Monthly Archives: December 2013

Spotlight on Tonsil surgery (Children’s Hospital Oakand, Jahi McMath)

Happy Holidays! If you have listened to the news, you’ve no doubt heard about the sad story of a young gal in Oakland who died after tonsil surgery. The parents want to keep her alive on breathing and feeding tubes, even though doctors say there is no brain activity and she is clinically dead. I […]

Spotlight on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tomorrow is the shortest day of the year. Many people have a type of depression that occurs because it’s so dark and cold (well, not here in SoCal) so much of the time. Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may include: Feeling sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious. Losing interest in your usual activities. Eating or […]

Lakers’ Blake has Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear

The injury riddled Lakers just sidelined their point guard Steve Blake for 6 weeks for a ulnar collateral ligament tear that he probably got during the road loss to the Washington Wizards on November 26, 2 weeks ago. An MRI revealed the injury yesterday. So, Prof, tell us about this ligament! The ulnar collateral ligament […]

Spotlight On: Tuberculosis

This week, an US Airways Express flight from Austin to Phoenix made news when a passenger was pulled off the plane because he just got on a no-fly list. He had active tuberculosis infection. Most people know about Tuberculosis from TB screenings (maybe you got it for school), called a PPD or Mantoux skin test: […]