One of the questions I’m most frequently asked by patients is whether diet plays any role in the management of arthritis. If one were to believe what they read in the papers about dietary remedies, or in the number of books promoting diets or supplements claiming to cure arthritis, one would be forgiven for wondering whether they …Read the Rest
“I learned that whatever we say means nothing, what anyone will remember is that we came” (Julia Kasdorf) The “rituals and practices around death”, poet and Undertaker Thomas Lynch writes in his book ’The Good Funeral’, “are a window into the soul of a culture. A society that is unsure about how to care for …Read the Rest
If you have a spare 18 minutes, you could do a lot worse than watch this profoundly moving documentary about the concert pianist, Leon Fleisher. Fleisher’s early career was devastated by the development of a rare neurological disorder known as finger dytsonia. The movie, directed by Nathaniel Kahn, was nominated for an Oscar in 2007. …Read the Rest
The late comedian, Bill hicks has a hilarious routine on the perils growing old. Although its probably best not reproduce the actual wording here, he remarks how, if he were to be given extra years in life (he wasn’t), he’d rather have them in the middle of his life rather than at the end. He …Read the Rest
Last week I attended a hospital based workshop which focused on how to manage discussions with patients in the setting of an adverse healthcare outcome. Whereas an acknowledgment of the problem and an appropriate apology are essential, we were also reminded about the importance of encouraging patients to tell their version of events in a …Read the Rest
Dr. Ronan Kavanagh, a rheumatologist, gives a quick overview or the drug Methotrexate.