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A Patient Asks: “Should I Get a Flu Shot?”

10/3/19 – Flu season is nearly upon us. Every year, doctors across the country implore their patients to get flu shots, and every year, some of those patients refuse. Their reasons vary:…Read More

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Is Red Meat Really Bad For You?

10/2/19 – Study after study has suggested an association between red meat consumption (especially processed red meat) and bad health outcomes like cancer, heart disease, and even diabetes. But recently, an article…Read More

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School and Asthma . . . Both are Back in Session

8/20/19 – To me, as a mother of two young girls, September signals the end of summer and the beginning of school. But as a family medicine physician practicing direct primary care,…Read More

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Heat-Related Illnesses

7/17/19 – In my practice as a direct primary care physician, I have much more time to think about my patient’s medical needs and to provide a medical perspective on a variety…Read More

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A Patient Asks: “How Long Do Viral Respiratory Infections Last?”

7/14/19 – Every year beginning around September or October, the incidence of viral respiratory infections skyrockets. Symptoms typically begin with a stuffy or runny nose, congested sinuses, and/or a sore throat. Fevers…Read More

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Boating, Bikes, and Bugs—Summertime Fun and Safety

6/27/19 – Summer in Chicago is a short season, and many of us rush outside to enjoy it. People often think that summer safety is only about sunscreen and watching their kids…Read More

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Falling through the Cracks in the Healthcare System

6/23/19 – POORER HEALTH OUTCOMES To care properly for patients who have complex, chronic illnesses, physicians require time. Lack of adequate time to care for patients is the number one complaint of…Read More