There was big news that came from the FDA a few days ago- extended approval for HPV vaccination for ages 27-45. Previously this vaccine which prevents certain types of cervical cancer and genital warts was only offered to patients ages 9-26. The goal with the HPV vaccine is to prevent HPV virus related outcomes and… Continue reading HPV Vaccine Age Limit Change: My Daughter Got Protection, but What About Me?
A common question that comes up as parents get close to delivery time is, “Should I bank cord blood for my baby”? This technology has been marketed as a way to protect your child in the unfortunate event of cancer. Parents are signing up and paying large fees to store umbilical cord blood in the… Continue reading Is Cord Blood Banking for Your Newborn Baby a Scam?
This week I was drawn to stories about sacrifice for the betterment of others, the power of oxytocin for infant bonding with men/adoptive parents/women alike, and the surprising truth about the storing and potential sale of DNA material from the "blood spot" heel prick test done on all newborns. Links to the articles and commentary… Continue reading Weekly Wrap Up: Top Interesting Articles
The power of social media is clearly evident in cases such as the Russian influence on our election and Mark Zuckerberg‘s realization of the need for transparency on his powerful platform of Facebook. However, maybe not so evident, is the transformative power of social media on healthcare trends and misinformation. A popular new term for… Continue reading Beware of Pseudoscience: The Desperate Need for Physicians on Social Media
Interesting articles this week are linked below. Highlights include a 132 pound tumor, a new (and basic) approach to helping the homeless, and an in utero first. 132-pound ovarian tumor removed from Connecticut woman CNN Apparently, this tumor had been growing at a rate of about 10 lbs per week since November. It is unclear… Continue reading Weekly Wrap Up