Women's Health

Ten Tips for Kids (and Parents) With the Flu

Julia A. Piwoz, M.D.
Chief, Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital
Hackensack University Medical Center

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that the...

Stress-Proof Your Holiday Nutrition Plan


Marygrace Zetkulic, M.D.
Hackensack University Medical Center

Thanksgiving is behind us, and with just over a month until Christmas, the "most wonderful" (and "most nerve racking") time of...

Tired? 4 Tips for Sounder Sleep

Adrian Pristas, M.D.
Corporate Medical Sleep Director
Hackensack Meridian Health

When your daily routine involves waking up early, putting in a full day at work,...

ROCK Your Life. ROCK Your Health.


Regular health screenings can help diagnose potential conditions before symptoms arise. The earlier your doctor detects these problems, the easier they can be...

Healthy Choices Promote Healthy Pregnancy

Sharareh Bagherian, D.O.
Hackensack Meridian Health


Every journey in life starts with that first step, and nowhere does setting off on the right foot matter...

Ticked Off! Safeguarding Against Our Eight-Legged Foes

Laura Tavarez, M.D.
Family Medicine
Hackensack Meridian Health
Southern Ocean Medical Center

If you’re planning some quality one-on-one time with Mother Nature...

Patients are Part of the Family at Healthy Woman OB/GYN

Rebecca Cipriano, M.D.
Board Certified, OB/GYN
Hackensack Meridian Health

For Rebecca Cipriano, M.D., maintaining the trust of patients across two counties, multiple hospitals and more...

Heart Healthy Ways to Dine With Your Valentine

Julie Master, D.O.

Can getting a good night’s sleep be better for your heart?

Studies show that insufficient sleep can be tied to high blood...

Gift of a Lifetime: Prevention, Screenings are Family Efforts Every Dad Can Be Proud Of

Penny Turtel, M.D.
Chief of Division of Gastroenterology
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

If there is one “family tradition” in health care most in need of course...

Mom will be Tickled Pink by Laughter Yoga

Catherine Campo, D.O.
Breast Surgeon
Meridian Cancer Care


There’s no day like Mother’s Day, and no better time for cultivating shared, proactive health routines with proven benefits to...

Boost Your Bone Health IQ

Vicki DeNoia, MSN, RN, APN
Center for Bone Health

There are more than two million fractures related to osteoporosis in the United States every year, and...

Educate, Empower and Stand Tall Against Breast Cancer

Yolanda Tammaro, M.D.
Breast Surgeon
Ocean Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health

Breast surgeon Yolanda Tammaro, M.D., knows her patients may be running the gamut of...

Ways to Keep Your Bladder Healthy

Kevin Gioia, M.D.
Ocean Medical Center

It’s one of those problems people don’t like to talk about, but according to a study by the Agency for...

Heart and Sole Cup a Summer Surge of Fun, Fitness

Brett Sealove, M.D.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Summer may not officially kick off until June 20, but with the action (and the temperatures) outdoors already surging,...

Half of Americans Have, Or May Soon Develop, Diabetes

Featuring Theodore Ende, D.O.
Southern Ocean Medical Center

Heads, you stay healthy. Tails, you face high blood glucose and all the health risks it entails. 

A new report...

Standing Tall Against Breast Cancer

Denise L. Johnson Miller, M.D.
Medical Director for Breast Surgery
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Early detection remains one of the single most effective tools in the fight...

Follow the Signs and Get on the Road to a Healthier Heart

Julie Master, D.O.
Edmund Karam, M.D.
Renato Apolito, M.D.,

Heart disease is the number one threat to a woman’s life. While the risk tends to increase...

Top Health Stories of 2015: Preventive Medicine News Evokes Unmatched Response

As another year passes on into our rearview, so too arrives the opportunity to look toward a new year full of bold challenges and uncharted horizons. Before...

Light Up Your Life: Triumphing Over Adversity

Stacy Doumas, M.D.
Director of Education
Department of Psychiatry
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Many have reflected on the nature of resiliency across life’s peaks...

