Monthly Archive for January, 2008

Future Plans for the Blog

I’m still in the total newbie stages of this blog thing.

Yesterday, I finally received my order from Amazon that included the book WordPress For Dummies.

I’m quite excited by this as I hope to be able to greatly expand my abilities with this software and make this blog much more useful and much more user friendly.

Right now, what I’m hoping to do is use the software for more than just blogging. I want to use it as a content management system.

I’m hoping to create indexed pages that aren’t blog entries but that are rather stand alone pages that provide information about specific subjects. Things like information about specific diseases, treatments, medications, etc. Continue reading ‘Future Plans for the Blog’

Penumbra

I just read an interesting story about a new treatment for occlusive strokes.

The device is known as Penumbra and is being put out by the company of the same name Penumbra, Inc.

From the story I read, and from my brief visit to the company website, it looks like it might have promise to treat some stroke victims who otherwise would be sort of out of luck.

Basically, from the description, this is a catheter type device that is threaded into the femoral artery (The great big artery in your groin that feeds blood to your leg), and is worked in retrograde fashion up the aorta and then into the appropriate arteries (carotid, etc.) until reaching the site of the blocked artery inside the skull. It then acts basically like a vacuum cleaner and sucks out the blood clot that is blocking the artery and causing the stroke.

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Yes, you CAN quit smoking!

“Doc,” he said to me with all sincerety, “I’d really like to quit smoking but I just can’t.”

How many times have I heard that ridiculous statement???

Of course you can quit smoking.

It may not be easy, but absolutely YES YOU CAN!

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How to stay healthy

Okay, this will be a generalized, common sense post. It’s not intended to go into a lot of detail, but is intended to be more philosophical in nature.

Here’s the deal for staying healthy.

Think of your health as being like playing a hand of poker.

The cards you are dealt…..those represent your genetics, and those things life throws at you that are beyond your control.

How you play those cards represents your lifestyle…how you respond to life….in essence what you choose to do or not do with the body you have.

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Welcome to drsamonline.com

Hi everyone. As you may have guessed, I’m Dr. Sam. See my “about me” link for further details.

This is the first of what I hope will be many posts.

This is my first foray into the world of blogging, so please bear with me as I learn the ropes.

My obvious goal with this blog is to reach people.

I’m a practicing physician and find that on an almost daily basis I seem to have less and less time to really discuss issues with my patients. Issues ranging from their specific medical problems to problems in society as a whole.

There is an endless flood of bureaucratic hurdles that get between me and my patients.

This is not just true for me, but for pretty much all doctors these days.

I think this is disastrous.

My goal for this blog is to make up for this somewhat.

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