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Many of us are trying to adjust to the recent time change (and shortening days), with chilly darkness setting in earlier and earlier. No more daylight for that after-work run! Roughly 10-20% of people in U.S. may experience some degree of low mood and energy during the winter months, when its colder and darker, and we may feel stuck inside...
“If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.” – Hippocrates Strong bones; healthy heart; increased lung capacity; decreased stroke risk; lower blood pressure; improved cholesterol and blood sugar; reduced fall risk (better balance, stronger muscles): the general health benefits of physical activity are widely appreciated. The evidence...
There’s a U.Va. projection of Covid-19 activity now showing an abrupt drop in the Delta-variant surge that spiked mid-October, until the jagged line flattens near the bottom of the chart sometime in March 2022, about the same place it was early last summer when everyone rejoiced at the approaching end of the pandemic.  Another model, said Ryan McKay of the...
We will find in the ashes.  – Creole Proverb Fall is in the air. The days are growing shorter and colder and the trees are dropping their leaves in a brilliant display of loss. Soon my lawn will disappear under the matted weight of the rotting dead foliage.    This fall marks the beginning of the third year of the worldwide Covid...
Not everything I see in the Emergency Department is an emergency, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. Consider the lady in her 30s who came in to report that she was sure her hair was suddenly falling out. She had noted increased hairs in her shower drain and in her hair brush this week and was quite...
A few months ago, two buddies and I were on an early morning run on Jarmans Gap Road.   On this particular morning, as we were headed back home on the narrow, unmarked but paved part of Jarmans, we saw a bright light coming up behind us.  There was no noise, so we quickly deduced this was a lone cyclist...
“Trauma constantly confronts us with our fragility and with man’s inhumanity to man but also with our extraordinary resilience.”  – Bessel Van Der Kolk PTSD is now such a familiar term, it may be surprising to know that it was first formally established as recently as 1980 in DSM-III (the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, third edition). However, the concept that experiencing or witnessing...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): A Fitting Acronym

Many of us are trying to adjust to the recent time change (and shortening days), with chilly darkness setting in earlier and earlier. No...

For the Good of Your Brain: Move Your Body

“If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.” – Hippocrates Strong...

Crozet Suffers, Adapts and Manages During Pandemic

There’s a U.Va. projection of Covid-19 activity now showing an abrupt drop in the Delta-variant surge that spiked mid-October, until the jagged line flattens...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: The Things We Lost in the Fire

We will find in the ashes.  – Creole Proverb Fall is in the air. The days are growing shorter and colder and the trees are dropping...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: I Want to Hold Your Hand

Not everything I see in the Emergency Department is an emergency, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. Consider the lady in her...

Back to Fitness: Share the Road Love

A few months ago, two buddies and I were on an early morning run on Jarmans Gap Road.   On this particular morning, as we...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

“Trauma constantly confronts us with our fragility and with man’s inhumanity to man but also with our extraordinary resilience.”  – Bessel Van Der Kolk PTSD is now such a familiar term,...