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Welcome to Dr. Donnica's News Alerts Center. From time to time, Dr. Donnica provides news alerts of pressing women's health issues. Browse the list below to see if any of the latest news alerts affect you.

A Cloud of Confusion Lingers Over Hormone Therapy Use
Hormone therapy (HT) is often prescribed for women going through menopause to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats, as well as to prevent osteoporosis.
Advocacy for the Availability of Public Restrooms
The entertainment industry often portrays someone hunched in urgent need of a toilet as humorous. In reality, extreme duress is painful and can even be harmful.
Alcohol May Be Riskier For Women
Drinking seems to affect women differently than men and poses unique risks to women’s health. Drinking even a small amount of alcohol can affect a woman differently than a man.
Alzheimer Cases Expected To Skyrocket Over Next Fifty Years
Alzheimer's disease currently affects roughly four and a half million Americans and will become much more prevalent unless new preventive and therapeutic options are discovered.
Anxiety and Panic More Common in Women
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than nineteen million Americans face anxiety disorders each year. And women are more vulnerable to most types of anxiety disorders than men.
Are Americans Taking Health Care Into Their Own Hands?
Americans are increasingly relying on themselves rather than on physicians when feeling under the weather. Following a growing trend toward self-reliance, Americans say they are increasingly comfortable managing their own health care needs.
Are Antibiotics Becoming Ineffective?
Current research shows that infection with antibiotic resistant bacteria is becomingly increasingly common in the United States.
Are Women Sicker Than Men?
It is well known that women live longer than men, but are we living any better?
Are You Concerned About Recent Reports Linking Cold Medications And Stroke?
While there is no direct proof that phenylpropanolamine (PPA) is the direct cause of the strokes that have occurred, the Advisory Committee strongly recommended that the FDA limit PPA use to prescription only since it can no longer definitively be considered “safe”.
Are You Spending More Time With Your Doctor?
While office visits by patients covered by managed care plans doubled, the average time spent by doctors during office visits was nearly the same regardless of type of insurance. Interestingly, most complaints of short visits or time pressures are from physicians!
You may have heard about good bacteria or probiotics, but still have questions -- after all we've been on a war against bacteria for several decades. Dr. Donnica explains what probiotics are and answers questions about why women need them in this Q&A.
Be Prepared: Advice On A Well-outfitted First Aid Kit
With so much uncertainty in the world, the Council on Family Health (CFH) advises Americans to be certain they have well-stocked first aid kits in case of emergency. To assist, CFH is making its "Always Be Prepared" resources available online to consumers.
Blindness and Vision Problems Hit Women Harder
No one should take their vision for granted, but women need to be especially careful when it comes to eye health. Blindness and other conditions which cause visual impairment take a much more serious toll on women than men.
Boston Menopause Survey
Results of the Boston Menopause Survey of women's thoughts and fears about menopause.
Bulimia: The Other Terri Schiavo Tragedy
Terri Schiavo’s vegetative state was the result of an eating disorder, one in which she forced food to come back up her throat.
Can a New Treatment Reverse Autoimmune Diseases? By Sophia Cariati
In autoimmune diseases the body attacks its own healthy tissue. For unexplained reasons, women's immune systems are more likely than men's to turn on themselves. In fact, approximately 75% of autoimmune disease sufferers are women.
Can Aspirin Prevent Ovarian Cancer?
A recent study suggests that long-term aspirin use may decrease the risk of the most common form of ovarian cancer.
Challenge to Eliminate Cervical Cancer Campaign
Cervical cancer rates have decreased significantly over the last 60 years due largely to widespread use of the Pap test. However, each year, 12,200 women are still diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,100 die.
Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Tricky Diagnosis
Diagnosing chronic pelvic pain can be challenging. One of the reasons that making the diagnosis is tricky relates to the fact that there is no single underlying cause of chronic pelvic pain.
Columbus Menopause Survey
What are common thoughts and fears about aging and menopause? Caravan, a national research firm, surveyed 300 Columbus-area women over age 18 about their fears and thoughts concerning aging and menopause.