New Mammography Guidelines from American Cancer Society

Denise L. Johnson Miller, M.D., FACS

Denise Johnson-Miller, M.D., FACS, medical director of breast surgery for Meridian Health, shares several important points to keep...

The Facts About Folic Acid

Alma Bustamante, M.D.
Southern Ocean Medical Center

While folic acid is a crucial player in every pregnancy, its benefits don’t just start at the moment of conception.

Tips to Tame Those Seasonal Allergies

Thomas Brandeisky, D.O., FAOCO
Ear Nose and Throat Specialist
Ocean Medical Center

While it may be the prime of summer, the height of allergy season...

Running Your First 5k

By Jason Wong, D.O.,
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
Southern Ocean Medical Center

The Heart and Sole Cup kicks off this Sunday, June 7 at...

Curve Appeal: Body Contouring After Weight Loss Surgery

Asaad H. Samra MD, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Chair, Department of Surgery
Bayshore Community Hopsital

You may feel healthier and more mobile after significant...

Mighty, Mighty Metabolism

Alex Woodrick, M.S.
Weight Management Coach
Exercise Specialist
Meridian Fitness & Wellness
27 South Cooks Bridge Road, Jackson

When it comes to traditional weight-loss methods, there...

Get Your New Year Off to a Healthy Start with Our Top Stories of 2014

Top Stories of 2014

Another year, another step toward a healthier you. Health and wellness topics were hotter than ever in 2014, a year of breakthroughs, outbreaks and trends...

Heart Your Greens: Leafy Veggies Offer Health Perks Galore

Caryn M. Giacona, M.D.
Family Medicine
Riverview Medical Center

A wise and famous frog once lamented how hard it was to be green. Well, if...

HPV Testing Provides Precise, Accurate Detection of Cervical Cancer

Mark Martens, M.D.
Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

The American Cancer Society predicts that this year in the United...

Community Health Events Can Benefit the Whole Family

Denise L. Johnson Miller, M.D.

For Denise Johnson Miller, M.D., Director of Breast Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, active engagement with the community...

You Will Remember The Story (and Stories) of Bridget M. Wallin

By Evan C. Naylor, M.D.
Board Certified, Oncology
Southern Ocean Medical Center

"Bridget M. Wallin is a working mother diagnosed with early stage breast cancer,...

Breast Reduction Surgery Can Offer Lifelong Benefits

Stephen Small, D.O
Southern Ocean Medical Center

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure in which excess tissue is removed from the breasts, alleviating chronic...

Can Exercise Improve Memory?

Featuring Robert B. Sica, Ph.D.

The ancillary benefits of regular cardiovascular exercise are hardly a secret.

Numerous studies have shown that 20-30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity three-five days a week...

Cancer Research Trials Offer Hope for Patients and Physicians

Featuring Evan Naylor, M.D
Southern Ocean Medical Center


As the only system partner of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Meridian Health is committed to the improvement...

Fashion and Fun with a Serious Message

Featuring Dawn Calderon, D.O.

Februrary 20, Meridian Health will celebrate American Heart Month with its sixth annual Red Dress Event, an evening of fun and fashion – with a serious...

Prevention is key to keeping women’s hearts healthy and disease free

By Sara Grimley, M.D.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women in New Jersey, but it's...

Preparing for Your First Mammogram

By Lance Dillon, M.D.
Ocean Medical Center

More women than ever are surviving breast cancer. That good news could be even better if more women had...

Stress at a national high in NJ

Featuring Stacy Doumas, M.D.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

It doesn’t take much in the way of research to know New Jersey is...

Robotic Surgery for Benign Tumors

By Brian Rogers, M.D.
Director of Robotic Gynecology Surgery
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

If I have a non-cancerous, benign tumor, am I eligible for minimally...

Screenings for Every Stage of Life

By Darlene M. Morgan M.D.
Ocean Medical Center

As a woman, caring for those you love may be one of your most...

