Sweet Nectar of Life

Breastfeeding. It’s all around us, from the pages of Glamour magazine and storming social media, to the age-old paintings on the walls of the Louvre Museum in Paris. These days you can’t seem to get away from the subject. As National Breastfeeding Month comes to a close, it is imperative that people not only see the trendy side of breastfeeding, but also appreciate the science behind it.

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Muddled Mammograms

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Confused about mammogram recommendations? It is not hard to understand why.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) states, “Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health,” as does the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG).

The United States Preventative Service Task Force (USPSTF) “recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years … [and] concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years or older.” The Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute (KPCMI) has similar recommendations.

The guideline for breast cancer screening can be a frustrating one for patients and a challenge for healthcare providers. Continue reading

My cup runneth over

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Has there ever been a part of human anatomy so celebrated as the female breasts? Breasts have been subjects for centuries in art, literature, music, fashion. There are even depictions dating as far back as Egyptian hieroglyphics and the ruins of Pompeii. You cannot turn on the TV, surf the web, go to the grocery store, or even venture outside of the house without seeing someone’s cleavage. And while we see them all the time, what do we really know about our breasts? We will discuss breast cancer later this month, but first let’s just have some breast awareness.

Breasts are quite extraordinary, actually. They are, evolutionarily, the life giving force to our offspring and an important part of our sexuality (and sometimes identity). Continue reading