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Q: Have a question you'd like to ask a doctor?

A: Do you have a question you'd like to have a physician answer? Maybe you have a nutrition question for a dietitian? Email us your question and we'll find an expert…
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Q: Are hormones to blame for low sex drive?

A: A woman’s sexual desires fluctuate over the years, and it’s common that physiological changes during menopause might cause a woman’s interest in sex to wane. We also have to realize…
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Q: How is osteoarthritis different from rheumatoid arthritis?

A: Osteoarthritis is more common than rheumatoid arthritis, but both affect the joints and impede their function, causing pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis affects about one-tenth as many people as osteoarthritis.…
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Q: What is the difference between atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation?

A: Atrial flutter is similar to atrial fibrillation (Afib), but atrial flutter has a more steady – if faster than normal – pattern. Both are irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) caused by…
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Q: Occasionally, I have heart palpitations; should I be worried?

A: Heart palpitations are more likely to be triggered by stress, medication or exercise than by a medical problem. Some women experience palpitations due to hormonal changes common during pregnancy, menstruation…
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Q: Who should consider bariatric surgery?

A: In cases where diets and exercise have not been successful over the long term, and a person with morbid obesity is ready to commit to a lifestyle change, bariatric surgery…
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Q: Is it "just stress" or is it depression?

A: Stress is what we feel when there are demands made on us. Stress can lead to burn out, and a major symptom of burn out is when we begin to feel…
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Q: I haven’t changed anything. Why am I gaining weight during menopause?

A: A woman’s body goes through tremendous changes in our 40s and 50s. Your metabolism slows down and your risk for weight gain increases. Any potential for insulin resistance, a precursor…
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Q: If my mom had breast cancer, do I need a BRCA gene test?

A: It’s important to understand that only five to 10 percent of all breast cancer cases are hereditary. A common cause (85 percent) of those few hereditary cases is a mutation…
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Q: My friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, how can I help her through this?

A: A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Not only does your friend have to deal with the shock of having cancer, but she might be asked to make important decisions…
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Q: Why am I gaining weight in my midsection even though I’m eating the same way I always did? I always ate healthy and didn’t worry too much about gaining weight, but after 40 everything’s changed.

A: The hormonal changes happening before and during menopause might make you more likely to gain weight, especially around the abdomen area. Hormonal changes alone don’t necessarily trigger weight gain –…
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Q: My schedule is packed with work and family activities. How do I motivate myself to push other things out of the way and make time for exercising?

A: You are right to realize that sometimes we have to push ourselves. Women are pulled in many directions and we try our best to keep everyone else happy. Your wellness…
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Q: Why is high blood pressure such a big deal? If I feel fine, why should I take drugs to lower my blood pressure?

A: High blood pressure, or hypertension, develops over years, and you’re right, most of the time there are no symptoms. However, the force of the blood against the inside of your…
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Q: My headaches come and go, but lately they are more frequent and more intense. I’ve heard serious problems like aneurysms can cause headaches. How do I know if it’s serious or not?

A: First, it’s important to figure out what type of headache you’re having. Many people go to the doctor with what they think is a leftover cold or sinus headache, only…
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Q: Can stress bring on a stroke?

A: Stress has been shown to have negative impacts on health. Depression and emotional issues are a form of psychological stress, which can directly affect our bodies. Stress interferes with normal…
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