Category: Dr. Malek

5 Toxic New Year’s Resolutions to Avoid in 2024

The New Year and its traditions are upon us. For most of us, the festivities will include some combination of watching football, eating collards and black-eyed peas, attending a party, counting down the ball descent on Times Square, toasting 2024, AND making a New Year’s resolution!

Notice that the last item is not likely to help any of us look forward to 2024 with optimism. The reason is obvious. Experience tells us that most New Year’s resolutions are doomed to fail. So today our New Year’s greeting for patients and friends will not include the typical…

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Now What? 6 Things Do Do When You Learn You are Pregnant

1. Understand What Your Positive Pregnancy Test Means.
Today’s urine pregnancy test kits are sensitive enough to detect the pregnancy hormone with about 98% accuracy by the time you would have started your next period. By 7 days after the first day of your expected period the result of the test is near 100% reliable. So, a positive test tells you that a fertilized egg has implanted (hopefully in the uterus), and the placenta is starting to form. The placental cells begin to produce the hormone hCG which triggers the positive test. Because hCG in the blood or urine…

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