Women's Health

How the Peanut Ball Improves Maternity Care

Submitted by Rebecca Njord, MSc, MSN, WHNP-BC, CNM

Peanut balls. It may be a funny name, but the purpose of this peanut-shaped ball is no laughing matter. In fact, this silly-sounding device is a low-risk, evidence-based method to increase a mother’s ability to cope with labor pain. This method has been shown to decrease labor times and even lower...
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Body Image Healing as a Cancer Survivor

Body image is a complicated subject. Instilled at a young age, we become aware of our bodies, how we feel in our skin, what makes us who we are, and how we want others to perceive us. Personal body image evolves throughout our lives and can be affected by any number of events or situations—puberty...
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New Guideline Say Pain Meds Not Needed for Back Pain

Submitted by Dr. Ronald Sabbagh, MD

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints for Americans today. About a quarter of all U.S. adults have reported lower back pain lasting at least one day in the past three months, according to statistics published by PubMed. In 2006, costs associated with those seeking treatment for lower...
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What’s the Scoop on Sugar?

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LD

Our early ancestors only knew the sweet taste of fruit and honey and not the intense flavor of refined sugar. Since our early ancestors battled bees to obtain honey and fruit, sweetness was not always plentiful – the taste of sweetness was an occasional treat. According to Kelly Brownell, PhD, a...
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The Basics of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Submitted by Armin Barekatain, MD

During the month of February – American Heart Month – it is a good time to consider your lifestyle and whether you might be at risk for heart disease. Worldwide, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is estimated to be the leading cause of death and disability. Research shows that high blood pressure, high...
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Seven Steps to Living Well

While our risk for heart disease increases with age, and is influenced by our family history, there are still many opportunities for us to prevent it and live a healthier life. Our health is impacted by the choices we make every day. Heart disease is the Number 1 killer of men and women. In the...
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The Marvel of Mindful Eating

Submitted by Dr. Ehtasham Qureshi, MD

Starting when we are children, we learn that food tastes good. We start to explore different tastes and textures, soon learning there are foods we prefer. However, as we get older, we become more and more busy. This busyness in our lives can mean a rushed 10-minute lunch at our desk or on the road...
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Fall In Love, Not on the Ground

Elvis was a rock ’n’ roll icon, lyricist and lover with dance moves that could break a hip. It will soon be the season of love, but one of Elvis’ songs speaks volumes with respects to falling in general. “Wise men say only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you.” Perhaps Elvis...
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The Flu Requires Prevention and Extra Attention

If you haven’t had your flu shot now is the time to take this step to protect yourself and your family. Most people with the flu experience a mild illness and don’t need medical care. However, for some, it not only can lead to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, but it can be life-...
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Protect Your Skeleton's Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Our bones functions are to protect organs, to provide structure/act as the body’s frame work, to anchor muscles, and to store calcium. The optimal bone building years are childhood and young adulthood. As children grow and mature, their bone mass increases until it reaches peak bone mass or PBM...
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