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I’m writing this Friday’s website article from Tel Aviv. My daughter’s twins, born at 32.5 weeks are maturing and gaining weight in the NICU at Tel Hashomer and I’m privileged to be able to spend time there helping her and the terrific staff care for them. I will return to LA the end of next…

Ten days ago my daughter had an emergency C-section at 32 weeks for her identical twins. I grabbed a flight and flew to Tel Aviv and will remain here until the end of the month. Since this is a women’s health website, let me provide a quick medical synopsis on identical twin pregnancies… They are…

Patients often ask me why I don’t prescribe Cipro (ciprofloxacin) as the first line of antibiotic treatment when they have bladder infections. Well here is why: Since 2008 there have been warnings about the fact that this broad-spectrum antibiotic can impact the bacteria in the gut (and cause overgrowth of the “wrong” bacteria) and can…

I wasn’t sure what sort of catchy title I could give to this article … I considered (but rejected) “preventing death from below”. So I will just go straight to the content: Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Most physicians try to impart this message to their…

I usually don’t go “legal” on this website but I couldn’t help but notice an article in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine which dealt with the First Amendment, physician speech and firearm safety. Next week, the full Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida. Wollschlaeger is…

I know that obesity statistics are literally shoved down our throats. But hey, if we’re going to over-consume the wrong foods at least we should be aware of the results. There are some startling new stats about obesity in a viewpoint article published in the June 7th issue of JAMA. The article is titled “Lifespan…

I rarely cite The New York Times as my source for medical reporting. If you have read any of my website articles you know that I consistently write about published articles on osteoporosis. But in all modesty, I realize that the New York Times has a much greater audience than I do. So I was…

The May 10 issue of JAMA had a very interesting article titled “Evolving approaches in research and care for ovarian cancers”. This was a report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. It was congressionally mandated and sponsored by the CDC. (Our tax dollars fund this.) Approximately 22,280 women are diagnosed with ovarian…

I am writing this friday’s website article from Tel Aviv. I came to (a) see my daughters and (b) attend The International Women’s Forum World Cornerstone Conference. Most importantly the girls are great, my two grandchildren adorable and my younger daughter’s identical twin pregnancy is now 28 weeks (but she looks term and is having…

In honor of Mother’s Day, various organizations have been talking about the importance of mothers, (obvious), their needs and their resilience. Last Monday I was invited to attend an evening sponsored by Save the Children to listen to a presentation of, “The Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into the Complex American Mom: what she needs, wants…

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