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Circumcision May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Circumcision May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Commented Mar 18, 2012 at 02:51:30 in Healthy Living

“You're better than I am. I'm so sick of these loose association sensationalized stories, I was too lazy to even look at the actual numbers. :)”
Circumcision May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Circumcision May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Commented Mar 13, 2012 at 00:36:25 in Healthy Living

“It's an association, a small study, with no cause/effect claim. The HuffPo reports association studies all the time...I recall a recent Accutane=permanent brain damage study last week. Posters that agree with the premise will rally. Posters that disagree will call it "junk science." It's a pilot, non-randomized, non-double-blinded study. That's it. Our politics should be separated from our science. This study, like most on the news, only becomes "big news" because it hits a political nerve. The authors rightly concluded that this should not be a game-changer.”

intactive on Mar 13, 2012 at 02:24:14

“If it's not intended to promote circumcision, why is it presented as "15% reduction" and not as "40 circumcision would be needed to prevent one case"?”

intactive on Mar 13, 2012 at 02:22:26

“"It's an association, a small study, with no cause/effect claim." It's not even an association. The results do not reach statistical significance without considerable manipulation.”
New Flu Vaccine: FDA Approves First 4-In-1 Vaccine

New Flu Vaccine: FDA Approves First 4-In-1 Vaccine

Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 16:03:44 in Healthy Living

“Good questions. I think most docs are trying their best, science isn't perfect, and that US medicine (insurance) should NOT be a for-profit system. Depending on the kid, I have mixed feelings about Hep B, but Avandia is a needless drug for patients who have fallen victim to a dangerous lifestyle (for various reasons). But again, we (docs/nurses) don't want anyone to be sick. I am very up front with my patients. "I do not want to give you this drug: you could either take the drug which has X,Y, Z side effects and other unknown side effects, or change your lifestyle." More and more patients are really changing their lives... better for everyone, and more satisfying for us.”
New Flu Vaccine: FDA Approves First 4-In-1 Vaccine

New Flu Vaccine: FDA Approves First 4-In-1 Vaccine

Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 18:14:40 in Healthy Living

“I sleep terribly...taking care of my ICU patients (immunosuppressed from diabetes), my children, and moonlighting to pay off my student loans. I get NO money from any pharma. I love taking my diabetics OFF medicine, love cheering them on when they try to take better care of themselves. I can assure you that after 12 years of specialty training, my salary and non-existent kickbacks are not driving up health care costs. Our country's backwards way of paying for healthcare (NO transparency for patients nor docs), horrible living habits, the expectations of million dollar treatments at the end of life, and ridiculous insurance companies are driving our healthcare costs to unsustainable heights. Give us docs a break: I could have made millions working for a pharma company...but I like helping people. I do not want want you to be sick at all. It is my calling to keep you well. Unfortunately, we have plenty of business from truly awful non-curable disease. One teeny apology? We are on the same side. Until we have national healthcare, our mutual boat is sinking fast.”

Sharon Hanson on Mar 6, 2012 at 20:40:37

“MommyMD I believe you. But you are missing the predatory healthcare environment we live in. We don't need that many vaccines especially the Hep B for infants. And we don't need toxic scans or surgical mesh or Vioxx or Avandia and on and on. And we don't need to be lied to about what is making us sick. Do you really belief there is truth in healthcare today?????”
New Flu Vaccine: FDA Approves First 4-In-1 Vaccine

New Flu Vaccine: FDA Approves First 4-In-1 Vaccine

Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 04:42:52 in Healthy Living

“Gosh, I wish all the immunosuppressed people, infants, friends/family of immunosuppressed people and infants could quit their darn soda use and eat healthy! No more deadly diseases for any of them.”

sabelmouse on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:01:26

“are you saying that god nutrition has no impact on an individuals ability to cope with disease.
actually, why am i surprised, mot doctors know squat about nutrition and the slop that's served in hospitals is obviously designed to keep people ill.”

