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Menopause, Hormone Replacement, and Mortality: A Research Reality Check

Perhaps you are in a hurry. If so, here’s the bottom line at the top: it turns out women can use hormone replacement to manage symptoms at menopause with, at worst, no adverse, long-term effect on the risk of mortality or any major chronic disease.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Now Entering Center Stage: Telemedicine !

Telehealth is screaming out with popularity. Venture funding continues to pour in, laws are more favorable, and many healthcare providers are implementing it at greater speed and breadth than ever before.

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Behind Every Hard Case, There is a Hard Decision

Like most physicians, I could write a book about hard cases. Many of them bring back memories purposely suppressed only slightly below our subconscious. Cases of severe multi-organ trauma, child abuse, social discord, DIC with uncontrollable hemorrhage, complicated zebras, etc. Regardless of the complexity of the cases, difficult cases come with difficult decisions.

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Science and Sense in a Post-Truth World: How Do We Know?

In my work and my world, I am dealing routinely with whiplash-inducing headlines about health, and nutrition in particular (“no, wait, fruits and vegetables are bad for us this week!”) that raise questions about science, sense, and knowledge. When whatever we think we know, however reliably we think we know it, is called into question so routinely, it begs the question: how do we know? 

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Strokes of Unkind Fate

A crisis, it has been said, is a dangerous opportunity. One presumes that crises vary with regard to both. Some, no doubt, are more dangerous while providing less opportunity. 

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Diet, as a Matter of Taste

Some years ago, I found myself at a corporate meeting of Kraft. I don’t recall exactly how or why I wound up on that guest list, but I recall that the meeting was rather surreal.

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Flu Us Twice?

All indications are that this is shaping up to be a fairly nasty flu season. As fate would have it, that troubling news coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the mother of all nasty flu seasons, and perhaps the single greatest global calamity in the history of our species: the 1918 flu pandemic.