This is an interesting dilemma, but honestly, I could use your help. A former neighbor (not a close friend, but a pleasant fellow whom I run into less than occasionally) rented a house to a medical student and his family. They seemed reliable enough, and signed a 4 year lease. Over time, the medical student and the landlord began to feud over who does what. Usually things like landscaping were at ...

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Angelina Jolie discovers she has a breast cancer gene, the same one that caused her mother to die an early death, and she decides on a proactive, and possibly radical, prevention – double mastectomy. By doing so, she lowers her risk of genetic breast cancer from 70% to 5%. No guarantees, but definitely improved odds of survival. Assuming she continues her lifestyle changes to support her good health. So ...

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Could “mommy porn” have value in the doctor’s office? Unless you live in a cave (and we physicians sometimes do), you have heard of British author E.L. James’ modern erotic 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, 30-plus million copies sold, overwhelmingly to women. The trilogy is an erotic love story about a naïve college graduate who rescues an abused billionaire – a blend of the Story of O, Pretty Woman and ...

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Occasionally, my vocation of treating obesity and my avocation of health care social media intersect. This is one of those moments. This is the story of a health care social media betrayal in which obese children and e-patients are the victims. Nobody died, except medical ethics, good judgment, and trust in doctors. This is WebMD’s Health Care Social Media Disaster. Recently, WebMD published the following “advertorial” from Kellogg’s: "Mums, kids & breakfast: The ...

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