Condoms Protect Well Against HPV
A study has found that using a condom consistently offers women very effective protection against human papillomavirus (HPV), the sexually-transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
Denver Menopause Survey
What are common fears and thoughts about menopause? Caravan, a national research firm, surveyed 300 Denver-area women over age 18 about their fears and thoughts concerning aging and menopause.
Designer Drugs: The Future Of Pain Medication
The concept of personalized prescriptions, based on hair color, skin tone, and gender may seem far-fetched, but new research could potentially turn what sounds like science fiction into reality.
Diabetes Clinical Trial
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, go to DrDonnica's Clinical Trials Center.
Do Men and Women Need Different Versions of the Same Vaccine?
Accumulating evidence suggests that men and women may have different needs for and responses to immunizations against the same disease.
Dr. Donnica Accepts Women in Government Presidential Leadership Award
The non-profit national organization Women in Government presented one of its Presidential Leadership Awards to Dr. Donnica Moore.
Dr. Donnica becomes 'Doc on Call' for "First for Women" Magazine
Many of the questions Dr. Donnica will answer deal with correcting commonly held misbeliefs about women’s health issues.
Dr. Donnica discusses heavy periods and offers a list of signs and symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding.
Dr. Donnica Discusses Study of Breast-fed Girls and Breast Cancer Risk
Dr. Donnica Discusses Study of Breast-fed Girls and Breast Cancer Risk
“Having healthy hips is vitally important to anyone who wants to live a healthy, active life,” Dr. Donnica says. “However, there is still room for most women to educate themselves on hip fracture and how to lower their risks.”
Dr. Donnica Joins The Forgotten Fat Campaign
Sister to Sister has taken another step toward increasing heart-health among women by launching a new campaign to educate women about total lipid health. Donnica Moore, MD will serve as the physician spokeswoman for the campaign.
Dr. Donnica Participates in KnowMenopause.com
Dr. Donnica Moore, President Sapphire Women’s Health Group and www.DrDonnica.com is one of four physician experts who discuss menopause information on www.KnowMenopause.com, the new interactive online resource designed to help women sort out conflicting information about menopause and hormone therapy.
Dr. Donnica Returns to The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet to Discuss Teen Parenting Issues
Dr. Donnica Returns to the Tyra Banks Show
Dr. Donnica returns to "The Tyra Banks Show" on a provocative segment called "Motherhood - The Dirty Little Secret".
Dr. Donnica to Address Chicago HealthFest Celebration
Dr. Donnica Moore and other health experts will give presentations on a variety of healthy lifestyle topics in the Health Forum tent.
Dr. Donnica To Appear in E! Entertainment Special: "Celebrities in Crisis"
Close to 58 million Americans - about one in four adults - suffer from a mental disorder. But, when Hollywood stars are diagnosed with a mental health ailment, it's big news. From rumors about Britney's bi-polar disorder to Heath Ledger's depression and suicide, mental illnesses are getting more attention. The up-coming E! Entertainment one hour special, "Celebrities in Crisis" will explore some of the most common and debilitating mental health disorders and reveal the celebrities who've battled back from the brink along with the stars who are still struggling. Scheduled to debut on Friday Aug. 15 (check local listings for times and channels), this show features several experts, including women's health expert Dr. Donnica Moore.
Dr. Donnica To Appear on “The Rachael Ray Show”
Recognizing that it's back-to-school time, Rachael enlisted two 5th graders and a middle-school teacher to put some back to school products to the test! In the segment, Rachael asks Dr. Donnica to give medical input on the topics of stress reduction (for teachers and parents), as well as back-pack injuries in students.
Dr. Donnica to Keynote at Women’s Health University
Carilion Health System in Roanoke Virginia is pleased to announce that nationally known physician and women’s health expert and advocate Dr. Donnica L. Moore will be the keynote presenter for this year’s second Women’s Health University (WHU) program.
Dr. Donnica to Moderate First Summit on Living with MS in Your 20s and 30s
Young adults in their 20s and 30s with MS are faced with unique challenges, especially when it comes to relationships, their careers and their overall health and well-being. They are often looking to connect with other people going through similar challenges and to find examples of how others cope with MS.
