Health Notes

The Best Medicine for Menopause: Exercise

by Katina Granger on May 5, 2016

When it comes to the negative side effects of menopause – fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes – it’s easy to blame hormones. And whether a decrease in estrogen is to blame or not, there is one prescription health care providers agree will provide relief: exercise.

“Exercise can be key,” said Annette Dillon, APRN, one of five providers certified by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center Menopause Clinic. “Find that one thing you can do for today that’s going to make a change.”

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The Most Important Question

by Dr. Abby Lankhorst on April 7, 2016

“Are you safe?”

Three simple words asked during an appointment with your provider can mean so much. Whether a woman is ready to leave or not, it could be the first step towards a way out.

For women in unsafe situations at home, living with a violent or abusive partner, pregnancy can be the one of the most dangerous time in their lives. Abuse can often begin or escalate during pregnancy. The CDC estimates partner violence affects as many as 324,000 pregnant women each year, with at least 4 to 8 percent of pregnant women report suffering abuse during pregnancy.

Because abuse is based on power and control, there are many reasons why abuse tends to escalate during pregnancy:

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The Good, the Bad, the Bacteria and the Birth Canal

March 17, 2016
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Inside your body is an entire community of creepy-crawlies. But before you freak out, you should know that they are supposed to be there. The collection of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms (known as your microbiome) help keep your human body working as it should. They protect us from disease and help fight off infection […]

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So, Is Eating Fish While Pregnant Safe?

March 3, 2016
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Once you find out you are pregnant, you are eager to find out all the information you can about what is and isn’t safe for your still-growing baby. But sometimes that information can be confusing – especially when it comes to eating fish. Eating seafood during pregnancy can be safe… and even encouraged. Fish can […]

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HPV Risks Don’t Fade After 50

February 11, 2016
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Let’s face it, no woman wants to go to see their OB/GYN. But while an annual pap smear is no longer necessary, a yearly pelvic exam is a vital part of preserving your ongoing health – even long after menopause. It’s the best way to spot deadly cervical cancers linked to HPV. “Screening is so […]

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Pregnant? What You Need to Know about Zika

February 4, 2016
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Health care providers are being asked a lot of questions these days about the latest disease to make global headlines: Zika virus. Many of those questions are coming from women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant… and rightly so. The virus puts their unborn babies at risk. The Zika virus has been linked […]

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Don’t Let “Mesh” Fears Keep You from Seeking Help

January 7, 2016
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A new statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just ruled a device once commonly used to help repair pelvic organ prolapse in women to be considered as “high risk.” The ruling comes after thousands of women reported injuries from pelvic mesh. The change comes after years of women reporting complications such as pain, […]

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Kardashian Complication Brings Awareness to Accreta

December 17, 2015
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Even if you don’t follow celebrity news, it is difficult to miss Kim Kardashian and her new baby. Besides the wait to hear her new baby’s name, there was quite a bit of talk about her complicated pregnancy. Reports said Kim was diagnosed with placenta accreta, a condition several women have asked me about recently. […]

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Labor Pains: Help for the Hurt

December 10, 2015
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Let’s face it… childbirth can be a painful process. As a midwife, it’s my job to be there – encouraging, assisting and anticipating a woman’s needs during labor. While many women choose to use pain medications, there are many others who do not. One of my many roles is to help a woman find which […]

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Top Ten Tips for Better Breastfeeding

December 3, 2015
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Most new moms know that breast milk is the best, healthiest option for baby. But what surprises many women is that breastfeeding does not always come naturally. “New moms can deal with challenges like sore nipples, low milk supply or engorgement,” said Kolene Moore, certified lactation consultant at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “Sometimes they aren’t prepared […]

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