Aug 14

What Is Prediabetes (Do You Have It)?

Weight loss surgeons often see patients who have “prediabetes.” Unfortunately, many candidates for bariatric surgery have this serious health condition and do not even know it. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), approximately 84 million American adults have prediabetes, and 90% of them are not aware if it. You can read more about …

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Aug 09

Surgery and Opioids

Everyone has read about the opioid epidemic that has become such a serious problem in our society. In the past, opioids have been a common choice for managing surgical pain. Now, surgeons and hospital officials are trying to get surgery patients through operations without ever receiving any of the highly addictive drugs. Historically, patients undergoing …

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Aug 07

Super Mammogram

Last week we commented on the importance of mammograms in the detection of early-stage breast cancer. This is one of the bright spots in medicine today – early detection has dramatically improved the outlook for breast cancer patients. Now, it seems that even better news is coming from outside of traditional medical sources. Researchers at …

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Aug 05

Women in Surgery

women in surgery

It was not that long ago that there were almost no women in any type of medical practice. Today women make up about 50% of new medical school graduates. In 2014, a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) found that 47% of medical students, and 46% of residents were women. However, women …

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Aug 02

The Mighty Mammogram

This week we have been discussing breast cancer, its risk factors (both controllable and uncontrollable) and we have touched on IORT. We cannot leave the subject of breast cancer without emphasizing again and again the importance of regular mammograms at appropriate intervals. Even with the advances in surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the outlook for …

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Jul 31

Breast Cancer Risk Factors You Can Change!


Two days ago, our blog focused on the risk factors for breast cancer that are beyond our control: family history, age, and others. There are other risk factors that we can limit. Which of these factors do you think increases a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer? Not being physically active. Being overweight or obese …

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Jul 29

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer and its treatment are an important health issue. Worldwide, breast cancer is one of the most common malignancies; about 12% of all women will develop cancer of the breast sometime in their lives. In 2016, 245,299 new cases of breast cancer were detected and the number has been increasing since the early 2000’s. …

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Jul 26

Cost of Medical School

Most people know that the road to becoming a doctor is long and hard, but do you also know how expensive it is? The American Medical Student Association estimated that in 2016, the average medical school debt was $190,000, with 25% of graduates carrying a debt of more than $200,000. By 2018 the figure was …

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Jul 24

Not Quite Number One!

We like to think of America as leading the world in just about everything, but in public health this is just not true. In 2017 the average life expectancy for Americans was 78.7 years. This puts us behind many other developed nations and 1.5 years lower than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (a …

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Jul 22

Just 300 Calories a Day

A study published recently in the journal, Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (part of a project with the U.S. National Institutes of Health) helped to quantify the benefits that come from even modest reductions in calorie intake. The subjects were 200 healthy adults aged less than 50 who were at, or just over, a healthy weight. …

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