New Breakthrough for Ovarian and Breast Cancer Gene Screening and Treatment?

Researchers have discovered a new gene associated with the “breast cancer gene” which may not only help reduce the costs for ovarian and breast cancer gene screening – but pave the way for new cancer treatments.   According to the study, which was published yesterday in PLoS ONE, genetic researchers discovered there was a significant correlation between the “breast cancer susceptiliby gene” (BRCA) and another geneotype known as FMR1 “low”. This connection could mean that testing for the FMR1 gene could pontially be as effective as testing for the BRCA gene itself.   “We were very surprised by these results,” … Continue reading


Fake Tans May Lead to Cancer, Unexplained Infertility

New reports claim that the “cocktail” of chemicals found in fake tanning products may lead to a surprising long list of medical complications including cancer, unexplained infertility, diabetes, allergies, obesity and more. The fake tan – which has been touted as the “safe” alternative to outdoor sunbathing and tanning salons – is actually a mix of approximately 30 different types of chemicals. When these chemicals come in contact with the skin a reaction occurs, browning the cells, similar to a apple turning brown when left out in the open. Several carcinogens including formaldehyde and nitrosamines, along with chemicals known to … Continue reading


Cancer Risk Cut by 40 Percent with Changes in Habits

Cancer can’t necessarily be blamed on your genes, says a new study from the UK. According to researchers simple lifestyle changes can reduce your risk for cancer by up to 40%.   Smoking, drinking, weight gain, poor eating habits, etc. are a few of the many things that researchers say can significantly affect your chance of developing cancer.  This conclusion came from a study which looked at collected UK data on cancer statistics between 1993 and 1997. According to the researchers overall 45% of cancers in men and 40% in women are preventable. “This adds to the now overwhelmingly strong … Continue reading


Cancer Treatment Increases Risk for Carotid Artery Stenosis

Patients undergoing radiation treatment for head and neck cancer have an increased risk for carotid artery stenosis, requiring regular follow up post-cancer treatment. Carotid artery stenosis (CAD) is a condition in which there is a buildup of fatty plaque inside the vessels that feed oxygenated blood to the brain. When this buildup occurs, the vessels become very rigid and narrow, placing the individual at a high risk for stroke. A 2009 study conducted by researchers in Taiwan evaluated over 190 patients who had undergone treatment for either head or neck cancer and their post treatment risk for developing carotid artery … Continue reading


Breast Cancer: 6 Tips for Reducing Your Risk

Avoid Smoke: You don’t have to be a smoker in order to increase your risk for cancer. According to a 2005 study by the CEPA young women (before menopause) have an increased risk for breast cancer when exposed to second hand smoke. Be sure to help your loved ones around you quit smoking in addition to steering clear of smoky hangouts in bars and other public locations. Get Moving: To cut your risk of breast cancer by 18% aim for at least 4 hours of cardiovascular exercise per week as recommended by the National Cancer Institute. Meeting this minimum helps … Continue reading


Sharing your medical experiences can save lives

Did you know that 90% of patients that undergo coronary bypass surgery actually receive no health benefits from the procedure? This is just one of many startling health medical mishaps which could be prevented if more patients shared their experience with one another. Check out this cool infographic from, a new website which allows patients and doctors to share their experienes with medical treatments. ;


Women’s Heart Health: Tips to Keep Your Heart Happy

Last Friday you may have seen a few more women walking around in red. Was it Valentine’s Day come early? No. It was the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Day. A day that annually, raises awareness for women’s heart health. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. Go Red for Women Day communicates to women, that BIG complicated lifestyle changes are not needed to improve heart health. It is the simple everyday things, the small changes in routine, which will improve heart health in the long run. Benefits of lifestyle modifications programs, to improve heart health, … Continue reading


The Benefits of Exercise for Chronic Heart Disease

To prevent heart disease, exercise is one of the most crucial interventions. Cardiologists-such as Amir R. Haghighat – lead by example,  carrying out an active lifestyle,  to set a good example for their patients. Even cardiologists need to look after their heart health! Exercise does play a pivotal role in preventing the development of heart disease. But did you know that exercise is just as beneficial once diagnosed with chronic heart disease? People with chronic heart disease should incorporate exercise into their lives as it: Lowers cholesterol. Lowers blood pressure Builds a healthier heart Improves muscle strength Can decrease the … Continue reading


What types of fats are good for your heart?

Fat gets a lot of bad press in relation to heart health. But there are actually types of fats that are good for your heart health. The key is to know which ones. Fat has many roles to play in a person’s body. It is responsible for Energy and cell growth. Protecting organs. Keeping you warm over these winter months. Helping absorb nutrients from food. Aiding in hormone production. These are all very important processes for a person’s body. The problem with fats presents when people eat too much, or just the fats considered  bad for health. To solve this … Continue reading


Over the Holiday Period Watch Your Heart Health.

