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Dr Glenn Braunstein

For Healthier Moms and Babies, X-Out Repeat C-Sections

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Preliminary figures from the Centers for Disease control include a promising bit of news for women's health: for the first time in a decade, the rate of cesarean section births dropped.

Debt, Deficit Denial: Why We Must Fix U.S. Health Care

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

We spend far more than any other country on health care. Yet our citizens don't live as long as people in many other countries. The disparities in even basic care are too great between rich and poor.

Herbal Remedies? Be Wary of Studies, Keep Your Caregivers in the Loop

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Before you give up the pharmaceutical solution in favor of an herbal remedy, let me strongly urge you to keep your doctor and other caregivers (don't forget your pharmacist!) in the treatment loop.

Why Women, Men Shouldn't Tarry on Parenthood

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

At last, the time is right to have a baby. But the longer you've waited, the more uncooperative your body may be. One of the saddest complications of delaying a family is involuntary childlessness.

Deck the Halls With Health

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

There's more to these plants than merely decking the halls on the holiday season. Some of them are among the more interesting and promising subjects of medical research.

Mixed Data for Those Who Cheer Wine, Liquor (For Holiday Imbibing)

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The next time you're toasting your health for the holidays, should you raise a glass of water instead of a finely crafted vintage? The science on the merits and risks of wine have become increasingly murky the more we learn.

Obesity and Diabetes: Research Points to a Better Path

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If losing weight and getting more exercise were easy, then chronic diseases, like diabetes, wouldn't be as much of a problem. Those lifestyle changes are notoriously difficult. But there's a glimmer of hope.

Flattening the Fizz on Kids, Excess Sugary Sodas

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Being overweight in childhood has become epidemic, and now is the most common medical condition of children. As New York City's anti-soda campaign asks, are kids "Pouring on the Pounds?"

Plane Sense for Hectic Seasonal Air Travel

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

No one wants to get sick while traveling or immediately thereafter, especially because your desk gets buried in work while you're even briefly away. Many aspects of air travel, however, increase the prospects of picking up an illness.

Cord Blood Banking: Not a Clear-Cut Answer

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 01.14.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

No sooner do the blue lines show up on a pregnancy test than expectant parents find themselves bombarded with brochures from companies extolling the benefits of umbilical-cord blood banking.

A Salute to Military Medicine, Our Brave Warriors

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Our technology moves as fast as the fighting to come up with new ways to save lives on the battlefield; amid the horror and heartbreak, there have been medical advances.

Tattoos: Inks Raise New Health Concerns About Age-Old Designs

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If I start talking about tattoos, I can tell that lots of you of a certain age will react simply by sighing deeply or clucking your tongues in disapproval. Sorry, Mom and Dad.

Boooooooo! What Tricks, Treats Terrify You?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It's the season of Halloween, or maybe Dia de Los Muertos, and besides carving pumpkins, loading up on mini-bags of peanut M&Ms and thinking lots about the dead, we also pause at this time of year to, sort of, celebrate our fears.

PSA-Prostate Cancer Screening Dilemma: Why Talking With Your MD Matters

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

So, if PSA screening doesn't save lives and may result in harm, why do it at all? This counsel seems contrary to every cancer-related public service announcement we've ever heard.

For Women of Child-Bearing Age, What to Know About Painful Fibroids

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Fibroids are the most commonly occurring pelvic tumors, affecting as many as half of women age 35 or older. But most women with fibroids may never have symptoms or they may be so mild they never know the growths are there.

Contagions: Reality More Chilling Than Film Fiction

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

You don't need to look far to find real examples of pandemics and their huge tolls. But some of the deadliest diseases wouldn't be considered the least bit exotic by Hollywood screenwriters or even average Angelenos.

Time to Bone Up on Osteoporosis Treatment Controversies

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

With federal regulators scrutinizing the safety of medications taken by five million Americans for the health of their bones, it's a perfect time to talk about the prevalent condition for which doctors prescribe them: osteoporosis.

Over-the-Counter Pain Relief: Caution, Common Sense on All Drugs

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Be careful: those seemingly harmless over-the-counter pills you grab for your pain actually could create greater health issues for you. And, honestly, is it time for you to rethink your reflexive grab for a pill?

Long-Term Health Care: Think, Plan While You're Healthy, Able

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Americans are notorious disease-and-death deniers. We cling to the fantasy that death will come only when we're age 100 and have earlier taken a brisk walk, read the WSJ and had a romp in the hay. It doesn't happen that way.

His and Her Hernias: Pelvic Pain Culprit Tough to Diagnose in Women

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Women who complain to their doctor of persistent lower abdominal pain could be suffering from any number of ailments. With many possibilities, there often is one that does not even occur to many doctors: hernias.

HCG Diet: Junk Science That Just Won't Go Away

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While art, fashion and nightlife inspired by the past may be a "do," doowop-era fad diets are a don't. Specifically, I'm talking about one idea born in the 1950s that keeps coming back into fashion: the HCG diet.

How to Get Youngsters Off to a Healthy School Year

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.22.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Admit it, Mom and Dad: You've gotten lax over the summer. Bedtime for the kids has gotten later as has the call to rise and shine. But now the youngsters are going back to school, and it's time to get the whole family back into a healthy routine.

Just Say 'Yes' to Access for Women's Reproductive Health, Contraception

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.15.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Moves to increase access to preventative services are just common sense, including in the area of contraception.

As Kids Head to College, Keep a Healthy Focus

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

What can parents do for their teens' continuing good health -- besides fretting and wringing their hands -- as they head off to colleges and universities across the country?

The Hidden Dangers of Bug Bites

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Bug bites, merely annoying for most of us, can be medically perilous to some who encounter the wrong creepy crawler or experience a severe allergic reaction.