Free breast health guide available online

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 240,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease each year. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but about 10% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age, the CDC says.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which happens every October, the National Breast Cancer Foundation is offering a helpful guide about breast health free to every woman who requests it.

The guide covers breast health basics, such as health habits, assessing personal risk, signs and symptoms and early detection. It also discusses breast cancer basics, like what is breast cancer, the types of breast cancer and stages of breast cancer.

To get your free guide go to the NBCF web page.

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Meet our physicians through their new bio-podcasts

Our three physicians—Dr. William Ziegler, Dr. Alan Martinez and Dr. Virginia Mensah—recently recorded new podcasts about themselves for the medical podcast website RadioMD. These “bio-pods” are meant to give potential patients a way to learn more about our physicians on a personal level prior to meeting with them.

You can learn about their credentials and their beliefs concerning fertility care by listening to the following podcasts.

Dr. William Ziegler

Dr. Alan Martinez

Dr. Virginia Mensah

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Dr. Martinez talks about mosaic embryos on podcast

What do you need to know about mosaic embryos? Dr. Alan Martinez spoke with Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility education and support nonprofit, in their latest podcast.

You can tune in by clicking here.

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New endometriosis drug approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Orilissa (elagolix), the first and only oral gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist specifically developed for women with moderate to severe endometriosis pain. Orilissa represents the first FDA-approved oral treatment for the management of moderate to severe pain associated with endometriosis in over a decade, according to AbbVie, the pharmaceutical company behind the drug.

“Orilissa represents a significant advancement for women with endometriosis and physicians who need more options for the medical management of this disease,” said Michael Severino, M.D., Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer, for AbbVie.

Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecologic disorders in the U.S. It affects an estimated one in 10 women of reproductive age and can be associated with pain symptoms that can be debilitating. Women can suffer for up to six to 10 years and visit multiple physicians before receiving a proper diagnosis.

The approval is supported by data from two studies, which evaluated nearly 1,700 women with moderate to severe endometriosis pain. Clinical trial data demonstrated Orilissa significantly reduced the three most common types of endometriosis pain: daily menstrual pelvic pain, non-menstrual pelvic pain and pain with sex.

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Two “great” reviews

“Everyone has been great from consult to surgery to post op.”

“Dr. Mensah is great, thoughtful, and very informative!”

Thanks for these great reviews, and all the others that you can read on our web site.

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Birth defect predicts infertility, cancer in adult males

Medical researchers are urging greater compliance with guidelines recommending surgery for undescended testes (UDT) before 18 months of age following new evidence that UDT more than doubles the risk of testicular cancer and increases infertility in adult males.

Led by the University of Sydney researchers and published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, this is the first population-based cohort study to assess both adult fertility and cancer risk after surgical correction for undescended testes in early childhood. The procedure moves an undescended testicle into the scrotum and permanently fixes it there.

“In addition to an increased risk of testicular cancer, we found that boys with undescended testes had decreased paternity and increased use of assisted reproductive technologies for infertility in later life,” said the University of Sydney’s Professor Natasha Nassar, the study’s senior author. “The study provides new evidence to support international guidelines recommending surgery before 18 months for boys with undescended testes to reduce the risk of both testicular cancer and infertility later in life.”

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Three cheers for Dr. Mensah!

“Dr. Mensah is so informative. She is really supportive and provides you with information to make an informed decision.”

“Amazing experience!! Dr. Mensah made our dreams come true!! And all the nurses and support staff were so patient and helpful!”

“Wonderful office staff! Dr. Mensah is amazing!”

Thanks to these patients and all the others who have posted positive reviews of our physicians and staff, which you can find on our web site.

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Three cheers for our doctors

“Best and kindness doctors around!”

“Best doctor ever so glad we found him.”

“They are amazing.”

And three cheers to these happy patients, and all the others who took time to post kind reviews of us online. You can read more like these on our web site.

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Father’s diet could affect sperm quality, long-term health of offspring

New research has shown that a lack of protein in a father’s diet affects sperm quality, which can have a direct impact on the long-term health of their offspring.

Researchers published a report in PNAS showing that both sperm and the fluid they are carried in (seminal plasma) from male mice fed a low-protein diet could affect the long-term metabolic health of their children.

The study, carried out at the University of Nottingham, U.K., fed male mice a low-protein diet. These mice produced sperm with fewer chemical tags on their DNA that regulate gene expression than mice fed a normal diet. Researchers also observed that the seminal plasma suppressed maternal uterine inflammatory and immunological responses, essential for a healthy pregnancy. This resulted in their offspring becoming overweight, with symptoms of type 2 diabetes and reduced expression of genes which regulate the metabolism of fat.

Dr. Adam Watkins, assistant professor in Reproductive Biology at the University of Nottingham, led the study. “It is well understood that what a mother eats during pregnancy can affect the development and health of her child,” he said. “Interestingly, little, if any, advice is available for the father. Our research using mice shows that at the time of conception, the diet and well-being of the father influences the long-term growth and metabolic health of his offspring. Our study not only identifies what impact a poor paternal diet has on the health of his offspring but also starts to uncover how these effects are established.”

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PCOS: Prepare, Communicate, Overcome, Support

The PCOS Awareness Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the awareness of polycystic ovarian syndrome worldwide, providing educational and support services to help women understand what the disorder is and how it can be treated. The Association also provides support for women diagnosed with PCOS to help them overcome the syndrome and decrease the impact of its associated health problems.

It also sponsors PCOS Awareness Month each September, with these PCOS goals:

  • Prepare: Prepare and assist women with the necessary information and resources needed to get tested.
  • Communicate: Communicate information to the public and to women diagnosed with PCOS.
  • Overcome: Assist women diagnosed with PCOS to overcome their symptoms and lessen related health risks.
  • Support: Provide a support network to freely and openly discuss all aspects of PCOS.

Learn how you can help by going to the PCOSAA web site.

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