Posts by Dr. Bill

Vitamin D Deficiency

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Patient Care

Vitamin D Deficiency

Lack may increase risks According to a new study, Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk for metabolic syndrome* after menopause. Researchers looked at 463 postmenopausal women with cardiovascular disease who weren’t taking vitamin D supplements. More than two thirds of the women had vitamin D levels lower than 30, which was considered insufficient. Of these women, 58% had metabolic syndrome, compared with 40% of women with sufficient vitamin D. When the vitamin D level was below 20, the odds of metabolic syndrome were doubled. This observational design can’t prove causation,...

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Satcher Awards 4/25

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Leadership

Satcher Awards 4/25

Keynote by David Satcher The ninth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards and Special Grand Rounds features a keynote lecture by David Satcher ’72M (Res), the 16th Surgeon General of the United States. The event runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at URMC in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304), School of Nursing. Register online. Free parking is available in the Saunders Research Building parking lot. Direct questions to Gail Hamilton at 224-3050 or by email. ASL interpreters will be available, and the event can be viewed live...

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Drinking Too Much?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Patient Care

Drinking Too Much?

When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day This week several news outlets, including the Washington Post, reported that a new international study concludes there are “no overall health benefits from moderate drinking” and the “threshold for low-risk drinking … is about seven beers a week for men and women alike.” The study was published on April 12 in The Lancet and was co-authored by 120 researchers based on “aggregated data from multiple studies of drinking patterns and health outcomes among nearly 600,000 people in 19 high-income countries.” The Post says,...

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Primary Care is Us

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Patient Care

Primary Care is Us

PCPs Are Becoming Rarer As Healthcare Business Models Change. On the front of its Sunday business section yesterday the New York Times reported that “in this new medical age of urgent care centers and retail clinics… primary care” physicians are becoming “increasingly scarce.” The article examined how changes in the healthcare industry have changed how patients receive medical care and interact with physicians. Fortunately, our “business model” is growing and expanding to meet the complex needs of people who need and value more personal and comprehensive care that urgent...

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A dangerous weed

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Patient Care

A dangerous weed

For psychiatric patients, a link between marijuana and violent behavior Recreational drugs can wreak havoc on anyone’s life. But for those with mental illness, smoking pot could lead to aggressive behavior—and put their loved ones at risk. According to a new study published in September in Frontiers in Psychiatry, adults who persistently smoke marijuana following a psychiatric hospitalization are 2½ times more likely to commit violent acts, including assault, battery, or threats with a weapon, than those who do not use the drug. The study included 1,136 patients from ages 18 to 40 who...

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