Sharon Hanson on Mar 5, 2012 at 21:29:02

“MommyMD your statement is total spin for pharma. How do you sleep at night? I will say this, there is a new game in town and that is learning the truth about what is driving our healthcare costs through the roof and making people sick. And doctors have done a terrible job at keeping us healthy. Now that actual data is going to be made available it will be hard to lie and spin the truth. I can hardly wait.”
Nick Cannon's Autoimmune Disease: 'America's Got Talent' Host Opens Up About His Health

Nick Cannon's Autoimmune Disease: 'America's Got Talent' Host Opens Up About His Health

Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 04:37:32 in Healthy Living

“Pulmonary emboli caused by gluten....have to look that one up....or maybe anti-phospholipid syndrome with causes arterial blood clots (to lungs, brain, and kidneys).”
Sleeping Pills Risks: Study Finds Increased Death Risk From Taking Hypnotics

Sleeping Pills Risks: Study Finds Increased Death Risk From Taking Hypnotics

Commented Mar 1, 2012 at 16:46:30 in Healthy Living

“The lay press does not know the word "association."”

saami on Mar 5, 2012 at 15:15:54

“I concur. They don't seem to understand cause and effect at all. I was picking my nose on a street corner when a chunk of cement fell off the roof and hit me on the head. Obviously the cause was picking my nose. That's about as intelligent as they get.”
All Adults Should Get Whooping Cough Shots, Panel Advises

All Adults Should Get Whooping Cough Shots, Panel Advises

Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 19:05:39 in Healthy Living

“Whooping cough wiped out? 25% of serious adult respiratory infection are actually pertussis. Fairly miserable for any one exposed and affected....but haven't seen a case of a bleeding heart from vaccination. I'll keep my eyes open.”

umass13 on Feb 22, 2012 at 22:37:30

“Whooping cough is an infection of the lungs caused by the pertussis bacteria. A runny nose, mild cough, sneezing and a low-grade fever are symptoms of the Whooping cough. After about 2 weeks, the cough leads to coughing spells. When trying to get a breath, the cough sounds like a whooping noise. Prior to the creation of the vaccine, the disease caused the deaths of 5,000-10,000 people every year. Currently, the death rate is less than 30. However, in the past few years the numbers attributed to deaths, as well as diagnoses of pertussis, have started to rise.
this is an excerpt from an article death rate less than 30 per year in the US. that is pretty much eradicated in my book.. i am sure glad your not my families physician”
A Jewish Christmas? Some Say 'Oy Tannenbaum'

A Jewish Christmas? Some Say 'Oy Tannenbaum'

Commented Dec 17, 2011 at 23:51:45 in Religion

“A Jew celebrates Chanukah, wishes her Christian friends "Merry Christmas," her Hindu friends "Happy Divali," helps out her hungry Muslim friends when they are hungry during the Ramadan days....and we have a respectful, fun pluralistic society. If we literally become a "melting pot" where everyone becomes everything, we miss out on the joys and learning opportunities of religious diversity.”
Chicago Church Takes Issue With City's New Pride Parade Route (VIDEO)

Chicago Church Takes Issue With City's New Pride Parade Route (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 03:09:04 in Chicago

“Why can't I fan you again? Your son is lucky to have you. But.....don't knock all religious folk. Although I'm not Christian, I am quite observant AND think your comments are awesome (even hilarious, sometimes). Don't stereotype a whole group of people, their texts, etc. Some of us religious people stand right next to you. Include us. My family loves a super-cool parade.”
huffingtonpost entry

How Mainstream Medicine Is Opening Up To Integrative Health

Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 02:54:09 in Healthy Living

“Tax-payer money should not be spent for ANY treatment (traditional or not) that does not have hard evidence behind it, or that has been debunked. End of story. I would love to love accupuncture...we were trained in med school, when it was popular, but newer studies just destroy the original ones. Hopefully, our broken system will be able to address paying for whatever works no matter who is doing it.”
huffingtonpost entry

How Mainstream Medicine Is Opening Up To Integrative Health

Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 02:37:25 in Healthy Living

“I would love to love accupuncture. And if it works for you, great. But sadly, there are simply NO HARD randomized controlled trials to support the practice. All of the major trials have been truly debunked. (See the $1million offer for a single well-run trial in the comment section). I hope a trial in the future does show efficacy, but so far it just isn't so....according to PubMed.
In LA, an accupuncturist makes at least $150, and gives nothing to the insurance companies. My primary care colleagues get 5-10 bucks, and the insurance company gets the rest. Health care is SUCH a mess these days, we can barely afford to pay for proven therapies. Unproven (traditional and non-traditional alike) should not be paid for by Medicare. I do really appreciate your sincerity and civility. Get your practitioners to run a great trial, and hopefully we can all work together to feel better. :)”

