What I Learn from the Anti-Aging Medicine Conferences

Last week, Mary Ann and I attended the World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine in Las Vegas.  This is a meeting we attend annually, and each year we return with new and exciting information. My focus was again on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and I am never disappointed with my time spent with the world leaders…

What Are the New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines for Average-Risk Women?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently updated their breast cancer screening guidelines for women who are at an average risk of developing the disease.  It was published in the October 20, 2015 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Society). Here are the recommendations: Women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo…

New Hope for Women with Ovarian Cancer

A recent medical article reviewed that the ten year survival rate of patients who were treated for ovarian cancer has been increasing and now may be approaching 30%.  This is an exciting report, and it suggests that the current medical and surgical treatments are starting to have a positive effect on survival rates. Early diagnosis…

What Could Your Frequent Hot Flashes Indicate?

A recent small study of menopausal women with frequent hot flashes may show a relationship between these flashes and an increased chance of developing heart disease. Frequent hot flashes meant that the women experienced these flashes 5-6 times per day. In the study, changes were seen in the vessels of the cardiovascular system.  This again points…

What Exactly Occurs During Your Menstrual Cycle?

Today I want to speak to you about the menstrual cycle. Every day, women come to my office with problems with their period, so it is very important to have a good understanding of the menstrual cycle. My vimeo channel: vimeo.com/channels/drpolcino Web: dr-polcino.com Facebook: facebook.com/DrPolcino Twitter: twitter.com/DrPolcino

These Missed Signs Could Be Why Women Are More Likely to Die of Heart Disease

The risk of suffering from a heart attack increases for women after going through menopause.  It seems that estrogen is heart protective, and after the menses stops, estrogen production greatly decreases.  Therefore, heart problems become more of a concern. It is important to remember that more women die of heart disease each year than men.  This…

How Effective Is the Latest Egg Freezing Technology?

Fertility and reproductive medicine is constantly changing and expanding as its technology rapidly advances.  Freezing a woman’s eggs can be of great benefit for many conditions such as cancer and infertility. Initially, a woman’s eggs, which are called oocytes, were frozen with moderate success.  Ice crystals formed within the oocyte which caused damage and left the egg…

Which Medications Should You Avoid During Pregnancy?

If you are considering pregnancy or are already pregnant, here are a few of the medications you should not be taking: Benzodiazepine sedatives: these are medications used to help anxiety and insomnia; Xanax and Ativan are two of this class Statins: used to decrease cholesterol; Lipitor and Crestor are in this class Non-contraceptive estrogens Warfarin derivatives:…

What Happens If You Have Endometriosis, a Cause of Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain can be caused by numerous conditions and can sometimes be very difficult to diagnose.  One cause of chronic pelvic pain is endometriosis, which is many times overlooked in women.  Endometriosis has been called “the great masquerader” because it can present many different symptoms. Endometriosis is when the endometrium, or the tissue and…

Are You Prepared for This Summer’s Tiniest Villains?

I was working in my garden, and guess what I discovered yesterday, once again?  I spotted another tick on myself!  Because of this, I thought it would be a great time to discuss ticks all over again – what they do, what you should do if you find one on yourself, and all about Lyme…