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What is the BRCA gene mutation?

According to the National Cancer Institute the BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that are responsible for producing tumor suppressor proteins. When there is a mutation in one of these genes it increases the chance that DNA damage isn’t repaired properly. This increases the chance of cells becoming cancerous. About [...]

Skin Cancer Awareness

Melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States and the deadliest form of skin cancer. Rates of melanoma are rising rapidly, especially in younger people. In fact, cases of melanoma have tripled in the last 30 years, at a time when cancer rates for other common cancers have declined.

“Vaginal Kung Fu” could injure your vagina

By “Vaginal Kung Fu” Allure and their experts mean hoisting rocks with pelvic floor muscles. That does sound less sexy, doesn’t it? I am using Kung Fu in the title for this post, even though it pains me more than slightly, so this piece appears in searches as this technique is unnecessary and potentially harmful.

Moderate Drinking Defined

Drinking above these guidelines can increase the risk for motor vehicle crashes, weight gain, insomnia, high blood pressure, stroke, violence, suicide, and certain types of cancer.

Eating and Treating vs Causing Disease

Food acts as medicine, says Leder Scholar One quarter of Baltimore residents don't have easy access to stores stocking healthy foods, and empty calories from sugar and solid fats make up 40% of the daily diet of American adolescents. These statistics motivate the volunteer work of Giuliana Rivera Casul, A&S, [...]

Women’s Fertility

Many women are surprised to learn that their ability to conceive decreases with age. According to the CDC “A women’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after 30”. ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) states that at age 32 there is a decrease in fecundity [...]

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle wasting and weakness. It is the most common genetic cause of infant death, and the carrier frequency is about 1 in 50 in the general population. When both parents are carriers, there is a 1 [...]

Heart Disease in Women

February makes us think about Hallmark cards, flowers, and heart shaped boxes of chocolate.  But let’s take a minute to think about HEART Disease in women.   Heart Attack Signs in Women Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few [...]

Importance of an Annual Women’s Wellness Exam

We know that many patients have questions about whether an annual visit is needed yearly. Dr. Jukes and her team know that a yearly Well Women Exam is the foundation for wellness, disease identification, and management, as well as a key component to promoting a healthy life. Having a [...]