General Health

Features and tips devoted to common women’s health issues.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Summer! The Sun Safety Tips You Need to Know

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. As our outdoor activity and sun exposure begins to increase we need to remind ourselves about the risks of skin cancer. What is the balance between spending time outdoors enjoying all that summer has to offer and avoiding sun damage? Simply put – just follow […]

New Technologies Connecting Patients to Solutions

Like most other 30-somethings across the country, Alisa Rouse pulls her smartphone from her pocket dozens of times a day, to check email, text friends, and call family. But also to log her symptoms as they occur: headaches, fatigue, itching, pain, and more. Alisa lives with polycythemia vera (PV), a rare disease that causes the […]

Start 2018 Right: Plan for Cancer Screening and Save Lives!

Screening guidelines should initiate conversations with your healthcare team.  Charles H Weaver MD, Editor CancerConnect CancerConnect News: The goal of cancer screening is to find disease at early stages in people who are otherwise asymptomatic—before it causes symptoms and when it may be more easily treatable.  Screening tests are not available for every type of […]

Healthy Habits for Life

The bottom line: what you eat and how you eat can have lasting consequences for your health. Choose wisely and nourish your body with nutrient-dense foods.

Summer Sun Safety Tips

By Justin Piasecki, MD As summer arrives each year, I’m often asked about the balance between spending time outdoors enjoying all that summer has to offer and avoiding sun damage. My standard answer: know the rules to staying sun safe and then enjoy the season! The key to finding that balance is acknowledging a few […]

Hair Loss after Having a Baby: What to Expect

By Jessica J. Krant, MD, FAAD Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology SUNY Downstate Medical Center If you’ve recently given birth and are concerned about hair loss, there is no need to worry. Many women experience noticeable hair shedding after having a baby; it is normal, temporary, and caused by falling estrogen levels. It usually starts […]

Diagnosis: Osteopenia

By Diane L. Schneider, MD Karen, age 55, just had her first bone-density test. The results indicated osteopenia. She wanted to know what she should do, and she asked the most common question that comes up in the wake of this diagnosis: “Should I be taking a medicine for my bones?” What Is Osteopenia? Osteopenia […]

Head and Heart: Sharing Her Story for The Greater Good

A stroke survivor shares her story to empower other women with information and support. By the American Heart Association A week before her college graduation, a severe headache and numbness in her left arm sent Lisa Deck to the hospital. She never dreamed she could be having a stroke. At first neither did the doctors. […]

Go Far, Be Well

Whether you travel once a year or once a week, planning ahead to maintain wellness and manage any medical issues that arise on the road can help ensure a safer, more pleasant experience. By Diana Price When Jeanine Barone was growing up, travel—even to the beach or a neighboring state—wasn’t an option. “I had what […]

A Mismatch Between Pill and Problem

Behind the headlines about the US prescription opioid crisis lie complicated choices around pain. By Sharon Reynolds On either side of the story, the statistics are staggering. In 2013 healthcare providers in the United States wrote almost 250 million prescriptions for opioids to treat pain.1 Since 1999 the number of unintentional deaths from overdoses involving […]

Overcoming Obesity with Surgery

People struggling with excessive weight are increasingly benefiting from bariatric treatment. By Heather Stringer Karina Falcon had struggled with being overweight for most of her life, at just an inch over 5 feet tall and weighing 270 pounds. People stared when she stepped on a bus and tried to fit into a seat. Karina was […]

Unmasking the Genetics of Early Heart Disease

Catching familial hypercholesterolemia early can save lives By Heather Stringer Katherine Wilemon was 15 when she discovered that she was living with extremely high cholesterol levels in her blood. At the time, she and her doctors had no idea how seriously this would put her life at risk as she grew up. Katherine had gone […]

When It’s Time to See a Gastroenterologist

Expert insight can help pinpoint the culprit in your digestive woes. By Susan Kreimer For Jessie Toledano, 34, the symptoms started in April 2006, but the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease didn’t come until March the following year, just before her twen­ty-fifth birthday. She felt the urge to use the restroom after meals and after drinking […]

It’s in the Genes: Genetic Testing Tutorial

Advances in genetic testing are offering women more information than ever before about their genetic makeup and are providing opportunities for empowered decision making related to a wide range of health issues. In this recurring column, experts provide vital information about how genetic testing suits one’s individual needs, potential risks and benefits, and the role […]

Managing Skin Conditions in Pregnancy 

Dermatologists can provide pregnant patients with safe, effective treatments for eczema, psoriasis, and acne. By Jenny Eileen Murase, MD, FAAD Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology University of California, San Francisco Expectant mothers take many steps to maintain their good health and pro­mote the health of their babies. A pregnant wom­an with chronic skin conditions may […]