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The word epidemic is tossed around by the media quite easily…. it’s a scary word that sells news. Unfortunately it doesn’t always sell individual health care. The incidence of diabetes is rising to such an extent that it unfortunately warrants the term “epidemic”. Most concerning is the statistic that up to 40% of people with…

Data obtained from the well-known Nurses’ Health Study show that weight loss after menopause does indeed decrease the risk of breast cancer. This study began in 1976, at which time it enrolled over 120,000 female, married, registered nurses who were, at the time, between the ages of 30 and 55. These women have been followed…

A vaccination against 4 types of human papilloma virus or HPV (two that cause venereal warts and two associated with 70% of cervical cancers) has received FDA approval and has been marketed by Merck under the brand name of Gardasil. Pediatricians, internists and gynecologists have been giving the series of three shots to girls and…

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (or in short ACOG, the organization to which I belong) now recommends routine HIV screening for women aged 19-64 (or younger patients having sex). The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has actually made this recommendation since 2006. More than one million people in the United States are infected…

This is a Stage 0 (not invasive) breast cancer. Today DCIS constitutes 20% of all diagnosed breast cancers. The in situ means that the cancer cells have not penetrated the basement membrane (think surrounding perimeter) of the breast ducts. This very early malignancy is now found much more frequently than in the past because of…

I know this isn’t a gynecologic subject, but it does allow us to tell our spouses, adult children, friends (and ourselves) to slow down, be alert and use a seat belt….and  for goodness sake stop talking on that handheld or even Bluetooth connected phone while driving. In 2005 (the most recent year for which data…

Yaz is the relatively new birth control pill that contains a progestin called drosperinone. The estrogen and progestins in Yaz are the same as those in the older BCP called Yasmin.  However, Yas has a lower dose of estrogen and the active portion of the pill is present for more days in the pill cycle….

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