Male Birth Control
Could the days of taking birth control pills be over for women? The Doctors and urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman explain a new male birth control treatment that may eliminate sperm motility and sperm count via high-frequency ultrasound directed to the testicles. The procedure, however, is not yet available in the United States.
“Wouldn’t it be great for you guys to have more options – even though an office vasectomy is very easy and simple, that’s permanent,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “To [allow men] to have an option that may not be long-term permanent, but you can control a little bit [could be beneficial].”
“I would be concerned with this: All it takes is one sperm [to get pregnant],” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “That’s got to be a really effective ultrasound. What if you missed an area and a few [sperm] survived? I wonder about the effectiveness of it. I think a lot more studies need to be done.”
“The idea is [that] we’re looking at different forms of contraception for men, as opposed to all the ones we have for women, so that all the responsibility isn’t always on the woman, especially if she can’t take hormones,” Dr. Lisa says.
Dr. Ordon’s Heart Tests
Recently, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon visited his cardiologist after feeling short of breath. Follow along on his journey, and learn if you need to get your heart checked out.
Five Cardiac Risk Factors
Dr. Kennedy reveals cardiac risk factors you should be aware of.
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Family history of premature coronary heart disease – if your father had a heart attack before 50, and if your mother had a heart attack before 60.
“If you have any of those risk factors, you should actually go see at least an internist, and, a lot of times, you’ll be referred to a cardiologist,” Dr. Kennedy says.
Gene Mapping to Find a Cure
See how one mother’s desperate search for a cure for her young twins led to an incredible diagnosis and treatment for their rare disease, and offered hope to others searching for answers.
• Geneticist Dr. James Lupski explains how gene mapping can be a vital diagnostic tool for varying ailments.