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Are Eggs The New Cigarettes?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I hope not!  This afternoon I did an interview on HLN’s Evening Express (fast becoming one of my favorite news programs) on a new study published in Atherosclerosis.  From CNN.com:

A new study suggests eating egg yolks can accelerate heart disease almost as much as smoking.

The study published online in the journal Atherosclerosis found eating egg yolks regularly increases plaque buildup about two-thirds as much as smoking does. Specifically, patients who ate three or more yolks a week showed significantly more plaque than those who ate two or less yolks per week.

The issue is with the yolk, not the egg, says Spence, who is also a professor of neurology at the University of Western Ontario’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. “One jumbo chicken egg yolk has about 237 milligrams of cholesterol.”

Keeping a diet low in cholesterol is key, says Spence.  Even if you are young and healthy, eating egg yolks can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases later.

So basically, the study found that people who ate egg yolks regularly (3 or more eggs per week) had a large increase in the thickness of the plaque in their carotid arteries compared to people who didn’t eat eggs.  This thickening, defined as atherosclerosis, is a major risk factor in heart disease and stroke.  Scary, huh?

The study is limited, however, since they did not take into account exercise and the waist circumference of the subjects.  I would also argue that foods people eat with their eggs (like hash browns, bacon, and sausage – yum!) may also be contributing to their findings.

For now, I recommend that you eat your eggs in moderation.  Also, consider using egg substitute, like Egg Beaters, whenever possible.  Remember, it’s the yolk of the egg that’s the problem, not the egg white.


Why Your Waiter Has An M.D. – My Latest CNN.com Article

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I met Sam* in the OR a few years ago. A polite surgical technician in his early 30s, we’d often chat after work.

Sam obtained his medical degree from a school in Eastern Europe prior to immigrating to the United States. Now he spends his days cleaning surgical instruments and his nights working in a restaurant.

“Someday I’ll be a surgeon, just like you,” he says to me.

How did this happen? Sam had a bad Match Day.

Medical training in the U.S. involves four years of medical school followed by 3 to 6 years of residency training. International graduates must also attend residency in the U.S. if they wish to practice here.

On Match Day, graduating medical students learn which residency program they’ll be joining. Residency determines a physician’s field of medicine. For a young doctor to become a pediatrician, for example, he or she must complete a pediatric residency.

This year Match Day occurs today, March 16.

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) couples prospective applicants with residency programs, sort of like a medical version of eHarmony. Each applicant makes a list ranking the residency programs in their order of desirability. The residency programs do the same with the applicants, and the NRMP matches them up.
Not all graduating medical students get matched.

According to the NRMP, last year 971 graduates of U.S. medical schools were shut out, accounting for 5.9% of U.S. grads. Graduates of international medical schools fared even worse – less than 50% of them obtained a residency.

That means more than 7,000 doctors were left with a diploma that said “M.D.” but no guarantee they would be able to use it.

Just like Sam.

So what are all of these doctors doing?

The majority of unmatched grads obtain a temporary one-year residency spot with no guarantee of future training. They then reapply the following year with hopes of landing a permanent, multi-year residency position.

Others wind up performing research in labs prior to re-entering the Match. Still others abandon their dreams of becoming a practicing physician and exit the medical field altogether.

This situation is only going to worsen. Due to the pending doctor shortage, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has called for a 30% increase in medical school enrollment, or 5,000 more doctors each year. College universities have responded to this demand, with 18 new medical schools currently in the process of opening.

The increase in the number of medical students would lead to an increase in residency positions as well, right?


Since 2001, the number of first year residency positions has increased by 3,000, compared to a whopping increase of 6,500 applicants. The slow growth in residency positions is likely due to a 15 year freeze in Medicare support. The current federal budget problems make lifting the freeze unlikely in the near future.

So what does this mean?

For an unmatched M.D. like Sam, it doesn’t bode well. After going unmatched his first year, he tried to match again the following year, but failed.
As the years pass, it’s becoming more and more likely that Sam will never be able to use the degree he earned.

I watch Sam meticulously clean and rinse the surgical instruments, his hands moving steadily and purposefully. There is not an ounce of unused motion. The fluidity and grace in his hands remind me of my surgical mentors.

Then the sad realization hits me. It doesn’t matter how much Sam wants it.

He will never be a surgeon.

*Sam’s name and identifying details have been changed to protect his privacy.

From CNN.com.  Click HERE for the original article and to read the 380+ comments


Moms, You Deserve To Take Care Of Yourselves

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

An excerpt from my latest CNN.com article:

When I imagine the stereotypical Korean mother, I think of my mom. If there were four servings of food left for our family of five, she’d promptly announce that she wasn’t hungry.

My wife, a pediatrician, spends all day taking care of other people’s kids, then all evening taking care of ours. I’ve encouraged both my mother and my wife to put their needs first once in a while, instead of always trying to take care of everyone else. It’s not selfish to occasionally put yourself first. I’ve learned that it can mean the difference between life and death.

