Make a Plan for Winter

It may be hot and humid today, but fall is just around the corner with winter close behind. Do you know what comes with winter? Would you believe the answer is heart disease? A study of over 100,000 people, between the ages of 35 – 80, in seven countries looked at several heart disease risk […]

Your Annual Wellness Exam

There has been a lot of media and press attention lately, focused on your Wellness Exam. There are also a lot of misinformation floating around. We hope to help clear up any confusion. It is true that under the ACA, your annual wellness exam is covered 100% by your insurance company. It is also true […]

Winter Raises Heart Attack Risk

From Maine to Maui, the results were the same, winter raises the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes. Cardiologists Bryan Schwartz of the University of New Mexico and Robert A. Kloner of the Heart Institute at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, teamed up and sorted through 1.7 million death certificates dated between […]

Walking Could Prevent Breast Cancer

If you were told that walking, or biking, just 4 hours per week could help to prevent breast cancer would you lace up your sneakers? Well, for older women, that is just what this study is saying. Published in the August 11 edition of the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the study looked […]

To Screen or Not To Screen – That’s The Question

The mammogram debate is about to get a little murkier. For the last year or so there has been a lot of debate about yearly mammograms – one side of the argument is that there are too many false positives leading to unnecessary follow-up testing and stress on the women involved. This group would like […]

The Tale of the Good Fat

When it comes to dietary fats, not all things are created equal. Plant based fats, from sources like nuts and olive oil, can actually help prevent heart disease; as opposed to animal based fats, which have been linked to causing the same. The diet most associated with these good fats is called the Mediterranean diet; […]

Stress and Lack of Support Linked To Birth Complications

A study published earlier this year showed that women who have high stress and low resources, to deal with that stress, are more likely to have at least one birth complication. The study, Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) Study, looked at over 3.300 pregnancies and compared birth outcomes to resources available to the mothers. […]

September is Cholesterol Education Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. Know your cholesterol level and eat a heart healthy diet. Find out if you have a family history of heart attack or stroke. Ask your physician at The Woman’s Clinic if you need to have a cardiac evaluation. For more information go to our Heart […]

Portion Guidelines

In addition to balance, portion sizing is the most important part of meal planning. It is easy, but it may take some practice. I recommend spending some time with your measuring cups, your dining dishes, drinking glasses, cereal bowls, and maybe even a food scale. The serving size listed on a package nutrition label is […]

An Apple A Day Really Could Keep The Doctor Away!

A new study done by the European Society of Cardiology found a strong connection between eating fruit and reducing the risk of heart disease. The study followed more than 450,000 participants over a 7 year period. The participants were asked to report the frequency with which they consumed fruit; either never, monthly, one to three […]

In The News – Laparoscopic Uterine Surgery

The instrument used in robotic surgery has been in the news lately linked to a vary rare type of cancer. Dr. Barbie Sullivan has written the piece below to try to make some sense out of the reports, put the facts in perspective, and alleviate unnecessary fears: The instrument used in robotic surgery has been […]

Get Up Off The Couch

If there was any doubt about why you should be adding exercise to your regular routine, a new study will eliminate all doubt. The study, published in The Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, followed 70,000 postmenopausal women and showed a reduction in the risk of breast cancer from walking 7 hours per week; […]

Eating Fish And Pregnancy

Because of high levels of mercury in fish, guidelines have been set up to help pregnant women be aware of the risk: Consumming raw fish and seafood is not recommended during pregnancy and should be avoided. Fish with the highest levels of mercury should be avoided completely. These include: Grouper, Marlin, Orange Roughy, Tilefish, Swordfish, […]

Eat and Exercise to Increase Your Metabolism

When it comes to metabolism (the rate at which we use our food), there are factors that we can control and factors that we cannot control. We cannot control our gender and age, but we can control our eating habits and body composition. Simply eating a light, healthy breakfast will turn your metabolism switch on […]

Cutting Through The Clutter

In the Wall Street Journal dated today, April 2, there is yet another article calling in to question the validity of regular mammograms. This comes on the heels of a large Canadian study that found that regular mammograms did not effect the death rates from breast cancer. The focus of the studies seem to weigh […]

Could This Be The End of Preeclampsia?

Researchers at the University of Iowa believe that the answer to that question may, in fact, be yes! Preeclampsia is a condition that develops at the 20 week mark, and beyond, in approximately 5 – 7 % of all US pregnancies. Characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, preeclampsia can cause organ […]

Angelina and You

There was a flurry of press attention in response to Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy to prevent the development of breast cancer. It’s an immensely personal topic; full of individual life experiences and emotions. So, what are the facts? Only about 1 in 600 women carry a genetic mutation of the BRCA1 […]