Monthly Archives: May 2013

Why Some Women Choose Preventive Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie recently underwent preventive mastectomy, she revealed today in a New York Times op-ed piece. The actor/director underwent the procedure because the combination of a “faulty” BRCA1 gene and a family history of cancer put her at high risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Preventive mastectomy (also called prophylactic or risk-reducing mastectomy)… Read more »

Take 5 for Heart Health

Choosing nutritious food is a great way to enhance your heart health. Plenty of fresh produce (vegetables and fruit) and whole grains are staples for boosting cardiovascular wellness. A helpful tool to stay on the right track for heart health is the USDA’s MyPlate site. It  divides food into five groups: Vegetables. Choose a variety… Read more »

Give the HPV Vaccine by Age 12

Preventing HPV (human papillomavirus) starts earlier than you think: By age 12, children—girls and boys—should get the HPV vaccine. Vaccination can even begin as early as age nine. The leading cause of cervical cancer, HPV infection is so common that about 34 percent of all 14- to 24-year-olds (male and female) carry the virus. Whereas… Read more »

The HPV / Cervical Cancer Connection

What do you know about HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer? Some cold, hard facts can help you stop the spread of this dangerous virus. HPV causes almost all cervical cancers—95 percent—and it is the most common sexually transmitted infection. The lifetime risk for HPV infection is almost 80 percent for sexually active adults; 14-… Read more »

The Cinnamon Challenge: A View from the ER

As a physician who has helped teens in the Emergency Department because they took “the cinnamon challenge,” I have witnessed the dangers of this stunt. The consequences are not pretty. And yes–it can kill you. The so-called “challenge” involves trying to swallow a tablespoonful of cinnamon powder in under 60 seconds without drinking anything. Without… Read more »

Think FAST to Recognize Stroke Symptoms

With stroke, time is brain, which means that the sooner patients get to the nearest stroke-designated hospital, the better their outcome will be. To recognize the stroke symptoms and signs–Think FAST: Facial drooping: When one side of the face droops or is numb. Ask the person to smile to confirm whether there is facial drooping… posted in: Heart Health, Neuro tags: