Posts Categorized: Women’s Health

Levetiracetam Is Safe During Pregnancy

Pregnant women with epilepsy who control seizures with levetiracetam (Keppra, Keppra XR) can expect that it will not affect their child’s later development. Taken during pregnancy, the medication does not appear to be associated with developmental problems in preschool children, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology. The study is reassuring for… Read more »

Why Prenatal Care Must
Include Diabetes Screening

All pregnant women should get gestational diabetes screening, according to a report issued by the US Preventative Services Task Force and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Many physicians, including those within the North Shore-LIJ Health System, routinely perform these tests. The journal recommended specific, stringent testing guidelines that may help reduce the dangers… posted in: Diabetes, Women's Health tags:


Prevention Works to Protect Cervical Health

Proper screening and vaccination do a great job at guarding cervical health. Still, there are 12,000 cervical cancer US diagnoses annually–and more than 4,000 women die each year as a result, according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. The leading threat to cervical health is HPV (human papillomavirus) infection. HPV alters the cells of the… Read more »

Women with Epilepsy, Trying to Conceive

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the nervous system and can cause debilitating seizures. Various biological and social differences cause women to experience epilepsy differently than men. As a result, women with epilepsy face different challenges throughout life—for instance, when they try to conceive. Epilepsy affects almost one million American women of childbearing age; nearly… Read more »

Women Don’t Know Their Breast Cancer Risk

Almost all women are unaware of their true breast cancer risk, according to research I recently completed. Nearly 10,000 responses to a 25-question survey showed that 90.6 percent of women did not accurately assess their breast cancer risk. Knowing the risk of breast cancer can help women seek more effective, timely care. A majority of… Read more »

Become a Breast Cancer Ambassador

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) is almost here, so please join us for Positively Pink on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at LIJ Medical Center’s Patient and Family Education Room in the Katz Lobby. The free breast health education and training program empowers attendees to become Breast Health Ambassadors who promote breast cancer screenings… Read more »

Ladies, Listen to
What Your Gut Is Telling You

That rumbling sound your stomach makes has a name: borborygmus. But hunger isn’t the only reason to listen to what your gut is telling you. For instance, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) strikes about twice as many women as men, and most often affects people under 45. Learn how to tune in to your gut Wednesday,… posted in: Wellness, Women's Health tags:


First 911, Then CPR:
Keep Your Loved Ones Alive

Anytime a person stops breathing, there is potential for the heart to stop beating (cardiac arrest) from the lack of oxygen. Permanent brain damage or death happens within minutes. That’s when knowing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can mean the difference between life and death. CPR helps a person whose heart has stopped or who is no… posted in: Children's Health, Men's Health, Wellness, Women's Health tags:


3D Mammograms Advance Screening, Detection

Digital mammograms are the gold standard for breast cancer screening. A new device enhances this technology by producing a three-dimensional (3D) image of the breast. Called digital breast tomosynthesis, this change could revolutionize breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Tomosynthesis obtains a series of 15 low-dose, high-resolution images in a sweeping arc around the breast. This… Read more »

Don’t Run from Your Mammogram

Some women put off their mammogram appointment to avoid breast compression. Still, the procedure’s benefits make it worth some temporary discomfort. For instance: Mammograms have helped breast cancer mortality rates drop by nearly a third in the US since 1990. Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are for women in… Read more »