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Patricia Yarberry Allen, director of the New York Menopause Center, is a gynecologist affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The president and a founding member of the board of Women's Voices for Change, Dr. Allen is a spokeswoman on women's health. She was the inaugural speaker for the Iris Cantor Lecture Series on Women's Health at the American Hospital in Paris. Dr. Allen has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, regional newspapers and major television news programs on womens health issues and is a contributing editor for More magazine.

Blog Entries by Patricia Yarberry Allen

Dr. Pat Consults: Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 11:15 AM

I like to work as a collaborative physician. My patients, I believe, will be my best partners in providing diagnostic information -- as long as they are asked the right questions. I also believe in consulting with the best medical minds on issues that require specialization or unique clinical experience....

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Dr. Pat Consults: When to Call In a Physiatrist

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 6:25 PM

I like to work as a collaborative physician. My patients, I believe, will be my best partners in providing diagnostic information -- as long as they are asked the right questions. I also believe in consulting with the best medical minds on issues that require specialization or unique clinical experience....

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10 Ways to Make 70 a Healthy Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 7:48 PM

Arriving at a big birthday can't help but trigger intimations of mortality. Still, a milestone birthday is a precious gift. Treat your body and mind carefully and look forward to the next milestone.

1. Mindfulness -- being completely in touch with, and aware of, the present moment -- is an...

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Why Walmart Needs a Female CEO

(8) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 4:49 PM

Walmart needs to hire a woman to be its CEO in order to convince the world that it is serious about changing its old-boy network and instances of turning a blind eye to conduct that includes its alleged past history of discrimination against women who made up 72%...

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For 'Save Your Vision Month,' a Guide to Eye Emergencies

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 9:00 PM

It's Save Your Vision Month, and to "celebrate" I have been speaking with Leila Rafla-Demetrious, M.D, a board-certified ophthalmologist on staff at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical School, to get a clear description of common eye emergencies. Eye emergencies often require urgent evaluation and proper treatment to prevent...

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Spring Training for Non-Athletes

(11) Comments | Posted March 24, 2012 | 12:23 PM

There are many kinds of spring training.

We often associate the term "spring training" with baseball. The teams all head to warm-weather camps in late winter and work hard to strengthen muscles and work on injured tendons, muscles, ligaments and joints so that another season of baseball can begin with...

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Estrogen and Cognitive Function: Ask Dr. Pat

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 3:24 PM

I recently got a letter from a reader asking whether a hysterectomy was the only way to eliminate complications she was experiencing as a result of hormone therapy. As readers of my Ask Dr. Pat columns know, I am often asked these types of questions.

Dear Dr. Pat:

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A Rare Breast Cancer Remembered

(5) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 4:14 PM

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I was a 27-year-old surgical intern at New York Hospital in 1976 when I took care of my first patient who died from breast cancer. Mrs. M. was a 40-year-old woman with two young children and a loving...
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When Hot Flashes Meet Summer Heat: How To Deal

(6) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 9:17 AM

Originally posted on Women's Voices for Change

What could be worse than hot flashes in this heat? Menopause specialists are besieged with women who were just barely functioning in early June and are now overcome by the high and humid temperatures that have plagued much of...

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Menopause, Hormone Therapy And Endometriosis

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2011 | 1:13 AM

Originally posted on Women's Voices for Change.

Dear Dr. Pat,

I am 44 years old and six months ago I had a hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries because of endometriosis and severe pelvic pain that increased with menstruation. I tried all the drug treatments available to control...

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How To Know If A Hysterectomy Is Right for You

(19) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 9:45 AM

Originally posted on Women's Voices for Change.

Dear Dr. Pat,

I am 51 years old and have been told that I need a hysterectomy. I have fibroids that are the size of a grapefruit and heavy menstrual periods. The bleeding has always been heavy, but it's now...

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How Excess Weight Exacerbates Menopause

(7) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 9:21 AM

Originally posted on Women's Voices for Change.

Dear Dr. Pat,

I am 58 years old, 5 feet, 2 inches tall and I weigh 170 pounds. My doctor tells me that I am pre-diabetic and has warned me that I am increasing my risk for heart disease, stroke and...

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'Desert Flower' A Must-See Film About a Must-Change Custom

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Late last year, members of the Women's Voices for Change community were invited to an advance screening of the film Desert Flower (Yes, that's Dr. Pat in the LIFE Magazine photo below.) Based on the autobiographical novel of the same name, the film chronicles the story of Waris Dirie, a...

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HPV Risk In Older Women

(19) Comments | Posted February 27, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a recognized cause of cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer. For younger women, there is now a recommendation for a three-part vaccine (Gardasil) that may protect against two of the many forms of the high-risk strains of HPV. (Young men have not been advised to have this...

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Menopause, Sex and Valentine's Day: Dr. Pat's Notebook

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 5:53 PM

February is such a dreary month in much of the U.S., filled with cold, rainy and slushy days, punctuated by the usual prediction, made by a groundhog, that spring will return earlier than expected. The only redeeming features of this month are that it has the fewest days of any...

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Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer: More Bad News

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 10:12 AM

The Million Women Study is a British observational study that began in May 1996 and ended in December 2001. Women were 50-64 at the time the study began, and their numbers included one in four of all...

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Menopause Weight Gain? Or Is It Your Lifestyle?

(35) Comments | Posted January 22, 2011 | 11:38 AM

I can't tell you how many women come to me with the belief that menopause has caused their weight gain, and there's nothing they can do about it. Wrong!

Some claim hormone therapy made them fat. Others are certain that the loss of estrogen caused their weight gain. One...

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Estrogen Therapy Revisited: Does It Decrease Breast Cancer?

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 12:33 PM

2010-12-12-sabcs_09282x200.jpg Dr. Joseph Ragaz, a medical oncologist in the school of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada made a big media splash recently with the presentation of non-peer-reviewed data at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer...

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Thanksgiving 2010: A Surprising Start to the Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 6:16 AM

I am learning that there are many unexpected benefits to rounding the years of each new decade. I have even learned to imagine that the fall and winter holidays may be fun.

My holiday season begins earlier than most, with the birthday party for a son in early November. It...

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Sex Over 50: WSJ Reports The New Normal, And It's Great! Dr. Pat's Notebook

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 2:30 AM

Originally posted on Women's Voices for Change.

The Wall Street Journal published an essay by Dr. Mark Lachs, head of geriatrics for the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, on sex and aging. He made it clear, with references to the Bible, Socrates, and Plato, that it has...

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