General Health

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

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. […]

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 […]

Ask the Doctor: The Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel restrictions for women of childbearing age during an outbreak of a dangerous new illness.  It’s called the zika virus and it presents enough of a health risk that it could derail spring and summer travel plans. Ricardo Lopez, MD is an OB-GYN at Orlando Health in Florida, one of […]

Speaking on Health: Alzheimer’s Prevention

Speaking on Health with David Borenstein, MD It is sad to lose a family member or a close friend to a disease, and it may even be worse when you lose them when they’re still alive. They’re living, but their mind is gone: this is the reality of dementia. The toll it takes on the […]

Cold Season Primer

Cold symptoms can lead to uncertainty about treatment and progression. Read on for cold season coping strategies and guidelines for diagnosis and treatment. By Diana Price We’ve all heard the bad news: there is no cure for the common cold. But how do you know if you have a run-of-the-mill viral cold or something more […]

HPV Myths and Facts

By Lois Ramondetta, MD Professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 75 percent of adults who are sexually active will acquire HPV […]

Do You Need A Daily Calcium Supplement?

A clear understanding of how much calcium you are already getting through your diet should precede supplement use. By Diane L. Schneider, MD Many women have questions about calci­um supplements. Should you be taking a daily supplement? The answer is yes, no, or maybe, depending on what you are eating and what other supplements you […]

Ask The Nurse: Arthritis and Intimacy

Q&A with Iris Zink, MSN, RN, ANP-BC President, Rheumatology Nurses Society What are some of the ways that rheumatologic diseases can affect a woman’s physical sexual function? Sexual function can be affected in various ways, depending on a person’s unique diagnosis. For exam­ple, both Sjögren’s syndrome and systemic lupus cause vaginal and oral dryness. Diminished […]

Mindful Management: Living with Autoimmune Disease

Five steps people living with autoimmune diseases can take to incorporate mindfulness and improve quality of life.  By Elizabeth Kirchner, CNP Mindfulness is a buzzword that seems to be everywhere, but what does it actually mean? In the most basic sense, mindfulness is sim­ply awareness. Being aware of some of the most fundamental aspects of […]

When the Diagnosis Is Scleroderma

Becoming a proactive patient is key to managing this rare autoimmune disease. By Linda Slusser The first time my fingers grew painfully cold, turning purple, then white, and then back to a normal pink, the temperature was 60 degrees. It was April and I had been walking my dog. Over the next few weeks, any […]

IBD: Fighting a Fire Within

New treatments for inflammatory bowel disease aim to provide personalized solutions. By Sharon Reynolds When she was in college, Brooke Abbott began experi­encing a range of mild but persistent symptoms: fa­tigue, back pain, and scalp sensitivity. Sometimes she would have to go to the bathroom immediately after eating. Some days she found blood in her […]

Seeing Clearly Through Menopause

How your eyesight may change as you age By Mia James Hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and eye changes? It’s true: your eyes are among the various parts of your body and well-being that menopause can affect. You can make these changes less uncom­fortable or disruptive by knowing what to expect and being ready […]

The Well-Woman Visit

An annual appointment with your primary care physician can be an important preventive health strategy. By Diana Price Feeling well? Great! It’s time to go to the doctor.  Confused? Here’s the deal: even if you’re feeling well and have no medical concerns, it can still be worth your while to check in annu­ally with your […]

6 Steps to Better GI Health

By Mia James Better gastrointestinal (GI) health can have a huge impact on your overall well-being, and making it happen can be surprisingly simple. Christine L. Frissora, MD, FACG, FACP, associate professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Weill Cornell Medical College and assistant attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Cornell […]

New ACS Breast Screening Guidelines Create Confusion

By Charles H. Weaver, MD The American Cancer Society (ACS) has recently changed its recommendations for breast cancer screening. The ACS now recommends: Annual mammogram for women at average risk beginning at age 45 and continuing for ten years; After age 55, mammography screening every other year for all women with a life expectancy of […]