Dr. Donnica to Present at Living Well to 100 Conference
Dr. Donnica Moore will moderate the concluding panel of internationally renowned medical experts at the second annual Living Well to 100 Conference, "Is Inflammation Central to Aging?"
Dr. Donnica To Speak At Free Women’s Health Event in Morristown NJ
Dr. Donnica To Support Whittemore Peterson Institute as New Spokesperson
Dr. Donnica's Media Appearances This Week
DrDonnica.Com Launches Mental Health Center to Help Beat the Holiday Blues
DrDonnica.com, a website devoted to enhancing the medical needs of women, has launched the Mental Health Center to help the millions of Americans affected by depression, anxiety disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and other mental health conditions.
DrDonnica.Com Launches National Help Center For Women With Stress Urinary Incontinence
Although SUI increases with age, one-third of women who have it are younger than 35.
DrDonnica.com Launches New Dental Health Center
DrDonnica.com News Alert: Where Can I See Dr. Donnica on TV?
With the upcoming release of Women’s Health for Life Dr. Donnica has been doing the rounds of television shows.
Dry Eyes Are More than a Nuisance
People with DES often complain that their eyes are burning and feel itchy and painful. Many also complain of a constant feeling of sandiness or grittiness in their eyes. The symptoms tend to get worse as the day progresses.
Early Termination of the WHI Estrogen Study
The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) today issued the following statement regarding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) decision to terminate early the estrogen-alone portion of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study.
Eating Disorders: Treating the Body but Not the Mind
Despite the startling numbers of women suffering from eating disorders, a new study from the International Journal of Eating Disorders suggests that these women are not receiving proper treatment.
Endometrial Ablation
Each year about 120,000 American women have hysterectomies because of bleeding problems, particularly related to uterine fibroids. Recently, the FDA approved technology for two less invasive procedures to treat the problem.
EstroGel®: First Transdermal Estrogen Gel Available
Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that EstroGel® (estradiol gel), the first transdermal estrogen gel in the country, is now available with a prescription to treat moderate to severe hot flashes and moderate to severe dryness, itching, and burning in and around the vagina.
Estrogen and Cancer Risk
What do we know about estrogen and cancer?
FDA Approves New Drug For Osteoporosis
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved teriparatide (Forteo™) for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at high risk for having a fracture.
FDA Approves Paxil As New Treatment for PMDD
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Paxil CR™ (paroxetine HCl) Controlled-Release Tablets for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a condition affecting three to eight percent of women of reproductive age in the United States.
FDA Approves Paxil CR™ For The Treatment Of Social Anxiety Disorder
In October 2003, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Paxil CR™(paroxetine HCl) Controlled-Release Tablets for the treatment of social anxiety disorder.
Fibrocystic Breasts: Normal or Cause for Concern?
At least half of all women experience lumpy, painful, swollen breasts at some point in their lives, according to the American Cancer Society. This benign condition is properly called “fibrocystic breasts” or “fibrocystic change”.
Financial Assistance Available for Rx Medications
We often hear about the more than 38 million Americans without health insurance and the even greater number of Americans who struggle to pay for prescription medications. What we don’t often hear about, however, is where those individuals can turn for financial assistance.
First Oral Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Approved by the FDA
Tracleer is indicated to improve exercise ability and decrease the rate of clinical worsening in PAH patients with significantly limited physical activity. PAH is a chronic, life-threatening disorder that can severely compromise the function of the lungs and heart.
First US Transdermal Gel for Estrogen Therapy Approved
Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved EstroGel® (estradiol gel), the first estrogen therapy transdermal gel available in the US to treat moderate to severe menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes as well as vulvar and vaginal atrophy.
Flu Alert: What You Should Know from the AMA Family Medical Guide
In response to the unexpected shortage of flu vaccine this year, the American Medical Association, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, is recommending that healthy individuals forgo or delay their flu shots to help ensure that high-risk patients are vaccinated first
Gender-related pain: Temporomandibular Disorders
An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from pain in their jaw joint and chewing muscles, a group of conditions known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). For a small number of patients, the problem is chronic and can have serious and life-altering consequences.
