Got the Flu? Help May Be Just a Call or Computer Click Away

( - Houston, TX, February 22, 2018 – Aaachoooo! If that sneeze is accompanied by a cough and fever, you may have the flu, but don’t go running just yet to the doctor’s office or to the hospital emergency room where you can spread those germs while you wait…and wait…and wait, warns Irene Tien, MD, board-certified physician in emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.

10 surprising things you need to know about the emergency department

Despite the fact that most people will have had the misfortune of visiting the emergency department (ED) at some point in their life, I find that many folks do not really understand what happens in the ED.

1. Emergency medicine is a specialty. Yes, we actually did residency training to learn how to work in the ED. This training lasted three to four years after medical school and is sometimes followed by another one to three years of additional training for subspecialty certifications, like pediatric emergency medicine, toxicology, hyperbaric and undersea medicine to name a few.

What you need to know about the new hypertension guidelines

No doubt you’ve heard that the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology announced new hypertension guidelines this month. Mass media have been quick to point out that 50% of Americans now meet the criteria for hypertension, which is now defined as an average blood pressure of greater than 120/80. This is true and many Americans worry that they are now going to be expected to take more medications, to the benefit of Big Pharma.

Healthcare Is A Phone Call Away

The tragic attack this week in New York City reminds us all of how vulnerable we are in this day and age. Often, our healthcare system is heavily taxed due to multiple injuries and fatalities. On September 11, 2001, hospitals from hundreds of miles away were on standby to assist with the overwhelming demands for healthcare on that tragic day, including the hospital where I worked at that time, Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Keeping Your Little Pumpkin’s Safe During Halloween

We are approaching the end of October very soon and for some families that means cute photo ops at pumpkin patches, bone fire nights with s’mores, hayrides, touring apple orchards and plenty other fall festivities. Now comes the time for haunted houses, the latest superhero and princess’ costumes, parades, and buckets full of sweets.

My doctor’s office referred me to the Emergency Department (ED)

My doctor’s office referred me to the Emergency Department (ED):

The first and most important thing to know is exactly why you are referred to the ED. Was it because you spoke to the front desk person to try to schedule an appointment and they suggested you go to the ED instead? Did you speak to the nurse and based on your symptoms, he or she recommended that you go to the ED? Did the office simply not have any appointments available and stated that if you felt you need to be seen sooner to go to the ED? Did you have a recent appointment and the doctor told you specific symptoms to go to the ED for and those have now occurred? Did you have a recent appointment in which labs or x-rays were ordered and have resulted abnormally and you are being referred to the ED?

Each of the scenarios above occur on a daily basis in our healthcare system.

The Virtual Physician Summit 2017 Helps Docs Take Their Careers to the Next Level of Success

There are moments in your life when you know you’ve done the right thing and attending the Physician Virtual Summit 2017 in Houston, Texas was one of them. I had no pre-conceived expectations except to finally meet some of the members of RoweDocs, a group of physicians who practice medicine virtually under the leadership of founder and CEO, Dr. Latisha Rowe, a visionary, leader and game changer in terms of our healthcare delivery systems.

Bypassing the Kidney Waiting List

Selena Gomez received a kidney transplant from her friend Francia Raisa this summer. How many people even knew that she needed one? What an incredible gift! However, over 100,000 people remain on the kidney waiting list, and 12 people will die each day while they wait for a kidney to become available.

KEEP CALM and breathe

ASTHMA EDUCATION series for the lay person. 

This is part of my 'everybody guide to understanding asthma.'
Most people have heard of the term asthma, whether they experience it or not. But what is it? Many agree that it's when someone can't breathe for one reason or another.