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I rarely write website articles on prenatal issues, but I thought that the fish debate was one that would be interesting, not just to my patients who are considering getting or are already pregnant, but also to their mothers, mother-in-laws and the rest of the family and friends who eagerly offer advice as soon as…

I didn’t have a chance to discuss this in my last website and even though I’m a week late I wanted to belatedly acknowledge the International Day of the Girl which was celebrated on October 11. In honor of that day, the CDC sent an email with information that they hoped would raise awareness about…

This has been a fabulous week for me. On Monday, I was honored by the National Breast Cancer Coalition event titled “Les Girls”. Unlike most “disease dinners” this was a cabaret style stage show with television actors singing, dancing and providing fabulous entertainment to a few hundred guests who were there to raise money and…

Up to 20% of women experience at least one episode of clinical depression in their lifetime. Talking to my patients and surveying my family, I sometimes think it might be even more than that… But I will cheerfully tell you about an article that came out in the New England Journal of Medicine on June…

The May issue of The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology features a section called Current Commentary and this month deals with fetal imaging. The article included an executive summary on ultrasound by experts from multiple medical societies including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Radiology. It addressed the indications…

This is not just a story about pregnancy woes….it really has to do with the way the American court of opinion can influence the regulation of medication. Many of you will remember the medication Bendectin, which was prescribed years ago to help control gestational nausea and pregnancy. (I took it along with 25 percent of…

Most of you know about amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS…not the drugstore!). A quick review: Since the 1960s women over 35 were told that they had an increased risk of having a child with the extra chromosomal that caused Down’s syndrome and that once pregnant this could be detected with amniocentesis. (A procedure in…

I have obsessively discussed the positive health aspects of the various forms of contraception in my newsletters over the past few years. (Clearly a part of my Planned Parenthood background!) I have also proclaimed gender health success when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stated that after August 1, 2012, preventive health services recommended by the…

Like many gynecologists, I no longer deliver babies. (I do miss it, although I don’t miss the hours.) And I realize that most of my patients are not going to have to deal with decisions about delivery. But their friends, daughters, daughters-in-laws and even granddaughters may. There was a prominent article that came out in…

As I leave for a brief vacation over the holiday, I wonder (as do most Americans) what’s going to happen to that impending fiscal cliff. Somehow, I reassure myself our divided congress will get this settled. But I am less complacent about the outcome for healthcare in the year and years to come. Just before…

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