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New medical shows in fall TV lineup; sex after surgery for older adults

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TV Medicine

Competition for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

The Mindy Project,” Fox; “Call the Midwife,” PBS; “Emily Owens M.D.,” The CW

Lady docs and nurses are in the small-screen spotlight this fall, with three shows slated to premiere in coming weeks. First up is “The Mindy Project,” a sitcom about a neurotic OB-GYN who awkwardly navigates life and love while longing for a happy ending befitting a 1990s romantic comedy. The fictional Mindy is played by Mindy Kaling, of “The Office” fame, who laments in the Sept. 25 pilot: “Maybe I’ll do one of those ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ things. Ugh, no. I don’t want to pray. Forget it. I’ll just die alone.” On Sept. 30, a British hit, “Call the Midwife,” about young nurses in 1950s London, hops the pond. The six-episode miniseries focuses on one young nurse, Jenny Lee, as she begins work as a midwife along with an order of nuns. Premiering Oct. 16, “Emily Owens M.D.” follows the life of a recovering high school nerd and newly minted doctor eager to put her student years behind her. Emily takes a position as a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital — only to find out that her med-school crush and high school nemesis also work there.

Passion

After surgery, when is sex safe?

AARP the Magazine, August/September

Sex is sometimes an unexpected casualty of medical treatment. Patients, especially older adults recovering from heart attack or surgery, may cool their passion even when they don’t have to. AARP the Magazine offers guidelines for when to resume amorous activities. For stable heart patients, sex can be reintroduced in as little as seven to 10 days, around the same time they’re able to complete other physical challenges, such as climbing stairs, without becoming breathless. Patients recovering from hysterectomy, hernia and other abdominal or pelvic surgeries should wait six weeks. Hip replacement, spinal surgery and similar procedures require a wait of about three months. Even the most complicated procedures shouldn’t require patients to abstain from sex forever. Still in doubt? “Be sure to ask about sex if your doc doesn’t bring it up,” advises the magazine.

— Maggie Fazeli Fard

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