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David Cassidy dies, age 67.

“Partridge Family” and 70’s teen heart-throb, David Cassidy, has passed away from liver and kidney failure.

Jo-Ann Geffen, president and CEO of JAG Entertainment, said in the following statement, “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years”.

The 67-year-old had been awaiting a transplant when he fell into multi organ failure a few days prior.

Earlier this year, Cassidy had fallen off the stage during a performance in California and revealed to People Magazine he was suffering dementia.

He had multiple drunk driving offenses and in 2015 was charged with a hit-and-run while intoxicated.  In the latter case, he was given two years probation and his licence was suspended until 2021.

Cassidy has been very open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, both of which have been linked to liver and kidney failure as well as early dementia.

David Cassidy rose to fame playing Keith Partridge in the hit 70’s show, The Partridge Family.  He became a teen sensation overnight and pop idol with songs such as “I Think I Love You.”

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What causes multiple organ failure?

Multiple organ failure, or multi-organ failure, or Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), can be caused by a variety of factors.  Sepsis, or blood infection, is the most common cause.  Yet trauma, inflammation, or lack of blood flow to the organs can cause them to fail as well.

Mortality rate ranges anywhere from 30-100%.

SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), without a definitive cause, can cause hypoperfusion and hypotension causing lack of blood flow to the organs inducing failure.

So infection, ischemia (lack of blood flow), inflammation can all trigger an organ or multiple organs to malfunction.

To treat MODS, critical care needs to be instituted immediately to maintain blood flow and oxygen to the organs while the cause is being determined.  If the liver and kidneys cannot recover, organ transplant may be considered.

This is a developing story.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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David Cassidy is in Multi-Organ Failure

“Partridge Family” and 70’s teen heart-throb, David Cassidy, has been admitted to a Florida hospital in multi-organ failure.

The 67-year-old is reportedly in an induced coma and is awaiting a transplant.  Multiple reports have suggested he’s waiting for a kidney and some state a liver transplant.

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Earlier this year, Cassidy had fallen off the stage during a performance in California and revealed to People Magazine he was suffering dementia.

He had multiple drunk driving offenses and in 2015 was charged with a hit-and-run while intoxicated.  In the latter case, he was given two years probation and his licence was suspended until 2021.

Cassidy has been very open about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, both of which have been linked with liver and kidney failure.  Its been unclear what treatment the actor has had after his arrests and probation.

What causes multiple organ failure?

Multiple organ failure, or multi-organ failure, or Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), can be caused by a variety of factors.  Sepsis, or blood infection, is the most common cause.  Yet trauma, inflammation, or lack of blood flow to the organs can cause them to fail as well.

Mortality rate ranges anywhere from 30-100%.

SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), without a definitive cause, can cause hypoperfusion and hypotension causing lack of blood flow to the organs inducing failure.

So infection, ischemia (lack of blood flow), inflammation can all trigger an organ or multiple organs to malfunction.

To treat MODS, critical care needs to be instituted immediately to maintain blood flow and oxygen to the organs while the cause is being determined.  If the liver and kidneys cannot recover, organ transplant may be considered.

This is a developing story.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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The Psychology Behind Grabbing a Woman’s Butt

Image above from Shutterstock

 

This month multiple headlines have revealed people of power who have sexually harassed and assaulted women and among the accusations, butt-grabbing. But despite the unfortunately all too high prevalence of the first two acts combined, butt-grabbing happens to almost every woman. Why?

The Butt

Let’s start with the anatomy of the derriere.  It lies inferior to the waist and spine and is composed of the following:  the pelvis, giving it structure; muscles (gluteus mimimus, gluteus medius and gluteus maximus) allowing it to shake and shimmy; fat providing the cushion; and skin to offer a place to don tattoos.

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Purpose of the Butt

So as you see from above, the butt is involved in a variety of actions from hip movement to pelvis stabilization to cushioning of the bones when one falls. However its main purpose involves sexual attraction and activity.

Animal instinct

Humans, by nature, are animals.  True, we eat with a spoon and fork, and know how to navigate Netflix, but according to Mother Nature we are highly specialized animals.  So our bodies were designed at the start to attract each other and mate.

Back in the caveman days, sexual positions were not as well choreographed as they are today.  There was no such thing as the reverse cowgirl.  “Doggie-style” or mating from behind was the norm.  Hence a butt needed to be inviting…round, soft and appearing to allow easy entry into the vagina.  Moreover, cavemen didn’t want to bruise their pelvic bones during sex, hence cushioning was greatly appreciated.

