Preterm birth — defined as a child born before 37 weeks of pregnancy — is the leading cause of neurological disorders and death among infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On top of that, preterm births cost society more than $26 billion a year, according to the National Academy of Medicine. … Continue reading Could bacteria be the cause of some premature births?
Do you have babies on the brain? Then before you go rushing to prepare the nursery, there are many important things you should consider. As an OB/GYN, I believe prepping your body before you ever conceive is the most important thing you can do for the health of you and your baby. Here is a checklist … Continue reading Before your first pregnancy: Taking care of your body
When your baby arrives, you may be surprised just how many items come along with someone so small. Bringing home a newborn can lead to registries and buying endless amounts of gear and gadgets. Soon you will find your closets overflowing with toys and diapers, but it is important to keep the essential items your … Continue reading 10 things you should have at home before the baby arrives
Every pregnant woman has a vision for how that big day will go. Like many expecting mothers, Lacey Breeden thought she would deliver her baby girl, recover for a few days at the hospital and go back home with her child. Instead, doctors diagnosed her with HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening complication during pregnancy that puts both … Continue reading Miracle baby heads home after 6 months in NICU
Osteoporosis is a thinning of our bones and is more common in women. It is even more common in postmenopausal women, Caucasians, smokers and those with a low body mass index. A few key factors can set the framework for our bone health later in life. From what we eat to how we exercise, and even … Continue reading Osteoporosis: How physical therapy can help strengthen bones
If you are a woman over 40, you should think about getting your annual mammogram in order to detect signs of breast cancer. Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR, the section chief of breast imaging on the medical staff at Scott & White Clinic – Temple, answers some common questions you may have about mammograms, and … Continue reading What doctors look for in a mammogram
Patients often ask me whether taking birth control pills can increase the risk of getting cancer. A new study sheds more light on the answer, revealing that women who take oral contraception might be protected against some cancers for decades. Since the medication contains female hormones, researchers have been interested in determining whether there is … Continue reading Can birth control lower your risk of certain cancers?
Women have been having babies for centuries, but it wasn’t always as safe as it is today. Years ago, mothers or babies were at risk due to complications or other abnormalities throughout pregnancy. Thanks to advancements, women can now give birth sometimes through a caesarean delivery, or c-section. This is a surgical procedure where an … Continue reading Can I have more children after having a C-section?
Back in the 1970s, mastectomy was the only accepted surgical option for breast cancer treatment. A lot has changed since then, including steadily increasing breast cancer survival rates, more sophisticated diagnostic techniques and a wide range of treatment options. What remains the same, however, is that the earlier you can catch cancer, the better your chances … Continue reading Therapeutic vaccine for triple negative breast cancer, a breakthrough in cancer research
It’s no secret that men and women view the world differently. One bestselling book summed it up like this: “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” Actually, we’re all from Earth, but we’re not all coming from the same place, especially when it comes to medical care. Researchers at Stanford University demonstrated this in … Continue reading Mars vs. Venus: Gender bias in health?