Women’s Health

There are many health conditions that affect women, like breast cancer and anything having to do with pregnancy and menopause. get the latest information on the most common health issues that women face.

Avoid Unnecessary Mastectomies

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For women with early stage breast cancer, it’s a very difficult choice. There’s mastectomy—entire removal of one or both breasts—or there’s less invasive “breast-conserving surgery” (BCS), which aims to remove only the cancerous cells. A recent survey found that mastectomies increased by 36 percent from 2005 to 2013—from 66 per 100,000 women to 90 per […]

How to Have Great Sex

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Send the kids or grandkids out of the room. Put away all your work for a moment. If you have a delicate constitution, you might want to avert your eyes. Because today, we’re going to talk about sex. In our puritanical society, sex is often treated as a dirty secret. And, ironically, as we age, […]

Drugs for Women’s Low Libido Don’t Satisfy

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I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but a controversial new medicine was just approved by the FDA. The drug, which will be called Addyi, is being dubbed the female Viagra. But, if you’ve got any of the problems that Addyi would treat, I’ve got much better advice for you at the end of today’s article. […]

Elder Abuse: Protect Your Loved Ones

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That there are people who prey on older people is truly heartbreaking. Especially when abuse is perpetrated by presumed caregivers, family, or fellow residents of a care facility. But it’s happening more frequently than ever, according to the US Adult Protective Services (APS), which is usually the first service notified of abuse. And it’s only […]

STIs in the Elderly: Risk and Prevention

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Many of my senior patients come to me with a long list of concerns. The aches and pains of aging can set off plenty of worries. And there are more than a few legitimate health risks that increase with age. But there’s one epidemic hitting the elderly population that very few know about. Sexually Transmitted […]

PTSD Increases Women’s Heart Risk

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Once again, what we’ve known intuitively forever has just earned science’s seal of approval. In the first major women-only study looking at the connection between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the onset of cardiovascular disease, researchers followed some 50,000 women over 20 years. Their key findings: Traumatic experiences affect women—and their cardiovascular health—more seriously than […]

Diabetes Increases Heart Risks

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Diabetes is one of the scariest epidemics of our time. I’ve personally treated thousands of diabetic patients over the years. They make up just a small fraction of the 29 million Americans—and 387 million worldwide—who live with this disease. Diabetes affects every inch of your body in some way. It puts your kidneys, nerves, eyes, […]

Natural Migraine Management

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Grace’s husband, Hal, brought her to see me. He had been a patient of mine for years, but Grace was seeing a different doctor. Grace had debilitating migraines, and Hal couldn’t watch her suffer any longer. Based on her history, I suspected Grace was suffering from “medication overuse headaches” (MOH), sometimes called “rebound headaches.” These […]

The Woman’s Guide to Naturally Balanced Hormones

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Ladies, how are your hormone levels? If you don’t know, you’re certainly not alone. But whatever you do, please don’t ignore your hormones. When used properly, hormones are powerful forces for healing. Used correctly, they can also be a woman’s best friend. Hormones are chemical messengers, drugs made in your body, for your body to […]

12 Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist Before You Take Your Prescription

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Every year, thousands of Americans are hospitalized for drug reactions and interactions. Some of those reactions are fatal, and none of them are pleasant. So while a dozen questions for a pharmacist may seem like a lot, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Advising patients is part of a pharmacist’s job, so […]

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