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    There's a special spot in hell reserved for people who prey on others at their most vulnerable. If the allegations are true, one fertility doctor from Massachusetts deserves the book thrown at him for reportedly sexually molesting female patients for over a decade when they visited his office searching for help in becoming pregnant. Dr. Roger Ian Hardy is under investigation and has surrendered his medical license after 18 witnesses, including nurses, fertility experts, and colleagues, came forward to make claims that the 55-year-old touched his patients in a sexual manner while they were under his care.

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    I know many, many women who choose to see female gynecologists exclusively. Heck, I used to be one! Until just a few months ago, I never thought I'd voluntarily see a man doctor for my girly bits, but then one came highly recommended, and I gotta say -- it wasn't really any more unpleasant than the female docs I'd previously been to. His bedside manner was great, and I think I'll keep him as my regular.

    I may have made a different decision if I'd heard about this story before I booked my appointment. A gynecologist in Arkansas is being charged with video voyeurism for "allegedly [using] his cell phone to take nude photos of patients during office exams."

    Aghhh! Is that every woman's worst nightmare at the gyno's or what?

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    Surely you've heard of a wrongful death lawsuit, but have you ever heard of a wrongful pregnancy suit? That's what a mom in Illinois is claiming right now. Cynthia Williams is suing the doctor who performed her tubal ligation because she got pregnant with a sick child after the surgery that was supposed to render her sterile.

    The decision to sue has drawn criticism of the 40-year-old mother of four from folks who worry about the message Williams is sending her daughter. But what about the message she's sending the medical community?

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    It all started with an innocent-looking pink bump near my jaw line. Maybe a zit, I thought, though I am not prone to those (don’t hate me for clear skin; remember, I‘ve had a black cloud stalking my ass for more than one year). The pink bump flared up and went away, just like a good little blemish should. But then it came back in the exact same spot a couple of weeks later. Intrigued, I just couldn’t leave it alone this time…and it bled. Profusely.

    I just knew it was cancer. Between my stint as a health reporter and my unrelenting obsession with Google, I am an MD by osmosis. I called my dermatologist and pleaded to be seen right away. One punch needle biopsy later and my diagnosis was confirmed: basal cell carcinoma.

    Really? Four months after my mom died of cancer and I have it, too? I am convinced I have a reputation up above as a badass.

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    It seems like just yesterday families across America were sitting down together at the breakfast table and passing around plates of bacon and eggs with tall glasses of good-for-you orange juice. At least that's the image you got from movies. In reality, many of us stood by the fridge door, late for school, guzzling OJ from the carton like it was nectar from the heavens. Well, these memories may be as outdated as those our parents and grandparents have of Ovaltine breakfasts because fewer people than ever before are buying orange juice, thanks to higher prices and news that it may not be the healthy, cold-fighting elixir we once believed it to be.

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    Euthanasia is a hotly contested topic, as it should be. The decision to assist a person in dying because he or she is suffering greatly from an illness is not a matter that should be taken lightly. But now we've thrown an additional question into the mix: should seriously ill children be allowed to have a say in whether they live or die? There's no way, as a parent, you won't feel something just thinking about that possibility.

    This week, Belgium became the first country to remove age restrictions on euthanasia, which has caused folks from both sides of the debate to come out and speak their minds. Those in favor of it argue that children who experience incomprehensible pain deserve the same respect adults receive to choose whether they want to put an end to their suffering. But plenty of people oppose the practice and feel it's immoral or inhumane to help a child end his life.

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    A new study, published this week in the British Medical Journal, revealed that having routine mammograms makes no difference in whether a woman's life is spared from breast cancer. The study followed nearly 90,000 women over a 25-year period. Half of the women were randomly assigned to mammogram testing, and the other half were not and were instructed instead to perform breast exams at home. An identical number of breast cancer deaths was found in each group 25 years later -- mammogram or no mammogram. Researchers found that the only difference was more women who had mammograms were "overdiagnosed" and underwent unnecessary surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments.

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    Anyone who has ever made a trip to the emergency room knows to expect incredibly long waits. But just such a wait may have led to the death of a 30-year-old man in the Bronx. John Verrier showed up at the ER of Saint Barnabas Hospital around 10 p.m. complaining about a rash, and eight hours later, he was found dead, still waiting to see a doctor.

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    There is nothing that induces more anxiety inside of me than getting a call from my doctor. Let's be real: Doctors don't call personally often. When they do, that means they have something to tell you. And 99 percent of the time, that something isn't good.

    In a perfect, fabulous world -- we'd all be able to go to the doctor without concern; stepping foot in that office would mean all ailments, weird rashes, funky feeling stomach issues, and the lot would vanish. The harsh reality? They don't. Every single minute someone somewhere is walking in to see a doctor so they can diagnose, test, and check to see what's up.

    But that followup phone call. It's the pits. Thus I present you with the 8 stages of freak-out that occur when your doctor calls:

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    When you get prescribed a pharmaceutical drug, you generally assume -- or at least would hope you can assume -- that it's in your best interest to take it. Because your doctor actually believes the pros outweigh the cons for your particular health situation ... and that he has no ulterior motives (like a financial kickback) for prescribing the drug. Sadly, think again. Doctors being paid by pharmaceutical companies for hawking their drugs and pharmaceutical reps being paid based on how many prescriptions doctors write for drugs has been a longtime common practice ... Yup, it's just plain sick.

    Well, now, in what "appears to be a first for a major drug company," The New York Times reports that GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors to promote its drugs under a new plan ... to be completed by 2016. Gee, I can't see for the life of me why this wasn't banned in the first place, but this is a step (albeit a really slow one), right?

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