Why your friend should never be your doctor.

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A few years ago, a close friend of mine met a guy who knocked her off her feet. It had been a while since she’d met anyone whom she really liked and she was deliriously happy, so much so that we didn’t see her for two months. By the time we did, she’d become both a rabid soccer fan and French bulldog lover, neither of which she’d been 8 weeks prior. But new love is like that, right? …

Subacute Thyroiditis After COVID-19 Infection: An Unexpected Parting Gift

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Thyroid disorders, in general, are often shrouded in some degree of mystery. While organs like the heart or kidneys have functions that are intuitively obvious (to pump blood, filter and excrete urine) — the thyroid’s role in the body is more opaque, often described with vague terms like “metabolism regulation” and “hormone secretion.” Many patients are familiar with the concept of an overactive or underactive thyroid: these conditions are called hyper- and hypothyroidism, respectively. But when you add the fact that the two main blood tests used to monitor thyroid function are inversely proportional to each other, and that the…

Susan Kim, MD

I'm a board-certified physician with a passion for patient education that's accessible. I'm always wondering if I should adopt another cat.

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