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Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.
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Proton Pump Inhibitors and Their Side Effects


By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

Should you stop taking Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)? This commonly prescribed class of drugs has again been in the news this year with concerns raised about associations with dementia and renal (kidney) impairment. While PPI may promote the problems reported, they may also be more of a marker of other high-risk behaviors rather than the cause of the conditions discussed.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Treatment Options for Anxiety


This week, Dr. Patricia Allen has asked Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D.— a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington and a graduate of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program—to address a woman riddled with anxiety, which she likens to a gnawing feeling of dread.
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Dr. Pat Consults: Hope for People with Congestive Heart Failure


By James A. Blake, M.D.

This week’s post addresses the concerns of a 53-year old woman who has suffered heart failure. Dr. Patricia Allen has asked cardiologist Dr. James Blake, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, to describe the diagnosis and treatment of early congestive heart failure, especially in women.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Is the ‘Female Viagra’ for Me?


Important work by Rosemary Basson, M.D., introduced the concept of a “circular” response cycle in women, as opposed to the more “linear” one that describes male sexuality, in which desire leads to arousal as a prelude to sex. Many women report “multiple reasons for initiating or agreeing to sex,” and desire may not be experienced until after arousal.
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Dr. Pat Consults: Dementia—Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Diagnosis


By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

There are a number of risk factors for developing dementia. These can be thought of broadly in two categories: those that you can do something about and those that you cannot. Risk factors you can’t change include aging—risk dramatically rises with age, with more than 50 percent of those older than 85 being affected—and genetics.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Preventing the Perils of Summer


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

I have asked three members of the WVFC Medical Advisory Board for their advice to help all of us have a safer summer. Dr. Anetta Reszko discusses what causes acute sunburn, Dr. Jason Kendler provides information on tick-borne illnesses, and Dr. Baxter Allen covers the risks of trauma from boating, swimming and cycling.

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