Category Archives: Medical

Healing Hands: Frustrations with formularies

Tweet Dear Patient, I am just as frustrated as you are about your drug formulary plan. I evaluate your needs and prescribe the most effective medication for your condition. I make every effort to check your plan to see what … Continue reading

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Tweet Breast cancer PSA from Lou Lesko on Vimeo. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women each year in the United States.  This beautiful video was directed by the talented Lou Lesko

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9 Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Tweet September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness month. Five main types of cancer affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. As a group, they are referred to as gynecologic cancers. Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different … Continue reading

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Meet the IUD (IntraUterine Device)

Tweet A woman who desires two children will spend three decades of her life trying to prevent an unintended pregnancy. Contraception allows parents to choose the number and spacing of children. Each year, family planning programs prevent an estimated 187 … Continue reading

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Fibroids, a Common Problem

Tweet A patient taught me about fibroids when I was a third year medical student. During our clinical rotation, we had to interview patients and then present our findings and diagnosis to our attending physician. She told me she had … Continue reading

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The Controversy over Reproductive Rights

Tweet The World Health Organization (WHO) defines reproductive rights as follows: “Reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and … Continue reading

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Laugh More, Leak Less

Tweet “Laugh More, Leak Less” is a sign that brings many chuckles to people as they drive down scenic Highway 29 past our Kelseyville office. The sign is intended to bring attention to this common and embarrassing problem of urinary … Continue reading

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HPV & PAP at a Glance

Tweet Cervical cancer is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This statement is shocking to some of my patients. Approximately 80% of women and girls will become infected with the HPV by the age of … Continue reading

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Checklist for your doctor visit

Tweet Would you like to get the most out of your visit to your physician?  After reading Atul Gawande’s book The Checklist Manifesto, I am a big believer in checklists as well-designed checklists have been shown to improve outcomes.  We … Continue reading

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“Slow Ideas” by Atul Gawande

Tweet Atul Gawande’s recent piece “Slow Ideas” in the New Yorker has generated much buzz, and deservedly so. Dr. Gawande analyzes the differing speeds at which innovations spread, and concludes that technology alone is often not enough to solve complex … Continue reading

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