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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…

This new guideline has been widely reported in the news and has received a plethora of media attention. I’ve also been asked by patients how this will impact my advice… so I thought I would devote this week’s article to the subject of breast cancer screening. First, just the facts: Breast cancer is the most…

There has been a lot of media attention of late to calcium and to some extent Vitamin D. An article in the New York Times suggested that we may be overdoing calcium supplementation and that calcium can cause calcification of the coronary arteries as well as renal stones. I’ve been asked about this by several…

I just passed my Cologuard test. No, there’s no grade it’s just a result that’s negative or positive and thankfully my test was negative. I have discussed this colorectal cancer test in a previous article, but to review…It is a stool test that can ascertain the presence of abnormal DNA due to advanced adenomas (considered…

We are dying from too much sun. I’m not talking about global warming, although our fossil fuel consumption does have an impact on the ozone layer… Melanoma rates in the United States have doubled between 1982 and 2011. According to data from the CDC the incidence of melanoma increased from 11.2 cases per 100,000 population…

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