Genetic Revolution Revealing Role for Sex-Specific Medicines, by Sophia Cariati
Minute genetic differences can lead to big variations in an individual's response to medication, this and related studies suggest the days of sex-tailored medicines -- that is to say pink and blue pills, for example-- may not be too far off.
Gum Disease and the Link to Pregnancy Complications
Pregnant women who have gum disease are at a greater risk for developing preeclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension, according to a new study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
High Alcohol, Low Folate: A Bad Mix For Women
Heavy alcohol consumption may put women at high risk for several chronic diseases if they do not supplement their diets with folic acid, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
High Heels Take a Toll on Women’s Knees
High-heel shoes seem to be wreaking havoc on the joints of women everywhere. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is seen more often in women than in men. The type of shoe one chooses to wear may be part of the reason.
HIV Remains Serious Threat
The number of women in the world infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) has been consistently climbing over the past years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), women currently comprise 50 percent of the global HIV/AIDS population.
Holiday Cheer Means Stress For Women
Women may be more susceptible to stress-related illnesses like depression and anxiety due to cyclical changes in their bodies' estrogen levels, according to a new study in the December 2003 issue of Molecular Psychiatry.
Hormone Replacement Therapy: How Does A Woman Decide? by Sophia Cariati
Women are constantly bombarded with a flood of seemingly conflicting information on the pros and cons of HRT. How can you make sense of it all?
HPV Vaccine to Prevent Cervical Cancer
On June 8, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Gardasil, the first vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer, precancerous genital lesions and genital warts due to human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16 and 18.
HRT After Breast Cancer Does Not Increase Risk Of Cancer Recurrence Or Mortality
There has been lots of conflicting news about the relationship between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer. The latest study to address this issue comes from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (5/16/01). The study found that for women who have already had breast cancer, hormone replacement therapy did NOT increase their risk of breast cancer recurrence.
Incontinence Three Times More Likely After Vaginal Delivery
Many women are concerned about whether their bodies will “get back to normal” after childbirth and may wonder which delivery mode is “best” – vaginal or cesarean.
Inexpensive Blood Test Offers New Hope for Multiple Sclerosis Patients
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) may benefit from earlier diagnosis using cheap and easy blood tests, according to a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Link Between Nutritional Supplement and Fertility Suggested
A recently published double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study on the role of a nutritional supplement for female reproductive health showed promising results.
Low Reading and Writing Skills May Hurt Your Health
Have you ever left your doctor’s office totally confused? Do the instructions on your prescription bottle seem to be written in a foreign language? Do you struggle to understand medical and insurance forms?
Lunelle™ Monthly Contraceptive Injection Recalled
Lunelle is a combined hormonal contraceptive (like the oral contraceptive pill) that is administered to women by a healthcare professional as a monthly injection. A sub-potent dose of Lunelle may not be effective in preventing pregnancy.
Lung Cancer Differences between Women and Men Abound
Nonsmoking women are more likely than nonsmoking men to develop lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Differences between Women and Men Abound
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both women and men. It is also important to note the differences between women and men in lung cancer, according to the Society for Women's Health Research.
May is CFS Awareness Month
Richard J. Codey, Acting Governor of New Jersey, issued a State Proclamation declaring May, 2007 as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Awareness Month. Acting Governor Codey joins the New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association (NJCFSA) in recognizing CFS as a chronic, debilitating illness which affects over one million American men, women and children. The Governor’s Proclamation devotes a special month to increasing knowledge and understanding of CFS.
Me-Too Drugs: Valuable or Copycat?
A new report reveals that 65 percent of drugs approved in the last decade are modified mimics of existing medications, or
Menopause Guidebook Available from NAMS
The NAMS (North American Menopause Society)has published a comprehensive, consumer-oriented guidebook to help women learn more about the physical and emotional changes that accompany menopause, as well as the later-life health issues that may be related to menopause.
Mixing Medications can Spell Trouble for Women, by Sophia Cariati
Women are at an increased risk of adverse drug reactions compared with men in part because they are more likely to use multiple medications and dietary supplements, according to the results of a number of recent studies. Sex-based differences in metabolism, anatomy, and hormone levels also seem to play a role in why women experience more unwanted effects of drugs.