Absaroka on Feb 20, 2013 at 11:03:33

“Respectfully, randomized clinical trials do not show efficacy in a holistic model such as acupuncture. Only in western medicine, where you are effectively practicing "dead" medicine, i.e. studying corpses to gain knowledge of organ systems do trials have any basis. Indeed, if you were to think deeply about this issue, there is no such thing as an effective trial. There is no way that we can determine how a drug, or practice will affect any given group of living humans. Therefore, I will stick to acupuncture and be my super healthy self and see others taking drugs for issues I have healed through a modality which is not supported by clinical trials for most issues and yet has an efficacy rate for chronic issues that is above 70% if you ask most acupuncturists. I always say if I am in a dead medicine situation, i.e. a crash, bones broken etc. I will go to western medicine. If not, no thanks. It is reallly hard to be an MD these days, which is why most of my friends who are are on some type of meds to deal with depression, anxiety, etc. Sorry state of affairs. We now live in a world where our health care practitioners combat death instead of rejoicing and bringing in life...which is why acupuncture and other complementary care methodologies are in such increasingly high demand and MDs are seeing their whole paradigm shifting in a very negative way.”
Celebrities With Autoimmune Diseases

Celebrities With Autoimmune Diseases

Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 01:54:56 in Healthy Living

“Famous or not, having a serious autoimmune disorder is a nightmare. For fun, place this article next to last week's offensive blog that trashed life-saving biologic agents as "deadly" and "causing TB."
I could try every alternative remedy in the world....and guess what? I'd still have a deadly disease. I may not be an expert in hypnosis, but I know about immunology....darn those 14+ years of science training.”
Patients Get More Unnecessary Medical Scans from Doctors Who Own Equipment, Study Finds

Patients Get More Unnecessary Medical Scans from Doctors Who Own Equipment, Study Finds

Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 01:08:32 in Healthy Living

“You deserve excellent care. If you don't like your doc, leave and find someone you trust (we still exist!). But.... we don't make 200 bucks. Your primary provider (admittedly not my line of work) makes 5-10 bucks. Your insurance company makes the rest. And I don't think they're 300K in student loan debt the way many of us are.”

gts31bumbee on Dec 4, 2011 at 11:48:07

“I truly thank you for the reply and didn't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, however if the doctor owns the the machines and is ordering echo grams and other tests every trip and you are on a "maintenance program; something is wrong and it is not all going to insurance folks. It is largely the system and it is taught in the teaching facilities. Example: before I start w/ new dentst he spend endless time planning out his career on what he sees in my mouth. It is just short of a joint account on my chacking. We onlyneed to put his nane on it. To you and him I say just get you hand off my wallet. MY wallet and thanks !”
Thanksgiving Reunion Brings Holocaust Survivor Together With Her Rescuers After 66 Years

Thanksgiving Reunion Brings Holocaust Survivor Together With Her Rescuers After 66 Years

Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 02:03:09 in Religion

“Might THIS be moved to the front page?...You, know, instead of the Kancelled Kardashian Xmas special? Much love to all the Righteous, featured or not.”
huffingtonpost entry

How Mainstream Medicine Is Opening Up To Integrative Health

Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 14:05:52 in Healthy Living

“Fanned. Any doc (new or seasoned) knows a healthy lifestyle (including yoga, a massage etc) is good medicine. But the absolute conflation between common sense and "alternative therapies" (ya know, the picture of the $150/hr accupunture) is misleading to the public. Unproven or unregulated remedies may be a danger to your wallet, your body, or both. Healthy habits are less expensive and far less dangerous.”

tls2 on Nov 27, 2011 at 20:49:53

“I'm in St. Louis, so I don't know what the cost is on the coasts for acupuncture treatment. At least in the cities I've visited (all over the country) I've never seen anyone charge that. I've seen plenty of MDs charge it for 5 minutes and a script that may or may not work, however. But there are some fabulous acupuncturists all over the country who work on a sliding scale and provide excellent services.
Community acupuncture is a nationwide model that offers low cost, high quality services. Here is their link:
http://www.communityacupuncturenetwork.org/clinics

They are in many cities and offer a fabulous service, especially for people who are uninsured or under-insured. I've seen many great results from acupuncture and there is plenty of hard data to back up my personal experience with it as well.”

