Friday, July 18, 2014

Death toll for cholesterol drug?

This past week, the medical work was shaken by the news that a drug used for cholesterol therapy for many years does not appear to be beneficial, and may, in fact, have worrisome side effects.  The Medpagetoday website asked me to comment on this, and included my comments as part of their overview article:

HPS2-THRIVE: Game (Mostly) Over for Niacin

In fact, I had given more of my personal perspective on this than printed on that website.  The Mercy Hospital website ran more of my thoughts on this topic as a news article:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Something for women that men can appreciate, too

Although the article for which I was interviewed ran on the "" website, men can use the advice as well.  The pelvic floor dysfunction that so often afflicts women has a counterpart in male pelvic issues also, and the Kegel exercises that help her can help him as well.  So read this article with an open mind!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Much about MRSA

Once again, Sports Destination Management approached me to write an article, this one about the real story about dealing with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in the real world where people work and play.  The result was an article in the July/August 2014 issue entitled:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Are routine pelvic exams indicated?

The American College of Physicians has published new guidelines which suggest that the routine pelvic examination in an average risk, asymptomatic woman serves no useful purpose.  This is a controversial position, and one with which many physicians disagree.  I was asked my opinion by the MedPageToday website, and responded in a video interview included on its piece on the subject, on Sanjay Gupta, MD's blog:

ACP: No Need for Routine Pelvic Exams

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Another poop question .. really?

I really do think that some, well all, of the questions that I receive from Maxim Magazine were thought up while some alcohol was being consumed.  So here is the latest, which appeared in the May, 2014, issue of the magazine

As I explained to the interviewer, there are several disease states, including infections, trauma, tumors or just congenital malformations, which create connections between the bladder and bowel, bowel and vagina, or some other combination.  You can use your imagination.  In these cases, patients can have urine coming from the vagina or rectum, or stool from the vagina, or even to a fistula to the pelvic or perineal skin.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Myth or a Mile Away?

Portrait of smiling woman relaxing on sofaMedical Myths continue to fascinate folks, and there are so many that we all know are true, only they are not.  Here are a few I debunk for the website in a nice little article.


If there is any demand, I can run a little more information on each of the points in this article.  Editing does take its toll, you know!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Leavey's Skinny on Sleeping Pills

I was interviewed for the Everyday Health website on the topic of sleeping pills.  These little darlings are used widely, but should they be?  Those who know me know that I am not a fan of sleeping pills, and a little of that attitude may come through in this article: