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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…

So a patient comes in to my office (sorry if this sounds like the beginning of one of those bar jokes) and as part of my due diligence I update her chart with her current medications. Upon enquiring as to what she is now taking, I may be given a container of various pills with…

A new article in the Journal Obstetrics and Gynecology aptly titled “In the Trenches” emphasizes the importance of checking your urine.

I keep a mental dietary list which I review at the end of each day…”Let’s see, I had juice in the morning, salad at lunch, two vegetables at dinner and fruit for dessert. OK, now I’ve had my five or more fruits and vegetables and have done my nutritional duty to ward off cancer.” It…

I routinely ask my new patients: “How much, on average, do you drink each week?” In order to make this question slightly less accusatory, I also add “do you usually have wine with dinner or a cocktail before?” If the answer is “yes, one or two glasses”, I then feel obligated to discuss the pros…

We commonly use the adjective “sweet” to imply niceness….and of course the taste that has so domineered our palate. But the “added sugars” that help achieve the latter are anything but sweet to our hearts, brains or blood vessels. (I’ll refrain from using the word bittersweet.)  They are cloying together (my new term) to raise…

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