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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So c’mon, guys. Come stand up with us! The fight for contraception is your fight too. Together, we can win it.

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Speaking of infectious recipes, I caught this one from my friend Noel, who served this delicious soup to us last weekend for a light and quick pre-theater dinner. I consider it more than payback for giving him my husband’s recipe for sauteed kale.

When he gave me the recipe, Noel… Read full post »


Sauteed Kale with Garlic, one of Mr TBTAM’s signature dishes, has become the winter vegetable of choice in our household. We never tire of it. It goes well with almost anything – pasta, chicken, sausages, soups. We’ve served it at several dinners with friends, and alw… Read full post »

A couple of Upper Eastside NYC skyscapes taken with my new Camera Awesome iPhone app. Totally fun. Free. Easy to use and install. Transform your pics yourself or use the various presets. Easily share your pics with Facebook, Twitter, SmugMug, Flickr, email, Picasa and Photobucket. Tak/… Read full post »

Dr Rob has outdone himself and every other previous host (including yours truly) with not just one, but two versions of this weeks best of the medical blogosphere – the first a Super Tuesday (or is it Twos-day?…) the second version the second in rhyme!

Welcome to grand rounds, the

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Spring is not quite here, and if the Groundhog has his say, won’t be for another couple of  weeks.  If you’re like me, you may find yourself needing a little inspiration to hold you till the daffodils bloom.

A dangerous new law signed by Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett takes away the rights of local governments to use zoning laws to regulate the location of natural gas drilling sites in their communities – even if those wells are adjacent to homes, schools, hospitals, parks or other public area/… Read full post »

Great news, folks – Virginia’s governor has backed down on the forced ultrasound issue.

Facing an issue that could redefine his political legacy, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) retreated from a measure that would require women to have invasive ultrasounds, performed by i/

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FEBRUARY 22, 2012 11:25AM

Dr Jen Gunter – Read this Blog

Some of the most thought-provoking and intelligent writing about the recent attacks on reproductive rights are at the blog of Dr Jen Gunter, an Ob-Gyn who holds nothing back as she wields what she calls the “lasso of truth”, her words for evidence-based argument. Here are just a fe… Read full post »

Part of me just shrugs my shoulders at the new laws being promulgated by state legislatures that require ultrasound prior to performing an abortion.

After all, in most practices, getting an ultrasound before doing an abortion is pretty much routine already. Doctors who do abortions don’t… Read full post »

Here are a few notes I took while reading Writing That Works, by Kenneth Roman and Joel Raphaelson. This book, written for business writers, also has some great advice for bloggers.

What to do before you start writing –  Put down first what you want the reader to do, next the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2012 6:03PM

Turbo Scan – Amazing iPhone App

We’re on deadline for a grant application, and I needed to get my letter of commitment signed, scanned and emailed to the research office ASAP. The person in my office who has the scanner was at lunch.

TurboScan to the rescue! Print on letterhead, sign the letter, snap 3 quick pics… Read full post »

Breadcrumbs in a cake? I’d never head of such a thing. But I had a few leftover baguette crusts in my freezer, and the memory of an amazing cake I’d made a few years back from this wonderful little vintage cookbook, Favorite Tortes and Cake Recipes by Rose Oller Harbaugh and… Read full post »

By now, you’ve heard that Susan G Komen For the Cure, which at first announced that it would withdraw its funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening programs, now appears to (but may not actually) have reversed that decision after an enormous public outcry.

Komen is n… Read full post »

It’s one of my favorite things to do in New York. Dinner and a play.  It’s also among the most challenging combination of activities in the Big Apple to pull off well.

So much can go wrong - not having a reservation and spending a half hour wandering Restaurant Row with the… Read full post »

You’ve heard by now that Pfizer has recalled about a million birth control pills due to concerns the the hormone dosing and pill order in the packs could be wrong. This could affect the pills efficacy, exposing women to unplanned pregnancy.  There are no concerns beyond this about safet… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2012 11:34PM

Greenwich Village Culinary Walking Tour

Sometimes it’s fun to act like a tourist and see your home through fresh eyes. That’s what we did yesterday, when we joined a Manhattan Walking Tour of the West Village that had tempted us with a great low-price offer on Gilt City.  Blessed with unseasonably warm weather, the comp… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2012 1:40PM

Sometimes My Patients Bring Me Food

Thanks DV for the wonderful Ardith Mae Goat Feta you brought me today at the Union Square Green Market after you found my blog and realized that I was a fellow foodie.  I had it for lunch and it was the best feta I’ve tasted to date. Not salty like/… Read full post »

It’s a question I’m often asked by my patients after they learn that they not only have an abnormal Pap, but a sexually transmitted infection – Human Papilloma Virus.  Are they obligated to tell their current or future potential sexual partners that they have HPV?

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If this is what you see out your bedroom window when you wake up -

This is what you have for lunch.

Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup with Fig Compote

I don’t know if I’m gilding the lily with the compote or not, but whenever I see sausages IRead full post »

JANUARY 19, 2012 7:43PM

Okay, Who’s Been Taping Me?

When I find out, I’m gonna’ be so mad….

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The Problem : Lost Face Time = Lost Joy

One day, about 5 years into using the electronic medical record in my practice, I came to the realization that I wasn’t having fun anymore. I was sitting throughout most of every office encounter facing a computer screen, my back to the patient… Read full post »

Results from the Kentucky Ovarian Cancer Screening Study at first glance look incredibly promising.  Among the over 37 thousand women who underwent annual pelvic sonograms, the 5-year survival rate for all women with ovarian cancer in the screened group was 75% compared with 54% for unscreened women…

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As a result of mandatory work hour restrictions, residency programs have moved from the traditional call schedule, where they worked up to 36 hours at a time, to a night float system with distinct day and nightime shifts similar to the ones nurses have worked for years. While no work restrictions…

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