More Proof That Breast-feeding Is Best?
A recent study of more than 16,000 European mothers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2001) offers some of the strongest evidence yet that breast-fed babies are healthier.
Mother's Perception Of Obesity Varies With Gender
A mother's perception of her overweight child can be tainted by gender according to a recent study in the May 2003 issue of the journal Pediatrics. Mothers of heavy-set children are more likely to perceive their daughters as being
National CFS Awareness Photo Exhibit Comes to NYC
Brian Bernard, the 13-year old son of Dr. Donnica Moore, is featured in “The Faces of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
National Survey Reveals the Life-changing Impact of Cancer Among Women
The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 1,334,100 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2003 alone and since 1990, about 16 million new cancer cases have been diagnosed. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States – exceeded only by heart disease.
New “Biologic” Drug Shows Hope for Psoriasis
A new “biologic” drug, efalizumab, has been shown to reduce the thick, red, scaly skin lesions of psoriasis and to improve patient quality of life, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (12/17/03).
New American Heart Association Scientific Advisory on HRT
According to the AHA, women currently taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the non-cardiac benefits do not need to stop. But women should not start taking hormones just to try to prevent heart trouble, especially if they already have heart disease.
New Birth Control Device Approved For Women: NuvaRing
On Oct. 4, 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new option for birth control called NuvaRing. This is a small, flexible vaginal ring coated with hormones.
New Birth Control Method Available: Lunelle
A new contraceptive option has been added to the list of choices for women: Lunelle, a monthly intramuscular injection of progestin and estradiol. For women with regular periods, the shot should be given within 5 days of menses each month to block ovulation.
New Book: Women’s Health for Life
New Booklet Advises Taking an Active Role in Health Care Decisions
The Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced a new booklet with practical tips on what people can do to improve their quality of health care services, including how to avoid medical errors.
New Cholesterol Treatment Guidelines Released
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly three times as many Americans should reduce their risk of heart disease by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs than are actually taking them. What other steps can be taken to reduce cholesterol?
New HRT Findings Tell Old Story: Therapy is Not One-Size-Fits-All
Reports of recent studies revealing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with health risks have left women scared and confused about how to stay comfortable and healthy during menopause.
New Insight into Menstrual Migraines, by Sophia Cariati
According to results of recent research that sheds new light on the cause of menstrual migraines, fluctuations in estrogen levels may turn genes that control pain and blood vessels on and off.
New JAMA Study Supports Early Use of HRT
A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (6/13/01) reaffirmed the importance of early menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to prevent fractures related to osteoporosis.
New Oral Contraceptive Yasmin Gets FDA Approval
A new low dose oral contraceptive called Yasmin (Berlex Laboratories) has received marketing approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This pill contains 30 mcg of ethinyl estradiol along with a unique progestin that also helps reduce water retention.
New Rules Provide Reminder of Fish Benefits, Risks, Especially for Women
Retail stores are now required to label fish and shellfish for country of origin and method of production (i.e., wild or farm-raised). This allows consumers to make more informed purchasing decisions.
New State Guide On Insurance Coverage for Prescription Contraceptives
In addition to the state and federal laws against sex discrimination in the workplace, 20 states have passed new laws that require insurance companies to cover prescription contraceptives if they cover other prescription drugs.
New Study Raises Concern about Fish Consumption During Pregnancy
Pregnant women need to pay close attention to their consumption of fish, according to a new study published in the April 2nd Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Approximately 8 percent of the women in the study had levels of mercury in their bloodstreams high enough to cause damage to developing fetuses.
New Study Shows Gap in Patient/Physician Communication for Those with Major Depression
A new survey (1/01) conducted by the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association (National DMDA) shows that more than three out of four people being treated for major depression feel their illness isn’t under complete control. Yet more than half of those who have had antidepressant side effects stopped using their medication. Why?
New Test for Lupus May Help Stem Rising Death Toll in Young Women, by Sophia Cariati
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently cleared for market a new diagnostic test for lupus that promises to boost the detection rate and facilitate earlier treatment of this hard-to-identify disease which has taken an ever-increasing death toll on young women.
