Towards the end of a routine office visit last year, my daughter’s pediatrician said he'd like to start talking about vaccinating her against human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes genital warts and can lead to cervical and other cancers. His comment brought me to a full stop. She’s received all the routine childhood vaccinations and gets a flu shot once a year. But HPV vaccine? Why were we talking about vaccinating her against a sexually transmitted infection?
Have you ever had to decide whether to start taking a medication, choose a course of treatment for cancer, undergo a surgical procedure, or have a screening test? In a perfect world, your doctor would have guided you through your decision-making process, clearly describing important issues such as the “what, why, how, and when,” the pros and cons of each treatment option, making sure that you knew the potential harms and benefits of each choice. She would have asked you about your life circumstances– what do you need and want?
Health News Reviews
Got milk? Drink up, say a group of French-Canadian researchers. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cream, cheese, and butter may play a role in helping to combat metabolic disorders such as obesity and type-2 diabetes, according to research published September 16 in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
Need another excuse to drink that cup of coffee in the morning? Do you regularly reach for a cup of green tea when you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? You may be lowering your risk of stroke, if research published March 14 in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association holds true. Study findings suggest that the benefits of green tea and coffee consumption may include a reduction in risk of stroke by as much as 20%.
A daily dose of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) may help to improve memory and reasoning abilities in older people, whether or not they have mild problems with cognition. In a small randomized trial conducted by a University of Washington research team, people who received daily injections of GHRH did better on tests of mental function than those who received a fake shot, or placebo.
I am often asked by my patient's and frequently by other patients as a second opinion, whether they need surgery after a dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint of their shoulder.
It is common now for broken bones (fractures) to be fixed with metal plates and screws or a long nail, especially if the fracture is unstable or the joint surface has been damaged and for this hardware to be left in the body.
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