Listen: Lori Davis, NP discusses women’s sexual health

Listen: Lori Davis, NP discusses women’s sexual health

“I know these conversations are really difficult, but it’s also on all of us as providers to have the courage to ask the questions. We have to get to a point where we normalize this discussion.”

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Nonsurgical care treats uterine fibroids

By Dr. Roman Politi

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors of the uterus that can become symptomatic in the years before menopause. While fibroids are a common condition, most women have no symptoms from the tumors. But for some women, uterine fibroids can result in pain, heavy menstrual bleeding and pressure on the bladder or bowel.

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Treating Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids Without Surgery

By Roman Politi, MD

Fibroids are benign tumors that grow within the muscular wall of the uterus. These growths are not cancerous and they vary in size, sometimes growing larger than a grapefruit. It is estimated that 20 to 40 percent of women have uterine fibroids, with up to a quarter of those women experiencing troubling symptoms.

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Incontinence and Pelvic Pain are Treatable Conditions

Muscular problems in the pelvic floor can cause symptoms ranging from involuntary loss of urine (urinary incontinence) to chronic pelvic pain. Millions suffer from pelvic floor disorders, yet, for many, the symptoms go unidentified and untreated. Although discussing symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction is difficult for some, it is important to realize that pelvic floor pain and dysfunction are not normal and can successfully be treated.

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Digital Mammography Available Locally

By William Carroll, MD, PhD

In September 2005, the New England Journal of Medicine posted the results of a large clinical trial comparing digital and film mammography. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, sponsored the trial. Researchers conducted the study under the leadership of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network.

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A New Treatment Option for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

By Kathleen Gardner, MD

Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) is an unpleasant, embarrassing fact of life for about one in five women. This condition affects how women feel, the clothing they wear, and where and when they take vacations. It leaves women anemic, tired, and anxious and can have a detrimental impact on both their familial and work relationships.

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Protecting the Knees of Young Female Athletes

By Kerry Putnam, PT, MPT

In the world of sports and sports medicine, we hear quite a lot about injuries to the knee involving the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). One of the four major ligaments of the knee, the function of the ACL is to help stabilize the knee by preventing the tibia (shin bone) from sliding forward where it meets the femur (thigh bone).

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Portable Bone Densitometry Scanning Provides Fast, Easy Screening

By Kim Hwang, MD

Early detection and treatment of osteoporosis can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and level of activity as they age into their senior years. A bone densitometry scan is a painless imaging test that accurately measures bone density and can be a useful tool in preventing and treating osteoporosis. Bone densitometry scans, also known as DEXA scans, are performed at both Convenient Care Centers in Ithaca and Cortland, and at Cayuga Medical Center.

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Imaging Services Play Key Role in Breast Health Care

By Rick Kidwell

Breast care is a high priority at Cayuga Medical Center: the scope and quality of local imaging services reflects a serious commitment to women’s health care. In developing our breast health care program, Cayuga Medical Center addressed five major components to meet the needs of area women.

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Exercise During Pregnancy

By Amy MacQueen, MD

In 1985 the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) published recommendations about exercising during pregnancy. They warned women about the potentially adverse effects of exercise during pregnancy, and advised them not to exceed a heart rate of 140 beats per minute. In the last 25 years, however, the recommendations for exercise during pregnancy have changed significantly.

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