New Transdermal Contraceptive Spray In Development
an Australian pharmaceutical company that specializes in administering drugs through the skin, announced today the start of the clinical study of a new type of contraceptive for women, the Nestorone® Metered Dose Transdermal System® (MDTS®).
New Treatment for Overactive Bladder
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Enablex® (darifenacin) extended-release tablets (7.5mg and 15mg) to treat overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency.
New Year Brings Californians Easy Access To Emergency Contraception
California has passed legislation to make family planning easier! Pharmacies throughout the state will now be able to dispense emergency contraception (EC) without a prescription.
NIH Stops Trial of Estrogen Plus Progestin Due to Increased Breast Cancer Risk
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has stopped part of a major clinical trial early because of concerns about an increased risk of invasive breast cancer.
NJ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association Conference
The New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association (NJCFSA) and Monmouth Medical Center will be hosting their annual conference
NOF Applauds New Bone Density Test Recommendations
The National Osteoporosis Foundation guidelines recommend testing for women 65 and older and for postmenopausal women under the age of 65 with risk factors for osteoporosis.
Obesity And Cancer: A Deadly Link
Researchers from the American Cancer Society examined the relationship between BMI and death from cancer in more than 900,000 adults. They found that increased body weight raises the risk of death from all cancers combined and from cancers at multiple specific sites.
Omega-3: Critical for Prenatal Health and Nutrition
For years, health advocates have promoted the importance of folic acid for prenatal healthcare. Now, the latest prenatal research recognizes the importance of another crucial prenatal nutrient, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid, that many women lack in their everyday diet and supplements.
Out of the Ashes
In addition to the physical wounds suffered by many who were near the World Trade Center or the Pentagon, stress, depression, anxiety disorders and post traumatic stress disorder will affect many whether or not they were in the vicinity of the attack and whether or not they knew anyone who was directly impacted.
Peril or Promise: The Uncertainty of Off-label Prescriptions
Doctors frequently prescribe medications off label because there is evidence that the drug may effectively treat a condition, even if the drug isn’t specifically FDA approved to treat that condition.
Plastic Surgery: Is It Worth The Risk?
Cosmetic plastic surgery offers a world of possibilities for the young, old and those unhappy with their appearance. But the surgery is not without risk.
Quitting Smoking May Be Easier For Some, by Jennifer Wider, MD
Kicking the habit of smoking may be easier for people with a certain combination of genes, according to a new study published in the September 2003 issue of Health Psychology.
Race Against Teen Smoking: NYC
The good news is that new smoking starts have decreased in almost every age group and demographic; the bad news is that new smoking continues to rise among teenage girls.
Recalled Drugs Disproportionately Affect Women, by Sophia Cariati
According to a report from the US government, eight of the ten drugs recently removed from the market pose greater health risks to women than to men. The majority of these medications appear to put women at increased risk of rare but potentially fatal irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias.
Redemption For The Atkins Diet?
New research suggests that the highly controversial and often criticized Atkins diet may prove to be a viable option for people struggling with obesity.
Report Shows Religious Hospitals Fail to Disclose Banned Services
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has released a guide for advocates and consumers focusing on getting health care institutions reveal the services they will not perform because of religious or moral objections.
Rett Syndrome: A New Understanding of Neurological Disorders
Rett Syndrome occurs predominantly in females, affecting one in every 15,000 girls worldwide. Children with the disease will develop normally for the first 6 to 18 months, achieving anticipated developmental milestones, and then will begin to regress as their motor and cognitive skills cease to mature.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Takes Greater Toll on Women
Women who suffer from early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) seem to experience functional deterioration more rapidly than men. Despite improvement in disease activity following medical treatment, more women than men noticed a decrease in their functional abilities.
Risks of Smoking Extend to the Bladder
Another explanation for the higher mortality rate in women is because a greater number of women experience a delay in diagnosis.
Seven Simple Choices For A Healthier Lifestyle
Today is the 7th day of the 7th month. Will it be a lucky day for your future? It will if you follow the American Cancer Society’s 7 suggestions to reduce your risk of cancer.
