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As many of you know, I am on the board of trustees of Save the Children. I have received daily updates on the horrific consequences of the earthquake in Nepal. Save the Children has had programs in Nepal for decades and has a staff of 450 in the most rural areas of the country. Our…

I am writing this after having hiked up a mountain, slow motioned through tai chi, attempted a “funky dance” class (no I did not do it in a white coat) and was balanced with BOSU sculpt. (Exercises are done on an unstable half ball called a BOSU. The word stands for” both sides up”… it’s…

We all have had dense breasts (although a better word would be “firm”) from puberty into our early 40s. Most women know what I mean… perky comes to mind, and when we actually looked good in a T-shirt without a bra (when we did purchase a bra, we looked for one that was low cut…

As I sipped my afternoon cup of coffee, I came across an article in the journal Menopause that examined the association between caffeine and menopausal symptoms. How relevant I thought…after all 85% of the US population consumes some form of caffeine containing beverage daily. And 80% of women going through perimenopausal and menopause have vasomotor…

With the advance of genomic medicine, a myriad of issues regarding discrimination in obtaining insurance and jobs has come to fore. It turns out that every one of us carries at least a few genetic variants that will influence, but in most cases not exclusively determine our health and lifespan. And as computers “spell out”…

I, like everyone else, have gone digital. I read several of my medical journals on my iPhone or iPad. Every time I see a patient, my nurse and I enter her vital signs, medications, allergies, smoking status, family history, environmental data and of course, medical complaints, physical exam, diagnosis, assessment and plan on her electronic…

This week’s JAMA has a viewpoint article titled “The implications of marijuana legalization in Colorado”. I expected to read about side effects (there are many medical societies that still have great doubts about the use of marijuana, at least recreationally) and just perhaps something positive. Initially the article traces the timeline of marijuana’s legalization: In…

I know I have discussed this subject in my books and previous website articles but in this last month’s issue of the journal Menopause there was section called NAMS (North American Menopause Society) Practice Pearl that dealt with this and I thought it was a good idea to go over their “Pearl”. The term “bio…

After I returned from my fabulous trip to Israel and Jordan (I also visited Petra), I caught up on my reading and in the January 6 issue of JAMA I found a review of travelers diarrhea. The authors searched multiple databases on the subject from the period between 2012 and 2014. There were 2676 articles……

There’s so much to be thankful for this holiday; our health, the well-being of our families and despite the results of the elections, the well-being of our country. There is also much that we can do for others. And now between Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah we have “give back Tuesday”. I kind of thought I…

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