Does This Year’s Flu Vaccine Work?

In Blog, Infections, Preventative/Primary Care, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

Today the CDC announced that preliminary data from early flu virus surveillance has shown that about half of the flu present in the US currently is not directly covered by this year’s vaccine. What does this mean? – The types of flu covered by the annual vaccine are chosen 6 months before flu season, based on mapping flu strains around the world. In a typical year, about 70% of the strains of flu present are successfully anticipated by that year’s vaccine. Once the predominant strains are found, vaccine manufacturing begins, producing millions of doses in time for flu season. Over …

Organic Food Recall

In Blog, Infections, Nutrition, Obstetrical Care, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

The FDA announced a voluntary recall of multiple products from the commonly found organic food company, Amy’s Kitchen. The manufacturer has found that some spinach they had used in the production of various foods may contain Listeria, which can make any of us ill, and in particular can be problematic in pregnancy. I have seen these products for sale in Whole Foods as well as elsewhere. Fortunately, no one has reported an illness attributable to ingestion of Amy’s Kitchen products to date; the recall has been issued “out of an abundance of caution.” If you have recently purchased any of …

Zika Virus- What You Need to Know

In Blog, Infections, Obstetrical Care, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

Fast Take The Zika virus has recently become more prevalent in certain regions, particularly in Central and South America and the Caribbean. When pregnant women catch this virus, their fetus can develop microcephaly, which is an abnormally small head and brain, and is associated with significant neurologic impairment and occasionally death. The virus is transmitted by certain species of mosquitoes; thus prevention of mosquito exposure is paramount in preventing the disease. In men and non-pregnant women, a Zika infection is usually mild and self-limited. There is no vaccine and no specific treatment. We are currently recommending avoiding travel to regions …

Zika Update #1: Important New Information

In Blog, Infections, Obstetrical Care, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

‘ Fast Track: There are several more countries that have been added to the CDC’s list of places where Zika transmission has been reported, and to where you should not travel. Zika has been reported transmitted by sex, rather than by mosquitoes, in one case in Texas; this prompts new recommendations for disease prevention. Testing is now allowed for any individuals, not just for pregnant women, who have travelled to endemic regions within the last two weeks and have at least two symptoms. Today Governor Cuomo announced free testing for pregnant women in New York who have travelled to endemic …

How Do I Know If There Is Radon in My House

In Blog, Cancer, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

When was the last time you had your home tested for Radon? Never? Read on… The New York State Department of Health just released this information: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found all over the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the number one cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Most inhaled radon is rapidly exhaled, but the inhaled decay products deposit in the lung, where they irradiate sensitive cells in the airways increasing the risk of lung cancer. There are between 900 and 1,200 radon-related lung cancer deaths in NYS each …

Do Amino Acids Help Prevent Postpartum Blues?

In Blog, Gynecology, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

An article just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown a remarkable nutritional approach to preventing postpartum blues. Women using a supplement of 2 g of tryptophan and 10 g of tyrosine (both simple amino acid proteins), plus blueberry juice with blueberry extract on days three through five after delivery significantly reduced their incidence of postpartum blues. Read more here: PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Does Exercising On Just The Weekends Help?

In Blog, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

If you’re like me, finding time during the work week to exercise is often a struggle. I find most of my exercise is concentrated on the weekends. The question is: if I can’t find the time to exercise daily, is it still beneficial to be a “Weekend Warrior,” and if so, how beneficial is it? Plus – what are the benefits of exercise? We know it helps you to look and feel better. We also know that exercise helps to reduce the rate of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes. But did you know that it also helps …