Archive for December, 2009


Thursday, December 17th, 2009

A recent article by one of my favorite health writers for the New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope, questioned the decision of millions of women not to take the drug tamoxifen to lower their odds of developing breast cancer. I was stunned by her conclusions. I always thought these women were making a wise and reasonable choice based on the evidence and I strongly disagreed with her conclusions.

Tips on Pregnancy, Eating Disorders and Weight Gain

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Today “Good Morning America” shared the story of Beth Jones, who struggled with an eating disorder that continued during her three pregnancies. Jones, who is featured on a special program airing tonight on the Discovery Health called “‘I’m Pregnant and … I Have an Eating Disorder,” has spent much of her life obsessed with diet and exercise.

While Jones gave birth to healthy babies, “GMA” medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard says having an eating disorder during pregnancy can pose serious risks.

“Most women with eating disorders have a difficult time getting pregnant, and when they do there are risks,” Savard said.

The Top 10 Health Scares Of The Decade by Joseph Brownstein, ABC Medical Unit

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

While the past decade has seen great strides in medical technology, it hasn’t seen solutions to all of our health problems.

There were novel viruses that threatened to kill us all. There were toxins in our children’s toys, and we were told to worry about the junk they were eating.

Some of these threats turned out to be almost nonexistent. Others were arguably overblown. Some caused widespread harm.

So what new threats have been robbing you of sleep since the annual odometer rolled over from 1999 to 2000? Join us as we take a look at the top ten new threats of the last ten years.