Fat Shaming and Weight Bias at Your Doctor’s Office

The anecdotes are legion. One time when Abby Carter (not her real name) had to get her gallbladder out, her doctor told her that he made her surgeon wait an extra day even though she hadn’t eaten anything that day. The doctor wanted her to know what it felt like …

READ MORE →

The Gut Bacteria and Depression Connection

Research is increasingly showing a mind-body connection. Did you know, for example, that depression could be a result of bacteria in your gut? In 2012, scientists at University College Cork discovered that brain levels of serotonin, or the ‘happy hormone,’ are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut …

READ MORE →

Living With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Back in 1988, when Anita Dueñas was 17, she was sent to the gynecologist for the first time because of symptoms she was experiencing. The doctor examined her and then took her into his office where he got out his Dictaphone and dictated medical and Latin jargon while she sat …

READ MORE →

The Link Between IBD and Anxiety

Chalk another one up to the mind-body connection. Researchers out of the University of Toronto have discovered that people who have inflammatory bowel disease — inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine– like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis have twice the odds of having a generalized anxiety disorder at …

READ MORE →

3-D Printing Technology after Breast Cancer

The question is, why didn’t we think of this before? Most of us own inkjet printers, yet few of us, except one, have every thought of doing anything else with a printer except print documents. Except Dr. Thomas Boland, who thought of something else. In the early 2000s, bioengineer Dr. …

READ MORE →

Women and Depression: Treatment Options

It’s been called the common cold of modern emotional life. And like treatments for the modern cold, there are many treatment options for this challenge. The Mayo Clinic suggests that about twice as many women as men experience depression, meaning about one in four or five women develop depression at …

READ MORE →

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

You’ve seen the evidence on your pillow. You’ve found it on your clothes and in the shower. And although you may feel nervous, embarrassed or even scared, it’s important to know that the problem you’re dealing with is one that most women will face at some point in their lives. …

READ MORE →

How Can A HIIT Help You Get Fit?

You like to work out (well, maybe like is a bit strong). At least you think you’re pretty knowledgeable of the current fitness trends. But while you’re out there cycling, boxing, running, and rowing, you’re hearing about how others are HIIT’ing it hard. So just what does this mean? And how can …

READ MORE →

Just How Important ARE Prenatal Vitamins?

Are you pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant, with one of the four million babies the CDC estimates will be born in the United States next year?  You want your baby to be healthy and strong, but statistics suggest that one in nine of these babies will be born pre-term …

READ MORE →

Monday Meals: Big Avocado Toast Inspiration

Whether you are new to the avocado toast trend or the tasty stack is an old favorite, some fresh ideas for topping your toast are always welcome. Avacados are unique fruits. Their creamy texture is a result of a very high fat content.  That fat however, is the heart-healthy monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid called oleic acid. …

READ MORE →

Do Dietary Supplements Improve Heart Health?

In a massive new analysis of findings from 277 clinical trials using 24 different interventions, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found that almost all vitamin, mineral and other nutrient supplements or diets cannot be linked to longer life or protection from heart disease. Although they found that most …

READ MORE →