Impact of the HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine has been around now for fifteen years.  It’s now recommended for everyone from age 9 to 26, and also for some adults between 27 and 45.  The vaccine is a series of three shots over 6 months and helps women and men to develop immunity against the HPV virus.  This allows protection […]

Marijuana Use Increasing in Women with HIV

People living with HIV have used marijuana to manage health issues related to or derived from this disease for a long time. However, marijuana use in this population has increased during the pregnancy and postpartum periods according to a study done from 2007 to 2019.    People living with HIV reported using marijuana mostly during […]

What are Canker Sores and How to Heal Them?

Guest post from Dr. Shyamali Singhal, MD Surgical Oncologist Founder of Hope & Beauty Mouth Sores: Everybody Gets Those From Time To Time, Here are Some Simple Remedies Canker sores can happen inside your mouth or on your gums. Several home solutions can help promote the restorative process. Let’s talk about it. Canker sores can happen inside […]

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Flu Season is HERE! Time for your flu shot!

It is that time of year again where the weather gets colder, sweaters and boots come back into fashion, and the news gets obsessed with pumpkin spice everything. That’s right! Flu season! With COVID19, the vaccines against it, and now the discussion around booster shots in the news, it’s easy to overlook flu season and […]

The Link Between Microbiome And Cancer

Guest post from Dr. Shyamali Singhal, MD Surgical Oncologist Founder of Hope & Beauty Can We Prevent Some Types Of Cancer By Changing Our Microbiome? The term “microbiome” applies to the combination of all of the gene sequences from a population of microbes in the human body. High-throughput DNA amplification and sequencing technologies of the microbial communities […]

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COVID19 Vaccine Booster: Yes or No?

Discussion around booster shots for the COVID19 vaccine has been going on for a few months now.  At the end of September, Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put out their recommendations on the booster shot. The recommendation is for people who received their last shot of the Pfizer BioNTech […]

Cancer Patients And Pets- Benefits And Risks Of Pet Ownership While Battling Cancer

Guest post from Dr. Shyamali Singhal, MD Surgical Oncologist Founder of Hope & Beauty Taking Care Of Pets While Undergoing Cancer Treatment For many cancer patients, the comfort and love offered by their pets as they navigate treatment, recovery, and survivorship can be invaluable. Yet the physical and financial strains of treatment can exacerbate the challenges of […]

COVID19 Vaccine in Pregnancy: CDC Update

Though the COVID19 Vaccine has been recommended for all pregnant women since January by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and since July by the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the CDC put out an urgent recommendation this week for the vaccination of all pregnant women due to […]

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Period Changes? Is it the pandemic? COVID19? the Vaccine? the NIH wants to know!

As OBGYNs, one of the more common complaints patients bring up with us are irregularities in their periods.  For many women, periods of stress: travel, final exams, a big move, major life events, can throw off their cycle for a month or two.   For other women, there are medical issues: hormonal, structural, that cause the […]

COVID- 19 Vaccine And Cancer Treatment

Guest post from Dr. Shyamali Singhal, MD Surgical Oncologist Founder of Hope & Beauty Can Cancer Patients That Are Undergoing Cancer Treatment Receive The Vaccine Safely? There are currently three different vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, that have received emergency approval from the FDA and are being widely distributed in the country. The Centers for […]