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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…

I am writing this on a flight home to LA from New York. I went to the very cold east coast for a Save the Children board meeting and Gala. I participated in three days of nonstop discussions (and celebration) of the humanitarian efforts of this amazing NGO (non governmental organization) for which I have…

Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. (More than breast, colorectal and prostate cancer combined!) A proper medical history should always include a smoking history and medical care should include therapies (and ongoing encouragement) to stop if a…

We all know what comes with our 50th birthday… The advice by your physician to get colon cancer screening. And then comes the yuck factor; discussion of the ways to do a colon cleanse in order to be able to view the interior aspects of this very long digestive conduit with either a “true” or…

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