Physical and emotional stress have long been considered factors that affect a couple's ability to conceive, but doctors now have more solid evidence for their role. Stress raises levels of cortisol, one of the major metabolic hormones from the adrenal glands that can influence the way other hormo.....More
Research shows that not getting pregnant is very stressful but probably does not cause infertility. If stress is keeping you from having intercourse, it may be playing a role. Often an occasional delay in ovulation leading to a delayed period can be due to stress or another life event. However, t.....More
Your resting energy expenditure (REE) is roughly the minimum number of calories your body needs each day to function properly at rest. Knowing your REE is extremely important when trying to personalize your nutrition and fitness strategies. Body composition (relative percentage of body f.....More
When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, your role will change with time. In the early stages, you may not need to do much. Just be sure the person you're caring for is following their doctor's treatment plan. With time, the disease will progress and the person you're monitoring will nee.....More
Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive, typically fatal, disease. Depending on how progressed the person is, the early stages typically require minimal hands on care. The person may need to have some reminders put in place around the home and things like their legal documentation, financial issues,.....More
Patience is the key. Patients with Alzheimer’s often ask the same question over and over. One of the best ways to communicate is to reminisce about the past so that your loved one can rely on his or her intact long term memories. It is also important to consider when the person with Alzheim.....More
Is it heartburn? A pulled muscle? Fatigue? Just what is that pain and what does it mean? It’s important for women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, but even more important, don’t wait for the pain to pass. Seek help. Unfortunately, woman can experience the ful.....More
Particular ingredients or chemicals within your environment, the foods you eat, or the drugs you take can cause allergies. Normally, these substances are harmless. In some people, however, their immune system overreacts and mistakenly attacks these elements. This produces an allergic reaction.
An allergy is when your body overreacts to something that's harmless to most other people. Here are some common things people are allergic to:
Pollen and mold. Many people are allergic to pollen from trees, weeds, and grasses. Mold growth is a big problem in wet areas.
Dust mites. Dust mi.....More
Your health care provider will ask about your medical history including whether any of your family members have asthma and if you smoke, have allergies, or are exposed to pollutants. During a physical exam, your health care provider will ask you to breathe normally into a mouthpiece attached to a.....More
Here’s what your doctor may do to gather information before an asthma diagnosis:• During the medical history, your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and what seems to trigger them. Your doctor will pay particular attention to repeated symptoms. Try to provide as many detail.....More
To establish a diagnosis of asthma, healthcare providers should determine the following:
Episodic symptoms of airflow obstruction or airway hyper-responsiveness are present;
Airflow obstruction is at least partially reversible; and
Alternative diagnoses are excluded (e.g., vocal cord dysfunction.....More
Only 10-13% of ovarian cancers can be linked to inherited causes.
If you have a personal or strong family history (mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother or daughter) of the following cancers you may have a 50% life time risk developing ovarian cancer:
Breast (premenopausal)-Hereditary Brea.....More
Approximately 15% of ovarian cancers are thought to be related to genetic factors although new research suggests that it may be an even higher amount. There are 2 main types of hereditary ovarian cancer, those due to mutations in BRCA1/2 genes and those due to mutations in DNA repair genes (Lynch.....More
Mammograms are used for both screening and diagnosis.
A screening mammogram is used to find breast changes in women who have no signs of breast cancer. Most women get two x-rays of each breast.
If your screening mammogram shows a breast change since your last one, or if you or your health care pr.....More
A mammogram is the standard tool doctors use to screen women for breast cancer. Types of mammograms include:
Analog mammograms - create breast images that are then printed on film.
Digital mammograms - create digital breast images. This format is preferred because it allows your radiologist to c.....More
Mammography is diagnostic medical imaging of the breast tissue using radiation and specialized x-ray film. Generally, mammogram images of the breasts are taken from two different views: craniocaudal (CC; from top to bottom) and mediolateral oblique (MLO; at an angle from the middle to the outside.....More
Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has one or more of the following symptoms:
He does not smile or play for even a few minutes every four-hours
He shows signs of dehydration (drying out): No urine in six hours in an infant younger than 12 months old; No urine in more than ei.....More
Children generally have higher fevers than do adults. The severity of the illness, however, depends on the age of the child. A temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit in a 3-year-old child may not indicate a serious illness. However, a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in a child u.....More
Here are some things you'll want with you: Cell phone and charger; laptop for sending instant birth announcement/photos or skyping/ichatting with faraway friends and relatives (check hospital's internet policy first); phone numbers for health insurance company and pediatrician (both should be inf.....More
Having a bag packed and ready to go helps eliminate unnecessary confusion and stress when the time comes to leave for the hospital. Here are suggestions on what to pack for labor and childbirth:
A copy of your birth plan
CDs and/or cassette tapes of favorite relaxing music
A personal focal poin.....More