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Among women of childbearing age, well over half are overweight or obese, with almost 8 percent considered extremely obese (a BMI of 40 or greater). Lucilla Poston, who is head of the division of women’s health at King’s College London, calls too much weight during pregnancy “the biggest problem in obstetrics at the moment.READ ARTICLE
Redbook, November 2015
This industry, which taps in to our weight-loss aspirations and includes OxyELITE Pro and hundreds of other supplements, is extremely difficult to regulate. The lack of well-enforced rules can put well-intentioned women at risk.
Despite a sleepy, Mayberry sort of image, the realities of small-town life can take an outsize toll on the vulnerable. A combination of lower incomes, greater isolation, family issues and health problems can lead people to be consumed by day-to-day struggles.READ ARTICLE
Cosmopolitan, October 2015
“As many as 30 percent of gynecological patients overall are suffering severe, recurring period pain, according to a study released in August. And when symptoms are treated, the standard advice has changed little in three decades. It is one of the most significant health problems for which there is almost no public discussion and little research.
We live in the era of super-gonorrhea. Drug-resistant gonococci that had been breeding in Asian nations are now spreading to such an extent that the World Health Organization has declared gonorrhea a global concern and warned that without new drugs, infections may one day become untreatable.
“This is clearly a superbug,” says Peter Leone, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina.READ THE ARTICLE
Eating Well, May 2015
Rather than negating the value of veggies, the underlying message is: you can’t count on easy, singular solutions. Just like the disease itself, diet advice is complicated. While experts still say plants are a major part of an overall pattern of eating that your body prefers, they now recognize that what you’re not having when you help yourself to broccoli may be as important as eating the vegetable itself.
O Magazine, February, 2015
“A woman saying she doesn’t want a mammogram is being wrongly interpreted as though she doesn’t care about her body or her health,” says leading breast cancer expert Susan Love, MD, founder of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. Love, 66, who herself gets screened every two years, isn’t against mammograms, but she is among a growing group of doctors at the forefront of breast cancer prevention and research who are backing away from the one-size-fits-all guidelines. Instead of asking a woman when she wants to schedule a mammogram, says Love, doctors need to ask whether she wants one to begin with.
No one doubts that chikungunya is making its way, person by person, to the United States; more than 12 million Americans visit the Caribbean each year, and so far dozens bearing chikungunya have returned to Indiana, Florida, and other states. Given air travel patterns and mosquito concentrations, a study in June put the entire East Coast, from New York City southward, at risk. If an outbreak doesn’t arise from the blood of an infected traveler, the virus could simply travel up through Central America and Mexico.READ THE ARTICLE
AWARD WINNERIt does sound promising: precision machines displacing fallible human beings, operating in the most sensitive areas. But a growing number of practitioners–and patients like Whitlow—worry that the robot revolution came before the advantages were proven, and that marketing, not medicine, has led the charge. Others question whether the astronomical price of these robots (ultimately added to your rising insurance premium) justifies their uncertain benefits in an era of runaway health care costs.
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