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A recent article in JAMA pointed out the lack of CDC funding for gun control research. Even though I consider myself to be fairly well informed about issues dealing with health, I was not aware of the legislative details about funding for such an important issue. So I thought I would summarize the article and…

I struggled with choosing a topic for this week’s newsletter. Most of the medical journals are reporting on the new CDC guidelines for opioid prescriptions and the global concerns over the Zika virus. Both these topics have been amply covered in the news media. I did find an announcement that was released on Wednesday by…

Most of my patients for whom I prescribe hormone therapy know that I prefer to prescribe FDA approved transdermal estrogen via a patch, gel or cream rather than oral pills. I love it when an article comes out in a peer-reviewed journal that affirms my choice. A new “you’re right” study was published this March…

I just spent a delightful weekend with my sister who visited me from Chicago. As we hiked, ate in some great restaurants and watched agreed upon TV shows, we discussed family, politics, the Middle East and medicine. (She is a scientist.) Like most of my patients, she complained about the cost of medication. When I…

I am appalled by the utterances of Donald Trump. Pretty much all of them, but now that infamous statement that a woman should be punished for an attempt to terminate her pregnancy may be one of the worse. It is unfathomable that anyone in the civilized world would ever make such a statement even if…

I am back from vacation this week and as I scanned the medical journals, I found an article in the New England Medical Journal that I felt was important and wanted to share it with my readers in this newsletter. My patients know that I routinely ask if they are up-to-date on colonoscopy or other…

I hesitate to admit to it (I am supposed to be in my office) but I just spent a week at the Golden Door, which is a sinfully wonderful spa in San Marcos, California. Many of the guests are here to lose weight; others simply to stay fit. We begin the day at 6 AM…

I love the fact that when I opened this week’s issue of “The New England Journal of Medicine” I found that the second article was titled, “Menopause Management – Getting Clinical Care Back on Track”. I hope I don’t sound like a broken record, but I’ve been talking about “menopause neglect” for years and want…

This week the Supreme Court heard the case on Texas’s abortion regulations which would close nearly half the abortion clinics in the nation’s second largest state. The Texas law stipulates that doctors working at abortion clinics must have permission to admit women at a hospital within 50 km of the clinic and that the clinics…

Many of my patients are premenopausal or already have become menopausal. (Well all of us are pre-something.) And during this inevitable transition, 80% of women develop vasomotor symptoms…hot flashes, night sweats as well as vaginal dryness. These can become severe in nearly half of menopausal women and can last for 7 years. And to add…

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