shutterstock_255983419 Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, recently announced that at age forty she is pregnant with identical twins. Much of the current media attention has focused on how Ms. Mayer will run a $35 billion multinational technology company and care for three young children.  Such concern makes a major assumption: that she will deliver two healthy babies at full term.  From my perspective as a specialist who cares for ...

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Planned Parenthood is under attack, and certainly not for the first time. The organization, federally funded by the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act since 1970, provides a wide range of medical services to women (and men), including routine physical exams, STI screenings, contraception, and abortion. This latest movement against the organization gained traction following a series of heavily-edited videos from the so-called Center of Medical Progress, ...

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An excerpt from 11 out of 10: A Collection of Humorous Medical Short Stories. When I was 16, I got a job as a “standardized patient." My neighbor worked for a medical school, and they needed standardized patients for their medical students to practice talking to. Because apparently you can ...

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I first met Marie five years ago. A petite, soft-spoken woman in her thirties, she was the patient of one of the residents whom I supervise at our community hospital. Marie worked in housekeeping for a large corporation; she and her husband, a bus driver, had a six-year-old son. Now she was twenty-six weeks (six months) pregnant with their second child. Marie's blood pressure was markedly elevated (168/120), she had fairly ...

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A recent paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine has sparked a large media response. In it, two incidents are described: In one, a male OB/GYN is prepping a patient's vaginal area for surgery, which involves running a brush soaked in Betadine or ChloraPrep solution over the labia, mons pubis, perineum, and inner thighs when the patient is already put to sleep by anesthesia.  He makes an appalling joke, "I ...

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It was only a matter of time before Kim Kardashian posted a picture on her Instagram account with a bottle of Diclegis, basically announcing her brand partnership with Duchesnay, the manufacturer of the prescription medication for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Duchesnay had been tweeting for ages that they were so relieved Kim had found help with Diclegis -- so much so that I was wondering if Ms. ...

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Ladies, the moment you have all been waiting for is here!  No, not affordable childcare.  Not equal pay for equal work. Not gun control.  Not abortion rights or paid maternity leave or a female majority in Congress or a constitutional ban on the words “chick lit.”  Girls, it is so much better than all that.  We got pink Viagra! Flibanserin.  Catchy name.  Addyi for short.  Approved by the FDA for hypoactive ...

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“Dr. Gunter, I think, uh, there’s a fetal skull in the abdomen,” my resident said with that hesitancy that says I want you to tell me I’m wrong. The first time you diagnose something that is very bad you actually hope you are mistaken and want someone more senior to reassure you that you are overreacting and tell you that this is just an odd presentation of something benign. “I’ll be ...

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While sitting in the study lounge of my med school, I had on my computer screen one of our three slides on anencephaly. I was trying to memorize the two key phrases framing the graphic photograph of a stillborn baby with bulging eyes and a cratered head -- “anterior neural tube defect,” and “elevated alpha-fetoprotein.” A third year walked past me and sneaked a glance at my screen. Without faltering ...

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shutterstock_166859618 Every few news cycles placenta-eating seems to make the rounds. I’ve already seen it a couple of times this year, so I figured the Internet is trying to tell me something. Some women, but mostly those who recommend and/or prepare placenta for them, think that ingesting placenta can cure/help postpartum depression and possibly a host of other postpartum ills and issues. Some ...

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