This is a question I get asked almost every day by parents of teenage and preteen girls (and some boys). My standard answer is yes. Why? There are very few cancers that we have discovered a vaccine for, and those caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) fall within that category. The HPV vaccine provides almost 100% protection from HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 if all three doses are taken at the correct intervals and if it is given before a person contracts one of these infections.
You’ve probably heard the old adage: “Leaves of three, let it be.” Guess what? It’s true! Because poison ivy can be found all over the country, we at Westchester Health feel it’s important at this time of year to let our patients and parents know how to recognize and avoid it this bothersome plant. To that end, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, explains the best ways to spot poison ivy.
When I tell some of my patients they have gout, I sometimes get the response, “Gout? Isn’t that the ‘rich man’s disease’”? Or, “Didn’t gout go out in the Middle Ages with Henry the 8th?” Sorry to say, gout is alive and well here in the 21st Century and is no respecter of incomes.
Many of my patients with gallstones do not have symptoms and often do not even know they have them until the stones block the ducts of the biliary tract (a gallbladder attack), causing extreme pain that needs immediate medical attention. Gallbladder attacks often follow heavy meals, and they usually occur in the evening or during the night.
If knee pain is keeping you from doing the things you like (or need) to do, it may be time to consider a knee replacement. Michael A. Gott, MD, an Orthopedic surgeon with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group, has written a very informative blog explaining knee replacement surgery and when it is a viable option to alleviate knee pain.
Your child comes home from school covered in little red dots. Is it chicken pox? Heat rash? Is it contagious? So that you can correctly identify your child’s rash and whether or not you should take him/her to a doctor, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has listed the 10 most common kids’ skin rashes and what to do about them.
Yes, exercise is an excellent way to tone up, lose weight, build muscle to support your bones (which in turn helps prevent osteoporosis) and maintain your cardiovascular health. However, exercise (particurly too much too soon) can also cause joint pain. If the pain is severe enough, it can keep people from exercising, thereby negating the many benefits of physical activity. To help prevent joint pain, Rick Weinstein, MD, MBA, an Orthopedic Sports Medicine specialist and general orthopedic surgeon with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group and our Director of Orthopedic Surgery, has compiled a list of 10 tips that can help athletes and amateurs alike as they exercise.
These days, on playgrounds, at playdates and in pediatricians’ offices, you’re just as likely to see dads there as moms, as more and more dads are actively involved in their baby’s birth, feeding, burping, bathing, diaper changing and everything else that comes with having a newborn. At Westchester Health, we firmly support this fatherly involvement! But what if you’re a new dad and you haven’t a clue as to how to take care of a baby? Fear not. One of our Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatricians, Rodd Stein, MD, offers 5 tips for new dads to help make those sleepless days and nights easier.