Health Notes

Diagnosis Preeclampsia: What You Need to Know

by Katina Granger on September 22, 2016

It’s a serious diagnosis that can worry and confuse expecting moms, but just what is preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a disorder that can only occur during pregnancy. It’s when tests indicate both high blood pressure and protein in the urine.

“Preeclampsia most often occurs towards the end of pregnancy but it can occur any time after 20 weeks,” said Emily Patel, MD, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Methodist Women’s Hospital Perinatal Center. “Preeclampsia can be very dangerous. It can range from a mild form of the disease to severe where women can have a lot of complications.”

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Let’s Talk about Sex… Intimacy after Menopause

by Katina Granger on September 8, 2016

Reaching menopause changes a lot of things in a woman’s life. Sex doesn’t have to be one of them.

Sex and sexuality is something that is personal to every woman of any age. But if changes to your body changes the way you want to experience intimacy, it’s time to take action. Conversations with your partner and a Methodist Physicians Clinic provider who specializes in menopause can make a big difference.

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A Healthy Teen Pregnancy Starts with Support

July 25, 2016
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A teenage pregnancy is rarely something that is planned, but it can and does happen. When a teenager discovers she is expecting, the first focus should be on health and safety. Teen pregnancy carries risks for both mom and baby. “The first thing they should do is call a doctor, make an appointment and be […]

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Not Without the Sunscreen…

June 3, 2016
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Warmer weather is FINALLY here, and most of us are anxious to soak up all those sun rays. But before you do… HOLD UP. While the sun and heat may feel good, it’s doing terrible and even deadly things to your skin. “Skin cancers are directly related to UV exposure,” said Dr. George Dittrick, surgical […]

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The Best Medicine for Menopause: Exercise

May 5, 2016
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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 […]

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The Most Important Question

April 7, 2016
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“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 […]

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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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