is both an wonderful and hectic time of year.  Along with holiday cheer comes cross-country travel, quality family time, celebratory feasts…and unfortunately the seasonal flu, stress, sleepless nights in strange beds and post-feast weight gain.  The House Call, MD team has been diligently working around the clock to find proven ways to keep you safe and healthy this winter.  Follow our Holiday Survival Guide below to make it through the season just as happy and healthy as you started it.

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12 2010

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