Posted on: July 29, 2015
Does early introduction of peanut products reduce the incidence of peanut allergy?
By Dr. Craig Osleeb
Peanut allergy is a major problem. It is currently one of the 6 most common causes of food allergy in childhood. The prevalence of peanut allergy has risen over the past decade and currently affects approximately 1.4% of the USA population. While many children will outgrow their food allergy to milk, egg, wheat and soy, 82% of those allergic to peanut will remain so for life. This is a great concern to parents, patient’s and the healthcare community at large. In February of this year the New England Journal of Medicine published a prospective placebo blinded study (Learning Early about Peanut Allergy, LEAP, study) that has far reaching implications for the prevention of peanut allergy.
Posted on: January 29, 2015
Flu Season’s in High Gear: How to Protect and Care for Your Kids
By Dr. Pete Richel
We are now in the middle of Influenza season (“the Flu”), which is typically October through March. Locally we did not see much of this in October and November, but we have seen an increase in flu symptoms in kids as of last month and it is going strong.
Most of the positive cultures are revealing Influenza type A, and even though the Influenza vaccine was not a great match this year, we still encourage all to receive it, since it may be protective against some strains, and we find no significant down side.
All children 6 months and older should be vaccinated against the flu.
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Posted on: January 23, 2015
Women – This Regular Screening Can Save Your Life
by Dr. Navid Mootabar
There’s important news for every woman in a recent report from the Centers for Disease
Navid Mootabar, MD
Chief, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director, Institute for Robotics & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital
Control and Prevention (CDC): Despite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women, ages 21 to 65 years, have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. In addition, more than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened. Here, I explain which tests you need, when to get screened, and demystify the protective HPV vaccine. I also offer women a silver lining: You rarely have to worry about advanced cervical cancer if you are regularly screened.
Posted on: November 18, 2014
Why Electronic Fetal Monitoring is a Woman’s Friend
by Enid Nwosisi
What is Electronic Fetal Monitoring?
As a labor and delivery nurse, I find that the majority of expectant moms need electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) at least once during their pregnancy. In addition, during labor, all women need EFM, either intermittently or continuously.
By providing critical information about the medical status of fetus and mother during pregnancy and labor, EFM plays an essential role in helping to ensure a successful pregnancy and delivery. The test results either reassure the care provider and family that the pregnancy and delivery can continue safely, or indicate the need for intervention.
Posted on: October 16, 2014
Pregnancy, Your Immune System and the Flu Vaccine
By Maureen Varcasio, RN
Pregnant women can protect themselves and their babies by getting the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women get vaccinated with the Influenza (Flu) vaccine.
During pregnancy changes in the immune system, heart and lungs put women at an increased risk for severe illness, hospitalization or even death from the flu.