Sex Bias in Your Medicine Cabinet? by Sophia Cariati
The safety and effectiveness of a number of widely used drugs including antihistamines, antibiotics, and pain relievers varies depending upon the sex of the user, according to results of an ever-increasing number of studies.
Sex Differences May Be the Key to Advancing Neuroscience Research
New research shows that understanding sex differences in diseased brains may someday lead to medical breakthroughs in the field of neurologic disorders from schizophrenia to dyslexia.
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
For years, shoppers have had food labels and other guides or lists to help them choose foods that contain less fat, cholesterol or artificial additives. With the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, people concerned about pesticides can make choices to reduce the number of pesticides they eat.
Short End Of The Scope For Women In Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer among women and men in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.
Should You Be Tested for Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is an often silent condition in which bone tissue thins or develops small holes. Left untreated, osteoporosis can worsen painlessly until a fracture occurs.
Smoking Linked to Kidney Cancer
Most everyone knows that smoking can cause lung cancer. But how many people realize that inhaled tobacco smoke can wreak havoc on their kidneys?
Soaring Medical Costs Among Women Spell Health and Financial Problems
Women are significantly more likely than men to delay or go without healthcare and prescription drugs due to costs, according to results of a recent survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Society Supports Legislation Allowing Cloning Technique to Enhance Medical Research, Banning Reproductive Cloning
Sudden Cardiac Death Gender Gap Closing in on Women
Women heart attack survivors are becoming almost as likely as men to succumb to sudden cardiac death (SCD) later on, according to results of a recent study adding to a growing body of evidence suggesting that the gender gap is narrowing.
Summer Can be STRESSful, Especially for Women with STRESS Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
More than eight million women suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), the involuntary loss of urine that occurs during sudden movements such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising.
Support the Genetic Information Nondiscrimation Act
The United States Senate has unanimously passed S. 1053, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. This landmark legislation would prevent insurers and employers from using an individual's genetic predisposition to a disease as a basis for denying them health coverage or a job.
Surge in Diabetes Among Women and Minorities
Roughly one-third of all Americans born in the year 2000 will suffer from diabetes, and more than half of all Hispanic women born in 2000 will develop the disease.
Teen Moms at Risk for Weak Bones
Young maternal age may have an effect on the body's ability to absorb calcium and solidify healthy bones, thereby increasing the risk of osteoporosis.
Ten Things Your Mother Never Told You About Being Pregnant
While mothers and grandmothers are quick with advice about everything from baby names to where, when and how often a newborn should sleep, a new survey reveals that the majority of pregnant women wish their mothers had told them more about what to expect when they are pregnant.
The Faces of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The exhibit features photographs from renowned photographer George Lange.
The Feminization of HIV
For the first time since the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), women account for approximately half of those affected worldwide. According to the United Nations annual report, AIDS Epidemic Update 2002, approximately 50 percent of new HIV cases were women and a disproportionate number of cases under the age of 15 were also female.
The First Study on Lifetime Medical Costs for Women
A recent study provides a snapshot of the high costs of treating women burdened with chronic illnesses and demonstrates that medical costs for treating these women can be a great economic burden.
The Klingerman Virus
How do you know if an e-mail you receive about a health threat is true or false? Often, these e-mails seem convincing and are sent to you from someone you know and trust. A good rule of thumb is that if you don’t know if it’s really true, don’t pass it on.
The Risk of Drug Interactions and Side Effects
In the United States alone, nearly 3 billion prescriptions are filled for medicines each year. With the increasing use of all of these products the risk of drug interactions and side effects increases.
The Treatment Of Hot Flashes
Treatment of hot flashes, especially those moderate to severe in intensity, has focused primarily on estrogen therapy. However, recent studies questioning the benefit-risk ratio of long-term estrogen use have increased attention to alternative treatments.
Those With Eating Disorders Likelier To Abuse Alcohol And Drugs
the first comprehensive examination of the link between substance abuse and eating disorders – reveals that up to one-half of individuals with eating disorders abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, compared to nine percent of the general population.
