Category: General

A Tip for Expectant Parents

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My Story: Facing a Breast Cancer Diagnosis—from Mammogram to Surgery

The year 2020 has affected all of us in ways we could not have imagined a year ago. But last February as we were beginning to realize how Covid-19 might alter our lives, I confronted another difficult life event. My annual screening mammogram revealed an abnormality that would require surgery and was likely to be malignant. I feel very fortunate that, in this case, the routine care I recommend to women each day allowed me to receive early treatment. I look forward to continued good health.

This October is the first Breast Cancer Awareness Month I have experienced as…

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Our Mammography Technologist Discusses 3D Mammography

So…two years have passed since we began using our new 3D mammography unit. If you have not yet had a mammogram with this technology, you may be overdue. Here is a re-run of our original post about the advantages of 3D mammography. Our patients also tell us that it’s Smart-Curve compression surface is indeed more comfortable! Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds us to ask ourselves “When was my last mammogram.” (If you can’t remember, call us. We’ll check.)

Most of our patients (beyond that “certain age”), have met Mrs. Charlene Aitken, Sparks & Favor…

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Dr. Sparks Discusses Back-to-School Health Concerns

As students return to Alabama college campuses facing the risks and restrictions of COVID-19, please consider that the greatest risks to the well-being of young adults are not COVID-related. They happen year after year. This year we have lost about 285 young people, ages 15 to 24, who were Covid positive at the time of their death. But every year, a subgroup of these young people (college students age 18 to 24), lose nearly six times as many friends and classmates to alcohol-related accidental deaths. Many thousands more suffer life-altering unintentional injuries including sexual assault…

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Who Should be Tested? COVID-19 testing in Birmingham

For our patients, we want to update our previous guidance about COVID-19 testing.
Many individuals are still uncertain about whether testing would benefit them and their family members. The confusion is understandable considering the amount of press commentary about testing. The CDC has published testing guidelines, but leaves the final recommendations to each state’s health department…

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Gynecologic Cancers–Recognize What’s Not Normal for You

We want to remind you of the risks of postponing screening tests and other preventive healthcare.
Research tells us that Americans fear cancer more than any other health event, even though heart disease is the leading cause of death. Much of this fear comes from the belief that cancer or cancer death is just a matter of random chance, something we are powerless to prevent. But let’s look at the actual facts about gynecologic cancers.

We refer to any cancer that begins in a woman’s reproductive organs as a gynecologic cancer. About 100,000 women are newly diagnosed…

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For Our Patients: FAQs About Your Upcoming Appointment

State Health Officer Scott Harris reported on Tuesday 4/28 that Alabama is now seeing a leveling-off in the rate of new Covid-19 cases within our state. This appears to be the situation in Jefferson County as well. Here at Brookwood, as across the state, we have not experienced near  the numbers of Covid-19 patients needing hospital care that was predicted. Therefore, in conjunction with Gov. Kay Ivey’s re-opening recommendations, Dr. Harris stated, “There are no continuing restrictions on procedures by doctors or dentists, or dentists or optometrists or [other medical providers]. They are free…

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For Birmingham Women–Should You Be Wearing Gloves to the Grocery Store?

You’ve been bombarded 24/7 with advice about how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 illness. Some of it comes from medical sources, but much of it comes from individuals with no medical background nor even good research to back up their claims.

For our patients, we want to recommend one of the most important ingredients of wellness—common sense. In most cases, you can rely on your own good judgment to decide how much protection is necessary.
How Masks Reduce COVID-19 Risk
The question of what protection you would want to wear when you…

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Even in Our Most Difficult Days…

…we are blessed to share moments of great joy with women and their families.
This beautiful piece turned up in one of our social media mailboxes today. New York Times “Well” writer Tara Parker-Pope reflects on the good in our lives. We hope you will find something calming in her words.
March 18, 2020

Dear Readers

Every day brings a new question, a new worry, a new fear about the coronavirus pandemic. It’s essential to pay attention to public health advice to practice social distancing and to stay home to limit contact and reduce the spread of infection…

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For Families in Greater Birmingham–Our Response to the COVID-19 Situation

We are seeing patients in our office as usual! We ask you to call our office to reschedule if:

You have symptoms of a flu-like illness (fever, cough, etc.)
You have traveled outside of the U.S. within the last 14 days
You have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 infection or symptoms of a flu-like illness, or has traveled outside the country within the last 14 days

If you do not belong to one of the above groups, we are very happy to see you as usual.
For any OB patient who may fit…

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