Margaret Polaneczky, MD

Margaret Polaneczky, MD
New York City, New York, USA
December 17
I practice medicine, cook and wax prolific in NYC. You can also read me at, where I've been blogging since 2006.


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If, like me, you are feeling blessed and grateful that you made it through the storm last week unscathed, here are just a few websites to find opportunities to volunteer your time and resources to help those less who were less fortunate.

In a study of risk factors for uterine cancer,  prior use of the pill was associated with a marked reduction in risk among women having a prior endometrial sampling-

We observed that OCP use before the benign endometrial biopsy or D&C was associated with more than six times lower likelihood of

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OCTOBER 22, 2012 8:34AM

I Recall Central Park in Fall…

OCTOBER 19, 2012 12:29PM

Fracking and Drought – Bad Company

I recently heard a piece on the radio about farmers in the United States who are being forced to sell livestock because they cannot raise them in drought conditions that are plaguing America in the wake of one of the hottest summers in history.

It got me thinking about how… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2012 1:48PM

Bic Pens for Her

Too funny not to share. Love that Ellen…

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OCTOBER 16, 2012 11:21AM

Why and When Women Have Abortions

A well written editorial by Wendy Savage in the Guardian should be required reading across the globe for anyone who needs or wishes to understand the reality in which women make reproductive choices.

Savage wrote the piece in response to comments by Jeremy Hunt, Britian’s newly appointed… Read full post »

Our new Ford C-Max SEL

It was time to buy a new car. Our wonderful 2003 Ford Taurus had 130,000 miles, and we’d put in quite a bit of money  in upkeep and repairs in the past year. Nothing unusual, just the things that start to go after that many… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2012 7:00AM

Upper West Side Stoops

There’s a (tiny) bit of a discussion going on in Twitter about a post I wrote responding to Vinod Khosla’s statement that 80% of the work that doctors do will one day be replaced by computer algorithms.

(BTW, the title as cross-posted on the Health Care Blog -”The Day the ElectronicRead full post »

I’m so proud to be singing the Mozart Requiem with fellow faculty, students, residents and staff of Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University and Hospital for Special Surgery in our first collaborative c… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 8:10PM

How Many Miles is the Central Park Loop?

I finally mapped it so I could accurately track my exercise for My Fitness Pal, supporting my latest effort at getting into shape. (More on that in a later post)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 12:44AM

10 years later, WHI Still Being Debated

ACP Internist has a nice article on the continuing debate on HRT. (Disclosure – I’m quoted in the article.)

The article summarizes nicely the absolute risks of HRT use as described in the Women’s Heath Initiative (WHI), the landmark study from 2002, as well as the ongoing deb… Read full post »

I needed to use two leftover uncooked chicken breasts in the freezer and the tarragon crop was bursting out of its pot on the terrace. Enter this quick and delicious chicken preparation from Thomas Keller via the  NY Times. Serve it over noodles or rice, with a side of roastRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 7:00AM

Living Till You Die

I just found out that one of my favorite patients has died.

She had metastatic cancer that presented some years after an initial cancer had been treated and presumably cured. Despite her diagnosis, she lived the final few years of her life in an ever-moving forward state of joy and… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 9:00AM

Beautiful Caterpillar

I found this little guy on the terrace in the parsley pot when I went out to snip some herbs for dinner this evening. Now I know why our parsley crop is so measly –  it’s being eaten!

This black swallowtail (also known as a parsley worm) will be a gorgeous Monarch… Read full post »

Awhile back, I wrote about how a simple change in office workflow (and a smart office layout) allowed me to get back some of the face time with my patients that I had lost when we transitioned to an  electronic medical record (EMR). As a result, I am happier, my patients are… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 7:00AM

Yellow Squash & Almond Saute

Remember what I said once about great recipes being infectious? Well, here’s another one.

Looking for a good way to prepare two gorgeous yellow squash we picked up at the 79th St Greenmarket on Sunday, I came across a recipe for quick zucchini and almond saute on Deb Perelman’s bl/… Read full post »

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended against routine screening with ultrasounds or blood tests for ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women at average risk for the disease.

The reason is simple – these tests are not effective screening.

“There is no existing method of

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 11:45AM

Will Doctors Be Needed in the Future?

There’s a big discussion going on in the health tech community about a controversial keynote speech given by Vinod Khosia at the Health Innovation Summit (HIS), in which he stated that 80% of what doctors do could be replaced by machines.

If you’re a doc like me who has no idea wh… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 9:06AM

Poached Nectarines

Poached fruit is one of my favorite desserts, especially in September when the cooler evenings beckon us to eat outdoors on picnic tables covered in cotton tablecloths, a sweater at hand for when the sun sets. And that moment, when the crickets start and the fireflies come out, is the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 10:19PM

Black Bean Cakes

This is a new favorite quick evening meal in our household, straight from the pages of Cooking Light Magazine.  All we added were a few grape tomatoes.

I love having eggs for dinner – there is something so homey about it. I also like that this meal uses ingredients we… Read full post »

A  Stanford University meta-analysis  comparing the health effects of organic to non-organic food has concluded that organic meat and produce, while not necessarily more nutritious than conventionally raised food, does harbor less antibiotic resistant bacteria and less pesticide residue. Pe… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 3:36PM

Hash Brown Waffles

A big shout out to Tara at Tea & Cookies for this wonderful recipe for making hash browns using a waffle iron. It’s really a quite healthy and low-fat preparation. I’m not posting a recipe here – Tara’s recipe is complete with fabulous prep photos. My only addit… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2012 9:18AM

Hiking Ricketts Glen

One of the most beautiful spots in America is in Red Rock, Pennsylvania – the middle of nowhere, really and about  two and a half hours equidistant from New York City, Philadelphia and Harrisburg. It’s called Rickett’s Glen State Park, and it’s home to one of the most… Read full post »

It’s a question I found myself asking after reading that a diet rich in the natural plant compound phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) has been shown to prevent the development of mammary tumors in mice.  PEITC is a compound found in watercress and in cruciferous vegetables such as broc/… Read full post »