There are three days during the year in which the incidence of death secondary to heart attacks increase. One of these days is Christmas Day, another one is New Year’s Day. Why does this happen, and what can you do to keep your heart safe over the holiday period? There are many theories and explanations given for the increase of heart attacks deaths during the holiday period. It appears to be a combination of lifestyle, weather and illness that increase the number of deaths. Reasons given are: The food. Around Christmas we all tend to be a bit more gluttonous. … Continue reading


Understanding PCOS and Diabetes

Women who have diabetes are at an increased risk for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS),  the most common cause of female fertility.   Every month during a woman’s menstrual cycle one egg is matured and prepared for release form the ovaries. However, in women with PCOS, these eggs are never released and, instead, the immature eggs remain inside their follicles, bunching up and forming “cysts” on top of the woman’s ovaries.  Women with PCOS often have irregular or absent menstrual cycles and, due to a lack of regular ovulation, may have difficulty conceiving.   Although experts are still unsure of exactly … Continue reading


Preventing Carotid Artery Stenosis in People with Diabetes

People with diabetes are at a greater risk for developing a serious cardiovascular disease known as carotid artery stenosis, which is why awareness and prevention should be key part of every diabetic’s plan of care.   In diabetes, the increased amount of glucose in the blood can lead to inflammation and damage inside of the vascular system. This, in turn, can lead the narrowing of the inside of the carotid arteries which provide the passageway for oxygenated blood to pass through to the brain. If these carotid arteries become completely occluded, stroke can occur.   Fortunately, for diabetics, the need … Continue reading


Vitamin D May be Linked to Diabetes in Overweight Children

Researchers suspect that vitamin D may play an essential role in the development of diabetes in overweight children.   According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, low levels of vitamin D were significantly associated with worse diabetes results in overweight children. Researchers assessed 411 obese children, ages 6-16, in addition to 89 children who were of normal weight. The found that 92% of the diabetic and obese kids had vitamin D deficiency, compared to 68% of those who were diabetic, but not overweight.   “Low [vitamin D] levels may play a role in the … Continue reading


Treating Diabetes for Infertility

When left untreated or uncontrolled, complications of diabetes can have a negative affect on both female and male infertility . However, with proper lifestyle modifications and treatments most diabetes patients are able to go on and bear children of their own.   To understand how infertility is affected by diabetes, it is important to note that diabetes is a disease which is characterized by a lack of (or lack of response to) the hormone insulin. When there is not enough insulin, or when the body stops responding to insulin, this leads to an uncontrolled amount of sugar (glucose) circulating in … Continue reading


Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling by air is stressful enough, but put one or more young tired kids into the mix and stress levels multiply by ten! I have done a couple of trips with my little girl. Sometimes she is an absolute angel, the other times…. well let’s just say less of an angel. Like many new parents, I am still learning the tricks and tumbles of traveling with a young child. Here are some things I have picked up along the way. Also, moms and dads, if you have any more tips please add them in the comments below! No sugary food. … Continue reading


It’s flu season, make sure you are informed!

This year the flu virus has arrived a little earlier than expected and is passing rapidly throughout states in the country. Like any parent, I am concerned about the well being of my child. The flu virus can cause many complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, exacerbation of asthma, inflammation of the brain and in rare cases death. You can check out what precautions you should take with your child here  on the CDC website. An important fact that some parents forget, is that they need to watch their own symptoms just as much as their child’s, as parents can be … Continue reading


How children can benefit from Yoga.

Yoga is perhaps an exercise we do not associate with children. However, as the fastest growing exercise in the United States it is becoming more and more popular for parents to send their children to Yoga classes. Does practicing Yoga actually benefit children or is it just another trend that will soon be forgotten? Advantages of Children’s Yoga: Non-competitive atmosphere. Children are under more and more pressure to perform these days. From competitive schooling to competitive sports, children are constantly expected, and sometimes pushed to be the best. Yoga creates an atmosphere where there is no competition. While practicing Yoga … Continue reading


Pediatric Cancer Patients Should be Given Fertility Preservation Options

In a new study researchers have found that child cancer survivors are at a significantly higher risk for infertility later in life then their counterparts. This finding reemphasizes the need for parents to be given information regarding fertility preservation options, such as cryopreservation and frozen embryo transfer, prior to beginning their child's cancer treatment. Continue reading


Professional Women Postponing Babies – Until Menopause?

