Recently, another study was published showing that SSRI antidepressant use during pregnancy is associated with increased rates of autism in the children.  By my count, this is now the tenth study on this topic -- all of which found links between SSRI antidepressant use in pregnancy and autism in the offspring.  Most of these studies were recently reviewed, and also concluded that SSRI antidepressant use during pregnancy is associated ...

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Yet again, the topic of breastfeeding has been discussed in the mainstream media and -- not surprisingly -- was depicted in a less-than-factual way. It seems every few weeks these stories surface, and usually it’s a mom who’s been shamed for nursing in public. It happens so often I have almost stopped paying attention because they are so equally infuriating and repetitive. This time, however, it was the ...

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Recruitment season is my favorite time of year. The CVs pile into the database, and we sift through the resumes, searching for candidates that would make a great fit for our organization. Next, I get on the phone and assess their level of interest and try to sell them on everything we have to offer. We fly them out for a live interview, and the negotiations begin. Last year was a ...

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The New York Post is reporting that women in New York are getting labiaplasties to look and feel better in tight athletic wear. They quote a patient, Veronica R., as wanting to “look like Barbie.” According to the Post, on the Upper East Side in New York there are apparently “a large number” of women who want to look “sleeker in so-called athleisure wear, made from Lycra-like fabrics that often ...

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I worked full time as a physician in the emergency department.  I worked mostly 9-hour shifts, but some 12-hour shifts as well. Days, evenings, nights, holidays and weekends were divided up amongst the entire group of physicians. I worked my share of those shifts as well. I have worked in the ER while pregnant twice now, and while I am proud to be ...

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You all have prostates. Seriously.  But let me explain further to those people who simply can not fathom as to how a woman could dare ask for maternity leave and expect her other team members to “pick up her slack, because she chose to get pregnant.”  (Yep, check the comments section on my last post. Pretty entertaining, in fact!) Life happens to everyone. If my profession as a trauma surgeon has ...

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I started medical school recently. Before it started, I told myself (and everybody else) that I would feel like a kid in a candy shop when I was here. I'd get to try different specialties and figure out which one I want to do out of everything that excited me. It really is kind of like that, don't get me wrong. But I'm also confused and disheartened. I had a different ...

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Netflix listens to doctors.  Google, Facebook, and Apple listen to doctors.  The United States Navy and Marine Corps listen. The above companies have updated their maternity leave policies -- lengthening them all past 12 weeks.  And all paid. But yet, health care doesn’t listen to doctors.  And let me tell you how. I am pregnant.  Which is a blessing in of itself.  In fact, this is my 4th pregnancy, but I only have one child living. ...

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Micheline came to Project Medishare’s women’s health center in Port-au-Prince as many of my patients do -- with advanced cancer. At only 46 years old, she still had two young daughters and a family that needed her income selling clothing on the street. Micheline has cervical cancer, a disease that literally takes years to form and grow, is easily detected with simple tests, and is entirely preventable. We initially launched the ...

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Approximately one in three women under the age of 45 have had an abortion. Approximately one in three women under the age of 45 have a tattoo. Think about your community.  How many tattoo parlors can you think of? How many can you easily access? How many abortion clinics can you think of? How many can you easily access? A cursory, ten-second search for “tattoo” yielded more than 40 results within a ...

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