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Health & Science

JUNE 2017

I have received many unusual requests from patients over the years. One guy comes to the ER every couple of weeks to ask me to call his mother for him, the idea being that I could vouch that he was in the ER and not out engaged in mischief. It is the only way she will take him back...
“How’s your career going, Dr. Reiser?” That is kind of a fresh question coming from a medical student that I had just met, but I found the sheer effrontery of it amusing. I had been engaging a classroom of medical students in some banter while waiting for my lecture notes to boot up on a rather slow computer. I had...
Fall is here. It seemed to come rather suddenly this year with early frost warnings and cold rainy days and nights. It was all a bit dispiriting after such a washed out summer. I briefly wondered if this was the beginning of SAD for me. SAD is Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as the winter blues. As the days...
As the fall season begins to unveil its glorious colors, writing this article about sleep prompted a memory in me from my childhood of an autumn long ago. Our family had gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving. The table was set. The candles were lit. Scrumptious aromas filled the dining room. The turkey and trimmings were presented, piping hot, to great admiration...
The kids are back. Another academic year is beginning at U.Va. Suddenly the University grounds are full of young adults anxious to get rid of their parental chauffeurs/sherpas and get to the business at hand: meeting other young adults. I like this time of year in Charlottesville. Sure the traffic is a little worse and parking is tighter, but...
Digital information and communication technologies (ICT) have exploded into our lives. In the blink of an eye, cell towers, smart phones, Wi-Fi Internet hubs, and computer tablets have sprung up everywhere. And this is just the beginning. The wireless industry is gung-ho on introducing 5G service. Higher-frequency, 5 gigahertz (5G) waves transmit more data more quickly, but they do not...
We have denture storage containers in all the major resuscitation rooms in the ER. We routinely run out of life-saving medicines but the denture cases are always there. Whoever is in charge of stocking them is on the ball. We use the denture cases frequently for our sickest patients. Just before we place a patient on a breathing tube and...

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Seeking a Runners High… Without All the Running

I have received many unusual requests from patients over the years. One guy comes to the ER every couple of weeks to ask me...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: My Career

“How’s your career going, Dr. Reiser?” That is kind of a fresh question coming from a medical student that I had just met, but I...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Cozy Up

Fall is here. It seemed to come rather suddenly this year with early frost warnings and cold rainy days and nights. It was all...

Science to Live By: Sleep—Nature’s Health Tonic

As the fall season begins to unveil its glorious colors, writing this article about sleep prompted a memory in me from my childhood of...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: The Kids Are Alright

The kids are back. Another academic year is beginning at U.Va. Suddenly the University grounds are full of young adults anxious to get rid...

Science to Live By: Cell Phones & Adolescent Health

Digital information and communication technologies (ICT) have exploded into our lives. In the blink of an eye, cell towers, smart phones, Wi-Fi Internet hubs,...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Small Gifts

We have denture storage containers in all the major resuscitation rooms in the ER. We routinely run out of life-saving medicines but the denture...