Did you know that, if you have delivered a baby vaginally, you may have a condition called pelvic organ prolapse? This means that the organs of your pelvis have prolapsed, or dropped, from their normal positions. Almost all women who have delivered vaginally have some degree of prolapse in this area. What does this mean for your health? Here, I explain this common, non-dangerous condition, your many treatment options, and how you can reduce your risk of developing it. By Dr. Elisa Burns, FACOG, gynecological surgeon and Director of Quality and Outcomes at Northern Westchester Hospital’s Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery.
While the silly children’s rhyme, “Beans, Beans…Good for Your Heart,” may make mothers cringe at the dinner table—dietitians agree that there’s a pleasant truth behind the humorous melody. Beans have so much to offer, both in nutrition and taste. Follow these suggestions and use the black bean recipe below to create a delicious end of summer meal. By Jackie Farrall, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital
Follow these tips to get your little ones excited about healthy eating and ready to conquer the school day. By Jackie Farrall, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital
Back to school – notebooks, pencils and a nourishing pantry help our children perform their best while in class and at the playground. You may be surprised to learn, however, that what’s making it into your child’s school lunch isn’t always the best option. In fact, a study from Baylor University College of Medicine reported that packed lunches were actually less nutritious than lunch served in the cafeteria. If you want your child to reap the benefits of “Brain Food” follow these tips and make sure to include all of the food groups- protein, dairy, grains, fruits and vegetables. This will help sustain your child throughout the school day and into their after-school activities.
In 2012, the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) stunned the medical and lay community with its recommendation against routine prostate-specific antigen tests or, PSA screenings, for prostate cancer. This screening can detect high levels of PSA that may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. The Task Force gave PSA screening a grade of “D” primarily based on the results of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovary (PCLO) trial, reported in 2009, which showed no difference in prostate cancer incidence or mortality between the screening and control groups after 7 years. Since this seminal declaration, screening has decreased from 33% to 18.7% in men aged 55-69 years, the age range generally thought to be most critical in identifying and treating the second-leading cause of cancer death in men.
A new birthing concept called the gentle C-section, available at Northern Westchester Hospital, is giving mothers who need a cesarean section the opportunity for a more natural birthing experience and a chance to bond better with their new baby than with traditional cesarean deliveries. Obstetrics and Gynecology experts at NWH, Angelo Cumella, MD, Jefferey Spencer, MD and Mazen, Khalifeh, MD are excited to be able to offer the gentle C to their patients at NWH.