Do You Care if Your Doctor is Board-Certified?

Boards, boards the medical test,

The more you study the more you jest,

The more you jest, the more you scream

Can Boards just be another scheme?

Taken with great artistic license from “Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beans,_Beans,_the_Musical_Fruit)

What does it mean for your doctor to be board certified? Let’s start from the beginning of how your doctor becomes educated in the first place. Believe me, it’s hard enough for your doctor to keep track of the next test to take, much less keep track as a patient. Medical education begins in college as wannabe doctors take prerequisite college courses to prove their mettle in hopes of securing a medical school interview. Successful applications for medical school require a competitive GPA, good scores on standardized tests (MCAT), glowing references, and a first-rate impression during interviews. You would think that would be grueling enough to become a doctor, but there’s more! Once you’re accepted into medical school, you must take a series of exams to demonstrate that you are competent to become “board-certified”. Continue reading Do You Care if Your Doctor is Board-Certified?

Do you Pick Your Nose?

Over-the-Counter Allergy Medications Warrant Caution for Some
Nasal allergy sprays can now be purchased without prescription.

The next time you’re at the local pharmacy, you may be surprised to see your prescribed allergy nasal spray available over-the-counter. Many drug manufacturers are pushing for this move to make finding relief easier for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies. But this warrants caution for some.

“Allergy sufferers may no longer need a prescription for certain allergy nasal sprays, but they might need an allergist’s advice.  Some medications merely mask symptoms without tackling the root of the allergy. And often patients will find what medication once suppressed their symptoms, no longer does.”

OTC nasal spray
OTC nasal spray

The over the counter availability of this new nasal spray may lead to questions from local Tulsa allergy sufferers. To help eliminate confusion, Dr. Lynn Wiens, along with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) have answered the seven most common questions. Continue reading Do you Pick Your Nose?

Mentally Quitting Smoking

lynnawiensmd:

Good health habits can only be achieved by our mental outlook on exercise, healthy diet, smoking cessation. Here’s where going to the doctor for a “pill” doesn’t work very well. BTW, do you know why most people have difficulty exercising? Because it hurts! (more on that later)

Originally posted on 123MyMD:

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There is no doubt that it is tough to kick the habit when it comes to cigarette smoking. If you ask 100 people how they stopped, the odds are quite strong you will get 100 different answers. But there is usually one consistent comment that comes across. It goes something like this. ‘I was so frustrated with smoking that I finally said, ‘The heck with it. I’m quitting.” It is clear that to finally stop smoking, a person needs to take a mental order to do it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the latest drugs, acupuncture, or whatever. You have to want to.

 

For more information, please go to www.123MyMD.com.   

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What Do Doctors Read?

New Year’s resolutions, gotta lose weight, exercise more.  It does get a bit annoying to read all of our good intentions and then we fall off the wagon one more time!  As I look ahead to 2015, I begin my term (one year) as president of Tulsa County Medical Society (TCMS).  No resolutions I can’t keep, just hard work and lots of meetings.  The best way for me to share my thoughts and vision for 2015 is to let you in on my first newsletter of the year.  (unabridged)

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It’s Monday morning and I haven’t rested well from the weekend. With a full schedule at the office, I don’t have time for interruptions. I check my e-mail first thing in the morning and today I wish I hadn’t. I have four prior authorization phone calls to complete today, and two of them have already been denied. “What?” I asked as the insurance representative informed me that the patient in question didn’t qualify for the CT sinus study because they hadn’t been on antibiotics for 2 months. “Aren’t we supposed to use antibiotics judiciously?” I asked. But my troubles today were just beginning. Continue reading What Do Doctors Read?

The Problem with Foods–foods that make me want to throw up

 http://www.halohealth.com/collections/genetic-testing/products/food-allergy-test

Test your genetics right at home!
Test your genetics right at home!

We all want to be realllllly healthy and it makes sense that what we eat is a place to start. Right? Well not so fast.  Jenny (isn’t her real name to protect the innocent) went to her health club to lose some weight and get into shape.  Jenny had always struggled with being overweight and was even laughed at in grade school because she was plump.  (not funny if you’re one of those kids) Continue reading The Problem with Foods–foods that make me want to throw up

Asthma Education Series: Asthma mythbusting

lynnawiensmd:

Thanks for the blog. I am amazed how often all of these “myths” disrupt the proper asthma management.

Originally posted on ischemgeek:

Okay, so. As part of my asthma education series, I’m gonna drop a bit of asthma mythbusting on you. Here’s 9 myths and one actual fact. The statement that’s actually true might surprise you. If you have more myths you’d like fact checked, drop them in the comments – I’m perfectly happy to post a sequel post.

  1. Most kids with asthma outgrow asthma: FALSE. While some do outgrow asthma, latest evidence suggests that up to half of those who initially seem to outgrow it relapse later in life (often in middle age). As well, kids with more severe asthma are less likely to even get a remission. In all, only about 20% of asthmatic kids will outgrow asthma entirely.
  2. If someone is having an asthma attack, you should move them somewhere cold: FALSE. While some first aid information for asthma says to move someone to clear air if there’s…

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I inhale animals

We all know the cost and hassle of taking care of asthma, especially for children.  And yes, we’ve tried many different methods to get kids to use their inhalers at all, much less to get them to use their inhalers correctly.

AT least it's fun for kids!
AT least it’s fun for kids!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/funhaler-mdi-asthma-inhaler-case-for-children-prototype

Evaluating Medication Allergies

lynnawiensmd:

It is true that penicillin allergy (or any drug allergy for that matter) can be very serious. At the same time, can you outgrow penicillin allergy or do you forever have to have the sticker on your chart? There is a protocol to find out! Call the office and find out for yourself.

Originally posted on 123MyMD:

Evaluating Medication Allergies

There are many people who have allergies to different medications, and these medication allergies can be frustrating to deal with. Sometimes there’s a medication allergy that is made worse by another medicine you’re taking at the same time. This process of synergy actually can be a very difficult process when physicians are trying, as detectives in medicine, to try to figure out what’s causing the allergic symptoms. Medication allergies, linked with others, have to be treated seriously. You really have to evaluate it and try to find out what’s going on.

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ASK THE ALLERGISTA: Do you have any tips for living with an extreme nickel allergy?

lynnawiensmd:

Testing for nickel by patch testing (T.R.U.E.) is very reliable for nickel sensitivity. Ask your doctor about whether or not you would benefit.

Originally posted on The Allergista:

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Q:

AHhhhhhhh! I apparently have an extreme allergy to nickel. Not only touching it but eating foods with high nickel content. I am looking for nickel free everyday products such as disposable razors, etc. If you have any helpful ways for me to deal with this allergy they would be much appreciated.

A:

Hi!

Ugh… nickel allergy. Nickel is eeeverywhere! Nickel is my most extreme allergy. If I touch it, my skin starts to react in less than 10 minutes and will bubble. It’s super itchy as well. When it comes to nickel, here are some tips:

  1. Copy all your house keys and any key you possibly can and choose the new kind of keys that are coated with a design all over the entire key. Also, put plastic key covers over the tops of all your keys
  2. To avoid metal doorknobs and handles, keep a bandana (I cut mine…

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