reznelson on Nov 20, 2011 at 02:30:59

“It's interesting to read that it's shameful to pay $150/hr for health (whether alternative or primary) - that is usually spurred by the lack of an allopathic cure - simply because it's not being administered by the wrong kind of practitioner... Why don't we cringe all the same when we do exploratory procedures in the name of "good science" for ghastly more money at the hands of an allopath? Alternative medicine may not make sense to some, but for millions in this country, it seems to help more than than flushing copays and out-of-network fees down the toilet.”
huffingtonpost entry

Tips for Breastfeeding: What Every Expectant Mom Should Know

Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 20:13:03 in Healthy Living

“Thank you to the blogger and commenters that made this a pleasure to read...an actual piece of useful information, a sense of mothers helping each other and a complete lack of Mommy/breastfeeding wars.
More articles like this please. :)”
Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 06:39:12 in Healthy Living

“My "rules" of caring for you in the hospital are not abstract in any way. I am sure you would not consider my break from your care imaginary if you were a patient in the ICU. You may allow me to take a lactation break, but you'd expect me to come back and finish my job. I DO NOT want everyone to suffer without reform. I simply state: special circumstances happen, but need to be made up....breastfeeding is no more important than picking up a sick child from school or caring for an ailing parent. EVERYone should get the help they need. Maybe help fix our broken medical system so I can lactate and be a good doc?”
Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 04:19:32 in Healthy Living

“I commend you for being an RN (no easy job as I've seen it from being a long-term patient as well as doc!). But RN's have a much better infrastructure for coverage. You have shifts (although a definte shortage).....many of us are on our own...if we don't write that last note or check that last lab ("making up the time"), we're in trouble...thanks to a broken system. Unfortunately, I see colleagues struggling with myriad special issues...taking their special-needs kids to therapies, trying to maintain healthy pregnancies, taking care of critically ill parents. Breastfeeding is incredibly important, but no more acute than the above issues. I really do get your point for reform....but this is a far-reaching systemic issue. As an RN, you are probably a master at triage...we can both probably triage patients and certainly do NOT treat them all the same. But I have no idea how to triage my colleagues special situations.
:)Keep the up the fight for breastfeeding in the hospital. Give a shout-out for us docs...I think we often feel too stuck and helpless to complain...just trained that way.”
Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 00:45:56 in Healthy Living

“You're sweet. Mommy to mommy. No need to apologize (although I feel better). We moms need to stick together...and I really appreciate you responding. I give you a fan just for that. :)”
Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Commented May 31, 2011 at 20:54:25 in Healthy Living

“You are right. But an infant/mother dyad is just as important as a worker/sick parent dyad which is just as important as a worker/my-husband-has-an-emergency dyad. To place one above all others is not fair. Everyone needs to make up the time. Your elderly person analogy is a straw-man argument: we give ALL elderly people the same rights and courtesies, just like we should give all workers with special circumstances the same rights-- mothers or not.”

judithelise on Jun 1, 2011 at 01:13:48

“Well you can judge them by importance if you want but would you agree that the infant is more vulnerable and in order for breastfeeding to be successful time does need to be spent feeding or pumping? Don't you treat your patients based on their level of acuity or do they all get the same treatment? I commend you for rising to the level of superwoman and working a stressful job AND nourishing your babies. I just think that perhaps our society is ready to reform the workplace and worker benefits in order to increase breastfeeding duration rates and subsequently reduce healthcare costs. I personally don't see it as such a burden. I work as an RN in a busy hospital and we have a young breastfeeding Mom working on the floor right now who pumps a couple of times a day and we have NO problem covering her patients while she does it.”
Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Commented May 31, 2011 at 20:44:58 in Healthy Living

“You don't know me: my moniker is "Mommy" first....and I'll spare the details of my my Mommy comittment (which would rival almost anyone's). There is no need to further the Mommy wars...Yikes! "for those of us who are mothers first. " I pumped, but made up the time, just like I'd expect anyone else to if they took a break in the middle of the day. I'll bet if you were my patient, you might be understanding of me leaving your ICU room to pump, but I bet you'd expect me to come back, instead of saying "sorry, I'm a mom."
Also, as you may know, doctors have few rights at work-- in my specialty no compenstation for our youths, our emotional well-being: nothing. Pumping is the least of it. I'm happy that you have such a supportive job. My job will never follow these rules because the medical system is broken and we are resposnible for every minute of our time.
You of course have a point about breast-feeding but, write your congressperson...maybe don't yell at a doc.”

