Disease

Here are all articles discussing diseases: their symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

Air Pollution Talk, Next Tuesday the 14th

Air Pollution Talk, Next Tuesday the 14th

Air pollution: how bad is it, and what can you do about it? All are invited to hear more at my next free public lecture, “Breathing in Beijing: How Air Pollution Affects Our Health“. The time is next Tuesday, January [...]

My Favorite Posts of 2013

My Favorite Posts of 2013

Somehow I actually wrote even more posts than last year, even with a baby thrown into the mix. Here are my favorites of an amazing year for me: Which Lifestyle Choice in China Will Kill You First? Health Checks: Does [...]

Do Pollution Masks Really Work?

Do Pollution Masks Really Work?

Do pollution masks actually help to protect you? This winter has already seen harsh pollution spikes first in Harbin, and recently in Shanghai and eastern China. By coincidence I had been taking the train from Shanghai to Beijing during one [...]

Preventing Colds and Flu For Your Kids

Preventing Colds and Flu For Your Kids

It’s cold and flu season yet again, and time to review the simple steps can we all take to avoid these inevitable illnesses. This year’s flu season is a bit more newsworthy than usual as H7N9 bird flu continues to [...]

Pollution: Air, Water, Food, Oh My!

Pollution: Air, Water, Food, Oh My!

I’ve discussed many wellness topics on this health blog, but the major interest, by far, is pollution. Everyone in China is very concerned about the safety of the air they breathe and the food and drinks they put into their [...]

Half of China Has Prediabetes

Half of China Has Prediabetes

My family medicine colleagues and I recently have noticed an alarming increase in our patients’ blood sugar levels testing high for diabetes and prediabetes, so much so that we figured it must be a lab error. But our lab confirmed [...]

8 Tips For Healthy Living in China

8 Tips For Healthy Living in China

Most people who are new to China, no matter which country they are from, have similar health concerns: How do I avoid air pollution? How can I keep my children healthy? Where can I find nutritious and safe foods? You [...]

Holiday Travel: Is Your First Aid Kit Ready?

Holiday Travel: Is Your First Aid Kit Ready?

Another holiday season is rapidly approaching, and most of you made flight and hotel reservations months ago — but have you spent equal efforts preparing for good health on your hard earned holiday? Each holiday season I see a massive [...]

I Have Prediabetes: Now What?

I Have Prediabetes: Now What?

If you are reading this, you or a loved one have probably been told by your doctor that you have abnormally high sugar levels. The doctor may have called it Impaired Fasting Glucose or Impaired Glucose Tolerance, but both of those are [...]

In China, The Kids Are Not Alright

In China, The Kids Are Not Alright

There’s a clever English language play on words, “assuming makes an ass out of you and me.” As an American expat straddling two cultures, I confess that it’s all too easy to make sweeping generalizations about differences, usually defaulting to [...]

Sunscreens Prevent Cancers -- And Wrinkles

Sunscreens Prevent Cancers — And Wrinkles

I’m usually quite proud of my Irish ancestry, but one unfortunate vestige of that heritage is pasty white skin that sunburns quite easily. When my mother was pregnant with me and my twin brother, the doctors discovered a large melanoma [...]

Are Chinese Healthier Than Americans?

Are Chinese Healthier Than Americans?

During these hot summer evenings, my wife and I love to bike around Beijing’s hutongs. On every street corner and in every park, generations of families, friends and neighbors dance en masse, sing along to a classic tune, and chat away [...]

H7N9 Arrives in Beijing, Advice Is The Same

H7N9 Arrives in Beijing, Advice Is The Same

I suppose it was inevitable that the rest of China wouldn’t forever be immune to new cases of H7N9, until now limited to our southern China citizens. But yesterday the first H7N9 case outside of the Shanghai area happened literally [...]