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Syphilis: Not Just for Famous Dead Guys Anymore

April 17, 2015 | by Kelley

  “And of course Mozart died of syphilis…..because every great man dies of syphilis!” –Faith Fitzgerald, internist and professor at University of California, Davis School of Medicine  Syphilis is back.  And not just kind of back, not just sneaking back ever so slowly.  Nope.  Syphilis infections increased by ten percent from 2012 to 2013 in [...]

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Why It’s Called “The Clap”: 5 Tidbits To Ponder During STI Awareness Month

April 14, 2015 | by Kelley

  I taught an “Introduction to Medicine” course at an all boys’ high school and, during our Infectious Disease unit, we covered the important facts about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including symptoms and treatment of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.  However, I also shared a few lesser known tidbits with my students; I didn’t do it to [...]

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Pelvic News Roundup: April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015 | by Kelley

  What happened in the world of pelvic health news over the past two weeks?  (Has anyone else asked you that question yet today?)   A tampon might save your life.  At some point in your life, a friend may have given you a tampon when you were desperately in need.  While you were in [...]

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“Patient Is a 20 yo African American Woman With C/O Abdominal Pain”: On Minority Health Month

April 3, 2015 | by Kelley

  When I went to medical school, I was taught to include a patient’s race 1) in my written history (in the patient’s chart) and 2) when I verbally presented a patient to the resident and attending physicians.  I would see a patient in the ER and then dutifully write in the chart, “Patient is a 20 [...]

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Below Your Belt: Constipation Consternation

April 13, 2015 | by Jeni I

Has this ever happened to you? You are away at summer camp, the first week goes by, you’re having so much fun and then you realize – you haven’t pooped!   You became (drum roll, please) CONSTIPATED!   CONSTIPATION (kon-stuh-PAY-shun): A condition in which a person – or animal – has difficulty in eliminating solid [...]

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Pelvic News Roundup: Women’s History Month (March 27, 2015)

March 27, 2015 | by Kelley

  March is Women’s History Month.  We all know some of the heaviest hitters in women’s history: Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Sandra Day O’Connor, to name a few.  Today, we’re going to set aside our usual pelvic news roundup format and instead, give you some new names to add to your (hopefully ever-growing) list [...]

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‘Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies’ Begins Next Week on PBS

March 24, 2015 | by Kelley

  It can be difficult to find something worthwhile to watch on television.  Not so next week, when PBS premieres its newest film. CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES is a three-part, six-hour major television event presented by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C. Based [...]

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There’s No Place Like Home, But I Still Prefer a Hospital Birth

March 21, 2015 | by Kelley

“Born in the Wild” premiered on Lifetime TV this month and it got us talking about alternative birth practices.  On Tuesday, we published a very eloquent blog about positive experiences with home birth.  Today, we offer you a different perspective.     There is an ongoing home birth vs. hospital birth debate in the United States.  [...]

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