Women's Health

Flax Seed: A Woman's "Breast Friend Forever"

By Robert Pendergrast, MD - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall , 2011
There are many foods that can contribute to a breast-healthy diet. In his effort to help family members and patients dealing with breast cancer, Dr. Robert Pendergrast has reviewed them all. His conclusion? Flax seed is one of the best. It's a cornerstone for breast cancer prevention, and should become every woman's "BFF" ("Breast Friend Forever").

Vitamin D May Prevent Tamoxifen- Associated Joint Problems

By August West / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

Severe joint pain is a common side-effect of tamoxifen therapy for breast cancer, and it is associated with vitamin D deficiency. Supplementation aimed at pushing serum vitamin D levels over 40 ng/ml can prevent or attenuate the pain.

 

Helping Patients Step Off Antidepressants

By Michael Banov, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Antidepressants are the most widely-prescribed class of drugs in the US, and primary care doctors prescribe 74% of ‘em. Drug companies give ample guidance on starting meds, but little help in ceasing treatment. Yet many people want off their meds. Psychiatrist Michael Banov offers his insight on when and how to stop antidepressant treatment.

Wellbutrin for Mommy, ADHD for Baby?

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010

Analysis of data from more than 38,000 families suggests that maternal use of the popular antidepressant, Wellbutrin (bupropion), during pregnancy correlates with a 3-fold greater risk of ADHD in children exposed to the drug in utero. This study should not be taken as proof that bupropion causes ADHD. But author Dr. Roberto Figueroa says doctors need to be a lot more cautious with this, and any other drug that crosses the placenta.

Intravaginal Hormones Improve Sexual Function In Postmenopausal Women

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

A little bit of the right hormone in the right place can make a world of difference in the sexual lives of post-menopausal women. Two recent studies show that intravaginal application of DHEA and estriol with progesterone can greatly improve libido and sexual function while reducing the symptoms of vaginal atrophy.

 

 

Assessing & Treating Bone Loss: Seven Tips For Improving Outcomes

By Meg Sinclair | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
Because of its very slow, insidious nature, osteoporosis is challenging to evaluate. Long-term daily drug therapy carries significant risk of side effects, a big price tag, and major compliance challenges. The key is to determine early on who is at greatest risk for fracture, and who truly needs intensive therapy.

To Prevent Osteoporosis, Concentrate On Vitamin D, Not Bisphosphonates

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
The evidence supporting widespread use of bisphosphonate drugs for preventing osteoporosis fractures is pretty weak, while the data in favor of vitamin D supplementation is increasingly strong. Doctors who advocate “evidence-based medicine” need to rethink the role of drugs in treating women with osteoporosis.

Water Immersion Reduces Maternal Pain

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
Water immersion during the early stages of labor, which involves complete abdominal submersion in a bath or pool, reduced both maternal pain and the need for epidural and spinal analgesia, according to a recent Cochrane review of 11 clinical trials.