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Losing a Patient Over Oral Cancer Scare: Build Rapport with Follow-Up

Ken went in for his check-up. His dentist noticed something at the back of his throat and urged him to see an ENT immediately. Ken was terrified especially since he knew my story. His ENT wasn’t concerned in the least. Ken made sure the report was forwarded to his dentist. After a couple of weeks, when he hadn’t heard from …

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) promotes healing of wounds, improves vascularity and fights infection. This therapy has improved quality of life for patients who have undergone radiation to the head and neck to treat cancer.  For these patients, HBOT is a recommended treatment in conjunction with any invasive dental procedure. The winter after I endured targeted radiation therapy for cancer on …

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – Common Yet Unfamiliar

25 million Americans are actively infected on any given day with high-risk HPV. We should know more about it. “3 is Key” is the slogan for Gardasil, one of the two vaccines for the HPV. It is recommended that the second vaccination take place about 2 months after the first and the third to take place 6 months after the …

Medical Student at Slaughterhouse Learns Benign vs Malignant

Dr Jonathan Reisman was trying to learn all the latin names of body parts and visited a kosher slaughterhouse for help: the psoas major muscle (filet mignon); the erector spine (rib eye). He wrote an article about it. Why a kosher slaughterhouse? Because to be kosher, the basement membrane that encases every organ and all tissue, cannot be damaged. “The …