Affluent professional women defy early menopause with IVF treatments – after they climb the corporate ladder. Continue reading


Tips to Keep Skin Healthy and Glowing During the Winter Months

At this time of year the weather can really take a toll on your skin. The wind, rain, snow, winter sun, all damage and dry out your skin. Here are some tips to get your skin through the winter months so you can come out looking bright in spring. 1. Eat Healthy: What goes into your body shows on the outside. Some foods such as kiwi’s, salmon, sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds have been proven to have properties to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. -Sweet potatoes are full of an antioxidant called: beta carotene, which helps protect against … Continue reading


New Study Reports IVF Doesn’t Increase Risk for Childhood Cancer

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that children who were conceived via IVF have the same overall risk of developing childhood cancers as children who were conceived naturally. The study looked at more than 100,000 children conceived though IVF and compared cancer rates to those children of the general population. Although a slight increase was found for two rare childhood cancers, the risks for more common cancers stayed the same between the two groups. The study’s leader, Alastair Sutcliffe of University College London, commented that The main message about cancer is good news As the … Continue reading


Getting Pregnant with DHEA Supplementation and IVF

DHEA came on the infertility scene back in 2005, when a well-known infertility clinic (The Center for Human Reproduction, NYC) pioneered DHEA’s use for diminished ovarian reserve (or DOR). Over the last decade, DHEA’s use for DOR gained momentum – a survey of IVF centers in 2010 found that about one third of centers around the world use DHEA to improve the pregnancy chances of women with DOR. DHEA’s particularly effective when combined with IVF treatment – the two together can improve the pregnancy chances of young women with DOR and women of advanced maternal age. Both groups of women … Continue reading


3 Things Everyone Should Know When Interpreting IVF Success Rates

Annually, infertility clinics are required to report their IVF success rates to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and these figures are passed on to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). Both organizations caution against using this data to measure the effectiveness of treatment in fertility centers because the data can lack reliability and credibility.  In fact, some centers have even been found to manipulate data by finding loopholes in the federally mandated reporting system. For these reasons, IVF success rates outcomes should be taken with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, people consulting prospective infertility centers continue to consider … Continue reading


Will DHEA Help Me Get Pregnant?

DHEA ( or dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormonal supplement gaining attention and  momentum  in the infertility community as a new treatment that helps improve female egg quality, and consequently can help improve pregnancy rates via IVF. Is DHEA just another fad treatment, or can it actually help women with infertility get pregnant? DHEA use Fertility specialists mainly use DHEA to treat women with diminished ovarian reserve (also known as DOR).  Diminished ovarian reserve is caused by Premature ovarian aging (in younger women) Natural ovarian aging (in older women) A woman’s ovarian reserve (how well her ovaries produce mature, high quality eggs) … Continue reading


Could Chemicals Found in Cosmetics Reduce Fertility?

Phthalate is a substance you’ve probably never heard of, but you use it everyday. It’s a chemical found in many cosmetics, plastics and fragrances. New research, lead by Irene Souter, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, found that exposure to certain phthalates might lead to female fertility complications – especially when it comes to IVF.     Read the full story here:


Weight Loss for Male Infertility: Is it a Cure?

According to a new study from French researchers, man who are either overweight or obese are at a higher risk for male infertility. However, will loosing the excess pounds help men conceive a child?   In the study, which was conducted using the data from nearly 10,000 men, researchers examined the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and sperm count. They found that 32.6% of the men who were obese had low sperm counts and 6.9% had no viable sperm at all. This was a significantly higher finding that that of the men of normal weight, of which 24% had … Continue reading


Continued: 4 Secrets to Maintaining Your Weight Loss

Losing weight is one thing – keeping it off is another all-together. (Continued from part 1)   Rewarding self for diet or exercise accomplishments What is life without a little fun? Devise yourself a rewards system to help keep yourself motivated at times that you really don’t feel like following your weight loss program guidelines for diet and exercise. The rewards can be in the form of allowing a small portion“off limits” foods, treating yourself to an extra hour of TV in the evening, etc. These types of rewards will help keep you going even on the days that you … Continue reading


4 Secrets to Maintaining Your Weight Loss: Part 1

Losing weight is one thing – keeping it off is another all-together. Despite popular belief, one of the biggest challenges to a weight loss program, such as the one at our Weight Loss Center Houston, is not how to lose weight. With the right guidance,  dieters can quickly shed pounds and are often kept motivated by the rapid results that they are seeing. However, once the weight loss goal is achieved, the task of maintaining this weight loss over the long run becomes the dieters biggest saboteur. So what do people who are able to sustain their weight loss long-term … Continue reading


DASH for Weight Loss: Best Diet Plan of 2012

This past year brought an old, but solid, weight loss program out of the mothballs and back into the spotlight once again. The DASH diet, originally created for controlling blood pressure, out ranked   even the wildly popular Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig as the top diet plan for 2012. The DASH diet, which stands for  “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension” has historically been used by medical weight loss programs and other doctor-supervised diets in order to reduce blood pressure through dietary measures. However, the diet’s core principles have an added benefit: weight loss. The diet is high in vegetables, fruits, whole … Continue reading