When they put a Health Club in a Pill

When the news broke in late July that scientists had identified a protein that could quickly transform obese and lethargic mice into lean and energetic ones, our local newspaper (and probably others) were out the next day to interview health club clients. The question, as implied from the answers in The San Diego Union-Tribune, must have been something like: Would you be sweating at the club if you could get lean by just taking a shot of leptin, then doing whatever you want?

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Getting the Desired Job Performance

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The exasperated boss blurts out, “Are you ignorant, or only apathetic?” to which the defensive employee cries, “I don’t know, and I don’t care!”

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Teaching Children With Special Needs

As a young professional, Montessori worked as a hospital assistant, opened her own clinic and continued her psychiatric research at the University of Rome. Her research took her to many asylums to see children regarded as mentally ill or retarded. Montessori was disturbed to see these children kept in bare, dark rooms with literally nothing to play with except crumbs of food. Montessori believed the children should be in school, where they might learn if given materials adapted to their special needs.

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The Female Athlete Triad, Part 2

Anorexia is characterized by extreme weight loss due to a desire to be thin. The hallmark of anorexia is a distorted body image, whereby an individual feels fat despite being underweight.

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The Female Athlete Triad, Part 1

The female triad is one of the biggest medical concerns for all female athletes, no matter what their sport. Some of the consequences may not be completely reversible. As a result, early recognition, treatment and prevention are of paramount importance.

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Interviewing a Pediatrician

t’s wonderful that you are taking the time to consider the characteristics and qualities that you consider important in choosing your baby’s pediatrician. Many parents arrange to interview a prospective pediatrician to be sure that the pediatrician’s philosophy and manner are compatible with their own.

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Can you Recommend a Treadmill?

My wife and I walk on a treadmill at least three times each week. She never exceeds 3.5 mph. I will run occasionally but never above 6.5 mph. The maximum incline is 10 degrees. The only thing we do not like is that there are only five walking and five running programs. I would buy a new treadmill if there were a model that had a variable program setting. Do you know of one?

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Postnasal Drip

Postnasal drip is mucus that has dripped from the nose into the back of the throat. Besides being uncomfortable, postnasal drip can cause a sore throat, hoarseness or a cough.

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Who Gets Lupus?

Lupus attacks men, women and children, but not in equal numbers. The disease affects 10 times as many women as men. It is most commonly diagnosed in women during their childbearing years, between the ages of 18 and 45.

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Treatment for Endometriosis

There is no cure for endometriosis. However, there are treatments that may help reduce pain and restore fertility. Among the most common treatments:
Pain medication — If the woman has a mild case of endometriosis and little pain, her doctor may suggest drugs that inhibit the production of prostaglandins, which are released from the endometrium, such as ibuprofen, indomethicin and naproxen sodium. The doctor may also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin or acetaminophen.

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