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

Avoid the Metabolic and Reproductive Consequences of PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is very common, but many times it is underdiagnosed and a misunderstood disorder in young women today.  Symptoms of PCOS may include irregular periods, increased facial and body hair, alopecia, acne, and multiple cysts of the ovaries. It is important to diagnose PCOS due to its potential metabolic and reproductive consequences….

Urgent Gynecological Care

…..I am excited to tell you about a new service offered here at our practice.  We realize that women have become very busy with commitments to family, work, and community.  The pressures of career demands, managing a household, taking care of the children, and day-to-day responsibilities can make life hectic at times.  This can make…

A New Birth Control Option That May Suit You

…..Earlier this year, the FDA approved a new IUD (intrauterine device) for the first time in over 10 years.  It is marketed under the name Skyla, and it is a hormone-releasing system similar to another FDA approved IUD.  However, it uses a lower amount of hormone called levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic progesterone, and it…

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…

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…

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…