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Step Away from the Television

By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Comcast, one of America’s largest cable and internet providers, reported in May that Americans were watching an additional 8-plus hours of programming a week, whether on a television, computer or a portable device since the...

Consequences of trans ischemic attacks

Speedy diagnosis and treatment improves outcomes By David Dunaief, M.D. TIA (transient ischemic attack) is sometimes referred to as a “mini-stroke.” This is a disservice since it makes a TIA sound like something that should be taken lightly. Ischemia is reduced or...

Understanding systemic inflammation

C-reactive protein can be measured to identify disease risk By David Dunaief, M.D. One of the most widely studied biomarkers for inflammation in our bodies is high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), also referred to as CRP. High sensitivity means that we can...

Should you get an annual checkup?

There has been some discussion in the medical community about whether the annual physical exam may have outlived its usefulness. Is it a reflex, or does it have an important role? The answer, I think, depends on how you perceive and utilize this yearly ritual. If...