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…

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…

Why Are Colonoscopies Crucial for You and When?

I would like to introduce you to my son, Dr. Michael Polcino III!  He is a board certified colorectal surgeon and surgical oncologist.  Today, he is discussing colorectal cancer and indications for a colonoscopy.  Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer for both men and women and is the second leading cause of…

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:…

Why Testing for Thrombophilia Before Using Birth Control Is Important

Raquel Goldstein, RPA-C, MS, is a physician assistant at Dr. Polcino’s office. Today she speaks about thrombophilia’s effect on a woman using birth control. Since about 10% of women will carry thrombophilia, it is important to be informed about this genetic trait and what is recommended if it is identified. My vimeo channel: vimeo.com/channels/drpolcino Web: dr-polcino.com Facebook: facebook.com/DrPolcino Twitter: twitter.com/DrPolcino

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…