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Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

Navigating a hospital stay

Hospitalization can be a pretty bad experience. Almost everyone needs a guardian…

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
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What’s hot and what’s not in knee surgery: a few of the highlights

Stem cells are both in and out. It was once thought that…

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San Mateo native Tom Brady is preparing for yet another Super Bowl. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

Cell turnover keeps athletes like Tom Brady healthy despite bacteria-ridden mouth guard

Watch Tom Brady’s mouth guard. In and out of his mouth, covered…

San Mateo native Tom Brady is preparing for yet another Super Bowl. (Keith Allison/Flickr)
Immediate, hands-on physical therapy is among the best ways to treat back pain. (Courtesy photo)

Tips for dealing with back pain

Low back pain connects with a special region in the brain and…

Immediate, hands-on physical therapy is among the best ways to treat back pain. (Courtesy photo)
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Top five reasons to avoid space travel

1. Gravity *The lack of gravitational force is deadly to humans. The…

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Pop, catch, give way: The sounds you don’t want to hear

“Doc, my knee popped, it now catches and gives way.” Whether it…

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There are far fewer injuries on groomed trails than in rough skiing conditions. (Courtesy photo)

10 uncommon tips for staying safe on the ski slopes

Surely you have heard the usual advice: Get strong, stay flexible, don’t…

There are far fewer injuries on groomed trails than in rough skiing conditions. (Courtesy photo)
The genetics experiment reported to have been carried out in China last month in which the world's first gene-edited babies were born, raises many questions but it also opens up possibilities. (Courtesy photo)

Gene editing has the potential to kill off diseases

The first known experiment using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique with live…

The genetics experiment reported to have been carried out in China last month in which the world's first gene-edited babies were born, raises many questions but it also opens up possibilities. (Courtesy photo)
In the past, surgeons contributed to arthritis as often as they tried to solve the problems for patients. (Courtesy photo)

Can arthritis someday be cured?

I used to find a lot of time in every second. Rapid…

In the past, surgeons contributed to arthritis as often as they tried to solve the problems for patients. (Courtesy photo)
An estimated one in 10,000 cells in our bodies are stem cells when we are young. This number declines to one in several million as we reach adulthood. (Courtesy photo)

Goodbye Stem Cells?

The stem cell tsunami overwhelming all of medicine is evolving. Where once…

An estimated one in 10,000 cells in our bodies are stem cells when we are young. This number declines to one in several million as we reach adulthood. (Courtesy photo)
Bone fractures to the knee can either heal just fine or lead to arthritis. (Courtesy photo)

Breaking bad

Bone fractures around the knee fall into two groups: Those that lead…

Bone fractures to the knee can either heal just fine or lead to arthritis. (Courtesy photo)
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Get out to get in

Life has turned inward. The smartphone, the personal computer, streaming TV, even…

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Weak abdominal muscles can be linked to back pain, but many of us ignore ab exercises. (Courtesy photo)

Daily abs

The abs have it. If you could focus on only one part…

Weak abdominal muscles can be linked to back pain, but many of us ignore ab exercises. (Courtesy photo)

AI bots democratize medicine

Artificial Intelligence-enabled systems that interpret radiologic studies are advancing to the point…

There is no required reporting on nearly any of the medical devices used in the United States once the implant has been approved by the FDA. (Courtesy photo)

Ignorant no more

I believe that no doctor should do anything to or put anything…

There is no required reporting on nearly any of the medical devices used in the United States once the implant has been approved by the FDA. (Courtesy photo)
Serena Williams of USA reacts during 3rd round match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of USA at the 2015 US Open Championship. (Courtesy photo)

The mind game — again

When Serena Williams was penalized during the US Open, she turned her…

Serena Williams of USA reacts during 3rd round match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of USA at the 2015 US Open Championship. (Courtesy photo)
Surgical robots provide a real-time solution for a number of problems associated with knee surgeries. (Courtesy photo)

The robots are here

Total knee replacement has been a godsend for many people with severe…

Surgical robots provide a real-time solution for a number of problems associated with knee surgeries. (Courtesy photo)
Knowing your surgeons preferences is a key point to consider when selecting treatment. (Courtesy photo)

The bias of your surgeon

Know the bias of your surgeon. It dramatically affects the care you…

Knowing your surgeons preferences is a key point to consider when selecting treatment. (Courtesy photo)
The gap in time before arthritis sets in is often silent. (Courtesy photo)

Minding the gap

There are two critical time gaps in joint injuries: The first is…

The gap in time before arthritis sets in is often silent. (Courtesy photo)
A new treatment for gastrointestinal disorders involves introducing “normal gut bacteria” into the afflicted person’s system. (Courtesy photo)

Mind, body, gut

Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free…all these variations of diets originally designed to address irritable…

A new treatment for gastrointestinal disorders involves introducing “normal gut bacteria” into the afflicted person’s system. (Courtesy photo)