Postmenopausal Women and Osteoporosis

by Tamara Hanson on May 25, 2017

As women age and enter the 50 plus years, they need to become increasingly aware of their bone health and what they need to do to maintain and protect their bones. Osteoporosis becomes more prevalent as we age because bone-removing cells take bone away faster than bone is replaced. Below are some suggestions to help you maintain good bone health:

  • When you are able to have a discussion with your doctor about your bone health and what needs to be done, the better off you are.
  • Your diet is more important than ever when you have reached postmenopause. Eating the right amounts of food high in Vitamin D and calcium will go a long way. Ask your doctor if also need to add supplements to your diet.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and don’t smoke
  • Always check your height on a yearly basis.
  • Regular exercise not only helps to maintain overall health but bone health as well. It also helps you maintain mobility.
  • Stay aware of what your body is telling you. Fractures are very common if you have osteoporosis. Common fracture sights include: Spinal fractures, hip fractures, and wrist fractures.

Are Allergies on the Rise?

by Tamara Hanson on April 30, 2017

Our body has the amazing ability to fight off any unwanted invaders that try to create havoc in our health and our lives, including the ability to fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi. We really do have an amazing system. However, sometimes our body gets a hold of something and reacts to it in a way that puts it into a state of defending itself. Things like dust, pollen, and foods can make our bodies react in a certain way. When a situation like this happens, it is called an allergy.

According to the CDC, 5 out of 100 children have a food allergy, which is an 18 percent increase between 1997 to 2007.

But why? While researchers try to uncover the causes for the increase of food allergies, there are some key factors with regards to allergic reactions to foods:

  • 50 percent of food allergies include things like dairy, eggs, peanuts and other nuts, shellfish, soy, and wheat.
  • Food allergies do not happen only in childhood. They can happen to an adult without any given warning.
  • If one or both parents have an allergy, the chances of the child getting an allergy increases. This also includes asthma and eczema.
  • Children who have allergies have a higher chance of getting asthma or another allergy.
  • Fish, shellfish, peanuts, and other nut allergies have been known to last a person’s entire life. Dairy, egg and soy are usually outgrown the older a person gets.
  • There is no known cure for allergies.

Memory and Menopause

April 17, 2017

Can menopause affect memory? According to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, memory can change when women reach menopausal age. The study indicates that when levels of estradiol (a natural estrogen that is a primary sex hormone that declines during menopause) are low, there are significant changes in the hippocampus. The study indicates […]

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Digital Tomosynthesis and Breast Cancer Detection

March 27, 2017

With so many technological advances in medicine, breast cancer can now be detected a lot sooner than with mammograms. Digital Tomosynthesis is digital technology that can help identify small tumors in the earlier stages of breast cancer through 3-D imaging, while providing the increased ability to distinguish between what is dense breast tissue and what […]

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What You Need to Know About Uterine Fibroids

February 26, 2017

What are Uterine fibroids? Uterine fibroids are benign growths found in a woman’s pelvis. The size of the fibroids can vary ranging from pea-sized to 6 inches wide. Fibroids have also been known to grow large enough to fill the pelvis or abdomen. Where are they found in the pelvis? Uterine fibroids are found in […]

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Preparing for Your Doctor’s Visit

February 1, 2017

Your doctor’s appointments are an opportunity to make the most of your health care visit. However, as a patient, you may feel limited by the amount of time that you have with their doctor, or may feel pressured to make your concerns quick and to the point. Your health and wellness is a top priority in […]

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Expressing sympathy in times of need

December 18, 2016

It’s never easy losing a loved one; but it’s also not easy consoling someone who has lost someone special.  In these sad times, being there is important and while we want to help, many us need guidance in knowing what to do. Here are 7 tips to help you master the art of condolence: Being […]

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What should you do with expired medications?

December 9, 2016

  Is it necessary to throw out your medications when they expire? Are there health risks? These are just a few of the questions our patients ask. The truth is that the expiry date on the medication is not the date that the drug becomes ineffective.  Rather it is the date that the manufacturer can […]

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Women more likely to be allergic to medication

November 23, 2016

Did you know that women have more allergies to common medications than men?  A study published in the Journal Allergy looked at how men and women reacted to allergies to individual drugs and classes of drugs.  In addition to men not being as allergic to women, the study also showed that white patients were more […]

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Busting IUD contraception myths

November 2, 2016

The “pill” is just one option when it comes to birth control.  There are many long-lasting reversible contraceptives including intrauterine devices (IUDs) available on the market, and they are shown to be safe, effective and convenient. In countries outside of the US, as many of 50% of women use IUDs, but for some reason US […]

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