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Musical Marvin — from Homelessness to Jazz Drummer

At the Massachusetts General Hospital homeless clinic, I am privileged to care for a genuinely delightful elderly gentleman, “Marvin”. A 74-year-old man with high blood pressure, diabetes, gout and depression, Marvin had recently came in for a physical exam, to get medication refills, and to update me on the events of his life. Many of my homeless patients, […]




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Boston Herald Radio with Dr. Lipi Roy — Antidepressants and Sleeping Pills

On this segment of “Doctor’s Call”, we discussed a recent article about the long-term effects of psychiatric medications, namely antidepressants. I also addressed another study about car accidents and sleeping medications. Listen here! Read below for more details. ================================================================ Long-term Effects of Antidepressants In an article recently published in the British Medical Journal, two researchers debated over the long-term […]




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“Doctor’s Call” Boston Herald Radio: Pseudobulbar Affect, Back Pain and the Cold

Hello, hello! Hope everyone who is living in cold climates is staying warm and safe. On today’s “Doctor’s Call” segment on Boston Herald Radio, hosts Jaclyn Cashman and Hillary Chabot asked me about a rare neurologic condition called Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA), as well as back pain (especially in light of shoveling during nonstop snowfall) and the […]




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Homeless Patients Overcome Obstacles and DO Get Better!

My Friday morning clinic last week at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Homeless Clinic was a reminder of why I went into medicine and specifically why I care for the underserved. In spite facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles – medical, psychological, social – these very special patients demonstrate the true meaning of resilience. Here are their […]




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“Doctor’s Call” Boston Herald Radio: “Winter Blues” and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter-Related Stress (“Blues”) Stress and depression occur frequently during winter months, and specifically during the holidays.   WHY? While the holiday season is often associated with happy images such as parties,  food, drinks and presents, the reality can be VERY different. Big, traditional holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s eve are major stressors. Shopping, cooking, baking, […]




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Veterans Day — Caring for Homeless Veterans

As I worked in the clinic of Pine Street shelter in Boston today, Veterans Day, I reflected back on the many military servicemen and servicewomen I’ve had the privilege of caring for. They have come to see me at various outpatient clinical settings, including homeless shelters such as Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House, and hospital-based clinics at the Massachusetts […]




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