Tips When Getting a Prescription
Recent surveys indicate that over half of American adults take two or more prescription and non-prescription medications, including supplements and vitamins, each day.
TIVO ALERT: Dr. Donnica Discusses Lies People Tell Their Doctors
Dr. Donnica Moore, founder and host of DrDonnica.com, will return as a guest expert on “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet” (FOX) Monday Sept. 29, 2008 to discuss the topic of lies that people tell their doctors.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Calls for Chlamydia Screening
In its first set of recommendations, the third US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that primary care clinicians screen all sexually active women ages 25 and younger, as well as older women at increased risk for chlamydia, as part of regular health care visits.
Urinary Incontinence: Millions of Women Suffer In Silence
Involuntary urine leakage can strike women in the prime of their lives. Whether a woman is 30 or 60, she needs to be made aware of the fact that urine leakage is not normal.
US Preventative Services Task Force Calls for Lipid Screening for All Adults
In its first set of recommendations, the third US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that regular screening for high blood cholesterol and other lipid abnormalities that can lead to coronary heart disease should not have an upper age limit, which the panel had previously set at age 65.
Use Of Testosterone Therapy By Postmenopausal Women: Position Statement Of The North American Menopause Society
Testosterone therapy has been shown to improve sexual function in many postmenopausal women, primarily the symptoms of sexual desire, arousal, and orgasmic response, according to the most recent evidence-based Position Statement from The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
Vitamin D Necessary for Healthy Bones
Women over the age of 50 do not fully understand the role vitamin D plays in keeping their bones healthy.
West Coast Event To Focus On Girls And Women With ADHD
Our mission is to provide education, resources and support to children, youth and adults with ADHD/LD to become self-advocates and reach their true potential.
Western Diet and the Risk of Colon Cancer
Women who fill their diets with red or processed meats, french fries, white bread and sugary desserts may have an increased risk of colon cancer.
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Women and Medication: Some Combinations Pose Lethal Health Risk, by Sophia Cariati
Women are at an increased risk of developing potentially fatal irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) in response to taking certain medications compared to men, according to results of a recent study confirming previous research.
Women and Men Perceive Pain Differently
Pain seems to affect women and men differently,even at early ages. Studies have shown that women report pain more often than men.Certain studies even suggest that women can handle and cope with pain better than their male counterparts.
Women Eager for New Ways to Manage Menopause
63.5 percent of women who are currently on or are considering hormone therapy would consider a new delivery form, such as a transdermal gel applied to the arm.
Women Hurt More By Drugs Now Banned
The Associated Press reported today that more women than men were hurt by 8 out of 10 medications pulled off the market since 1997, according to congressional investigators. Read more about banned medications in this news alert.
Women in Government Honors Significant Efforts to Help Eliminate Cervical Cancer
Dr. Savard travels the country speaking to women about how to take charge of their own health, particularly when it comes to cervical cancer prevention.
Women Still See Depression As A "Personality Flaw"
At every age, women should know that depression is a treatable condition and that there are effective ways to manage it so women are able to live normal, productive lives.
Women Talk About Hormone Therapy Delivery Options
Hormone therapy for menopause has captured the health headlines for the past two years. Reports from various studies have left millions of women with questions about how to relieve their menopausal symptoms safely and effectively.
Women's HOPE Study
Good news for women who have had undesirable side effects such as breakthrough or unpredictable bleeding from their HRT (hormone replacement therapy)! A recent study in the journal Fertility and Sterility (June 2001) reports that lower doses of HRT than are most commonly prescribed actually have higher rates of amenorrhoea (no bleeding).
World Menopause Day
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), in conjunction with the International Menopause Society, recognizes October 18 as World Menopause Day.
Young Diabetics Encounter Heart Problems
Type 2 diabetes has long been implicated as a risk factor in cardiovascular disease in adults. A new study published in the November 2003 issue of Diabetes Care reveals that people with early-onset type 2 diabetes are at an even greater risk for a heart attack.
Young People Ignore Threat of Skin Cancer
More than half of all new cancers diagnosed in the United States this year will be skin cancer. Most people get 80 percent of their lifetime sun exposure by the age of 18.

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