Are You Concerned About the Morning Sickness Associated with Pregnancy?

…..Morning sickness is a common problem affecting many women during early pregnancy.  To try to help with the symptoms, most medical professionals will advise eating several small meals during the day, eating low fat, bland foods, and trying to avoid smells that seem to increase the nausea.  Over my many years in practice, I often also…

Crucial Tdap Vaccination Recommendations for Pregnant Women

…..Let us now summarize the Tdap vaccination recommendations as advised by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Pregnant women should receive the Tdap vaccine with each pregnancy, and the ideal timing is during 27 to 36 weeks of the pregnancy. With the preceding plan, there…

The New Outbreak of Pertussis in Babies

…..Over the past decade, there has been a large increase in the incidence of pertussis (whooping cough) in the United States, with over 40,000 cases being reported in 2012.  What is of great concern is the large number of infants being affected. …..The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that most pertussis hospitalizations…

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…

Postmenopausal Women – Preventing Your Urinary Tract Infections

…..Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs) because of a decrease in their estrogen levels.  This lower hormone state is associated with specific physical and physiologic changes that increase this risk: Thinning of the mucosa of the vulva (vaginal tissue) Changing of the normal bacteria that usually inhabit the vagina, especially a…

Another Way to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

…..Some women at a high risk for breast cancer may reduce their chance of developing invasive breast cancer with the use of the medication called tamoxifen.  Chemoprevention is the use of a medication to reduce cancer, and it may be considered in a patient who is at high risk of developing breast cancer. …..In a…

What Other Issues Can HPV Cause?

…..It was not until the early 1980s that the association between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital tract infections became apparent.  A German research physician had isolated the HPV 16 and implicated its role in the development of cervical cancer, so a new scientific journey had begun. …..We now know that the persistence of an…

Two Reasons Why You Should Not Drink Alcohol During Pregnancy

…..Alcohol is a teratogen!  A teratogen is a drug or any other substance that can affect the development of an embryo and can lead to birth defects or other developmental problems.  Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a constellation of physical, behavioral, and cognitive abnormalities in children resulting from a mother drinking alcohol during a pregnancy. …..The…

Exercising During Pregnancy – Is it Safe?

…..Obstetrical health professionals have always told their patients that regular, moderate exercise during pregnancy is beneficial and safe for both the mother and fetus.  It is generally agreed that exercise can reduce the common discomforts of pregnancy.  Exercise may even help decrease the risks of gestational diabetes and even preeclampsia. …..The Department of Health and…

Preterm Births – Information You Should Be Aware Of

…..When a pregnant woman “breaks her water” usually it is the start of an exciting time of her pregnancy because labor has started or is about to begin.  This is fine if the pregnancy is near the due date, but if the water breaks and the pregnancy is not near the due date, then there…