This is a quick shout-out to all my blog readers to please follow me on Weibo, the enormously popular Chinese version of Twitter. This MyHealthBeijing blog has slowed down a bit as I focus more on my New York Times articles [...]
This month I hit a milestone on my Sina Weibo microblog; I finally reached 10,000 fans. It took more than two years, and I suppose I could have sped it up by paying for fake zombie fans. However, I preferred to [...]
I’ve had a great time writing over 500 posts on this blog, but now I’m spending a lot more of my social media time sharing health advice via my medical microblog on Sina Weibo. So if you really want to [...]
I reached a milestone last month with this blog — I’ve written 500 posts over these wonderful three years. Here’s a list of the top fifty of all time: my March 2011 Japan radiation posts top the list due to [...]
On this week’s “health headlines” podcast I discuss a provocative case-control study that suggests that the more dental x-rays people get (especially when under 10 years old), there is a higher risk of a common brain cancer called a meningioma. [...]
I’ve seen a lot of strange headlines for health articles, but last week I saw two that really stood out for sloppy journalism on top of shoddy research. The first was the Xinhua headline “Popcorn Healthier Than Fruit, Vegetables.” They [...]
A couple years ago I wrote a post discussing data showing how some red meats are bad for your heart; now a major new study again confirms this concept. This huge study from the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data [...]
Obesity is a major health crisis all over the world now, and it’s clear both to patients and to doctors that losing weight — and keeping it off — is incredibly difficult. Unfortunately there’s growing evidence why this is so: [...]
Coffee addicts should rejoice at today’s news: another study shows a link between drinking coffee and lowered risk of developing diabetes.
Podcast: TCM has quite a few unusual ingredients, but this bear bile issue really pushes the boundaries…
Podcast: You get what you pay for in China, part 233: cosmetic surgeries in beauty parlors — not a good idea.
This week’s podcast: green tea can help elderly citizen’s quality of life; and the WHO reminds us that 30% of cancers are preventable
We all know far too much about air pollution, but did you know that noise and light pollution can also harm our health?
Click on the arrow below to listen to this podcast, or click here. On the January 18th broadcast of EZFM’s Beijing Hour morning radio show, host Paul James and I discussed the sad news about Beijing’s annual Happiness Index, which has [...]
Using the internet definitely makes me a better doctor, and it also has dramatically improved my quality of life in China. So here’s my list of top websites, both medical and non-medical (i.e. lifestyle): Medical: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database — [...]
On this week’s podcast: amazing victory for public health in China, as PM2.5 will be reported by next week — 4 years ahead of schedule.
Click on the arrow below to listen to this podcast, or click here. In last week’s podcast on EZFM’s Beijing Hour, host Paul James and I discuss the hot headlines around aflatoxin discovered in a batch of milk. We also [...]
A Chinese team has designed a blood test which may be more accurate than the common AFP test. This hopefully will turn out to be truly effective, especially for China, as liver cancer from hepatitis B is extremely common.
China has had their share of scary hepatitis outbreaks, and now in southern China there’s a new outbreak of hepatitis C, with dozens infected, including many children.
I’ve simplified my supplements this year and now only take vitamin D and fish oil. Both of these made the news again last week, and both stories reinforced my belief that they both are uniquely powerful supplements for almost anyone, at any age.
There really is no point to deny someone a job based on their HIV status, certainly not in a typical civil service job.
A big study shows a 12% rate of “mild” reactions to acupuncture in kids. But is that too high, given the benefits? Listen to find out.
One essential take-home message for CPR is thatchest compressions, and not the mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths, are essential.
No longer am I alone shouting into the wind about PM2.5. There’s been an amazingly impressive and encouraging discussion in China these last couple weeks regarding air pollution.