One Question?

The salesman, a seasoned veteran for a great company, looked at me with astonishment.   I had just asked him a question.  I was doing research prior to purchasing a new, state-of-the-art  3-D scanning device, one that can help diagnose a myriad of issues from TMJ to airway to implant and bone health for the new, New Jersey office. The question …

Helping Yourself

  You Can Help Your Doctor and Yourself. A recent study published online in the British Medical Journal concludes that “difficult” patients are more likely to be medically misdiagnosed. Physicians had a 42% greater chance of misdiagnosing a difficult patient than a “neutral” one. Lucy came in because she was in pain. She could no longer tolerate it and the …

Justice Scalia and Tony Soprano

What do shoveling snow and sleep have in common? More than you might think. Sleep should not be as stressful as shoveling snow. Yet, for millions of Americans it is. That’s because they suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition, which prevents enough oxygen from being breathed in, affects all the body’s systems…most importantly, the brain and the heart. …

All abuzz about…

Well I didn’t mean to be so prescient last week when I spoke of the Zika Virus.  It seems we’re learning more about this mosquito transmitted disease every day.  I have confidence in Dr. Thomas Frieden and the CDC’s ability to guide us through this, the latest mosquito-borne, viral outbreak. According to Dr. Frieden, director of the CDC, 2 major …

Dr. Watson I presume?

There’s an IBM commercial featuring Bob Dylan speaking to the Watson Supercomputer.   If you get a chance, watch it on YouTube.  If you’re like me, you’ll wonder what in heaven’s name the commercial is about.  Again, my curiosity got the best of me, so I started snooping around. Actually, you don’t need Sherlock Holmes to uncover this mystery. Google knows …

“Curiosity Killed The Cat”

It’s a strange saying, but one that I heard a lot from my mother as a child.  I guess even then I had an annoying curiosity about things.  My aunt once told me, after coming to me as her dentist, that she knew when I was a child that I would make a great dentist.   I thought it strange since …

My Last Supper

There I sat at the dinner table, 5 couples;  Scientologists, Southern Baptists, Lutherans, Roman Catholics and us (the Jews).  Sounds like a bad joke right? I am seated next to a woman whose father, it turns out, was a Southern Baptist Minister and, after drinking some wine, turns to me and says, “So who do you think Jesus REALLY was?” …

Because We Care

  I would like to apologize to anyone who might have been inconvenienced by my recent absence from the office. I’m now back at full strength and intensity. I would also like to thank all who extended condolences, prayers and good wishes. Indeed, it has been a sobering experience dealing with my father’s illness and eventual death. The traditional mourning …

Stop Flossing

  At Manhattan Dental Health, a “cleaning” is so much more.  In fact, every visit is special.  We constantly evaluate what’s happening in your mouth and how it effects your overall health.  We do a “risk assessment” every time we see you.  We will recommend a variety of preventative care options that will help you maintain your health, prevent tooth decay and …

Please think like a Doctor!

I wish politicians thought more like doctors.  A doctor’s goals are to maintain health, cure disease and prevent illness. A guiding principle is “Primum Non Nocere“ which translates as “first, do no harm.” Every Doctor knows that there are unintended consequences that have to be considered and mitigated with any course of treatment. So the consequences, minimally, shouldn’t make things …