Circumcision Debate Goes On

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend routine neonatal circumcision the debate wages on with little definitive information from either side.

Parents can feel coerced into making a quick decision with little information.

With changes in health care policy it may become a matter of cost for a medically unnecessary procedure which can cost $400; quite a lot of money for many families.

More and more parents are starting to think seriously about whether to circumcise their newborn boys. And many of them are finding that it’s a question without easy answers, not least because guidance from many leading medical organizations has been equivocal. Although rates have declined in recent years, well over half of all boys born in American hospitals undergo the procedure.

Cortisol, the answer to anxiety & panic disorders?

Panic attacks may be symptoms of an anxiety disorder and they are a serious health problem.

A study shows that an extra dose of the stress hormone cortisol may help reduce stress

Our brain triggers the release of cortisol when we are under stress.

This hormone is believed to play a role in memory and learning.

Taking a dose of cortisol has been seen to calm fears and anxiety.

“Considering the importance of extinction learning for exposure therapy, pharmacological interventions aimed at enhancing extinction processes are promising approaches to enhance exposure therapy,” write researcher Dominique J.-F. de Quervain of the University of Basel, Switzerland, and colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Do Your Research When Looking for a Plastic Surgeon

Cost should not be your first consideration when looking for a plastic surgeon.

It is important to do your research and make sure that your surgeon is board certified in his field and licensed to practice in his or her state.

Even though times are tight don’t be tempted to fall prey to black market surgery.

A recent phenomenon on the rise has claimed many victims with death or disfigurement.

”Doctors” like Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas, and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez take advantage of desperate clients by attempting to perform complicated surgical procedures in their home!

Good News on Preventing Early Deliveries

For patients and for doctors everything came together to benefit pregnant woman fearing preterm pregnancy

The FDA approved the preterm prevention drug which subsequently was priced out of reach for most patients.

As soon as FDA allowed ccompounding pharmacies to produce their own version of the drug the price dropped enabling more women access.

Do shorter hours for doctors equal better care for patients?

Can doctors focus on patient care and be well rested?

Would you feel safe going to the hospital knowing your doctor had 20 minutes of sleep over the past 24 hours?

“To be honest, I don’t really know if this is better or worse,” she said, recounting how she felt she was signing over responsibility for her patients more often than she ever imagined she would, missing key events in their hospital course and even getting dismissed during the middle of a patient’s operation in order to stay within the limits on work hours.

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