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I’ll send a personal message next week when I finish seeing patients and close my practice. This week I want to write (albeit late) my usual medical newsletter on a subject that I’ve covered many times: cancer risk from obesity. That risk has just been re-iterated in a special report published in the New England…

There are many physicians who suggest that their patients take low-dose aspirin for ten years or more to prevent cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. Should everyone over the age of 50 be doings this? Well sure enough, there was a viewpoint article about this issue in this week’s issue of JAMA. The authors (physicians at…

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…

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 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…

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…

Before I address the debate about when to start, how often to get, and when to stop mammograms, I want to emphasize that mammography screening saves lives. As many of you read or heard on the news, the United States Preventative Task Force (USPTF), an independent board of physicians and experts appointed by the Department…

Every physician knows how important family history can be to assessing risk for cancer as well as heart disease, diabetes and a myriad of chronic illnesses. An excellent method for computing the impact of familial risk is to study twins and this is exactly what was done in the Nordic twin study that was just…

I haven’t eaten red meat in 30 years. I stopped when I read an article that showed that in the large Nurses Study, red meat consumption significantly increased risk of colon cancer. I decided, hey why don’t I try stopping and see how I feel. I immediately lost 8 pounds, felt great (although I missed…

I’m writing this website from Tel Aviv where I am visiting family. We intend to cook a turkey with stuffing as well as all the traditional sides and desserts. After carefully planning the meal (we had to special order a large turkey), I couldn’t help but notice a nutrition based study that was published in…

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