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Hello Again from Kenya!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Kelly Wilson

We had another busy day in the clinic and performed 51 cervical cancer screenings today!  One patient showed signs of a possible cancerous lesion. We will all be thinking of her and hoping for the best possible outcome. Two other precancerous lesions were detected, which will keep two more women from developing cancer!

Our grand total of screenings was 142! Thanks to the education done by the staff of the gynae clinic at Kisii Level 5 hospital, and the promoting done by Gladys and Jackie and their families, many more women in this area have become aware of the risk factors for cervical cancer and understand what they need to do to prevent themselves from developing this dangerous disease.

Check back later this month for pictures of our trip!

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Jambo! Greetings from Kisii, Kenya!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Kelly Wilson

As some of you may know, we have put together a group of six people for a medical mission to perform cervical cancer screenings for the women in Kisii, Kenya. 

We started our screenings on Monday and were able to see 37 patients with the help of our Kenyan counterparts.  Today, we were able to screen another 54 patients!  In addition, the patients receive education about the risk factors for cervical cancer and the importance of being screened routinely to prevent them from getting the disease.  Unfortunately, one woman was found to have advanced cervical cancer and was referred to the hospital for treatment.  On a positive note, six patients with precancerous lesions were successfully treated and will not develop cancer in the treated area!

One more day of screenings.  We will post again tomorrow!

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Mid-life Weight Gain in Women - An Answer

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11:20 am by Jon Nielsen, MD

Nearly every day I hear a midlife patient say, “I exercise more, I eat less, and I still gain weight.  Why is that?” The usual default answer to that question is, “ your metabolism is slowing down with age”.   That may be true but there must be some other answer to explain the midlife weight gain experienced by both women and men, as well as the obesity epidemic we are experiencing in the US .  Yes, we have low fat diets, and low carbohydrate diets, and other “fad” type diets all of which have many proponents and success stories.  We are told that as we age the fat we accumulate is just naturally deposited around our midsection.  That fat is both difficult to lose and a marker of cardiac risk.

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Planning for Your Pregnancy

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 12:03 am by Taryn McEvoy, MD

I recently had my second child and as I reflect on the experience, I wanted to share some of my knowledge and tips with moms-to-be. After all, planning for a pregnancy is a very exciting time but it can be overwhelming too. It is the start of a new phase of life—parenthood. As the mother of two young boys, I am in the middle of this exciting phase too. My second son was born in December of 2011 at Maple Grove Hospital and now I have experienced the joys of being both a physician and a patient there.

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Screening Guidelines for Ovarian and Cervical Cancer

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm by Sarah Manneh, MD


With the New Year and renewed resolutions for good health, I encourage women of any age to know the screening guidelines for ovarian and cervical cancers and talk with their provider about risk.


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