As with most animals, sexual activity starts with the touch of the behind.  Hence its instinct when a man grabs a tushee.

We’re attracted to round shapes

The human body is wrought with shapes…circles, triangles, ovals, etc. and these shapes exist for a reason.

Breasts are round and contain round areola allowing infants easy-to-see shapes so they can navigate towards their food source. Female pubic hair is naturally triangularly distributed creating a landscaped arrow for the mate to go.

So a round protruding tushee, lying beneath a curved and narrow waist, calls to the average mate because humans like round bouncy objects.  That’s why rubber balls are toy and sporting good store favorites.

 

It’s less intrusive than touching the face

Touching a woman’s face or breasts yields a much higher rejection risk than touching a body part that is behind her and not easily visualized.  It could easily be brushed off as an accident if a potential mate wants to save face.

 

So how can a woman avoid getting her butt grabbed?

Do what our Mom’s and Grandma’s do….wear a moo moo.  Older women have learned that if they hide the curves, the waist and their buttocks, no one will grab at their behind.  Avoiding short skirts, jeans, tight-fitting pants, and thong bikinis will hide the animal-enticing shapes.   Moo moos ladies….moo moos…..

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

 

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The New Star Wars Trailer is Out!

At halftime during the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings game Monday night, fans came together to watch the first release of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer.

Lei and Luke appear to have huge roles in the next saga and Kylo and Ren appear to join forces at the jawdropping end.  I love it…..and wish I could train to be a Jedi!

The Last Jedi (Official) Trailer

 

And here is the (Official) Teaser……

 

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Woman Goes Blind in One Eye After Playing Game on Phone for Hours

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A 21 year old woman from Dongguan, China suffered a retinal artery occlusion after a full-day smartphone video game marathon.

Wu Xiaojing claimed to have played the game, Arena of Valor/Honor of Kings, for 7-8 hours in a row one weekend.  The game is very popular in China and is gaining popularity world wide.  According to PocketGamer.biz, the game bagged more than 50 million daily active users in January 2017.

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Xiaojing worked in finance, staring at a computer screen at work all day.  She admitted in an interview, “During my days off, I would wake up at 6am, eat breakfast and start playing until around 4pm. I would stop and eat something before taking a short nap and continue playing until 1am or 2am. Sometimes, I would even be too lazy to stop and eat.”

Xiaojing’s vision began to dim when she took a break at dinner time and then it completely disappeared.  She sought immediate medical help and its unclear if she will regain her vision.  Doctors believe the eyestrain from hours upon hours of play caused a retinal artery occlusion.

 

What is a retinal artery occlusion?

A retinal artery occlusion is basically a stroke that affects the eye.  The retinal artery supplies blood to the retina.  The retina is crucial for vision as it lines the back of the eye, collects light signals, and converts them into neural signals that the brain can differentiate and process.

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Retinal artery occasions are painless and come on suddenly.  Arteriosclerosis causes the majority of retinal artery occlusions, however many other causes include:

Inflammatory diseases such as lupus

Clotting disorders

Medications including birth control pills

Drugs including cocaine

Infections such as syphilis

and retinal “migraine” or vasospasm of the retinal artery.

There’s a possibility that the woman’s marathon of video game playing caused a vasospasm of the retinal artery.  The sooner the occlusion is medically addressed, the better the chance to restore vision.  However 2/3 of cases result in poor vision restoration as the retina is very sensitive to lack of blood flow for any amount of time.

 

Can video games cause other visual problems?

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) has been described as visual issues stemming from chronic staring at a computer screen. Symptoms can include dry eyes, blurry vision, headaches, neck and back pain.

There’s been controversy whether smartphone use can cause retinal detachment, eye cancer and nearsightedness in children.  More research is being done in these areas.

In 2009, however, a study out of the University of Rochester found video game playing to IMPROVE vision as it enhanced the ability to discern shades of gray by 58% in gamers.

 

How can I avoid vision issues when it comes to my computer/smartphone?

Firstly, remember the 20-20-20 rule:

Every 20 minutes take a break, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds

Secondly, keep blinking. We forget to blink when we’re mesmerized by cool graphics and bright colors on our screen.  Dry eyes can worsen vision, so keep blinking.

Thirdly avoid glare.  Light from a window or lamp can produce a glare on your screen, irritating your eyes.  Move the screen to avoid the glare.

Fourthly, take care of your neck.  Positioning the computer screen so you don’t have to strain your neck will reduce headaches and muscle strain. The monitor should be slightly below eye level and at least 20 inches away from your face.

