Why we go bald: an evolutionary hypothesis

As a Senior in college, I took a class on evolutionary medicine with Professor Paul Ewald.  For my final project, I decided to explore male pattern baldness from an evolutionary perspective.  This topic, to my knowledge, had never been previously addressed.  I’ve included my entire (lengthy) paper below. Continue reading Why we go bald: an evolutionary hypothesis

How to floss (a hacker’s guide to completing unpleasant tasks)

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who floss their teeth every day, and those who wish they did.  For most of my life, I was a member of the latter group.  I never flossed–it took too long, was unpleasant, and I didn’t feel I received any benefits from the process.  I ignored my dentist’s  recommendations to floss, and the free dental floss I received after each visit settled, unopened, at the back of my bathroom drawer.  My wife–an obsessive flosser–eventually tired of reminding me to floss every night. Continue reading How to floss (a hacker’s guide to completing unpleasant tasks)

Kawasaki Disease And The End Of Rheumatology As We Know It

This week, an international research team led by Xavier Rodó published a fascinating study in PNAS suggesting that Kawasaki disease is caused by an agent transported by wind from farms in Northeast China.  This agent, possibly a fungal toxin, would be responsible for triggering an exuberant immune response in children, causing the typical manifestation of the disease: fevers, rash, conjunctivitis, “strawberry tongue,” enlarged lymph nodes, and swelling of the extremities.  Untreated, Kawasaki disease can cause aneurysms of the coronary arteries, premature heart disease, and even death. Continue reading Kawasaki Disease And The End Of Rheumatology As We Know It

Video: Doctors who skip social media risk alienating their patients: myth or reality?

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I was honored to be invited to appear on an episode of Stanford’s Medicine X Live titled “Doctors who skip social media risk alienating their patients: myth or reality?”

Take a look at the video, and let me know what you think!

If you’re interested in the subject, also take a look at my series:
“A doctor’s prescription for social media,” Part one and part two.