General Health

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

Start 2017 Right: Plan for Cancer Screening and Save Lives!

Screening guidelines should initiate conversations with your healthcare team.  Charles H Weaver MD, Editor CancerConnect 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 cancer, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Annual Order: Talk to Your Doc

The focus of your gynecologic exam will evolve as you age. Talking openly with your OB/GYN during your annual visit will ensure that you get what you need at your stage of life. By Diana Price Do you see your gynecologist each year for an annual exam? For many women various guidelines released by medical […]

Make a Healthy Move: City Health Rankings

Over 60 and thinking of finding a new hometown? Learn how evaluating a city’s health ranking data can help you make the best move. By Carol Marak If you’re like me, among the 22 percent of sin­gle women over 60 years of age who live alone without the support of a spouse, a partner, or […]

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 […]

It’s in the Genes: Top 5 Things to Know about Genetic Testing

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 of […]

Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep Habits

By Teofilo L. Lee-Chiong Jr., MD Getting Regular Sleep Isn’t Easy. Work demands, worries about finances or family, or a busy schedule can push back your bedtime. According to a re­cent nationwide study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of US adults re­port not getting enough sleep on a regular […]