Breast Ultrasound vs. Mammography

By Alicia Daniels, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiologist
Southern Ocean Medical Center

Most women no matter what their age are familiar with a mammography study.  But there are occasions...

Can Hormone Changes Affect Sleep?

By Steven Morgan, M.D.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Sleep disorders affect men and women differently. Although men apparently suffer more from sleep apnea, women are...

New Gene Linked to Heart Defects

By Dawn Calderon, D.O.
Adult Congenital Cardiology
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

According to a study conducted at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, a gene essential...

Pelvic Pain and Robotic Surgery

By Brian Rogers, M.D.
Director of Robotic Gynecology Surgery
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Overall, pelvic pain is a serious and sometimes complicated problem. This pain is...

New Option for Menstrual Bleeding

By Alynn Alexander, M.D.
Ocean Medical Center

Some women experience extremely heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods. In some cases, bleeding may be so...

What is an Abnormal Pap Smear?

By Michael Keelan, M.D.
Ocean Medical Center

A Pap smear is a simple procedure that tests the cells of the cervix, which is the opening...

Preventing Heart Disease in Women

By Scott Eisenberg, D.O.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Many people believe that heart disease is only a man’s problem, but heart disease is a bigger health...

How to Thrive with Diabetes

By Santhosh Eapen, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinologist
K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital

What do Olympic gold medalist Gary Hall, Jr. Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, and music sensation...

Give Thanks for the Good Things

By Caryn M. Giacona, M.D.
Family Practitioner
Riverview Medical Center

We all fall pray to just “getting through the work week,” in anticipation of the weekend ahead....

Tips for Migraines

Tommasina Papa-Rugino, M.D.,
Southern Ocean Medical Center

When you have a migraine, you may get mixed reactions from family and friends. Some may be worried; others...

Regular Exercise Benefits Mind and Body

Theodore J. Batlas, Psy.D.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

A commitment to high-intensity exercise may keep more than just your body in good shape. New research...

Understanding HPV

By Steven Morgan, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist Jersey Shore University Medical Center HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, has gained much attention since the Gardasil vaccine was approved by the FDA in June...


Breaking Down Bullying, Part II: The Bully

Steven Kairys, M.D., MPH Chairman of Pediatrics Jersey Shore University Medical Center K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

In the second of a special three-part series for Meridian Momtourage, Steven Kairys, M.D.,...

Breaking Down Bullying, Part III: Cyber Bullying

Steven Kairys, M.D., MPH Chairman of Pediatrics Jersey Shore University Medical Center K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

In this third and final piece of a special three-part series for Meridian Momtourage,...

Breaking Down Bullying, Part l: Overview and Prevention

Steven Kairys, M.D., MPH Chairman of Pediatrics Jersey Shore University Medical Center K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

In the first of a special three-part series for Meridian Momtourage, Steven Kairys, M.D.,...

Holiday Cooking for Kids with Diabetes

Featuring Margarita Smotkin-Tangorra, D.O.
Pediatric Endocrinologist
K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

We all know that food is the centerpiece of holiday gatherings, but...

Concussion Care Essentials to Keep Your Student Athletes Safe On (and Off) the Field

Stephen Rice, M.D.
Hackensack Meridian Health
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

As we move full-steam ahead into another season of school (and school sports), it's vital that...

Keep Your Little Swimmers Safe

Stephanie Reynolds, D.O.
Emergency Medicine

With summer’s final bow drawing closer, you can bet kids everywhere are just itching for one final chance to hit the surf.


Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Lewis Milrod, M.D.
Director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

What your kids do during the night has a huge impact on their daily...

Discipline With Education, Empathy and Understanding - Not Corporal Punishment

By Steven Kairys, M.D.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital

Media attention to Adrian Peterson’s corporal punishment of his son spotlights...

This Father’s Day, Give Dad a Gift He Can Really Use: A Nap

Manisha Parulekar, M.D.
Hackensack University Medical Center

Please, no more ties or gold-toe socks. And save the power tools for Christmas. 

This Father’s Day, give Dad...