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Every six or eight weeks I write a little something about a topic that my patients have been asking me about or I have taken an interest in.  For lack of a better word, I call it my “newsletter.”  I am excited that I can do this and I hope you find it of value. 

Please feel free to email me at newsletter@DrRuman.com with any medical questions or topics you would like me to address in future newsletters.  Thank you for choosing me to be your doctor and, as always, warmest regards,

Dr. Ruman is Leaving Private Practice

It is with a combination of both sadness and excitement that I announce that I will be leaving the world of private practice and Access Medical Group effective the end of the day, Monday, September 17, 2007. 

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common and account for about 8.3 million doctor visits each year. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. 


One woman in five develops a UTI during her lifetime. Believe me, they aren't fun.

The Dangers of Acetaminophen (aka Tylenol)

You've no doubt read a lot of bad press about the class of anti inflammatories called COX 2 inhibitors (does the name VIOXX ring a bell?).  One only has to look at over the counter medications to find a very common potential danger, acetaminophen.

The lowdown on the Flu

Every year in the winter season my office is inundated by swarms of people clutching Kleenex boxes looking miserable.  Can you believe it's that time of year again?

In this newsletter we talk about what the flu is, how it spreads and most importantly, what you can do to avoid it and stay healthy this flu season.

An exciting new vaccine that may prevent cervical cancer

An exciting new vaccine that may prevent cervical cancer has been approved by the FDA in females between the ages of 9 and 26 years of age.  The vaccine protects recipients against 4 types of HPV (6, 11, 16 and 18), including the two types that cause most cervical cancers and the two types and most genital warts.


For good health you need adequate sleep as much as you need regular exercise and a sensible diet.   While it's normal to have bouts with insomnia once in a while, insomnia or chronic sleep disturbance has become far too common of a problem. Here's some help.

Traveler's Diarrhea

Acute diarrhea affects millions of travelers each year, and as most of us know, it's no holiday. Here are some tips on how to combat this common problem or—even better—avoid it all together.

Melanoma: Are you at risk?

Melanoma affects people of all ages, and is one of the most common cancers in young adults. Be it summer or time for your annual winter vacation in the sun, you need to be concerned about malignant melanoma.

The Lowdown on Cholesterol

In this newsletter, we take a look at high cholesterol, which is associated with heart disease and stroke: two common causes of death and disability.

Medical check-ups and issues for women in their 40's

A patient poses the question: I will be turning 40 this year, what medical check-ups and issues arise in this decade for women? Here is the answer.

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Andrea Ruman, M.D. - Doctor of Internal Medicine
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Dr. Andrea Ruman: Female medical doctor, physician, internist for Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles (LA), and Culver City in California. Specialties include women's health (including physical examinations, pelvic exams and pap smears), weight loss support and preventive medicine.