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

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…

Some Points You May Not Know About HPV

…..Let us continue our HPV informational journey with a few essential points: HPV infections are almost exclusively acquired from sexual exposure. The virus has been detected in multiple sites on both the male and female genital areas. The cervix is the most common site for the infection. Transmission between the mother and infant has been…

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…

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…

Should You Take Depression Medications During Pregnancy?

…..The decision to use any medication during a pregnancy is always made with great care after thorough evaluation by the patient and her health care providers.  Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) use during pregnancy has always been controversial and now even more so due to recent articles on the subject.  Here are some important points:…

This Past Stormy Month and a Conference

…..I cannot believe a month has passed since I wrote my last blog; it has been an interesting month.  First, I hope all of my friends in the New York area are getting back to normal after Sandy.  On Long Island where I live, the damage along the coast has been devastating, and the strength of…

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…

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…

What Factors Place Adolescents at an Increased Risk of Developing STIs?

…..Young women are at a high risk of acquiring STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and of developing the serious complications of untreated chlamydial and gonococcal infections.  Almost half of all STIs occur in teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 25.  Physical and behavioral factors place the sexually active teenager at an increased…