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Knowing the Signs of Stroke Could Save Your Life

I’ve talked a lot about stroke on my show, both because strokes are often disabling and deadly and because most women don’t realize how at risk they really are. Stroke…

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Urine Not Sterile, New Bacteria May Cause UTI Symptoms

Urinary tract infections are common among women and lead to about four million visits to the doctor every year. UTIs produce a constellation of uncomfortable symptoms, from constant urgency and burning…

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Knowing Your Options When You’re Diagnosed

The time of diagnosis can be a terrifying one. As a cardiothoracic surgeon, I’ve had to deliver diagnoses that I know will change a person’s life forever. Some will need…

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Incontinence: Can It Kill You?

Involuntary loss of urine is embarrassing, inconvenient and distressing, but the one thing I have always assured my patients is that it is not a life-threatening condition. Recently, my perspective…

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When Taking the Pill Takes Away Your Sex Life

For the last 50 years, birth control pills have given women the power to determine when they get pregnant. But for some women, the very pill that allows this freedom…

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Why You Shouldn’t Pass on Your Annual Pelvic Exam

A recent recommendation published by The American College of Physicians, the organization that represents internists, stated that non-pregnant women who do not have specific complaints don’t need to have a gynecologic…

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Gyno Myth: Yogurt on a Tampon for Yeast Infections

I’m a big fan of yogurt and eat Greek yogurt with blueberries, sliced almonds and a dash of honey almost every day for breakfast. But yogurt on a tampon to…

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You Wanted to Know: Prenatal Vitamins for Hair

Prenatal vitamins are a must for pregnant women who need higher amounts of vitamins and minerals like folic acid and iron to keep their growing babies healthy. Taking these vitamins…

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The Gynecological Test That Could Replace Your Pap

The impact of the Pap smear on the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer is one of the most dramatic success stories in public health. In many developing countries,…

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The PCOS and Diabetes Connection

Many are unaware of what PCOS is, let alone that it can increase risk for diabetes. PCOS, however, shares a key factor with type 2 diabetes, namely the development of…

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