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Author archive for Dr. Jeff Livingston

  • LARCs – Be Pregnant When You Want To Be

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on June 4, 2015
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    Are you ready to be a mom? If you are sexually active and are not ready to be a parent then it is important to choose an effective form of contraception. If you are a parent and your child has become sexually active it is important she start birth control before you become a grandparent. Almost half of pregnancies in […]
  • Contraception Counseling Impacts Unplanned Pregnancy

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on March 31, 2014
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    Of the 6.7 million pregnancies in the US each year 48% are unplanned. Disturbingly,  about half occur in women who were using contraception at the time of conception. That statistic haunts me. As health care providers we must take that to heart and change the way we think about birth control counseling. Is there more that we can do to […]
  • Researching Health Information Online: Recognize Your Limitations

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on January 5, 2014
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    There are certain situations in my life where I feel really stupid. One is when CNBC’s Squawk Box senior economics reporter Steve Liesman discusses the bond market. While I recognize the words he uses as English grammar,  I find almost every word to be incomprehensible gibberish. Recently, he informed me that “given the Feds propensity towards quantitative easing in Q4 […]
  • Look Into Their Eyes

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on September 9, 2013
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    In 2003 I joined  MacArthur OB/GYN, a medical practice in Irving, Texas. I began seeing a large volume of young teenagers in my practice and was surprised at the prevalence of sexually transmitted disease, teen pregnancy and an overall lack of knowledge regarding sexual health. I reached out to the local school nurses and offered myself as a resource. Over time this relationship evolved.
  • The Daily Show and Health Information Exchanges

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on April 4, 2013
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    Recently on The Daily Show, a very interesting topic was covered — the lack of interoperability of electronic health records. This was a huge surprise to me as one would not expect the Comedy Central to cover a topic frequently discussed only by health information technology policy wonks. During the satirical editorial, John Stewart lambasted the fact that the electronic […]
  • Am I Pregnant? More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Pregnancy Tests

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on March 3, 2013
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    This is recurring question for me in practice. Each day someone comes to the office asking if they might be pregnant. In today’s world there is no reason for anyone to be asking this question. There is no reason to guess. There is no reason to wonder if you might be pregnant because you are feeling certain symptoms like nausea […]
  • Take Two Apps and Call Me in the Morning

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on December 18, 2012
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    Will doctors recommend health apps to patients? There has been an explosion in health apps. Patients are using them for weight loss, calorie counting, exercise monitoring, ovulation calculation and for many other health needs. But to truly integrate the concept of health apps in the health care system healthcare providers will need to get involved. There is discussion in the […]
  • Wikipedia Goes Dark but the Doctor is In

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on January 18, 2012
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    Today Wikipedia and other websites have gone dark in protest of the online privacy bill. This got me thinking about the issues of copying the online work of physicians across the country. There is a growing group of physicians like me who are involved in social media, blogging and online patient outreach. Most of us do this based on a […]
  • Doctor, Google Thyself

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on December 8, 2011
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    Have you ever Googled yourself or your practice? Did you know that you have an ever growing online reputation? Whether you know it or not, doctors have an online presence. When you type your name in a search engine you may be surprised by what you find. Everything you do professionally creates a digital footprint. If you are involved in […]
  • My Thoughts on 16 and Pregnant

    By Dr. Jeff Livingston on October 20, 2011
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    I had the honor of moderating a discussion for the Sex::Tech 2011 Conference with the producers of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. I was fascinated by the responses of members in the audience. It was also interesting to be monitoring in real time the online stream via Twitter. So what did I conclude? […]

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