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A recent article in JAMA pointed out the lack of CDC funding for gun control research. Even though I consider myself to be fairly well informed about issues dealing with health, I was not aware of the legislative details about funding for such an important issue. So I thought I would summarize the article and…

I am appalled by the utterances of Donald Trump. Pretty much all of them, but now that infamous statement that a woman should be punished for an attempt to terminate her pregnancy may be one of the worse. It is unfathomable that anyone in the civilized world would ever make such a statement even if…

This week the Supreme Court heard the case on Texas’s abortion regulations which would close nearly half the abortion clinics in the nation’s second largest state. The Texas law stipulates that doctors working at abortion clinics must have permission to admit women at a hospital within 50 km of the clinic and that the clinics…

I receive the AMA website on a daily basis and quickly look at the health news and articles that are summarized. (Yes it is one more email to read and then trash on my iPhone.) This week, most of the medical attention was focused on the Zika virus, but in between articles on this horrifically…

The Super Bowl will be on this Sunday. Many of us can’t wait to watch it, others are eager to see the commercials and the half time show, and there are those who simply look forward to going to a Super Bowl party. This is the most watched and commercialized event during the year 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…

Many of my friends and patients have asked me about my opinion of the video that showed a  Planed Parenthood employee discussing reimbursement for recovery of fetal tissue. I tried to explain the fact that the video was misleading and was edited in order to make Planned Parenthood seem as if it was conducting callous…

The end of the personal belief exemption for vaccinations of children in California has been celebrated in a “front page” article in the August 27th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Here is a synopsis of what the authors from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Law School wrote. “The new law…

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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