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Breast biopsies are good at telling the difference between healthy tissue and cancer, but less reliable for identifying more subtle abnormalities, a new study finds.

Because of the uncertainty, women whose results fall into the gray zone between normal and malignant — with diagnoses like “atypia” or “ductal carcinoma in situ” — should seek second opinions on their biopsies, researchers say. Misinterpretation can lead women to have surgery and other treatments they do not need, or to miss out on treatments they do need. Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/health/breast-biopsies-dcis-atypia-diagnosis-leave-room-for-doubt.html?

Katy Clemens wanted to have a natural, drug-free childbirth. Then an ultrasound suggested her baby would weigh 11.5 pounds, and her doctors insisted she schedule a cesarean section.

After describing the possible birth injuries that could befall such a large baby during a vaginal birth, Ms. Clemens relented. But when Sam was delivered by C-section, the doctors were in for a small surprise.

Sam weighed in at 7 lbs. 13 ounces — nearly four pounds less than expected. The doctors were so surprised that they put him back on the scale to double-check. Read More: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/11/

A small Norwegian biotechnology firm has said it had the first evidence of real promise in a new approach widely considered to be a potential cure for HIV, prompting both cautious optimism and skepticism from experts.

Eradicating HIV has long proven elusive because the virus lies dormant in so-called latent reservoirs deep in the body. That means that although current treatments have transformed the AIDS-causing virus from a deadly disease to a chronic condition by keeping the virus at bay in the bloodstream, they can’t completely clear it out of the body.

One approach thought to be a possible route to a cure, known as “kick and kill” or “shock and kill,” seeks to expose these latent HIV-infected cells so they can be cleared away by the immune system.

Bionor Pharma ASA, one of a number of companies pursuing this strategy, said its method had reduced the size of the latent HIV reservoir by an average of 40 percent across 17 patients.

The Oslo-based company treated patients with its own experimental immune-boosting treatment, called Vacc-4x, followed by three rounds of a drug already proven to awaken dormant cells infected with HIV. That drug, called romidepsin, is marketed by Celgene Corp. for certain forms of blood cancer.

Read full, original post: Norwegian Biotech Company Flags Evidence for Efficacy of “Kick and Kill” Efficacy Treatment

According to a pair of scientific studies, key genes in the immune system come from our ancient "cousins".

The findings, which appear in The American Journal of Human Genetics, suggest we have Neanderthals to thank for being able to fight off pathogens.

But interbreeding may have had a downside, as the same genes may have made us more prone to allergies.

Modern-day people can trace their ancestry to a small population that emerged from Africa about 60,000 years ago.

As the African humans spread out across the world, they came into contact with other ancient humans based in Europe and Western Asia.

Genetic evidence suggests that these different "tribes" interbred, with part of the genome of Neanderthals still present in humans alive today.

About 1% to 6% of the modern Eurasian human genome seems to come from Neanderthals and Denisovans - another extinct member of the human family.

Read the complete article on BBC

We are pleased to announce the opening of our Westport office.

 

The new office is located at:

Riverside Medical Center
321-329 Riverside Ave.
Westport, CT

203-349-4305

 

NEW! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion (CDC) today released updated data regarding HPV vaccination covnerage among adolescents. Click here to read the MMWR article

A coalition of health care provider organizations, including ACOG and the CDC, have collaborated on a letter encouraging providers to provide a strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine to patients.

A study released online by the journal Pediatrics looked at HPV vaccination and adolescent sexual behavior. Study authors concluded that risk perceptions after HPV vaccination were not associated with riskier sexual behaviors. 

Click Here to read an article by Rebecca B. Perkins, MD, MSc, "You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention", which appeared in the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Newsletter, The Forum, Winter 2014. 

Read More:http://immunizationforwomen.org/HPV

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, this seems to be the question on many people’s minds these days as more and more information on both sides of the argument come into the public arena.

On one side, many are claiming that the risks vaccines protect against far outweigh the dangers associated with vaccines. To some, we may not realize the fact that yes, there are a number of serious dangers associated with vaccines. While we don’t know the full extent of these dangers, those raising awareness about vaccine dangers claim it’s something we need to be spending time and money to research as with the increase in vaccines, there has also been an increase in infant neurological issues that some claim are associated with vaccines.

Interestingly, as it comes down to personal experience, it is certainly possible that some of us have had issues because we chose not to vaccinate and that some of us have had issues because we chose to vaccinate. There are a number of people who are okay from not vaccinating and a number of people who are okay from vaccinating. So is this story black and white? I don’t believe it is, but what I do believe in is encouraging people to know and choose for themselves based on the information that is out there, not simply what their doctor or government tells them to do. Read more:http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/03/20/unvaccinated-vs-vaccinated-two-compelling-stories-of-what-happens-when-you-choose-not-to-vaccinate/

Can a Radical New Treatment Save Children With Severe Food Allergies?

For nine years, the greatest challenge Kim Yates Grosso faced each day was keeping her daughter Tessa safe. Tessa was so severely allergic to milk, wheat, eggs, nuts, shellfish and assorted other foods that as a toddler she went into anaphylactic shock when milk fell on her skin. Kim never left her with a baby sitter. She slept with her each night. And when she needed to work, she found a job she could do primarily from home in the evenings. She successfully lobbied the Menlo Park, Calif., school district to provide Tessa with a full-time aide (in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act) to shadow her at all times. She made all of Tessa’s food from scratch, including safe treats to bring to birthday parties, when she could persuade her daughter to attend them at all. Tessa never spent the night at a friend’s house — she didn’t feel comfortable sleeping in an unsafe environment.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/magazine/can-a-radical-new-treatment-save-children-with-severe-allergies.

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Women's Health Care of New England

Women's Healthcare of New England

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Women’s Health Care of New England has provided women of Fairfield County quality, state of the art, compassionate care since 1990. We are part of a broader network of OB/GYN physicians that comprise Women’s Health Connecticut, offering additional guidance and resources.

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    761 Main Ave.
    Building B, Suite 100
    Norwalk, CT 06856

    203-644-1100
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    Satellite Offices:

    30 Stevens Street
    Suite I
    Norwalk, CT 06856
    203-644-1160

    Westport Center for Health
    323 Riverside Ave.
    Westport, CT
    203-349-4305

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    109 Danbury Rd. (adjacent to the Kohl's parking lot)
    Ridgefield, CT 06877

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