Southern Charm: Fact or Fiction?
The South has many things to be proud of but one is definitely not the new reality show shot in Charleston, SC called Southern Charm. For anyone who thinks that is an accurate portrayal, please think again. I certainly grew up with a few people who could have made the cast but by far the majority were thoughtful, courteous, intelligent people of all races. When they describe themselves as “scions of old aristocratic families”, it makes me hope they run through the last of their grandfathers’ money quickly…
For our medical headline videos this week, keep reading:
Dr Kishore Ranadive, Cardiologist with Orlando Heart Specialists explains a new device called the CardioFit is offering help to the six million people with congestive heart failure. It is approved in Europe and in a clinical trial here in the US that is still recruiting patients.
Dr Brad Warner, Surgeon in Chief at St Louis Children’s Hospital tells us about a life support machine known as ECMO that is helping newborns with hernias.
Dr Arun Singh, Director of Ophthalmic Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic, is treating patients with ocular melanoma by stitching a gold disc directly on the eye to deliver radioactive seeds to target the cancer. So far this method has a 95% success rate for patients whose tumors haven’t spread.
In other medical news Dr Joan Luby at Washington University School of Medicine is studying "Depressed preschoolers". She focuses on strengthening the parent-child relationship and teaching parents to be “emotional coaches” for their depressed child.
Read our report about the “5 Clues to Alzheimer’s” to find out what Dr Paul Crane at UW Medicine in Seattle says to watch for. He also says some clues may start in infancy!
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“Girls Growing up too Fast” is our final report. We interviewed Dr Abby Hollander at Washington University School of Medicine about the many possible causes including some bizarre ones like lavender bath soap.
And there's more where that came from...
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