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Last week I was walking on the boardwalk in Venice with my daughter and soon to be son-in-law and we passed a large green and white sign with a picture of a cannabis plant. Several, young people dressed in green scrubs were handing out flyers proclaiming that the doctor was in the “office” situated between…

By now you have heard about the side effects of this commonly used both over-the-counter and prescription medication to raise HDL and lower LDL. But I finally got the article in the July 17 New England Journal of Medicine and wanted to give you a little more scientific information. I almost didn’t write this segment…

This article is not based on a Colorado medical journal…it’s from a review article that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 5. It was authored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at The National Institutes of Health. They stated that, “In light of the rapidly shifting landscape regarding the…

Seventy five percent of women who become menopausal will have hot flashes, night sweats and sleep problems which, although not life-threatening, can certainly impact quality of life. I have spent much of my career writing about this and indeed treating women with these symptoms. For those who have no contraindications, hormone therapy will usually be…

Many of us do it, we take those pills that cost a fortune and we split them in half and then figure insurance will cover two month’s worth instead of one. The insurance company will save money, we have a lower co pay and fewer trips to the pharmacy, so why not? The editors at…

Most of us have heard that men over 50 should consider taking daily aspirin in order to reduce their risk of a heart attack. This recommendation was primarily based on the Physicians Health Study which showed that in the healthy men that were followed, daily aspirin decreased the incidence of first heart attack by as…

Last week, I had a somewhat animated discussion with an erudite friend who felt that science is so advanced that we don’t have to worry about resistant bacteria. I argued that we did. And although when it comes to bacterial attacks I really don’t want to be the one to say “I told you so”,…

Every once in a while you’ll see a “how awful” media story about a young woman who had a stroke or clot in her lungs that was ostensibly caused by oral contraceptive pills (OCPs). Lawyers are suing, OCP users are scared and I get lots of calls from concerned patients and parents. And then there…

We’ve all been hearing more and more about HPV infections; that they cause cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, anal cancer, throat cancer, mouth cancer and venereal warts. I’ve written several articles about the need to immunize girls and boys with the HPV vaccine. The most common vaccine, Gardasil is given in 3 doses, it is a…

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