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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…

Five days a week the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ( ACOG) emails its fellows (yes I’m a Fellow) a summary of headlines that can impact our specialty. In Thursday’s section on women’s health and research, they highlighted a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. (There are so many…

For Mother’s Day, “Save the Children” released its report on The State of the World’s Mothers. This year they concentrated on The Urban Disadvantage. Every day, 17,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday. Many of these preventable deaths occur in city slums where overcrowding and poor sanitation exists. Half the world’s population currently lives…

Some of you may have noticed that I did not write my website article last week. Well, I was sick! I got that cold and cough that seems to be going around and stayed home for a week. It was clearly viral so there were no medications other than supportive ones, i.e. cough medicine and…

A part of healthcare diligence is getting an eye examination. After the age of 40, many women are told by their friendly ophthalmologist “I see the beginning of cataracts”. Or worse, especially as we get older “You have cataracts.” That pronouncement does not equate with total loss of vision for most Americans who have access…

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