Health Notes

6 Reasons Alcohol and Women Don’t Mix

by Katina Gordon on April 10, 2014

4-10-14 Women and AlcoholIt seems like the perfect way to unwind: a night on the town with friends or simply relaxing with a glass of wine or two.

But women beware, if your “me time” includes regularly raising a glass, it might bring on more risks than rewards. The reasons why come down to biology.

“Women’s bodies process alcohol much differently than men,” said Dr. Troy Bracker, family medicine physician at Methodist Physicians Clinic – Millard.

Dr. Bracker explained that women have about 10 percent more body fat than men, which means our bodies can’t dilute the alcohol in their systems as easily. Shifting hormones also means women metabolize alcohol differently than men. Add to that the fact that our livers produce less of an enzyme used to break down the alcohol, and it means women not only get drunk more quickly, but the alcohol lasts longer in our system.
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Five Things You Can Do to Ease Your Painful Periods

by Katina Gordon on March 27, 2014

3-27-14 Easing Period PainIt’s a painful problem that affects millions of women – monthly menstrual cramps.

Painful periods are very common in teens and young women. Every cycle can mean lower abdominal pain, sharp or aching pain that comes and goes, or possibly back pain. For some, it can be debilitating.

Research shows roughly 15 percent of teens have cycles painful enough to interfere with normal social activities. Nearly 10 percent of women are regularly bedridden by their period pains, and four out of 10 women say the pain made it difficult to concentrate at work. These women suffer from dysmenorrhoea.

“These women are having to take off from work or it’s messing up with their social schedule or activities with their children,” said Amber Cohn, MD, OB/GYN with the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center. “It’s interfering with their daily life.”

While many women may think cramps are simply a rite of passage, Dr. Cohn says there is no reason to suffer. There are many options to help lessen the discomfort a monthly visitor may bring. Here are Dr. Cohn’s five best tips to ease your painful periods:

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Move over “Power Foods,” Top 18 Healthy Foods for Women

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There has been a lot of buzz about the health benefits of so-called “power foods” or “super foods.” But a healthy diet means more than just a concentration on a few good foods. “You need a variety of different foods in all the food groups – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and healthy proteins,” […]

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Slip and Fall Safety When Baby’s On Board

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When the winter brings ice and snow, being surefooted isn’t always so easy. Couple the snow with a pregnant belly (and barely being able to see your feet) and the risk for falls grows even greater. Many women fall while pregnant, and it’s not always due to slippery conditions. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of […]

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Eight Heart Attack Symptoms Women Might Miss

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In the amount of time it takes you to read this article, another woman will die of heart disease. It’s the number one killer of women. In fact, heart disease kills one out of every three women each year – approximately one woman every minute. It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, including […]

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Sick and Pregnant: What You Need to Know for Cold and Flu Season

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There is something “extra miserable” about being sick while you’re pregnant. As if it isn’t hard enough getting comfortable, add in a stuffy or runny nose, a cough, or a sore throat and it’s downright impossible. While catching a nasty virus is easy enough on its own, pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the germs […]

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Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Saves Lives

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Early detection and prevention have turned what was once one of the nation’s leading cancer killers into one of the most treatable. Cervical cancer is a preventable cancer that, when found early, is also highly curable. The main cause of cervical cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV).  An estimated 79 million Americans are infected with […]

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Top Tips for Extinguishing the Hot Flashes of Menopause

January 2, 2014

It’s the middle of the night and it’s starting up again. No need to check the thermostat. The heat is radiating from within, thanks to menopause and those dreaded hot flashes. “Some women say, ‘I’m having day flashes, I’m having night flashes, I’m hot all the time and I can’t get a good night’s sleep,’” […]

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Don’t Let Menstrual Pain Cramp Your Style

December 19, 2013

When a young woman starts her cycle, it’s not always easy. Sometimes, in fact, the transition to womanhood can be very painful. Relatively few teenagers have normal, regular periods when they first begin. “Actually, one of the most frequent things we see in patients in our adolescent gynecology clinic is girls who are having very […]

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Six Tips to Ease Nausea during Pregnancy

November 26, 2013

The term “morning sickness” really is misleading. It’s one of the first pregnancy truths experienced by new moms as they learn what to expect while expecting. In reality, that nauseous, queasy feeling which sometimes leads to vomiting can happen any time of day. It’s just one of the many changes nearly 90 percent of women […]

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