women's health

With the recent doubling down of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) urging breastfeeding at all costs despite no country meeting their standards, has the latest reversal of the "normal birth" campaign in the United Kingdom (UK) due to deleterious outcomes taught us anything? Value-laden ideology should not drive health policy.

Recently, I wrote about the misguided, alarmist efforts of the self-proclaimed Global Breastfeeding Collective composed of the WHO and UNICEF (see here). As a result of every country in the world not meeting the “breastfeeding standards” they set forth, instead of partaking in...

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. Despite continued campaigns to raise awareness that it is responsible for roughly 1 out of 4 female deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly half of women do not identify it as such a risk. 

Here, I will elucidate why, along with how best to prevent it, clarify any misperceptions and demonstrate the dynamic nature of the cardiovascular system throughout a woman’s life cycle from childhood to pregnancy to menopause and beyond.

Nearly two-thirds of women who die suddenly from cardiac events had no prior symptoms....

Things aren’t always what they seem.  Why should this colloquialism be any different in the medical realm?

Incidental findings are rather commonplace.  Meaning:  When exploring one diagnostic avenue for a symptom, another existing often more significant issue presents itself unrelated to the initial event.

This is exactly what has been reported by the Japanese Society of Neuropathology.  In a recent published case report, the authors describe an adolescent female who—while undergoing an emergency surgery for appendicitis— was discovered to have large, bilateral, mostly cystic ovarian masses (aka tumors).  

Three months later they were removed.  The mature cystic teratoma of her ovary...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report which reflects record highs in the three most commonly reported conditions in the United States in 2015 (in the following order of descending rate of increase in cases):  primary and secondary syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

It is estimated there are 20 million new STDs in the U.S. every year with 50% representing those 15-24 years of age (chlamydia and gonorrhea tend to be highest in this population).  Because not all cases are properly diagnosed or reported —in conjunction with other STDs like herpes and human papillomavirus, for example, it is assumed this is an underestimation of the actual burden.  There were previous declines, but 2015 was...

Welcome to the conclusion of our three part series discussing the science behind director Kathleen Gyllenhaal's latest documentary, IN UTERO.

"To Avoid Adult Dysfunction Start 'IN UTERO'" took a deeper look at the health ramifications of toxic stress in prenatal life and its role in contributing to adult disease.

Part I of our Q&A with Gyllenhaal emphasized health, Hollywood, how a story gets told and the parallels between funding for film...

Since we love awareness days and months, October gave us the chance to promote Breast Cancer education and prevention.  In that spirit, we invited Stanford-educated, surgical oncologist Dr. Ogori Kalu to our Manhattan office for a facebook live video streaming session to help educate the masses.  And, that she did!  (1)

Today marks the inauguration of our new Making the Rounds series.  To kick things off, with Dr. Kalu’s assistance, we will debunk some myths about what causes breast cancer.

Myth #1  Deodorant 

Dr. Kalu:  No, there is no evidence to support any cause and effect.

Myth #2  Underwire bras

Dr. Kalu:  No, there is no data to support that underwire bras cause cancer.  It is believed...

Welcome to the continuation of our series discussing the science behind director Kathleen Gyllenhaal's latest documentary, IN UTERO.  

"To Avoid Adult Dysfunction Start 'IN UTERO'" took a deeper look at the health ramifications of toxic stress in prenatal life and its role in contributing to adult disease.  Her husband, Stephen Gyllenhaal, is a producer.  

Now, we pivot to the behind-the-scenes of how and why such a story gets told.  The interview will reveal interesting...

In the spirit of Breast Cancer awareness month and promoting women’s health, we are excited to have had Dr. Susan Wolf in our Manhattan office today for our Making the Rounds Facebook Live video streaming series

Dr. Wolf is a Reproductive Endocrinologist specializing in infertility and menopause.  Additionally, she is a breast cancer and melanoma survivor - and, “borderline ovarian” which she personally addressed in our discussion.

This series is intended to be an interactive experience, so questions from the public are welcomed.  

With respect to her expertise, Dr. Wolf spoke on debunking myths related to infertility, menopause,...

Women's health

Roughly 1 in 3 women douche, but there is no good health reason to do so. Many women believe that douching will clean their vaginas or eliminate unpleasant odors, but that isn't true. Any benefits from douching are merely temporary. The downsides, however, are substantial. Douching can change the makeup of the bacteria that normally live in the vagina, and it can even make women more susceptible to STDs. 

Now, researchers have added another concern: Douching appears to increase the risk of infection with HPV (human papillomavirus), which causes cervical cancer. 

Researchers hailing mostly from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center assessed the relationship between...

Mammographer at WorkA recent article published online in JAMA Oncology focuses on the increased recent attention in medicine, the media, and by the general public that has generated the perception that rates of breast cancer among young women have been increasing. (An example of this is TV chef Sandra Lee s advice to women in their 20s and 30s to get screened and have mammograms).

However, the article, titled Breast Cancer in Young Women Rare...