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Time to act: advocacy for medical professionals

Given the current political climate in the US and abroad, friends and I have been brainstorming ways that providers at all levels can continue to provide equal access to care and advocate for disadvantaged populations.Advocacy includes procedures, prescriptions, counseling, networking, … Continue reading

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Getting the glow doesn’t stop the drinking: the myth of the Asian glow

It was suggested to us in lecture that Asians are protected from alcoholic liver injury because many East Asians have a lack of the ALDH2 isozyme, a genotype that results in the infamous “Asian glow,” an inflammatory reaction to toxins … Continue reading

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Leave the teen moms be

If there’s one alarm-raising consequence of the US’s inadequate sex ed support, it’s teenage pregnancy. There are lots of very convincing reports about the negative impact of “children having children” on physical, psychological, social, and economic levels. And there’s no doubt that in a … Continue reading

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Should you fire your difficult patient?

Consider the following case: you are a pediatrician seeing a 2-month old for a well-child checkup. You note that he has not received the DTaP vaccine. “Actually,” his mother begins, “I don’t want Johnny to get the vaccine because I’ve … Continue reading

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Are e-cigarettes safer and better than real cigarettes?

First, as a disclaimer, I would like to state that ANY kind of smoke inhalation is damaging to the lungs because of direct irritation from the smoke. E-cigarettes are also problematic in that they contain nicotine, the addictive substance in … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about sex(ual health)

I’ve asked patients about their pooping habits, the gross rash spreading up their feet, and vaginal discharge, but there was still nothing more awkward than learning how to take a sexual history. Total tangent: Scrolls through this HuffPo post about … Continue reading

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Inequality is unhealthy: Disparities in access to healthcare

Despite advancement in personalized/precision medicine and big data, but we have not solved the essential social problem of disparities in access to healthcare. Lack of access to health disproportionately affects racial minorities and the poor, and this affects everyone. As … Continue reading

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