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The Journalists’ Guide to Surviving Sochi

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Are you a journalist covering the Sochi Olympics, or, as Stacy St. Clair, a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, puts it, “the dystopian-like Games where a simple shower poses a threat to your face [from contaminated water], fire alarms ring constantly and several hotels remain unfinished”? I’ve never read so many complaints. They’re all over Twitter. Apparently, your hotel accommodations are … less than desirable. Bad water, stray dogs in rooms, defective doorknobs. As a doctor, I think of the health risks some of these problems could pose. And then I wonder how reliable local medical care is. Even if it’s excellent, can you communicate with the doctors? How crowded will the waiting rooms be? So I’m here to make an official offer of help: If any journalist or other Sochi Olympics visitor has medical questions, please ask them here. Anything. Of course, as always, I can only give general information and am not able to diagnose you, but I think you’ll find the general info will help a lot. (Also keep in mind that my blog is about what to do when you can’t get professional medical help. I always recommend seeking reliable help first.) So far, here are the top concerns I’ve seen and my tips for solutions. I may update this post as more information comes out. […]

By | February 5th, 2014|General Health|7 Comments

Do Birth Control Pills Cause Abortions? An Ob-Gyn’s Take

Some people have claimed that birth control pills can cause abortions. But is that true? A doctor looks into the debate, and offers an unbiased—and perhaps surprising—rundown of what various groups believe. […]

By | February 23rd, 2013|General Health|11 Comments

What Is Inflammation in Your Body? How It’s Measured and Treated

Inflammation has been connected to heart disease, stroke and cancer. But what is inflammation? How do you know if you have it? How is it measured or tested? And what should you do about it? A family doctor answers. […]

How to Stop Excessive Gas: 5 Steps

Gas, flatulence, farting … whatever you call it, you don’t want it! Here are five stops to stop gas before it ever starts—including what foods to avoid. […]

Hydrogen Peroxide for Wound Cleaning: Water’s Better!

Hydrogen peroxide can damage healthy cells when you use it to clean a wound, this doctor says. Here’s his advice on minor wound treatment–starting with plain old water. […]

Doctors Debate Universal Health Care: Pros and Cons From the Experts

American doctors argue their opinions on universal health care: Is it socialized medicine or a compassionate, necessary program? Get the facts and learn the issues from the United States health-care professionals themselves. […]

Medical Marijuana Pros and Cons: Expert Opinions

Two experts debate the pros and cons of medical marijuana, offering opinions on whether it should be legalized. […]

Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Experts Debate Pros and Cons

Experts debate embryonic stem-cell research. What are the pros and cons? Is it necessary? Is it ethical? Get the facts and learn the issues from the experts themselves. […]

Does Chiropractic Adjustment Work? A Doctor’s Opinion on Back, Neck Treatments and More

Are chiropractic adjustments a scam, quackery or proven to work? A doctor looks at the evidence. Included: treatment for back pain, neck pain, more. […]

When Does Life Begin? Medical Experts Debate Abortion Issue

When does life begin? Two experts share their opinions on this issue, as it relates to abortion. They discuss scientific and religious views. Share your opinions here too. […]