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When evidence says no, but doctors, patients, and the system say yes

There is an interesting article from ProPublica called When evidence says no, but doctors say yes making the rounds about the number of doctors who disbelieve, or don’t know, or don’t care about the medical evidence to the detriment of patients. I do not find any fault with the article. I rail against this daily. I have … Continue reading

GOOP gaslights women re: vaginal jade eggs claiming selling them is no endorsement!

The piece I wrote on why women shouldn’t put jade eggs in their vaginas, never mind wear them for extended periods of time, has caused quite a stir. There are major issues with the post on GOOP, which is not surprising as they did not interview a gynecologist or a pelvic floor physical therapist. My … Continue reading

Ben Carson rails against mandates to ease disparities, supports them in a neurosurgery journal

Dr. Ben Carson has been tapped by the President Elect to be the Secretary of Housing Development (HUD). HUD, nicely summarized in the New York Times, “devotes itself to ensuring that families of low-income and modest means have access to safe homes and neighborhoods.” HUD helps people with less money get homes and is tasked … Continue reading

Newborn died in jail overseen by Trump’s potential pick for DHS, Sheriff David Clarke

  Donald Trump is apparently looking at Sheriff David Clarke, the Milwaukee County Sheriff, for head of homeland security.  As Sheriff he is in charge of the Milwaukee County Jail where Shadé Swayzer delivered her baby completely unassisted. She says her baby died in the jail cell and claims the jail staff ignored her cries for help. She … Continue reading

Dear Columbia University it’s not about academic freedom it’s about ethics and liver cleanses

Dr. Oz is under fire again, this time from a group of 10 physicians who wrote a letter to Columbia medical school reporting their dismay that he remains on faculty. Columbia came back with the expected “academic freedom” response, which is apparently a license to say and do anything. I understand that innovation can come … Continue reading

Autopsy of Toronto Star HPV article and the real dark side of Gardasil they missed

Today the publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, wrote that the article “A wonder drug’s dark side” will be removed from the online site. This is 15 days after it was originally published. It obviously still lives on in print and in screen shots, but now at least no anti-vaccine groups will be … Continue reading

Each case of measles costs $33,000 – there were over 600 cases in 2014

A measles outbreak has been linked to Disneyland, California. There are now 9 confirmed cases, 7 in California and 2 in Utah, and all visited Disneyland or the California Adventure Park between December 15 and December 20, 2014. Only one of those infected was full vaccinated (two were too young to be vaccinated). The health … Continue reading

The VA tragedy exposes the dark side of medical metrics

The Veteran’s Administration is under fire for covering up deaths. Men and women who were eligible for care languished on impossibly long waiting lists and even worse when some died waiting for care their deaths were covered up. This is horrific and everyone wants to know how this tragedy could have happened? Veteran’s hospitals have … Continue reading

Insurance companies should stop paying for robotic hysterectomies

A new study confirms what previous studies tell us. That a robotic hysterectomy is not a safer or a more efficient way to remove a uterus for non-cancerous (benign) surgery than a traditional laparoscopic approach. This study (Rosero et al, Obstet Gynecol 2013) indicates that there is little difference between the two types of surgery … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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