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Doctor’s Daily Dose

The Doctor’s Daily Dose is a place where you can seek advice from Dr. Voss (MD, FACOG) on Pregnancy and Childbirth, Parenting and Behavior, Feeding and Eating, and Health Concerns. Please fill in the form below with your question(s) and check back for them to be answered below.

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REVIEWING OPTIONS

Women faced with early-stage breast cancer are increasingly opting to undergo breast-conserving surgery known as “lumpectomy.” Previous research indicated that surgical removal of the entire breast (“mastectomy”) was chosen as often as lumpectomy by women with early-stage breast...
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SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Folate is essential for healthy cell growth and development. Thus, it is especially important that women of childbearing age get sufficient amounts of this B vitamin. Inadequate folate intake increases the risk of “neural tube birth defects,” which involve the brain, spine, or...
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A MATTER OF TIMING

While previous research has shown that early puberty in women is a risk factor for heart disease and type-2 diabetes, more recent research confirms these findings and also links the timing of puberty with other health conditions. According to the largest study of its kind to...
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DISPELLING FLU SHOT CONCERNS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all pregnant women get a seasonal flu shot because they are more likely than their non-pregnant peers to experience a severe case of the flu or have complications (such as pneumonia). Contracting influenza has...
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SAFEGUARDING BONE HEALTH

Because one in three women over the age of fifty suffers a bone fracture due to the bone-thinning disease “osteoporosis,” middle-aged women and older should do everything they can to maintain bone health. This is a particularly important concern after menopause when declining...
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MEDICATION GUIDANCE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

To lend more clarity to pregnant women about what medications are safe to take, the FDA recently introduced revamped labeling on prescription drugs that will make it easier to tell which medications are safe for infants and developing fetuses. Replacing the system that uses one...
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THE MOST COMMON UTERINE CANCER

Endometrial cancer, which starts in the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium), is the most common type of uterine cancer. While its exact cause is not known, it is suspected that high levels of estrogen may play a role in its development. Specifically, when there is an...
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BORN OF NECESSITY OR CONVENIENCE

In cases where pregnant women are older, at high risk, or giving birth to multiples, a cesarean delivery (C-section) can help ensure the safety of both mother and infant(s). In recent years, however, more C-sections are being performed than necessary, as increasing numbers of...
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WOMEN’S CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

Prior to menopause, women may have a lower risk than men of developing cardiovascular artery disease (CAD). However, once women’s estrogen levels decline, their risk of heart attack increases. With this in mind, women should not allow themselves to be lulled into a false sense of...
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