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December 8, 2011

Doctors warn against mailing chickenpox items

This was a new one to me. The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Some parents, hoping to avoid giving their kids the chickenpox vaccine, were […]
December 8, 2011

Melanoma detection device receives FDA pre-market approval

The AP reports, “Dermatologists will soon get some high-tech help deciding which suspicious-looking moles should be removed and checked for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.”
December 7, 2011

Study finds correlation between happiness and longer life

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that according to a study by epidemiologists at University College, London, “happiness is good for your health.” The results […]
December 6, 2011

Alcohol and breast cancer … what am I telling my patients?

In a blog earlier today, “Even low levels of alcohol increase breast cancer risk,” I told you, “Less than a drink a day even a glass […]
December 6, 2011

Even low levels of alcohol increase breast cancer risk

A study linking alcohol consumption to breast cancer risk garnered a significant amount of coverage, with all three national news broadcasts covering the story recently. The story […]
December 5, 2011

Christmas Season Sale – My Autographed Books

What better gift could you give a reader than an autographed book? Well, the folks at my on-line book store have just slashed the prices of […]
December 5, 2011

Drinking coffee associated with decreased skin cancer risk

The Los Angeles Times reports that according to research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, “drinking coffee […]
December 4, 2011

Supplements for lactose intolerance vary dramatically in strength and cost

Can lactose-free milks and lactase enzyme supplements provide help to the millions of Americans with lactose intolerance. Yes! Absolutely! But, and this a BIG “but,” it […]
October 8, 2009

Are you sick and worried you have the H1N1 (Swine) Flu? This blog may save you a doctor’s visit.

During flu season this year, you might have to wait a long time in a crowded waiting room before you can see your doctor or be […]
October 10, 2009

The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World – Part 4 – France

In the midst of our national debate about healthcare reform, people on both sides of the debate seem to pick and choose among the facts and […]
October 10, 2009

Surgical masks may be as good as respirators for protecting against the flu

In an earlier blog, I told you about studies indicating that the only facial apparatus that is likely to protect you from the flu virus is […]
October 10, 2009

How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 5 – Professional Birth Attendants

This blog series is designed to help women who are developing a birth plan join together with like-minded birthing professionals so as to have a shorter […]
October 12, 2009

Reason One to Get the Swine Flu Vaccine – It’s Safe and Effective

Up to 1/3 of Americans who are asked say that they believe the Swine flu vaccine is not safe and/or it has not been tested enough. […]
October 12, 2009

Reason Two to Get the Swine Flu Vaccine – It Will Prevent Death

The good news about the Swine flu (2009 H1N1) epidemic is that, so far, it’s been very mild. Most of the patients I’m seeing in the […]
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