Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, is president-elect of the American Academy of Neurology, a practicing neurologist, and a medical journalist working to improve public health and safety through education and communication.
As our tests of the iPhone 6, Samsung Note 3, and other smart phones a few months ago showed, keeping the devices in your back pocket may bend the device when you sit down. But storing your phone in your back pocket can also be bad for your back and butt.
Specifically, it can trigger sciatica, or pain that starts in your buttocks and shoots down the leg. I know that because, as a practicing neurologist, I have seen several patients complaining of the problem over the past few years. And I've been able to trace it back to the object tucked into their back pocket.
From aqua parks to Michelin star chefs, cruise lines aren’t shy about advertising their high-end amenities. But what the ads don’t reveal is that the medical facilities on board are likely to be far less grand. “People assume that they will have access to the same medical care on a cruise that they do on land, but this is hardly the case,” Natalie Newman, M.D., who has served as a ship doctor on several cruises, said. Understanding the realities of medicine at sea can help keep your “Love Boat” dream trip from turning into a “Poseidon Adventure” medical disaster.