If you’re a woman between 35 and 50 years old and suddenly begin to have extremely heavy, intense and prolonged periods along with pain and pressure in your abdomen, you may be among the up to 80 percent of women affected by uterine fibroids, or benign tumors that form in the smooth muscle of the uterus. Here, F. Michael Shaw, MD, Director of Gynecology at the Institute of Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital, discusses non-surgical and surgical remedies.
by Dr. Navid Mootabar, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northern Westchester Hospital. & Dr. Peter Richel, Chief of Pediatrics, Northern Westchester Hospital
Pertussis — more commonly known as whooping cough — might seem like an outdated concern. However, cases have been on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The thought had been that there was lifelong immunity from the vaccine. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Immunity lasts about five to ten years. In 2010 there were 27,550 cases of pertussis in the United States, and 3,350 were in infants less than six months of age; the infection was fatal for 25 of those infants. That’s why the CDC now recommends that all pregnant women be immunized.