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What to Learn From Running a Marathon

Dr. Colin Knight What to Learn From Running a Marathon

Legend says that that the first man to run a marathon famously died upon the finish (the real story appears to be vastly different, however). However, many people run marathons as a way to increase their physical fitness and enjoy a fun activity. Others run them to fulfill the dream of completing a challenge. I’ve completed three in my lifetime. I ran in the first USAF marathon when I was a flight surgeon. I’ve also finished the Pittsburgh marathon and the Miami marathon. Running marathons may offer many benefits to your health, but can also provide mental and psychological advantages. If you want to know what you can learn from running a marathon, there are a few facts to understand.

Know What You’re Capable Of
When running a marathon, it will prove to be both physically and mentally exhausting as you push yourself to new limits. You’ll have to learn how to keep yourself motivated and stay positive to avoid quitting early. By participating in a marathon, you’ll know what you’re truly capable of, which can be incredibly empowering and can cause you to set more goals in the future.

Allow Yourself to Experience Setbacks
Having a few setbacks while running a marathon can be extremely challenging and can cause some people to drop out. Understanding that setbacks are a part of the experience and that you can learn and grow from them will empower you to continue pushing forward. You’ll become more resilient and won’t become as discouraged.

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Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida, Uncategorized

Miami’s Best Breweries

Dr. Colin Knight Miami's Best Breweries

When I first moved to Miami just over a decade ago, beer had a minor presence. That has changed. While Miami is widely known for its cocktail scene, many quality breweries have sprung up in the area. Combining creative brewing with vibrant taprooms and bars, the craft breweries of Miami are ready to show you a good time. Here are Miami’s top five craft breweries. Enjoy one of these breweries the next time you are in the Miami area.

M.I.A. Beer Company
M.I.A. Brewery, a taproom and restaurant in west Doral, serves its own beers along with selected local microbrews. The styles range from a Tourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel to a Big in Japan sake beer. The restaurant serves bar food favorites from Mexican and American cuisines.

J Wakefield Brewing
One of my favorite spots for sour beers in Wynwood, J Wakefield Brewing’s taproom features graffiti as good as its brews.

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Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida, Uncategorized

Travel Apps for the Savvy Traveler

Dr. Colin Knight Travel Apps for the Savy Traveler

Traveling is one of the most enjoyable activities to participate in as you get a chance to visit new locations and learn about different cultures. Although traveling is exciting, it can also be expensive and inconvenient in many cases. If you want to enjoy an easy and affordable trip, there are a few smartphone apps to take advantage of when planning an upcoming excursion. Here are some of the apps I have on my phone:

  • Hotel Tonight & Airbnb
  • Mobile Passport App
  • Tourist Information
  • Pack Point

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Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida, Uncategorized

Pneumomediastinum

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For most people, the term pneumomediastinum may be unusual, but for approximately one in 7,300 people, the condition is familiar. Pneumomediastinum is air that is present in the chest that becomes trapped in the mediastinum, the area of the body which contains the lungs, heart, trachea, and esophagus. My colleagues and I published a study of management of pneumomediastinum a few years ago.

Symptoms
Many different symptoms are associated with Pneumomediastinum, which includes neck pain, coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, a hoarse voice, and vomiting. The symptoms can come on severe or develop gradually, depending on the severity of the condition.

Some babies who are born with the condition may not show any signs or have symptoms. Others may have flaring of nostrils, rapid breathing, and grunting. They may need to receive oxygen to help them breathe correctly until the condition resolves.

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Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida

“Is there a doctor on board?”

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I just finished reading news that American Airlines is being sued by the family of a woman who died on board a flight from Hawaii. I won’t recount the all details here, but it seems she fell ill, a doctor on board recommended that the flight be diverted, he was overruled, the woman died, and the equipment on board was inadequate to revive her. Of course, that’s assuming she was revivable. The news account reported she died of a pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot traveling to the lungs. The death rate for a massive PE that requires CPR is about 75% in one study. But that is for the lawyers to debate. Reading the article prompted me to recall some of my experiences responding on airplanes as “the doctor on board.”

Flying several miles in the air with limited resources available makes responding to a medical emergency on a flight akin to practicing wilderness medicine. The airlines, I’m sure, want all of their passengers to arrive safely. The most prudent thing would be to divert every plane with a medical emergency to the nearest airport, but with roughly one in every six hundred flights having a medical emergency on board, roughly 80,000 flights a day in the United States, and an average cost per diversion of $100,000, it would cost $13,000,000 a day to divert them all. And that is discounting the cost of the inconvenience to the thousands of people who are also on those flights. So diversion is going to be a rare event. The FAA requires airlines flying in the US to have a basic medical kit that includes airway supplies, an inhaler plus seven other medications, and “basic instructions” for using the medications. Responders can advise the captain whether or not to divert, but ultimately it is the captain’s decision.

I’ve responded to three in-flight medical emergencies….

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Dr. Colin Knight, Miami, Florida

Common Pediatric Surgeries

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In order to treat both acute and persistent conditions in children’s health, pediatric surgery is often needed. With rapid advances in the technology we have in medicine today, many of these surgeries are now routine and have a very low risk factor.

In one of Dr. Colin Knight’s recent blogs, he explains some of the most common surgeries he’s performed as a pediatric surgeon.

  • Appendectomy
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Skin and Soft Tissue
  • Vascular Access
  • Congenital Defects