Health Notes

Expecting? Get the Flu Vaccine

by Dr. Abby Lankhorst on November 19, 2015

Though we have managed to have a pretty nice fall, winter will inevitably come and bring the flu with it. And if you are or will be pregnant this flu season, the time to get your vaccine is now.

The flu can be a very serious illness, especially when you are expecting. Pregnancy causes changes to the immune system, heart and lungs, which can put you at risk for serious complications. That’s why getting vaccinated is so important.

The influenza virus is a tricky organism. It changes frequently, so scientists and physicians have to come up with a new vaccine each year. Because they have to “predict” which mutations might occur, the vaccine’s effectiveness also changes each year. Some years it will work better than others.

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Solving Your Number One Problem with Number Two

by Katina Granger on November 5, 2015

It’s an embarrassing problem that many don’t even want to discuss: fecal incontinence.

“Many people who suffer fecal incontinence feel trapped,” said Dr. Paige Berryman, a board-certified urogynecologist at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center. “They are afraid to leave the house or go anywhere because they’d have an accident.”

Those suffering from fecal incontinence have little control of their bowels and can leak stool. It’s a problem affecting only 5-10 percent of the population, but can be debilitating.

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Testing for Every Trimester

October 22, 2015
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When you are pregnant, it seems like you undergo a lot of tests… one at each doctor visit of your pregnancy. But do you really know what they’re all for? Testing in pregnancy is a way your doctor can detect problems in either mother or baby.  Here’s a snapshot of what they are, and what […]

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What’s Your Menopause Mood?

October 2, 2015

“I don’t feel right, my hormones must be off.” How many times have you blamed your mood on menopause? When you reach menopause or perimenopause, a hormone imbalance is an easy fallback. But believe it or not, your emotional and physical well-being may have less to do with hormones and more to do with your […]

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When is the Right Time for Another Baby?

September 17, 2015
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Deciding when to have another baby is a tough decision. Many factors go into pregnancy planning, but some women don’t know there are medical factors they should consider as well. When exactly is the best time to plan a second, third or fourth pregnancy? In addition to considering the emotional, financial and psychological preparation for […]

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Menopause is Making Me Fat.

September 3, 2015
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“Mother Nature’s not always our best friend.” Menopause brings on a lot of changes in a woman’s life. Weight gain is just one of them. At Methodist Women’s Center Menopause clinic, Annette Dillon, APRN, says older women often ask how to tackle those unwanted pounds. “Mother Nature thinks she’s helping us by giving us a […]

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What Do You Mean I Don’t Need a Pap?

August 20, 2015
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Most women grew up being taught they need a pap smear every year. The annual paps started at age 18 and went on indefinitely. Though this was the recommendation in the past – with the goal screening as many women as possible for cervical cancer – recent guidelines have changed… and for good reason. A […]

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Solving New Moms’ Top Five Breastfeeding Concerns

August 13, 2015
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Many first-time moms look forward to breastfeeding their brand new baby. But a good percentage of those new moms quickly find out, it’s not always easy getting started. Successful breastfeeding comes with time, patience and practice – and sometimes a little extra help from those in the know. “New moms get a visit from a […]

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Giving Baby the Benefit: The Cord Clamp Debate

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When you are expecting, you hear a lot of advice about “what’s best for baby.” Now there may be a way you hadn’t thought much about to give baby an extra boost – keeping baby attached to the umbilical cord just a little bit longer. When discussing a birth plan with my patients at Methodist […]

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Breast is Best – for Fighting Cancer

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When a woman makes the decision to breastfeed, baby’s health and wellness is usually the first thing on her mind. However moms receive just as many benefits, if not more, than their growing infants. One such benefit moms may not realize is the decreased risk of cancer. Research shows breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of […]

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