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Paul Abramson MD
Paul Abramson MD is a private medical doctor in San Francisco. All clinical inquiries call 415-963-4431.
Paul Abramson MD is a private medical doctor in San Francisco. All clinical inquiries call 415-963-4431.


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A level-headed review of the risks of medical CT scans. Good to read well in advance of actually needing an urgent CT.

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Another winner from +ZDogg MD. Spot on.
Can we talk about end-of-life care honestly, or at least RAP about it? Our most epic video, ever.

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Recommended reading on why learning to breathe is a great idea, and how you can overcome obstacles..

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This is a great infographic, full of details of breathing's documented effects on health, with examples of techniques!

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Ok, a side project of mine, Prana, is live on Kickstarter:

I'm super excited to finally have a tool to support using breathing techniques (and posture) to improve health and well-being. I've recommended specific breathing patterns to patients (and family) for years - it's amazingly effective for stress reduction, improving focus or energy, and many other applications. But implementation and encouragement have been difficult, since not everyone has access to a private Ayengar yoga teacher. So i've been lucky to help guide development of a device that meets my own needs and specifications.

And it'll augment an Apple Watch nicely, since you can't track breathing from the wrist. ;-)

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NPR Morning Edition interview with Paul Abramson MD on ‪#‎Wearables‬ in Medicine at 8:30am PST today: via Amy Standen

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Finally some public exposure for high-intensity interval training instead of the old "go for walks" thing.

Oh great. They've approved amphetamines to treat binge eating. Based on short-term trials that looked at an endpoint of "number of binge eating days per week." Now that makes sense. Our culture is doomed.
First Drug Approved for Binge-Eating Disorder, By Amy Orciari Herman #addiction   #eatingdisorder   #wrong  
NEJM Journal Watch
Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse), previously approved for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is now approved to treat binge-eating disorder in adults. The central nervous system stimulant is the first drug approved for this condition.
[..] The most common side effects included dry mouth, insomnia, increased heart rate, constipation, and anxiety.
Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate is associated with increased risks for sudden death, stroke, myocardial infarction, and psychiatric problems including mania. In addition, it is classified as a schedule II substance because it carries a high potential for abuse.

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People who refuse to have their children vaccinated put their children, and others' children, at risk. It's simply irresponsible. Dr. Weil explains why.

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Mortality Benefits from Light-to-Moderate Alcohol Consumption? Not So Fast
By Amy Orciari Herman
NEJM Journal Watch

The mortality benefits of light-to-moderate drinking appear to be much narrower than previously reported, a BMJ analysis finds.

Using data from a national U.K. survey from 1998 to 2008, researchers studied some 18,000 adults aged 50 and older who reported their average weekly alcohol intake, and nearly 35,000 who reported the amount of alcohol consumed on their heaviest drinking day in the past week. Survey data were linked with national mortality data.
An editorialist, citing the mounting evidence against alcohol's benefits, urges clinicians to "discourage suggestions that even low level alcohol use protects against cardiovascular disease and brings mortality benefits."

BMJ article (Free)
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