Tag Archives: Talk

How to Talk About End-of-Life Decisions

When talking about treatment plans with patients in the emergency department, as physicians we lay out our concerns, the pros and cons of different options, and why we recommend one over the other for the particular patient. We do not ask patients which antibiotic combination they would prefer. Why is it different when we talk… Read More »

Let’s Talk about Eating Disorders

The way we talk about eating disorders matters. Here are some facts you can use to help shape the conversation around eating disorders. “Eating disorders are a medical illness.” Genetic and environmental factors can influence eating disorders. An eating disorder is not a trend or a choice. “Eating disorders are serious and can be fatal.”… Read More »

‘Parentese,’ not traditional baby talk, boosts a baby’s language development

True baby talk, which a new study shows can boost infant brain and speech development, is actually proper adult speech, just delivered in a different cadence. “It uses real words and correct grammar, but it does use a higher pitch, a slower tempo and an exaggerated intonation,” said Naja Ferjan Ramirez, an assistant professor at… Read More »

Have you looked up from your phone to talk to dining companion?

A GROWING international trend of banning diners from using smart phones and tablets while in restaurants and cafes does have some merit, a social media sociologist says. Today’s digital world means people’s phones and tablets are continually buzzing, beeping, vibrating and ringing to notify you of calls, alerts and social media notifications. It was recently… Read More »