The risks of CT scans: what an informed patient should know

More than 60 million CT scans are performed every year in the United States. A CT scan uses a computer to assemble multiple x-rays taken in rapid sequence to produce a far more detailed image than a conventional x-ray. CT scans are helpful in the diagnosis and management of many medical conditions. All tests have [...]

Doctors, Twitter, the AMA, and professionalism

The American Medical Association (AMA) appears to have appointed itself as Ministry of Morality in response to the ever growing numbers of physicians embracing social media. You may recall (you may not, but that's why I'm here, to help you remember this kind of trivia) a recent letter in JAMA indicating that, "3% of physician [...]

The hCG diet: snake oil or a secret for successful slimming?

What's old is new again. In the 1950's Dr. Albert Simeons published the hCG diet: 500 calories a day combined with injections of human chorionic gonadotrophin or hCG (the hormone secreted by the placenta during pregnancy). The hCG shots supposedly curbed hunger as well as helped shed fat in those oh so hard spots (stomach, [...]

Herpes 101: the difference between herpes type 1 and type 2

Herpes is a sexually transmitted virus that primarily infects the mouth and the genitals. It is transmitted by bodily fluids - penetration isn't required for transmission, oral-oral or oral-genital contact will suffice. There are 2 types of sexually transmitted herpes: herpes type 1 and herpes type 2. Both types cause painful cold sores. It used [...]

John Edwards indicted by grand jury: OB/GYNs everywhere rejoice

So here it is folks. The moment OB/GYNs and women who want to have a hope in hell of delivering vaginally have been waiting for....America's biggest douchebag, John Edwards, has formally been charged by the feds for using campaign finances to cover up his extramarital affair. The affair that he had (and resulting love child) [...]

Gynecology survival guide for the zombie apocalypse

You never know when the zombie apocalypse might be upon us. The CDC has excellent information on general survival skills, but they neglected to include crucial GYNO information. Sure, clean drinking water and 3 days of food is important and all, but let's face it, you don't want the natural disaster to spread to your reproductive [...]

Are condoms with spermicide a good idea?

You are standing in the grocery store staring at the overwhelming selection of condoms. The last time you had sex there was an unfortunate incident involving breakage and you are eager to avoid the pregnancy panic and STD scare that ensued. You look at the condoms with spermicide thinking that extra-protection sounds like a good [...]

I can only have an orgasm with a vibrator. Is that normal?

I probably get asked this question once a week (and I suspect many more women want to ask, but sadly for some it's just too hard to discuss vibrators or even orgasms). BTW, the fact that we can be subject to TV ads for Viagra and Cialis during every sporting event, but vibrator ads are [...]

Oprah signs off and doctors everywhere rejoice

Oprah is gone. Although she still has her magazine and her very OWN cable channel, so she's not really gone. She's more gone in the way you see a really rich kid a little less often because her family sold the mansion that was closest to your neighborhood. However, that rich kid still has two [...]