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Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor

Specialty: Emergency Medicine
San Francisco, California
Coroner, Lake County, IL 17 years ER Medicine 9 years HIV Primary Care Founder & Medical Director, HealthReach (free medical clinic, Waukegan, IL) Medical Director, Green Dragonfly
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A Cavy for Xmas Dinner by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This hit the papers a few days ago, so I thought it might make a cute pre-holiday (except for those of you in the midst of your holiday) post: Are hard times threatenin ... Read on »
Healthcare cost-sharing contributes to morbidity and death by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I came across an article published in The American Prospect Online via AlterNet. The article is entitled “Lessons from the ER” and it relates the author’s thoughts about his w ... Read on »
The travails of cocaine use (ultimately death) by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Probably of more interest to people who don’t read my blog, but: The price of a gram of cocaine in the US soared 89 percent -- from 96.61 dollars to 182.73 dollars -- from ... Read on »
Teens speak up to stop deaths by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I was reading an editorial in a school newspaper recently (Stevenson High School Statesman, no link) and I thought I’d share a bit of it. I really liked it and I hope the stud ... Read on »
The uninsured are everywhere (and they are dying) by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From a Chicago tribune newsblog: 13.3 percent of 50 to 64 year old Illinoisans -- 287,084 adults -- are uninsured. What I think would really surprise folks is that o ... Read on »
Suicide Prevention Hotline mention by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine News Sun 11-28-08 DART Another sign of stressful times? The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK), in business less than four years, has answered its one ... Read on »
Fighting dementia by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine They call the article “5 ways to keep Alzheimer’s away”, but it really talks about 6. After mentioning the recent Journal of the AMA article which found ginkgo biloba of no he ... Read on »
Use-lose law; not OK to not enforce by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There was an article in the Chicago Tribune a couple of days ago about the “use-lose” law under which underage kids caught (and convicted of) drinking or being drunk have thei ... Read on »
Crying for what's wrong with you by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine We all have experienced that crying makes us feel better, but now there are studies that show that crying has health benefits as well. It makes nine out of 10 people fee ... Read on »
Fun "health" facts by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I was reading the Chicago Tribune last Sunday and they had a fun fact list in a sidebar that they had gotten from “The Germ Freak’s Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu’ and “Ger ... Read on »
Psychache by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a blog that had some interesting comments about suicide. I thought I’d post one such thought provoking paragraph: In our aver ... Read on »
and the elderly selling gravesites for cash... by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I thought the last post a bit strange and unsettling, then I saw this one (click through the ad in the link): For some, a tough economy means hocking their possessions t ... Read on »
The dead evicted by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine (These are busy times, sorry for the inconsistent posting.) I came across this article and it struck me for several reasons, so I thought I’d share: The bodies of f ... Read on »
Busy day by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As I have said before there is never a shortage of business to be cared for in the Coroner's Office. People do die from a variety of causes and with a different story behind ... Read on »
Death by Lack of Insurance II by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In response to a question about the last posting "Death by Lack of Insurance", I should mention another contribution of the lack of insurance. One large gap in accessin ... Read on »
Psychic Investigator by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Yesterday I attended a meeting of the Illinois Coroner and Medical Examiner Association held in conjunction with the Illinois Association of County Officials. One of the spe ... Read on »
Keeping them at family dinners by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In my last post I sang the praises (with back-up study “proof”) of the great benefits of have frequent and regular dinners with your kids. Regular dinners with your kids may ... Read on »
Teen death by suicide by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A local paper is doing a story on teen suicide, prompted by the fact that 3 students from the same high school have died by suicide over the last 3 months. It is definitely ... Read on »
Healing social norms to forestall death by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I am working on 3 “projects” that seem to have percolated to the top of my “to do” listings. That “3” includes our Suicide Prevention Task Force (birthed out of our office a ... Read on »
At least parts of our healthcare system need fixing by Dr. Richard Keller Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The system needs some fixing. I don’t agree/endorse everything this gentleman writies but it is worth a read: The disease is AMI ( Acute Myocardial Infarct ) or in lay te ... Read on »