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“Informed consent is rooted in the fundamental recognition —reflected in the legal presumption of competency—that adults are entitled to, accept or reject health care interventions on the basis of their own personal values and in furtherance of their own personal goals.” –Making Health Care Decisions: The Ethical and Legal Implications of Informed Consent in Patient-Practitioner Relationship, Volume One: Report. President’s Commission...
This spring, a new insect scourge is hatching, its distinctive black-and-white nymphs emerging from a hard-to-spot gray mass of eggs on trees and rocks, even rusty metal. The Spotted Lanternfly is a serious threat to orchards, forests, and especially vineyards, and can reduce fruit yields by 60 to 70 percent. At the top of its menu, though, is the...
Have you ever heard of gelotology? I certainly hadn’t. Gelotology is the study of humor and laughter and their effects on our body and psychology. In a nutshell, humor and laughter are powerfully beneficial and very worth cultivating in our lives. Physiologically, hearty laughter is a full body exercise, involving contraction and relaxation of multiple sets of muscles: face, chest,...
A headline grabbed my eye the other day. It was a glorious early spring day and as if to highlight the emerging warmth and daffodils, the U.S. Senate announced it had just passed the “Sunshine Protection Act.” Hooray! I love sunshine! But wait, what were they protecting it from? Rain? Clouds? Night? I did not know about the threats to...
A new Virginia law passed in February says that parents are entitled to make the decision about whether their children must wear masks in public schools, removing that power from state and local governments, agencies, and School Boards. The law permits “the parent of any child enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school, or in any school-based early...
On December 7, 2021, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an advisory about the increasing mental health struggles of our youth. In The Surgeon General’s Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health, Dr. Murthy warns that even before the onset of Covid, “unfortunately, in recent years, national surveys of youth have shown major increases in certain mental health symptoms, including...
Working in a pediatric ER in the winter can be a challenging ordeal. Viruses circulate widely amongst indoors-bound children, and it seems like every treatment space is packed with coughing, sneezing, feverish, snotty, puking, pooping, blotchy miserable kids accompanied by parents who often look the same. It doesn’t help that during the pandemic some office-based practitioners are advising any...

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Insights for Flourishing: To Promote Public Health, Enhance Informed Consent

“Informed consent is rooted in the fundamental recognition —reflected in the legal presumption of competency—that adults are entitled to, accept or reject health care...

Help Protect Our Fruit and Wine from Lantern Fly Damage

This spring, a new insect scourge is hatching, its distinctive black-and-white nymphs emerging from a hard-to-spot gray mass of eggs on trees and rocks,...

The Best Medicine

Have you ever heard of gelotology? I certainly hadn’t. Gelotology is the study of humor and laughter and their effects on our body and...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

A headline grabbed my eye the other day. It was a glorious early spring day and as if to highlight the emerging warmth and...

Student Masking Now Up to Parents

A new Virginia law passed in February says that parents are entitled to make the decision about whether their children must wear masks in...

Youth Under Pressure

On December 7, 2021, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an advisory about the increasing mental health struggles of our youth. In The Surgeon...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Starving in the Midst of Plenty

Working in a pediatric ER in the winter can be a challenging ordeal. Viruses circulate widely amongst indoors-bound children, and it seems like every...