Can an egg a day keep the doctor away? New study says it won’t hurt.

Let me admit my bias up front. I love eggs. Sunny side up on an English muffin, soft-boiled with toast soldiers, hard-boiled with a little salt, or in a spectacular omelette filled with mushrooms and onions. Eggs were also a corner-stone of my weight loss program and are a key part of my weight maintenance. …

Ectopic pregnancies, exploding gifts from God at some Catholic hospitals

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants outside of the uterus. It occurs in approximately 1% of conceptions. It typically grows in the fallopian tube, but rarely an ectopic pregnancy can grow in the ovary or cervix. A pregnancy has trophoblastic tissue, the purpose of which is to invade deep into the wall of …

Sandra Fluke’s information about the pill and ovarian cysts is wrong and why it matters

Sandra Fluke is once again under attack. This time by Representative Joe Walsh. She responded in the Huffington Post to Rep Walsh, writing: I testified before members of Congress not because “I wanted the American people to pay for my contraception,” but because I wanted the private insurance that women pay for themselves to cover …

Did Todd Akin get his misinformation on rape and pregnancy from Physicians for Life?

By now everyone knows that Congressman Todd Akin (Missouri’s 2nd District) thinks some rapes are legitimate and some are, well, apparently not legitimate. We also know that “what he understands from doctors” is that pregnancy from legitimate rape is “really rare” because women can block unwanted pregnancies through a stress response (“shut the whole thing …

My urine culture is negative, can I still have a bladder infection?

In a word, yes. And this is a difficult concept for many doctors to get because we have long been taught that the gold standard is culture. Let’s back up a little. These are the symptoms of a bladder infection: needing to empty your bladder a lot (urinary frequency) when you gotta go, you gotta …

20% of kids in grade 9 have had oral sex or why your pre-teen should be vaccinated against HPV

Initiating the vaccine series for the human papilloma virus (HPV)┬áby age 11 or 12 is recommended, although many parents balk at a vaccine to prevent a sexually transmitted virus at this tenderly perceived age because, “12 year olds shouldn’t be having sex” or better yet, “My 12-year-old won’t be having sex.” (Just to recap, HPV …

Tubal ligation does not cause early menopause: beware the hormone “experts”

Hormones are peddled by many practitioners as well as by the Goddess of estrogen herself, Suzanne Somers, as the fountain of youth. However, if hormones were actually proven to be that wonderful/amazing/effective/risk-free via evidence based medicine, well, uh, everyone would be dishing them out like candy. While there definitely are specific instances where hormone replacement …

Rick Santorum wants to be your OB/GYN

Okay, I admit I threw up a little in my mouth when I conceived that title, but it’s sadly fitting. Despite his complete lack of medical education, Mr. Santorum is now qualified to tell us that amniocentesis should not be a covered benefit because he believes an amnio leads to abortion. For the record, my …

Deal or steal? Groupon for laser therapy treatment of toenail fungus

Groupon was recently offering laser treatment of toenail fungal infections for $199. Is this a deal (in some clinics treatment can be $600 to $1000) or stealing your money for a therapy unlikely to work? Fungal infection of the toenail (onychomycosis) is a difficult to treat condition. The infection causes discolored, bumpy, ugly toe nails …