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The Supreme Court has struck down a law closing abortion clinics in Texas. This has major implications for abortion rights throughout the country and was discussed last week in viewpoint sections of both the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. “Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt” will significantly expand women’s access to abortions. “Whole Women’s…

August 31 marks the end of my office practice. Over the past decades (for many more than three!), I was able to help my patients conceive, or provide contraception so they would not, deliver their babies, treat infections, detect cancer, perform surgeries, treat hormonal symptoms from peri-menopause to menopause, diagnose health conditions and I hope,…

I am writing this friday’s website article from Tel Aviv. I came to (a) see my daughters and (b) attend The International Women’s Forum World Cornerstone Conference. Most importantly the girls are great, my two grandchildren adorable and my younger daughter’s identical twin pregnancy is now 28 weeks (but she looks term and is having…

In honor of Mother’s Day, various organizations have been talking about the importance of mothers, (obvious), their needs and their resilience. Last Monday I was invited to attend an evening sponsored by Save the Children to listen to a presentation of, “The Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into the Complex American Mom: what she needs, wants…

I am extraordinarily lucky to be celebrating the holiday in Hawaii. What a wonderful place to view the ocean, beaches, green vegetation (so absent in drought plagued California) and yes the surfers, who are extraordinarily fit. As the New Year approaches, I know many of us make resolutions. I have tried to keep one that…

Stem cell therapy is widely considered the future for treatment of disease. The media (and the medical articles they quote) have made stem cell – based technologies seem like the cure-all for every ailment, ache and pain. We wish it were so and stem cell clinics thrive on that wish… In a recent perspective in…

Happy birthday to our public health insurance programs! A recent article in JAMA reported some impressive statistics about them that I thought were worth sharing … Medicare and Medicaid serve 111 million beneficiaries and account for $1 trillion in total spending. They generate 43% of hospital revenue and represent 39% of national health spending. One…

My daughter is getting married this weekend at my home so I didn’t have a chance to write my blog post. I will renew my medical vows to you next week.

I, like most physicians had to switch to EMR’s (electronic medical records) three years ago. It took months to train both my staff and myself. We had to scan all the charts and put them in a HIPAA protected cloud. There are numerous EMR’s out there and the problem is that they do not “talk”…

This definitely caught my attention: In the section titled, “News from the FDA” in this week’s edition of JAMA there was a short notification that the FDA had approved a drug to reduce double chins. The drug is called Kybella (I have no idea what the Latin root for chin is, or how they came…

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