Finally, visit your eye doctor regularly.  He may be able to prescribe you glasses that allow less eystrain when you do computer work.

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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Hugh Hefner Found to Have Died from Drug-Resistant Infection and Cardiac Arrest

Above Image from Source Magazine

 

Its been reported that although Hugh Hefner ultimately died of cardiac arrest, he was additionally battling respiratory failure, a drug resistant E. coli infection and septicemia (blood infection) leading up to his September 27th passing.

TMZ and the LA times reported his Los Angeles Health Department death certificate stated the 6 day-long infection Hefner had been fighting was “highly resistant to antibiotics, unknown etiology,” meaning the origin of the E. coli infection was not known.

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Each of these conditions can individually cause cardiac arrest, a stopping of the heart, and each can also be deadly in their own right.  Respiratory failure occurs when the lungs can’t meet the oxygen demands of the body.  An E. coli bacterial infection that cannot be controlled with antibiotics can spread to other parts of the body. such as the lungs, causing respiratory failure as well.  If an infection spreads throughout the blood stream, sepsis ensues and a patient can go into shock, ultimately ending in cardiac arrest.

E. coli, can cause mild illness but in older individuals or those with chronic conditions, the severity skyrockets.  Moreover with its increasing resistance, E. coli is becoming a Superbug.

What is a Superbug?

A superbug is a pathogen, most commonly bacteria, that can survive antibiotics that most species would buckle under.  It’s resistance could be caused by a variety of factors.  Maybe it has a mutation that makes it stronger.  Maybe its genetic material shields it from the toxic medicine.  Maybe it’s luck.  So shortly after it celebrates surviving the antibiotic assault, it divides to reproduce, making more bacteria.  If this progeny bacteria maintain the same genetic material as its parent, or if included, mutation, they can be now be resistant to the antibiotics as well.

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Drug resistant E. coli – image from BBC

According to the CDC: Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections

The Playboy founder was laid to rest three days later, in a private ceremony, next to the grave of Marilyn Monroe.

Cooper Hefner, his son and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, said in a statement, “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.”

Last year rumors surfaced that Hugh Hefner was battling health issues and suffered significant weight loss.  In 1985 he was 58 years old when he suffered a minor stroke.  His daughter Christie subsequently assumed more of a role of the Playboy empire, later becoming CEO.

Even though his doctor stated the stroke was not life threatening, Hefner stated in an interview at that time, “My recovery is total and something of a miracle. What has happened is actually a ‘stroke of luck’ that I fully expect will change the direction of my life.”

He continued his iconic work that began when Playboy empire was launched in 1953.  Rumors circulated in 2011 that Hefner had died of a heart attack, for which he rebutted with, “I’m lying in bed next to Shera with a big smile on my face, reading tweets about my unexpected demise,” as reported by Daily Mail.

This is a developing story.

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Above:  Dr. Daliah undergoing a 3-D mammogram to screen for breast cancer

 

Celebrities such as Julia Louise-Dreyfus, Olivia Newton-John, Christina Applegate and Rita Wilson have revealed their breast cancer diagnoses, helping raise awareness for the most common cancer to affect women.  It’s the second most common cause of cancer death in females.

How common is breast cancer?

1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer of the course of their lifetime. According to BreastCancer.org, an estimated 252,710 cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US with 63,410 cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

40,610 of these women are expected to die this year of breast cancer.

How is breast cancer staged?

Breast cancer is staged based on size of the tumor, if lymph nodes are affected and whether the cancer has spread to distant areas of the body.  Prognosis varies greatly on the stage.

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IMAGE ABOVE FROM JOHNSTON HEALTH

 

Is family history a huge factor?

85% of breast cancer cases occur in women with NO family history.

Screening of breast cancer

Mammograms are the first line screening tool for breast cancer and are currently recommended biennial for women aged 50-74.  However for those at higher risk, mammogram screening should start earlier, with possible follow-up ultrasound, and be performed more regularly.

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What are the risk factors for breast cancer?

Risk factors for breast cancer include:

Age greater than 50

Family History

BRAC1 and BRAC2 genetic mutations

Alcohol use

Never been pregnant or becoming pregnant for the first time over 35 years old

Early menarche at age 11 or younger

Obesity, especially after menopause

Dense breasts

Lack of physical activity

Use of oral contraceptives

Previous “precancerous” tumors such as atypical hyperplasia

DES exposure

Previous radiation therapy

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician