Our understanding of what sleep is and why it is important grows daily. It's clear that poor sleep plays a role in all sorts of disease states. Sadly, more and more people report sleep disturbances to their doctors.
Is this a new epidemic we are facing, or is it just our awareness of the issue that makes it seem so?
In this episode, we take a look at the role sleep plays in our health, what happens when sleep is disturbed, and how insomnia can be treated. Take a listen and see what you think. We try not to put you to sleep, but you might want to grab a cup of coffee whiel you listen anyway.
In a world when concerns about healthcare costs, access to care, and medical complications create significant barriers to medical care, telemedicine has an obvious role to fill.
But what are the potential downsides of a technology that is being adopted faster than we can track? Is it effective? Is it safe? Is it a door for the unscrupulous ot take advantage of the unsuspecting?
We discuss these and other issues of the growing field of telemedicine.
Both of us, Kendall and Amy, have dogs named Goose. This was purely coincidental, and we are as surprised by that fact as anyone. It's a little uncanny how much they resemble one another, too. If you'd like to see the Geese, we've added their pictures over at 2DocsTalk.com. These two certainly live the life of Riley, but they aren't the only canines who have it so good.
We are a country of pet lovers. We spend over $60 billion annually on food, vet bills, toys, and silly extravagances for our animal companions. We love them, and can't imagine life without them. But did you know your pet can make you sick - and the other way around?
Today we discuss zoonotic infections - those infections that are spread from animal to human. Rabies, toxoplasmosis, and leptospirosis are a few diseases that fall into this category. We'll talk about how they are spread and treated, and give some tips on how to prevent the.
We'll also talk about how we can make our pets sick, too. It's a fun show!
Over the last couple of decades, the conversation surrounding hormone replacement therapy and menopause has been confusing. Does it work? Is it safe? What about alternative therapies? it's hard to sort out conflicting information coming from various sources. In this episode we discuss:
Because individuals with high cholesterol levels often develop heart disease, we've come to accept that high cholesterol - especially "bad" cholesterol, or LDL - causes heart disease.
But it can't be said often enough that correlation does not equal causation, and it is beginning to look more and more like a causal realtionship between cholesterol and heart disease just isn't there.
In this episode we talk about the status of treating cholesterol to prevent heart disease and about a drug trial that punctuates the whole process with a giant question mark.
Take a listen and see what you think.