Preterm Births – Ways to Prevent This Large Problem

…..Preterm births continue to be a large problem in the United States, leading to many problems for these children.  It is the leading cause of infant mortality in our country.  Prevention is always the goal, and today, measuring the cervical length with a transvaginal sonogram may help identify patients who are at a higher risk…

Are You at a High Risk for Lung Cancer?

…..Last week, I spent the day attending a conference at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.  It was called Lung Cancer Screening: A Paradigm Shift in Primary Care.  The main focus was on the changing thoughts and new protocols for screening for lung cancer in high risk patients.  Of…

Hysterectomies in This Day and Age

.….A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus.  There are many reasons to have this surgical procedure, and the decision to undergo a hysterectomy must never be made lightly.  Today, the decisions are becoming more complicated as the surgical techniques change and more options are available. …..The first laparoscopic hysterectomy was performed about 25 years…

Breast Cancer – Early Detection Can Save Your Life

…..October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hopefully we are all aware of the high risk of breast cancer that surrounds us.  We know that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and all of us have someone close who has suffered with this cancer.  In my own family, we lost…

Gonorrhea – A Condition Which Often Lacks Symptoms

…..Next in my series about sexually transmitted infections in adolescents, we will be discussing gonorrhea. …..Gonorrhea is a common STI in the adolescent and young adult population (15 to 25).  There are about 750,000 cases each year, with women having a slightly higher rate than men.  We should use the same targeted screening that is…

You May Experience This Common Complication of Early Pregnancy

…..I would like to begin a review of one of the most common complications of early pregnancy, vaginal bleeding.  This is the number one reason patients will have an emergency visit in the first trimester, and it is a cause of great anxiety to patients and their families.  There are a few important facts you…

Why Should You Get a Flu Shot Each Year?

…..The influenza vaccine comes in two types: Inactivated, or killed vaccine, which is given by injection with a needle Live, or attenuated (weakened) vaccine, which is sprayed into the nostril …..The influenza viruses are always changing, and so each year scientists try to determine which viruses are going to cause the flu that year. In other words,…

Is the Stress in Your Mind Causing Stress on Your Hair?

…..Continuing our discussion on hair loss in women…. …..Remember how our mothers always told us that stress could cause so many problems and make us feel terrible?  As always, our mothers were right.  For women, a severe illness, psychological stress, or having a baby are inciting stressful events that can cause physical effects.  One of…

Unraveling the Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

…..In my practice, urinary tract infections are among the most common problems that I see.  It is estimated that 60 to 70% of all women will experience a UTI in their lifetime and that half will have a first time infection by the time they are 35. …..Most women know they have a “bladder infection” because of…

Do You Have an Increased Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency?

…..I cannot believe how fast the summer always seems to go.  As August slips away, enjoy as much time as you can surrounded by family and friends.  Now let’s go over who is at an increased risk for vitamin D deficiency. …..People at an increased risk are those who have: Obesity Dark skin pigmentation Decreased…