January 23, 2018

Category Archives: Women’s health

‘My life is like SUCH a headstand right now’

‘My life is like SUCH a headstand right now’

…and other mad things yogis say Saw this today and thought, Geez, I actually DID compare my life to a headstand recently…and the other person (God love them) kept a straight face Continue Reading

TWH: EXPERT ADVICE       ‘I’ve suddenly developed a bloated tummy – what can I do?’

TWH: EXPERT ADVICE ‘I’ve suddenly developed a bloated tummy – what can I do?’

Charlotte Watts, nutritional therapist and lecturer  – she who got me off the diet treadmill, restored my energy and helped me lose the weight – answers: ‘Look at ways your body can balance its fluid levels naturally. Often an imbalance of the minerals sodium and potassium are part of the cause; both are essential but the modern diet can be higher in sodium from processed foods and added salt. That is not to say a little rock or sea salt for flavouring are bad but this needs to be balanced out with plenty of potassium rich vegetables, especially dark greens …Continue Reading

Smoking is a risk factor for tooth loss in older women

Smoking is a risk factor for tooth loss in older women

Smoking can do more than make your teeth yellow. A study indicates smoking can make teeth go away. Researcher Xiaodan Mai of the University at Buffalo in New York found this in data on about 1,100 postmenopausal women. She compared periodontal disease or gum disease with caries or tooth decay as reasons for tooth loss. Smoking is an important risk factor for tooth loss in older women.  “The more women smoked, the more likely they are to experience tooth loss due to periodontal disease. This pattern was not seen in tooth loss due to caries.” Mai says tobacco has chemicals that are …Continue Reading

Sex difference in treatment of substance abuse

Sex difference in treatment of substance abuse

Did you know there are differences in the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual effects of substance use and abuse on women and men?  Those differences have implications for treatment in behavioral health settings.  The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)  offers two reports that emphasize  gender-specific research and best practices, such as common patterns of initiation of substance use among women and men and specific treatment issues and strategies.   These reports  demonstrate how important it is to advocate for sex and gender based research across all body systems, something  our Institute is striving to make happen. Get the Guide Addressing Women   | Get the Guide Addressing Men Continue Reading

Angelina Jolie’s Decision

Angelina Jolie’s Decision

Angelina Jolie surprised the world on Tuesday when she revealed in a New York Times article that she had proactively undergone the surgical removal of both of her breasts because of her genetic risk of breast cancer. Jolie’s decision, called a preventive bilateral mastectomy, was appropriate and would have been supported by the breast care team here at Summa Akron City Hospital, where I serve as medical director. As a matter of fact, we have performed the operation many times over the last five years. Given what Jolie’s testing showed, if she was our patient, we also would support …Continue Reading

The House That Autism Changed

The House That Autism Changed

About this time last year, I blogged about being an Autism Super Mom. But the fact is, having a child with Autism affects everyone in the family, which is something I find myself explaining when talking about my work with the Autism Society. After my son, Philip, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three, my husband and I went into deep depressions. We felt an intense race against time as we knew that early therapies and intervention would give him the best chance at a full life, yet we were battling our own personal grief, a second child’s …Continue Reading

#nerdbrain

#nerdbrain

Her: Add something zippy to the beginning of this article. Me: Here are some percentages about HPV types and cervical and anal cancer! Sometimes I feel sorry for my editor for National Women’s Health Network newsletter articles. Susan Flinn, you’re terrific! Filed under: Miscellaneous, Reviews Continue Reading

Belated Sunday News Round-Up – Monday, Last Day of Vacation-Style

Belated Sunday News Round-Up – Monday, Last Day of Vacation-Style

Tomorrow I’ll go back to work after being out since Friday, May 3rd. Since that time, I’ve cleaned house for an overnight family guest, prepped and packed for a conference, spent 4 days at or traveling to/from the annual Medical Library Association conference (where I gave a presentation, attended a committee meeting, and served as an official conference blogger, along with various other conference obligations). Then I came home where I updated my resume, looked at job descriptions, worked on a cover letter, wrote the first draft of my next NWHN newsletter article, and had introvert recovery time. I also threw in a quick post on reproductive health content…Continue Reading

Are You Eating Enough of THIS Veggie?

Are You Eating Enough of THIS Veggie?

Spuds don’t generally get a ton of love in the vegetable department, but researchers in nutrition science want you to know that you definitely shouldn’t avoid them. In fact, eating potatoes is just as important as filling up on the other, more colorful veggies, according to a new supplement published in the journal Advances in Nutrition. Researchers gathered at Purdue University to bust the myth that white veggies—potatoes in particular—aren’t as nutritious as colored ones. While potatoes get a bad rap for being starchy, they’re also filled with vital nutrients, says supplement coauthor Connie Weaver, PhD, head of the department of nutrition science at Purdue University. One medium baked potato provides 11 percent of your recommended daily fiber intake and 12 percent of your…Continue Reading

Show Off Your…Arms

Show Off Your…Arms

Go ahead—flaunt your best assets. We’ve made it easy for you: Here’s a piece that highlights your arms, plus an exercise move to help keep them sculpted. Body Part: Arms (Biceps Brachii, Brachialis, Triceps Brachii) Swap sleeveless for cap sleeves, which hit right at the awesome arm curves you’ve worked so hard to get. Issa dress, at Beyond 7, 646-619-6857; Samantha Faye necklace, $68, shopsamanthafaye.com; Jook & Nona bracelet, $145, jookandnona.com Sculpting Secret For killer arms in little time, focus your training on your biceps. Two or three times a week, complete two sets of biceps curls, 10 to 12 reps per set, using 10-pound dumbbells. But don’t…Continue Reading