Women's Health

Know the Warning Signs of Stroke

The family gathering to celebrate Independence Day didn’t see their celebration end with the type of fireworks they had initially planned. Instead of enjoying beach-front festivities, they were gathered in the emergency department with concerns about Grandma’s health. During their cookout earlier in the day, Grandma suddenly began to have…
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Medications in Pregnancy

Most women know that pregnancy brings many changes to their lives. It’s common knowledge that abstaining from alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs is crucial during pregnancy. Fetal development, particularly in the 1st trimester, is very susceptible to the adverse affects of these chemicals. However, fewer women are aware of the…
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Diagnosing and Treating BV

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition that occurs when there is too much of a certain bacteria in the vagina. This overgrowth changes the normal balance of bacteria naturally found in the vagina. Women in their reproductive years are most likely to get bacterial vaginosis, but it can affect women…
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Diagnosing and Treating Lupus

A few months ago, I wrote about the prevalence of autoimmune diseases in women. Lupus is one such disease that disproportionally affects women. In fact, 9 in 10 lupus patients are women, primarily affecting women in the reproductive years between 15 and 44. Lupus is a chronic disease and like…
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Q & A about Menopause

Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation. It can occur as early as age 40 or as late as early 60s and usually spans 1-2 years. It is normally diagnosed in females after 1 year of absent menstrual periods. Menopause occurring before age 40 is termed premature and may need…
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Morning Sickness

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has in recent years bought the subject of “morning sickness” to headlines around the world. With all three of her spotlight pregnancies, Ms. Middleton’s more severe condition of hyperemesis gravidarum has heightened awareness about the topic of a fairly common symptom for many pregnant…
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Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for nearly 10 million doctor visits each year. At least one in every five women will have one urinary tract infection in her lifetime. Other names for UTIs are cystitis or bladder infections. A UTI occurs when bacteria get into the bladder and multiply. About…
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