What to Expect on the Day of your Breast Surgery


There are so many things to think about when facing breast surgery or any in-patient surgical procedure. Besides packing for the hospital, you have to make sure that everything is in order for your return home. Although your doctor will …

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Dr. E’s DO’s and DON’Ts: Tattoos


It used to be unusual to see a man or woman with a tattoo, but not anymore. In fact, $1.6 billion is spent in the U.S. each year on tattoos, and 45 million Americans have them. Of that amount, a …

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Spotlight On: Flakka–The New Designer Drug

Equipment used in the preparation of illegal street drugs.

In Spanish, the word flake is a term of endearment for a thin person. When I was a teenager, my friend’s Colombian father used to call me “flakita”. But the word Flakka is anything but that. It’s the street name …

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Hormone Therapy: “Bioidenticals” Can Be Risky


There’s nothing pleasant about sweating through your blouse during an elegant dinner party or having to get up in the middle of the night to change pajamas, but that’s precisely the sort of discomfort faced by many menopausal women.

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Dr. E’s DOs and DON’Ts: School Lunches


As the new school year approaches and we’re bombarded with back-to-school sales and advertisements for everything from backpacks to paper clips, it’s time to focus on what your kids are going to be eating throughout their busy days.

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For Breast Cancer Prevention, More Exercise is Better

Multi-ethnic group of mature women (50s) exercising in gym, lifting hand weights.

It’s no secret that body fat increases postmenopausal breast cancer risk. Regular exercise is an integral part of breast cancer prevention and, further, exercise should play a key role in breast cancer recovery as well (we posted a blog on …

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Spotlight on: Lara Devgan, MD, MPH

Dr. Lara Devgan

Lara Devgan, MD, MPH is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City. Here is an interesting and provocative blog she posted on her website.

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Dr. E’s DOs and DON’Ts: “Dieting”


For some of us, the onset of summer brings a wave of anxiety about how we’ll look in shorts, sleeveless tops and….of course…..swimsuits. It’s hard to imagine being in a women’s clothing store without overhearing self-loathing comments such as, “I …

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Breast Surgery and Medical Testing: Understanding What’s Going On

Doctors examining medical tests

When you’re facing breast surgery, there’s a lot of information to process. In addition to all the physical and emotional prep, there are myriad medical imaging and other tests that you may have to undergo. Here’s a list and explanation …

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Tattoo Ink or Cancer?

A cropped shot of a tattooed young woman

Read our blog on The Huffington Post about how tattoo ink can be mistaken for cancer cells.

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Spotlight on: FORCE

FORCE logo

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) is the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to families facing hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers.

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Combination Drug Therapy More Effective on Melanoma

melanoma skin cancer on woman arm with sun in the background

My best friend Kelly and I love to go running together. It’s great for both us, since it combines exercise and what we call “free therapy”. She loves the sun, and just feeling its warm rays brightens her mood. The …

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