A few years ago, I received a call from the ER to see Mildred, a 65-year-old woman who needed a plastic surgeon. This wasn’t a typical ER request to repair a dog bite or knife wound. The doctor said, grimly, that Mildred’s left breast was gone.

The moment I walked into Mildred’s room the stench hit me like a fist to the nose. The smell of dead, rotting flesh filled the room. I approached her gingerly as she sat on the hospital gurney.

“Hi, Mildred. I’m Dr. Youn, the plastic surgeon. What’s happened?”

She stared at the floor, then finally looked up at her husband sitting in a chair next to her.

“Tell him, Mildred,” he said.

She hesitated. “About a year ago I felt a lump in my breast. I didn’t think anything of it, so I ignored it. I really didn’t have time to deal with it. I took care of my grandkids every day while their mom worked three jobs. Well, the lump kept getting bigger. One day, a sore opened up on my breast. It started draining and bleeding. We live out in the country and we don’t have much money, so I just covered up the wound with an extra diaper. Then it got even worse. I finally came here to get it checked out.”

“Let me take a look,” I said.

She hesitated again, then uncovered her left breast.

The sight and smell rocked me.

Her left breast was gone.

In its place sat a mass of wet gray tissue that looked like moist clay.

“How long has your breast looked like this?”

“Four months.”

I bit my lip. “Why did you wait so long?”

“I’ve been so busy with my grandkids that I didn’t have an extra minute to take for myself. They can’t afford a babysitter. They got nobody else to take care of those kids. One of them has special needs. They count on me.” Mildred swallowed. “Am… am I gonna be okay?”

To read the rest of this article, please click HERE.


The Grand Rapids Lip Dub – A Must Watch For Everyone From Michigan!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Several months ago Newsweek magazine named my hometown Grand Rapids, Michigan, as a “Dying City.” In response, a group of Grand Rapidians (as we like to call ourselves) produced this amazing music video dub of American Pie. If you’ve ever been to Grand Rapids in the past ten years you will really enjoy this video. Only love from me to one of my favorite cities in the world, Grand Rapids, Michigan! Enjoy!

To read my plastic surgeon’s memoir partially based in Grand Rapids, click here!


Bridal Diapers… Seriously???

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

This has nothing to do with plastic surgery, but is freaky enough to warrant mentioning. Marie Claire is reporting that there is a growing trend for Bridezillas to use bridal diapers in order to avoid having to remove their bridal gown to relieve themselves.


CelebritySmack.com did a search of bridal diapers and couldn’t find a seller online. I suppose a pair of Depends would do the trick.

Wow. I’m glad my wife never considered this!

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.


Who Is the World’s Most Beautiful Woman?

Saturday, October 18th, 2008


A poll by Colin Stewart’s OC Register blog finds that 55% of his readers believe Angelina Jolie is the world’s most beautiful woman. Readers voted Ava Gardner second, Halle Berry third, and Jennifer Connelly fourth. Click here to vote for your favorite.

Whom would I vote for? Second to my wife, I would have to pick Audrey Hepburn, although she doesn’t make his list at all. At least Renee Zellweger only got 2% of the vote. She is a fantastic actress, but to me she always looks like she’s sucking on a lemon.

Thanks for reading.

Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon

Anthony Youn, M.D.


Which Presidential Candidate Most Matches Your Views?

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Every so often there is an interesting non-plastic surgery website that I like to pass on to readers. This is a good one.

Selectsmart.com has a questionaire that matches you up with whichever presidential candidate most matches your views. There are 26 questions in all (takes 5 minutes, tops), and it allows you to place certain emphasis on issues which are most important to you (Iraq War, Health Care, Reefer, etc.). Try it and let me know if you are surprised at your results!

FYI: My top two matches were Rudy Giuliani (62%) and Hillary Clinton (61%), so I’m still undecided! Not surprising, since I am somewhat of a ‘moderate.’

Link to site: click here.

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.


Grim Reaper Cat!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

This is a story from last week which I found really interesting. There is a cat in Rhode Island which lives in a nursing home and can predict when a patient will die. Apparently, when a person is within four hours of passing on, Oscar the Grim Reaper Cat cuddles up next to them. This harbinger of death has been correct an amazing 25 times. Check out the link below for the article. Creepy!

On an even more interesting note, my dog Theodore seems to be able to sense from anywhere in the house whenever I take ice cream out of the fridge….

Story and photo credit: Freep.com

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.


Simpsonized Me?

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

There’s a fun little program where you can turn a photo of yourself into a Simpson’s character. It’s called Simpsonize Me. Unfortunately they don’t have an Asian character (except the Quickie Mart owner) so this was as close as I could come. I think I look much better as a Simpson character than in real life!

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.