OMGeeeee on May 31, 2011 at 21:50:08

“You're right - I don't know you. I didn't mean to imply that you don't take your role as a mother seriously and I shouldn't have. I sincerely apologize; I wouldn't have said it to your face so I shouldn't have written it. There has just been SO MUCH negative media coverage about breastfeeding at work and in general and as a mother of a nursing toddler I experience a lot of negativity firsthand, and very little support, even from those closest to me. I've been in defense mode about this topic.

I'm deeply saddened by our country's attitude toward something so SIMPLE and so NATURAL. I honestly believe that ALL workplaces should have policies in place so that if a woman chooses to feed her baby the way babies were meant to be fed, she can do so. Even if it means she receives what others feel is special treatment. But no, no Mommy wars. We all want what's best for our children and families.”
Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Women Who Delay Return To Work Breastfeed Longer: Study

Commented May 31, 2011 at 03:03:59 in Healthy Living

“Hate to say it (I was a work pumper twice)...but one really should not get special time for breastfeeding. A comfortable, safe, clean environment for pumping---absolutely. But, in my field, where there simply are no breaks, one just has to make up the time. All the other parents who have to leave to get a sick kid or take care of a sick parent have to make up their time. What about non-parents: should they make up our time? If we want rights, we really need to play by the rules.”

KevG on May 31, 2011 at 14:09:38

“"The rules"? What are the "rules", but a system created by people for managing human activities.

If you re-read my statement, you'll notice that the "rules" are an artificial construct, an imaginary thing, created at the discretion of actual, real human beings, who take precedence over abstract, unreal things. The rules are made to help people function. The healthy functioning of life - of which breastfeeding is a critical part - takes priority over a concept.

Also, your logic of "if I can't have it, why should anyone else get to have it?" is depressingly inanne.”

anthem06 on May 31, 2011 at 11:36:35

“The article states she was working while she was pumping. Why should that time have to be made up? If a woman can work and pump at the same time it seems like a win-win situation to me.”

judithelise on May 31, 2011 at 08:21:41

“You know, here's what I think about your logic: If an elderly person is taking a little longer to cross the street do you just run them down and say "if they want to cross the street they need to do it as fast as everyone else"? What I am trying to say here is that the infant/mother dyad needs just a little support from us and this is natural and normal and what is wrong with our culture that we can't get that? Why can't we as women transform the workplace to be more inclusive? Why do we have to act like men at work? Do you ever think about that? How have companies in European countries managed to be supportive of working moms and still stayed productive? How about a new way of thinking? Maybe we could learn something.”
huffingtonpost entry

The Affordable Care Act - Stronger Benefits to Seniors, Billions in Savings This Year

Commented May 5, 2012 at 03:24:57 in Healthy Living

“So sorry about your experience. As a Doc and patient, I feel that the Affordable Care Act is demeaning to all Americans. As only a doc, I can tell you that EKGs are no longer recommended as pre-op screening tests for shoulder surgery in most patients. I struggle to do my job....but I've got stay afloat (pay the old Honda, keep the public school kids clothed, and...oh yes...pay off >300K in debt from the best institutions in the world). Our lifestyle and our government will bankrupt America for generations to come. ....At least I still love being a doc.”

londonwitch on May 5, 2012 at 07:32:26

“They are required in my state, and thank God they were because I would not be on here now, had it not been for this pre-op I would never have known how close to a massive heart attack I was, one artery 100% second winding artery 80% blocked. If you are at a certain age, and you already have problems with high blood pressure, high cholesterol then it is required by all health officials that you have an EKG once or more a year. I have had very high cholesterol, but the doctor still failed to do his job, so that when I went for the pre-op the blockage was found by the doctor, then by an independent hospital. To all you people who sent the negative remarks and stupid posts, you better hope your parents have these tests done yearly. A pre-op should be done, one for TB, one for the heart and blood tests to make sure you are not contagious to anyone else.
Thank you for your kindness, but I am glad they did the pre-op, now I am under the care of a cardiologist.”
Doc McStuffins: The TV Show I Made For My Son

Doc McStuffins: The TV Show I Made For My Son

Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 03:14:14 in Parents

“This is one of the best children's shows around! My daughters, Ages 4 and 3, watch it like a soap opera. With two MD parents, they're already comfy with doctors but seeing a little girl "doc" makes even eye drops easier. Well done! (Some of the medical stuff could be buffed up....if you need any help my husband or I would love to contribute to a truly remarkable show). BRAVO.”
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