March 1, 2010 |
President Obama is fit as a fiddle, but he should lower his cholesterol and kick his smoking habit. That was the opinion of White House physician Jeffrey Kuhlman on Sunday after Obama's first routine physical examination since becoming president. The 90-minute exam, conducted at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., found that the 48-year-old Obama was in "excellent health" and "fit for duty." The doctor said Obama did not need to return for another routine exam until August 2011, after he turns 50. Although Obama has cut back on cigarettes, he has not quit and the doctor recommended that he "continue smoking cessation efforts," including nicotine gum. And although Obama generally eats well, the doctor said his cholesterol had risen significantly since his last exam in July 2008.
February 18, 2008 |
Any good physical examination is highly individual, whether it's with the family doctor who's known you since childhood or with a team at a hospital-based executive physical program. Patients going for an executive physical can expect a packet of information to precede their visit. They'll fill out head-to-toe medical information and answer questions about lifestyle and family medical history so that a team of physicians can design a physical for their unique needs.
February 18, 2008 |
For busy people, time is money. And when you've got more money than time, the cost of an executive physical examination is kind of like the price of a yacht. If you have to ask, you can't afford it. Tom Gilmore arrived at L.A.'s Good Samaritan Hospital on a bright Friday morning, sporting a dark blue Nike warmup suit the hospital had sent.
April 23, 2007 |
As boys grow up and become sexually active, they cut back on regular visits to the doctor, sometimes for reasons of cost and lack of health insurance. But a new study cites another factor: boys' beliefs about what it means to be a man. The study of 15- to 19-year-olds, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, suggests that young men view visits to a healthcare provider as a sign of weakness.
February 13, 2006 |
SITTING in a cold, sterile room in a blue paper dress, you tell yourself you're taking care of business. That's when the doctor listens to your heart and lungs, hits the knees with a mallet, shines a flashlight into eyes, nose and mouth -- and pronounces you fit as a fiddle. Ready to go for another year. Don't kid yourself. Study after study has found that the annual physical exam is almost worthless, a medical anachronism that should be buried alongside the iron lung and mercurochrome.
August 23, 2005 |
The NFL's medical liaison said Monday that each team's physical examinations were comprehensive, that it was too early to judge whether the death of 23-year-old San Francisco 49er lineman Thomas Herrion was caused in part by obesity, and that one test that might have found a difficult-to-detect heart problem wasn't necessary. Dr.