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A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

Doctors who offer easy exemptions could undermine efforts to rein in the antivaccine crowd. In a growing number of states, parents can no longer refuse to immunize their children due to conflicting “personal beliefs”—at least not if they want their children to attend school. California recently joined West Virginia and Mississippi in requiring a medical […]

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Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

We have entered the trenches of the vaccine wars. Last fall, the startlingly low immunization rates in our not-so-tinseled town were made public. Many people learned that schools in the most affluent Los Angeles communities had extremely low immunization rates, matching those of South Sudan, and it more than raised some eyebrows. The pro-vaxx/anti-vaxx battles […]

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People don’t go to doctors to be entertained. Why turn to celebrities for health advice?

People don’t go to doctors to be entertained. Why turn to celebrities for health advice?

Americans believe in experts. We look to CPAs to complete our tax returns, lawyers to handle our disputes, plumbers to fix our pipes. So it baffles me that an astounding number of us turn to movie stars and other celebrities for health advice. Take a recent article in Parents magazine: “Where 13 Celebrity Parents Stand […]

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Does Drinking Alcohol Really Help You Live Longer?

Does Drinking Alcohol Really Help You Live Longer?

A study on 90-somethings found that drinking may be the secret to longevity. It’s only natural to want to make your life as long, happy, and healthy as possible. Immortality might still be reserved for sci-fi novels, superhero movies, and Black Mirror episodes. But in the meantime, we’ve got longevity! Scientists have been researching the […]

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Publishers Weekly Review of HYPE

Publishers Weekly Review of HYPE

Surgeon Shapiro (Take a Deep Breath) sets out to clear up medical misperceptions in this feisty, fact-filled diatribe (even the acknowledgment page complains that “hype abounds and needs to be bashed”). She tackles such questions as how to put risk into perspective (readers should worry more about eclairs than Ebola), how to understand the causation/correlation […]

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Sometimes not doing surgery makes you a better surgeon

Sometimes not doing surgery makes you a better surgeon

Having been surgically trained and surgically-minded, I’ve had expression ingrained in my psyche such as “a chance to cut is a chance to cure,” “when in doubt, cut it out” and “nothing can heal like cold, hard steel.” Indeed, as a surgeon, I see patients in my office and in the hospital with the specific […]

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Doctors Are Still Prescribing Codeine For Kids After Tonsillectomies

Doctors Are Still Prescribing Codeine For Kids After Tonsillectomies

Despite a warning by the FDA regarding the significant safety risks of opioids, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that 1 in 20 children were still prescribed codeine after having a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, according to data through 2015…  

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10 Podcasts Doctors and Other Health Experts Love

10 Podcasts Doctors and Other Health Experts Love

These are the shows they can’t stop listening to. If you love podcasts, you know there’s no better way to get through a long run or your daily commute. And the best podcasts leave you craving more. But there are so many shows so many to choose from, it can be tough to find exactly […]

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Teething Terrors

Teething Terrors

We love, love, love our baby… but do NOT love the terrible pain our normally chipper little sweetie is apparently suffering through as her first teeth are coming in! We are only dealing with her very first tooth and are both out of our minds trying to soothe her sore gums. And this is just […]

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Should children get their tonsils taken out?

Should children get their tonsils taken out?

Tonsillectomy continues to be a common surgery in children. Two large studies show that the surgery will help kids with sleep disorders due to big tonsils, and will also help kids with recurrent infections, but perhaps not as much.  Sleep disordered breathing, which may include loud snoring, gasping at night, sleep apnea, and tless sleep, may […]

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