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Last week the media covered the news that the sugar industry had attempted to influence (and even dictate) early medical reviews on the impact of sugar on coronary vascular disease (CHD). As usual with most news reports, the catchy headline got our attention. (Well it did for some of us, but this week Hillary’s pneumonia…

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…

I’m not the only one that expresses strong viewpoints (which I admit can be annoying, especially for my family). This week’s JAMA published a very opinionated article in its viewpoint section with accompanying statistics that are so significant that I feel compelled pass on… The article, written by the director of the CDC, expresses outrage…

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 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 quickly glanced at the first 2014 issue of JAMA before I returned to the office on January 2. And there was the first article to deal with weight… It was titled ” New obesity guidelines: promise and potential”. As we go back to our regular lives after the nutritional and alcohol excesses of the…

I searched this last week’s medical journals to find an article to write about. Unfortunately there was nothing I felt would be of interest to most of my patients. My fall back is usually JAMA, but the latest issue dealt with combat casualties, care for mass casualty events, treatment of post dramatic stress disorder and…

Certain songs play over and over again in our minds…One that haunts me was written by Charles Fox and sung by Roberta Flack; “Killing Me Softly with His Song”. I was humming it while reading an article in the journal Menopause. (Please don’t laugh.) The article was a met- analysis  of studies that measured the…

The saying that politics makes for strange bedfellows took on a new low when Michelle Bachman came out with her ridiculous statement against HPV vaccination. (In case you didn’t get the pun…HPV infection is most frequently transferred in a bed … or for that matter in any place that allows for sexual contact.)  So I’ll…

This calls for a 101 on ovarian function: During our reproductive lives, the ovaries provide us with our essential female hormones… estrogen and progesterone which are taken up by receptors in every cell in our body. These hormones are produced through the development of primordial eggs or oocytes within the ovaries. The ovary of the…

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