General Health

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

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 […]

Osteoporosis Treatment Today

Increasing understanding of the condition and its treatment is resulting in better fracture prevention and fewer side effects. By Mia James With 16 percent of women ages 50 and older living with osteoporosis, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Preven­tion, awareness of and treatment for this bone-weakening condition is an important topic […]

Multiple Sclerosis: When the Signal Can’t Get Through

New approaches help slow the march of a debilitating condition By Sharon Reynolds Although a seasoned hospice nurse, Brenda Burroughs never liked going to the doctor’s office herself. So, even though she’d lived for years with vague indications that something was wrong with her nervous system, she found it easy to explain her concerns away. […]

Be Skin Aware

Exercise caution when using dermatology websites and apps, and know who’s providing your care. Carrie Kovarik, MD, FAAD Associate Professor, Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Infectious Diseases University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Thanks to the recent proliferation of web­sites and apps offer­ing remote dermato­logic consultations, patients may think they can receive high-quality care without ever leaving home. Not […]

Heart Health Behind the Bedroom Door

Surprising symptoms of heart disease behind the bedroom door By Laxmi Mehta, MD You feel it when that special someone walks into the room. Your heart begins racing; butterflies swirl around in your stomach. It’s that little thing called love. Of course, being in love makes you feel amazing, but there are scientific studies to […]

Telemedicine: Log on to Feel Better through Virtual Visits

Expanding online access points to care providers means more women are booking virtual visits. By Diana Price You’ve had a stuffy nose for about a week. It has become progressively more congested, and you now have some pretty significant sinus pain. It’s feeling like a sinus infection, but you are just not sure. Dr. Google […]

Supplement Safety

Many of us reach for supplements to improve health and well-being, but do you know how to choose safely? By Matilde Parente, MD, FCAP Alternative and integrative practices have come a long way in a short time. Today at least 63 integrative medicine programs are affiliated with US medical schools in 25 states plus the […]

Rash 101

How to tell if a rash needs medical attention By Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, MPH, FAAD Associate Professor of Dermatology Harvard Medical School To the untrained eye, all rashes may look alike and seem easily treatable with over-the-counter oral antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream, but it is not so simple. Rashes can appear as blotches, welts, or […]

The Cold Truth: Raynaud’s Phenomenon

What your “poor circulation” may really mean By Ronni Shulman In the record books, Kristle Lowell is known as the USA Gymnastics Team athlete who won the 2013 world double-mini tram­poline title. To her teammates, though, she’s known affectionately as “Icy Toes.” That’s because the 22-year-old tumbling and trampoline cham­pion always wears leggings—and headbands and […]

Migraine: More than Just a Headache

Migraine is a complex and debilitating neurological disorder that disproportionally affects women. By Sharon Reynolds Like a game of medical Mad Libs, you likely hear the word “migraine” and immediately think headache. But migraine is far more than just a headache. It is a complex neurological disorder that affects many parts of the brain, including […]

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

By Diane L. Schneider, MD As we head into spring after a long winter, your vitamin D level right now is likely at the lowest point it will be all year, unless you are taking a vitamin D supplement or a multivitamin containing vitamin D. This is because sunshine is the main source of vitamin […]

Ask the Doctor: Hypoglycemia

Q&A with Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, MS You haven’t eaten since breakfast, and now it’s past midday. You feel shaky and are losing mental focus. You notice your hand trembles as you reach for a glass of water. Oh, yeah—it’s definitely time to eat. Most of us have experienced at least some sensations associated with hypoglycemia. […]

Are You at Risk? Understanding Barrett’s Esophagus

What this condition means for your overall health and risk of esophageal cancer and how you can manage it By Mia James Plenty of us have experienced heartburn, that burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone. It’s a symptom of acid reflux, a common condition in which stomach acid splashes up from the […]

Exercise Reduces Chronic Low Back Pain

By David Borenstein, MD Executive Editor, Lower back pain is second only to the cold as the most common affliction of mankind. Each year in the United States, up to 20 percent of the population will have an episode. Back pain is a common cause of work absence and disability. Historically, for episodes of […]