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Dr. Oz was an embarrassment to medicine in his Ivanka Trump Interview

Ivanka Trump was on Dr. Oz last week and I’ve finally managed to watch it. It is sickening. Oz introduces Ivanka with the teaser that we’ll find out “What it’s like in the West Wing to advise the President” and “What she is doing behind the scene to empower women and families.” This is important … Continue reading

What ingredient specifically scares you in the flu vaccine and why?

Dangerous ingredients, like toxins, antifreeze, and mercury, are touted by many as reasons to decline vaccination against influenza. However, toxin is an inaccurate term regarding vaccines (a toxin is a poisonous substance made by cells or organisms and is definitely not in any vaccine), mercury is a non issue (see below), and there is no antifreeze … Continue reading

Does texting for wait times compromise emergency care?

On our recent road trip I was amazed by the number of billboards (from several health care systems and hospitals) advertising texting for emergency room (ER) wait times. My first thought was if you can text, how emergent is it? This was quickly followed by the concern that the option/advertising of texting about wait times might make the … Continue reading

Does digital mammography really save lives or it is pink Kool-Aid?

There has been a lot back and forth over the mammography study in the BMJ. Excellent or flawed? The beginning of the end of screening mammography or an article to be discarded? Miller et. al.’s study has further opened (perhaps blew the lid off?) the can of worms surrounding screening mammography and the pro-mammography contingent (mostly radiologists and … Continue reading

Raise cigarette taxes $2 a pack to pay for new lung cancer screening guidelines

The U.S. Preventative Services Task force has issued a new recommendation: annual CT scan screening for lung cancer for high-risk smokers between the ages of 55 and 80. Who is a high risk smoker? Anyone with a 30-pack year smoking history (meaning a pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 … Continue reading

Impact of Katie Couric’s misinformation on HPV vaccine in one image

After viewing Katie Couric’s show an acquaintance’s mother sent her this e-mail. Because many people believe the health information they see on TV, especially when it comes form a source like Couric who has been known, until this point anyway, as a trusted journalist.   Kate’s Couric’s “take” was about as scientific as a show entitled, … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

Is it really healthier to be a few pounds overweight? That’s not what the study says.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicates that a body mass index or BMI of 25-29.9 (overweight) is associated with the lowest risk of death and that class 1 obesity (BMI 30-34.9) is not associated with an increased risk of mortality. As this study hit the presses January 2nd … Continue reading

Mitt Romney channels Ebenezer Scrooge on 60 minutes

Last night on 60 minutes Mitt Romney was questioned about health care. When asked if the government had a responsibility to care for the fifty million Americans who don’t have health insurance he replied, “Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance, people — we– if someone has a heart attack, they … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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