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Medicine Personal Growth

The Relationship Between Stress and Gut Microbiota

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July 7, 2021
Reading Time: 4 minutes How stress manipulates the trillions of tiny microorganisms we carry in our gut. Stress Is a Killer, Literally Before COVID-19 descended upon us, stress was named the health epidemic of the 21st century. Stress is responsible for about 90% of all illnesses and diseases. Manifesting through our body’s response to anything we perceive as overwhelming, […]


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Personal Growth Practice

And Yoga for All

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May 9, 2021
Reading Time: 4 minutes Making this beautiful practice safe for everyone. Can Everyone Stand on Their Heads?? We all remember certain iconic commercials from our childhood. Whether they shocked, irritated, or amazed us, their quirkiness made them unforgettable. The commercial that sticks in my memory is one for a local furniture store in my hometown of Jacksonville, North Carolina. […]


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Leadership Medicine Personal Growth

50 Years of Research Reveals How You Can Live Longer and Be Happier

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April 7, 2021
Reading Time: 5 minutes Be happier and live longer by taking these three steps. Happiness Is on Holiday Just glimpsing the major headlines on a given day is enough to tell us that peace and happiness are becoming alien concepts in our world. The news is forever saturated with unrest, uncertainty, and violence. Increased incidence of depression and suicide […]


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Personal Growth

What Is the Meaning of Life? Sorry, but That’s Kind of a Stupid Question

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March 23, 2021
Reading Time: 7 minutes What one unforgettable patient taught me about life’s meaning. 82 Years Young and More Fulfilled Than Ever It was the end of a long and trying day in clinic. I’m a family medicine resident, so my patient list is full – I glanced at the chart. Last one. 82-year-old female in for a routine checkup. […]


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Artificial Intelligence Emerging Technology Personal Growth

These Chatbots Are Helping With Mental Health Right Now

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March 2, 2021
Reading Time: 4 minutes Chatbots: Technology that Cares Mental Health and Why New Tools Are So Important Delivering proper care to those with mental health needs has always been a challenge. In 2019, the WHO reported that depression affects over 264 million people, and almost 800,000 people die by suicide each year. Additionally, they state that psychological illnesses are the […]


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Medicine Personal Growth Physician

Safe & Simple Strategies for Gloves, Face Masks, and Hand Washing

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April 30, 2020
Reading Time: 9 minutes Are You Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Correctly? Personal protective equipment (PPE) comes in many shapes and forms. Some items are unique and specialized to certain fields, while others are used for generic purpose. From the former category are beekeepers’ netted veil face masks and firefighters’ thermal-protective gear, both highly specialized. [1] Goggles (eye protection), […]


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Personal Growth

Skill x Effort = Achievement

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March 20, 2020
Reading Time: 7 minutes How people view talent and effort, the natural bias that emerges when asked which is more predictive of achievement, and what the fascinating relationship between the two concepts truly is. Ideas from Grit, by Angela Duckworth. Intro If you ask people today, especially the leadership of organizations, most will say that they value hard work […]


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Medicine Personal Growth Physician

Trials and Tribulations of Dating Medical Students

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March 4, 2020
Reading Time: 4 minutes This article is based on my personal experiences dating a medical student and what I have witnessed of other couples in similar situations. A few things I learned along the way: Every couple’s experience will be different. Medical school is packed with new daily problems, whether the student is single or has been married for […]
SOHAIL MERCHANT
Youngstown, Ohio

Medical Doctor (M.D.); Research Fellow at Lumen Foundation Artificial Intelligence Division

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