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There are many physicians who suggest that their patients take low-dose aspirin for ten years or more to prevent cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. Should everyone over the age of 50 be doings this? Well sure enough, there was a viewpoint article about this issue in this week’s issue of JAMA. The authors (physicians at…

I know that this website is geared to and read by women (mostly my patients), but many of us do have men in our lives. As they (and their partners) get older they question whether they need additional male hormone (testosterone) to feel as good as they felt when they were young. There is a…

There has been a lot of media attention of late to calcium and to some extent Vitamin D. An article in the New York Times suggested that we may be overdoing calcium supplementation and that calcium can cause calcification of the coronary arteries as well as renal stones. I’ve been asked about this by several…

As some of you may have heard in the news, an advisory panel to the FDA recommended approval of a new drug called flibanserin for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder or HSDD. (Yes we have to give a medical name and call something a disorder in order to treat it; “diminished or absent…

Although I rarely write articles about pregnancy, I couldn’t pass on a study that appeared in the April issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The authors from McGill University tested Vitamin D levels in a group of pregnant women in Halfax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City (not sunny places).169 of these women…

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…

This week passed quickly and before I knew it my Friday website was due. As I scanned the various medical journals, I found an interesting article in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society. The long but very comprehensive title of the article is “Calcium/vitamin D supplementation, serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D concentrations, and cholesterol…

As physicians who treat women over 40, we’ve always assumed that estrogen is great for our bones. Studies have shown that there is rapid bone loss (as much as 10% in the first three years) after menopause! And even if estrogen is given initially, once it is discontinued, rapid bone loss occurs, again as much…

Last Friday, I delivered one of the keynote addresses for the annual conference of the Academy of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine in Las Vegas. It was a huge conference and I was somewhat overwhelmed by the 3500 medical personnel who attended. The topic of anti-aging is certainly one of major concern to medical practitioners and…

We all want to believe in vitamins, especially antioxidants, hoping that they will help us live longer, prevent chronic illness, and like Popeye’s spinach, make us strong. So when the latest JAMA published a clinical evidence synopsis from the Cochrane review about the power of antioxidants, I was intrigued. Just a reminder, the Cochrane Reviews…

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