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…

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…

A Way to Help Determine the Status of Your Weight

…..Weight control is a major concern for most of us.  As menopause approaches, many women experience an increase in their weight, with about 70% being overweight.  Body mass index (BMI) is a commonly used calculation that quantifies where our weight is, and when using this classification, about 50% of perimenopausal and menopausal women are considered…

One Possible Way to Decrease Your Chance of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

…..I recently came upon an article which touched upon a walking program that could decrease the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.  Some studies have suggested that by walking about a mile each day, you can dramatically decrease the risk of the disease.  It seems that this decreases the mental losses by improving the blood flow…

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…

How a Sonogram Can Determine if Your Pregnancy Is Normal or Abnormal

…..Over the last 30 years, ultrasound has changed dramatically in how we evaluate early pregnancy.  Transvaginal sonography has allowed us to assess early gestation with better clarity. …..The gestational sac is the first visible sign of a normal intrauterine pregnancy.  This should be seen with the transvaginal sonogram by 5 weeks after the last menstrual period….

The Concern of Getting the Flu Shot During Pregnancy – FAQs Answered

…..Let me give you some information to cover some of the questions that patients frequently ask.  This information is from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. It is from the form given to obstetricians to give to their patients. …..If you get vaccinated during…