How Effective Is the Latest Egg Freezing Technology?

Fertility and reproductive medicine is constantly changing and expanding as its technology rapidly advances.  Freezing a woman’s eggs can be of great benefit for many conditions such as cancer and infertility. Initially, a woman’s eggs, which are called oocytes, were frozen with moderate success.  Ice crystals formed within the oocyte which caused damage and left the egg…

Why Testing for Thrombophilia Before Using Birth Control Is Important

Raquel Goldstein, RPA-C, MS, is a physician assistant at Dr. Polcino’s office. Today she speaks about thrombophilia’s effect on a woman using birth control. Since about 10% of women will carry thrombophilia, it is important to be informed about this genetic trait and what is recommended if it is identified. My vimeo channel: vimeo.com/channels/drpolcino Web: dr-polcino.com Facebook: facebook.com/DrPolcino Twitter: twitter.com/DrPolcino

Are You Prepared for This Summer’s Tiniest Villains?

I was working in my garden, and guess what I discovered yesterday, once again?  I spotted another tick on myself!  Because of this, I thought it would be a great time to discuss ticks all over again – what they do, what you should do if you find one on yourself, and all about Lyme…

How Probiotics Can Be an Enormous Benefit to Your Health

The business associated with the use of probiotics is huge around the world.  It promises to use live and good bacteria to decrease/replace the bad bacteria that can build up in the colon.  Probiotics are live bacteria that are mostly found in foods and supplements.  They have the potential to provide beneficial health effects for…

A Tool to Measure Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

…..Many women who are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer are not aware of their risk.  If you are at an increased risk, a pharmacologic preventive therapy (chemoprevention) is a consideration you should discuss with your health care provider.  It has been reported that the agents used can reduce the risk by 50%….

The Vegetable from the Fountain of Youth

“If you’re looking for the Fountain of Youth, kale may just be it!” Tom Gatto, a registered dietician, updates us on the nutritional powerhouse called kale. His discussion includes nutrient density, how to prepare it, and which vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants it contains and how they enhance our health. My vimeo channel: vimeo.com/channels/drpolcino Web: dr-polcino.com Facebook: facebook.com/DrPolcino Twitter: twitter.com/DrPolcino

Herpes Information Made Simple

…..A few times a week a new case of genital herpes presents to my office, and the patient always experiences great psychological and physical pain and stress.  The classic presentation of HSV (herpes simplex virus) is a painful group of vesicles and ulcers. …..The infections are classified as primary, non-primary first episode, or recurrent.  The primary…

Breakfast May Be More Important Than You Think!

Mom was right after all!  I talk about the importance of breakfast, including what problems it can prevent and the positive impact it can have on our children. My vimeo channel: vimeo.com/channels/drpolcino Web: dr-polcino.com Facebook: facebook.com/DrPolcino Twitter: twitter.com/DrPolcino

A New Way to Treat Your Hot Flushes

…..A new medication, called Brisdelle (paroxetine), has been approved by the FDA as the first non-hormonal treatment for moderate to severe hot flushes (vasomotor symptoms).  This is a common problem in perimenopausal and menopausal women. …..Brisdelle contains the same ingredient as Paxil, but at a much lower dosage.  At this dosage, this medication is not…