Short of basic sanitation and nutrition, no medical intervention has done more to save lives and prevent disease than immunizations. That’s why at Westchester Health, we strongly believe in immunizations and strongly recommend giving your child all recommended vaccines from birth until age 18. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially recommends immunizations as the safest and most cost-effective way of preventing disease, disability and death, and that it is always better to prevent a disease than to have to treat it or live with the consequences of contracting it.
Did you know that 1 in 10 people will develop a kidney stone over the course of their lifetime? Although the exact reason isn’t known, one explanation may be that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about what causes kidney stones. In order to de-bunk these false beliefs, shed light on what really causes kidney stones, and help people hopefully stay stone-free, we at Westchester Health offer these 6 important tips.
At Westchester Health, we know that raising kids is hard work, whether you’re a dad or a mom. But even today, sometimes stay-at-home dads encounter particular challenges. To help dads everywhere navigate the wonderful but exhausting world of babies, kids, teenagers and everything in between, Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, offers these 10 valuable bits of advice.
Here at Westchester Health, every week we see young patients who are overweight and obese, and parents who are anxious and worried. In fact, childhood obesity is one of the most common problems seen by pediatricians. Can it be reversed? Yes, overweight children can change and commit to a healthier lifestyle but it takes a coordinated effort from patients, their parents and their pediatrician. To help navigate this very important issue, we offer a recent blog by Nicholas Germanakos, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
There is abundant evidence that circumcision has many important health benefits for males, regardless of the age at which they are circumcised. Here at Westchester Health, we strongly feel that before parents make the important decision to circumcise, or not circumcise, their son, they need to carefully weigh the health benefits, risks, their religious beliefs and their personal preferences. To help you with your decision, we offer this informative blog by Rodd Stein, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Has your period started slowing down, or even stopped? Are you having hot flashes or night sweats? Are people telling you that you seem a lot more moody lately? Guess what – you may be going through menopause.
Straight or gay, a teenager or a retiree, having unprotected sex can expose you to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), some of which can seriously affect your health. Although condoms are highly effective for reducing the transmission of STDs, they (or any method of birth control except abstinence) are not 100% foolproof. At Westchester Health, we think the more informed a person is about his or her sexual health, the better choices they can make. That’s why we offer this blog so that everyone can understand the different STDs that exist and can take steps to protect themselves against them.